Thursday, December 11, 2014

In the News...

So yeah, this site for the most part is a Chicago Centric comedy blog, but we also cover news and entertainment events from New York, Hollywood and all over the world and the last month of 2014 has been a real doozy of a news cycle. From Americas Got Talent Auditions to a Chris Rock & Dave Chappelle tour rumor to The 11 Best Stand-Up Specials of 2014. We put together a nice fat list of comedy and entertainment news links that should be on your radar.

Chicago leg of the Americas Got Talent auditions. First off we want to plug the AGT auditions (January 24 & 25th). The NBC network's number one talent show has started it's search for next summers contestants.  Word is they are specifically looking for some talented comedians to participate (contacted us on this directly) so don’t miss this opportunity to showcase your comedy skills. Now some hipster types might be rolling their eyes, but they shouldn't. Chicago's own Jacob Williams got on AGT as a semifinalist and parlayed that into a recurring role on MTV's Wild N Out with Nick Cannon - not too shabby. Even if your not a comedian AGT is open to any age and any talent so dust off those roller skates, juggling pins and batons.

Bill Cosby next to Taylor Swift on South Park’s holiday special.
Damn. This whole Cosby thing is just... What a shame. What I wanna know is when will folks start calling calling out Woody Allen?

Balling For A Cause - Another local event you should definitely check out. Chicago comedian Vince Acevedo has his heart in the right place - His 7th Annual local celebrity basketball Charity happens tonight at Northeastern Illinois University PE Complex. It's a toy drive to benefit underprivileged kids in numerous communities across the city of Chicago. Seating starts at 6pm and the game starts at 7pm. Designated parking is in Lot "L" near the Foster side of the school. Come out and support your favorite local comics on the basketball court.

The 11 Best Stand-Up Specials of 2014
Yes! Totally concur with most of this... #2, 3, 5, 6 and 11 especially... Good piece from Vulture.com

Chris Rock & Dave Chappelle tour talk returns!
What!? This will be super dope if it turns out to be true...


Interview: David Otunga trys Stand-Up in Chicago
Former WWE star jumps in the Chicago Stand-up ring.

'The Colbert Report' Announces Its Final Guests
As a big Colbert fan... gonna kind of miss him when he moves to CBS.

Hmmm....

David Letterman sets Late Show exit date
Wow. End of an era... Didn't get too sentimental when Leno stepped down, but this guy... yeah gonna miss you Dave. Colbert should rock it though.

Todd Barry, Big Jay Oakerson talk about their all-crowd-work comedy albums
Hell yeah! Love the concept, Todd Barry is a monster...

Watch Bill Burr’s ‘I’m Sorry You Feel That Way’ trailer from Netflix
If your not familiar with Bill Burr your missing out on one of the top comics in the country...

Nick Vatterott’s no-label Laughspin Interview
Love Vatterott, great guy, great comic

When Craig Ferguson leaves Late Late Show multiple comedians will guest host...
Heh... Everybody hates on John Mayer.

Steve Harvey sued for $20 million
Doh!

Grandmas Smoking Weed
Yeah OK it's click bait-ish, but after the video went viral it did spark up (ha see what I did there) an interesting dialogue on the legalization of pot...

Sad Joe Biden
Poor Joe.

The Weasel Grows Up
Pauly shore probably does not get as much respect as he should...

'Silicon Valley,' 'Transparent,' 'Girls,' and More Win Golden Globe Nominations
Chicago comedy getting in...

The New 'Hot Tub Time Machine 2' Trailer Travels Into the Future
Probably gonna watch this...

Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer hit Chicago
Broad City Live does Chicago!

Chicago Tribune reviews the Chicago Comedy scene..

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Editor