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Posts Tagged ‘Hal Sparks’

Courtney Love Drops By International Press Academy Event

ShutterstockCourtneyLoveThere was a pretty interesting moment last night in Century City at the Intercontinental Hotel, where the global group of entertainment journalists known as the International Press Academy (IPA) had gathered to hand out their annual Satellite Awards. It happened when Courtney Love surprise-presented the Pickford Award to a man who played an important role in her one-time movie career.

From a summary article by IPA vice president Mike Szymanski:

Love admitted being a troubled personality in Hollywood, and the man she was presenting an award to, Mike Medavoy, actually paid the high insurance premium out of his own pocket for her so she could do her role in The People vs. Larry Flynt, which earned her lots of acting kudos.

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John Fugelsang Gets a Current TV Show

FishbowlLA was lucky enough to be at the Pantages this past weekend for the LA stop of Stephanie Miller’s “Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour.” Although she and radio compadre Hal Sparks were both excellent, the guy who really stole the show was another one of her radio-TV regulars, John Fugelsang.

Right on cue, Fugelsang announced this morning on Miller’s program broadcast live from the TCA that he is getting his own Current TV series in the fall, joining Miller, whose three-hour daily syndicated radio offering is now being broadcast. For the handsome young comedian and new father, this is a natural progression at the network, where he has appeared as a commentator and guest hosted for network personalities such as Eliot Spitzer and Jennifer Granholm.

From this morning’s accompanying release:

“We at Current are eager to bring John’s unique perspective on politics and the world around him to primetime,” commented Current TV chairman Al Gore. “He’s been a part of the Current family for a while now and we see just how much his voice resonates with our audience. His new show will nicely complement our growing lineup.”

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LA Radio Host Heads Home with ‘Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour’

Without the benefit of national advertising, LA radio host Stephanie Miller has grossed over a million dollars this year with her “Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour” and says she and her cohorts are on track to be the nation’s top-selling comedy tour of 2011.

It all started in April, when Miller along with show contributors John Fuselgang and Hal Sparks traveled to Wisconsin to support the pro-union demonstrators. The show has since grown to a regular, twice-a-month sideline that will bring Lockport, New York native Miller back home to Shea’s Buffalo Performing Arts Center this weekend. Per a piece in The Buffalo News by Jane Kwiatkowski:

Miller described their stage performances as the radio show “without the FCC.” Roasting Republicans is a favored theme, especially after an election that she coined Operation Backlash. “There’s been a lot of Republican overreach, and I think there’s a lot of frustration out there,” she said.

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Tom Green Invades the SModcastle

Have you heard of the SModcastle? Located in the heart of L.A.’s theater district at 6468 Santa Monica Blvd., it is a wired corner of The Complex billed as “the world’s first podcast theater,” and it is where comedian Tom Green ventured Tuesday night, October 12th to tape a podcast interview with fellow funnyman Hal Sparks.

Despite a relatively low mainstream media profile these days, the Canadian trailblazer and one-time hubby of actress Drew Barrymore is all over the “Internets”, continuing to stream an online talk show from his Hollywood Hills home and trying his hand at other new media experiences like a (second) evening at the SModcastle. We have a feeling that one of these days, a cable network or bigger online streaming hub is going to once again catch up to Green’s antics, assuming of course the comedian is interested.

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