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Meme Talent Manager Has a Lot to Be Happy About

BenLashesTwitterProfileWe’re pretty sure that of all our current Twitter friends, Ben Lashes possesses the most unusual media career logline. We found it not on his profile page but rather via an entertaining item Down Under:

Grumpy Cat isn’t Mr. Lashes’ only famous client. He also represents Keyboard Cat, Nyan Cat (the rainbow pop tart cartoon cat), Mike Tyson’s face tattoo and Ridiculously Photogenic Guy.

Lashes’ job title isn’t exactly run of the mill either: meme talent manager. We can only imagine how many women have rolled their eyes in bars, conferences and elsewhere when Lashes has presented himself to them as such.

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Mike Tyson’s Latest Career Move Involves a ‘Fowl-Mouthed’ Pigeon

Seth MacFarlane, Trey Parker and Matt Stone can all claim a legacy piece of Mike Tyson Mysteries, a new weekly quarter-hour show green lit for Adult Swim. The show will mix in live-action footage of Tyson with a cartoon sidekick that owes a lot to Stewie Griffin and Cartman.

Per a report by TheWrap TV editor Tim Molloy:

Armed with a magical tattoo on his face and a trusty associate by his side — a talking pigeon — if you have a problem that needs solving, Iron Mike is in your corner. The series incorporates live-action appearances featuring Mighty Mike himself, and the gloves come off as the former heavyweight champ and his fowl-mouthed partner gear up for weekly adventures as they put unsolved mysteries.

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The Best Article About The Hangover Part III is Mostly All About The Hangover Part I

Everything you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask about Mike Tyson and Ken Jeong’s stellar supporting work in The Hangover can be savored this week in The Hollywood Reporter. In an ingenious editorial move, executive editor Matthew Belloni and senior TV writer Lacey Rose chucked the usual script for sequel promotion and orchestrated instead a rollicking oral history of the 2009 R-rated smash that started it all. (The final Part III installment opens in theaters May 24.)

FishbowlLA can never get enough of Jeong’s Mr. Chow. In the article, the actor’s work is fully retraced, from the audition to the origins of some of the most repeated lines to a touching backstory:

JEONG: It was a very magical shoot. My wife was going through breast cancer and chemotherapy at the time. [She recovered.] It was part of the reason I was so unhinged in the character; I think I was working out my own demons. Todd and Bradley were the only people who knew. Hangover got me through the most difficult time in my life.

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Laura Ling Revisits Her Conversation with Bill Clinton About Bullying

One of the more memorable media moments of 2012 was when Laura Ling sat down with former President Bill Clinton to discuss his experiences with high school bullying. It was for a special August 13 celebrity-tinged episode of Ling’s series E! Investigates, for which she also chatted with Lance Bass, Mike Tyson and Jillian Michaels.

There was Ling, three summers after being retrieved from North Korea by the 42nd Commander-in-Chief, discussing how he was ridiculed for being overweight and not wearing cool clothes to the dance. How did it all come about, we wondered?

“I had read about President Clinton being picked on as a young man, even “slugged” by a bully, and I knew that he would be able to offer some invaluable insight and perspective,” Ling tells FishbowlLA. “To think that this poor, self-described “band geek,” who was bullied growing up, could emerge to be one of the most powerful figures in the word – now that’s an inspiring story for young people.”

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Stephen Espinoza Named Executive Vice President of Showtime Sports

Stephen Espinoza has just been named Showtime’s new executive vice president of sports and event programming. He was previously a partner in the firm Ziffren Brittenham LLP, where he represented a roster of fighters and sports figures like Mike Tyson, Michael Strahan and Gina Carano. He was also the lead counsel for Oscar De La Hoya‘s Golden Boy Promotions.

His new responsibilities at Showtime will heavily involve putting together live boxing and mixed martial arts events. With his former roster of clients, sounds like that shouldn’t be too tough.

Espinoza currently resides in LA, but will work out of Showtime’s New York office, where he will report to Chairman and CEO Matthew C. Blank.

Press release after the jump:

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Funny or Die Launches New Political Site

Funny or Die has always had a heavy political bent. Not just political humor either. The site hasn’t shied away from advocacy if the issue was right (and by right we mean left). So it was no surprise that with the 2012 election heating up, Funny or Die has decided to launch a new political site they’re calling Live Funny or Die. They kicked things off with a bit casting Mike Tyson as Herman Cain. Don’t know if they chose Tyson before or after Cain’s sexual harassment allegations came to light, but, either way, great call.

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UCLA Grad Hosts Fourth Season of The Valley Girl Show

Even though the numbers for Jesse Draper‘s web interview program The Valley Girl Show are modest, both her audience and guest list encompass a solid chunk of Silicon Valley movers and shakers. When the UCLA acting grad’s fourth season launches in November, she will be expanding her reach to fast food restaurants and additional mobile devices via partner Mediafly.

Per a nice write-up this weekend in the San Francisco Chronicle, Draper (pictured) seeded her web show with earnings from 2007-2009 acting work on Nickleodeon’s The Naked Brothers Band. The 25-year-old daughter of venture capitalist Tim Draper (and niece of actress Polly Draper) has managed, out of a donated studio in San Mateo, to cultivate a lot of fun, goofy moments:

She ate escargot with Tesla’s Elon Musk (in honor of the just-released S Car), smashed up a TV with Justin.tv founder Justin Kan, wrapped presents with M.C. Hammer, had clean-tech VC Vinod Khosla slather her with green paint and gave Craig Newmark a lava lamp she’d bought on Craigslist. Ted Turner, Mike Tyson, Eric Schmidt and Scott McNealy have also appeared.

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Comedy Central Cuts Rape Jokes From Sheen Roast

It’s a relief to know the network has some limits, even if they’re only in place to appease advertisers. Comedy Central was happy to include convicted rapist Mike Tyson in the roast of Charlie Sheen, but all jokes made about Tyson’s history of sexual assault were edited out for Monday night’s broadcast.

Of course, those in attendance got an earful, and it caused some to shudder. From The Daily Beast:

Already culturally defanged by his appearances in the Hangover films, Tyson’s rehabilitation took another step forward as he joined the crew and sat gamely by, laughing his head off on the couch as comics took playful jabs at his record of sexual assault. William Shatner in particular distinguished himself with an extended bit walking the former champion through the right way to rape a woman and get away with it…. One wonders if Comedy Central called Tyson’s victim and asked whether she had any zingers she wanted to contribute.

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Comedy Central’s New Low: Rapist Mike Tyson to Roast Wife Beater Charlie Sheen

The upcoming roast of Charlie Sheen, taping September 10 in Los Angeles, is already in poor taste. But today Comedy Central upped the ante when they announced they’d added another criminal to the bill, convicted rapist Mike Tyson.

For all the insults, roasts are at their core celebrations of a beloved personality, and Sheen’s long history of abusing women isn’t exactly endearing. Mike Tyson’s sex crimes are even less so. Is the network hoping audiences won’t care what these guys have done, or worse yet, find it funny?

The roast airs September 19. We’re wondering what kind of advertisers this creepfest will pull in.

Update – 09/02/11: Ad Age reports that Electronic Arts and Axe have signed on as lead sponsors of the Sept 19 roast.

A Look Inside News of the World

The Hollywood Reporter has an interesting piece up by an anonymous former employee of Rupert Murdoch‘s now defunct News of the World, detailing all the shady business that went on under then-editor-in-chief Andy Coulson.

Early on, the job entailed transcribing audiotapes that sleazy women made of footballers with whom they had sex. The girls would set up famous players, then sell them out to the paper in order to get some cash and fame. The recordings usually consisted of extended, loud orgasms; I would swear they were faking it as I transcribed the grunts and groans for my editors.

The reporter made her name at the paper for an attempt to catch Mike Tyson in the midst of a coke-fueled binge. She didn’t succeed, but her editors made a bunch of stuff up about the boxer and she was soon the toast of the newsroom.

Strange that the reporter chose to remain anonymous, as one would think she gave enough information to allow anyone who was curious enough to discern her identity. Anyway, worth the read in full.

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