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Posts Tagged ‘Louis C.K.’

Memo to Bob Newhart’s Primetime Emmy Co-Nominees

We’re talking to you: Justin Timberlake, Will Forte, Bobby Cannavale, Louis C.K. and Nathan Lane.

Each one of you is nominated alongside comedy legend Bob Newhart in the 2013 Primetime Emmy category of Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series. Should any of you win at the Creative Arts ceremony, please consider a variation of Ving Rhames’ priceless move at the Golden Globes and making Newhart your version of Jack Lemmon.

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LAT Journo Tries to Make Sense of Dave Chappelle Show and Tell

On the front page of today’s Calendar section, Wesley Lowery pieces together some recent clues. Most notably comedian Dave Chappelle‘s recent three-day stint at the Comedy Cellar in New York and on-stage exchange with Chris Rock.

But it’s not easy to pin down Chappelle. Lowery got no response from Rock’s publicist, nor the two PR reps “known to work” with Chappelle. Other efforts were similarly unsuccessful:

Chappelle has spent much of the last seven years with his family in rural Yellow Springs, Ohio, tucked in the sparsely populated plains that lie between Dayton and Columbus. The sleepy, largely white town allows Chappelle to lead a peaceful life where he can shop for groceries, eat at restaurants and drop by the corner store for American Spirit cigarettes with relatively little attention.

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Comedian Tig Notaro’s Cancer Prognosis is Good

Good news from earlier this week. If you’re on the Internet, which you clearly are, you likely heard of LA comedian Tig Notaro‘s battle with cancer, after Louis C.K. announced he was releasing one of her standup performances on his website–in which she had just been diagnosed and was dealing with the news onstage.

The LA Times spoke with Notaro, who let everyone know her prognosis is quite good. She also apparently pantomimed the sound of her double mastectomy to reporter Deb Vankin. It sounds like this: “Broing!”"Burrh-burrrruup!”"Phweesh-Phwipt!”

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Crying Foul Over Kathy Griffin’s Latest Grammy Nomination

A couple of years ago, the Recording Academy loosened eligibility rules for the category of Best Comedy Album. It’s OK now for the soundtrack of a TV program to be considered an “album.”

It’s only because of this rule change that Kathy Griffin is in the running again this weekend with 50 & Not Pregnant, a product put out by Universal Network Television. That does not sit well with Dylan P. Gadino, editor of Laughspin.com. He recently told LA Times reporter Deborah Vankin that Griffin does not belong in the category for a fourth straight year:

“You shouldn’t be able to take audio from a television show and call it a comedy album,” says Gadino. “Original intent, editing and production should come into play.”

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Louis C.K. Cuts Out Middle Man, Sells New Comedy Special Directly to Fans

Like a lot of artists, comedian Louis C.K. wasn’t thrilled with the way entertainment companies do business. So for his new comedy special, he adopted a DIY approach. He produced the special himself, and is selling it directly from his website, with no DRM or regional restrictions. The best part is that the video, available via download, costs only $5.

Four days in, Louis C.K.’s little experiment seems to be working. He shared the details on his blog:

As of today, we’ve sold over 110,000 copies for a total of over $500,000. Minus some money for PayPal charges etc, I have a profit around $200,000 (after taxes $75.58). This is less than I would have been paid by a large company to simply perform the show and let them sell it to you, but they would have charged you about $20 for the video. They would have given you an encrypted and regionally restricted video of limited value, and they would have owned your private information for their own use. They would have withheld international availability indefinitely.

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