Saturday, June 30, 2012

Comedy Distinguished! Kristen Wiig & Jonah Hill Get Academy Invites


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 176 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitation will be the only additions in 2012 to the Academy’s roster of members.

Kristen Wiig "Bridesmaids" and Jonah Hill - two notables in the comedy world have been extended this honor, as a writer and actor respectively. Below is the full list.

"These film professionals represent some of the most talented, most passionate contributors to our industry,” said Academy President Tom Sherak. “I’m glad to recognize that by calling each of them a fellow Academy member."

 Voting membership in the organization has now held steady at just under 6,000 members since 2003.

The 2012 invitees are:
Simon Baker – “Margin Call,” “L.A. Confidential”
Sean Bean – “Flightplan,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring”
Bérénice Bejo – “The Artist,” “OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies”
Tom Berenger – “Inception,” “Platoon”
Demián Bichir – “A Better Life,” “Che”
Jessica Chastain – “The Help,” “The Tree of Life”
Clifton Collins, Jr. – “Star Trek,” “Traffic”
Bryan Cranston – “Contagion,” “Little Miss Sunshine”
Jean Dujardin – “Les infidèls, “The Artist”
Richard E. Grant – “The Iron Lady,” “Withnail & I”
Jonah Hill – “Moneyball,” “Superbad”
Ken Howard – “J. Edgar,” “In Her Shoes”
Diego Luna – “Milk,” “Y Tu Mamá También”
Margo Martindale – “Secretariat,” “Million Dollar Baby”
Melissa McCarthy – “Bridesmaids,” “The Back-Up Plan”
Matthew McConaughey – “The Lincoln Lawyer,” “A Time to Kill”
Janet McTeer – “Albert Nobbs,” “Tumbleweeds”
S. Epatha Merkerson – “Mother and Child,” “Terminator 2: Judgment Day”
Sam Rockwell – “Cowboys & Aliens,” “Noon”
Andy Serkis – “The Prestige,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”
Octavia Spencer – “The Help,” “The Soloist”
Lili Taylor – “Being Flynn,” “High Fidelity”
Nia Vardalos – “For a Good Time, Call…,” “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”
Kerry Washington – “Django Unchained,” “Ray”
Michelle Yeoh – “The Lady,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”

Laurence Bennett – “The Artist,” “Crash”
David Brisbin – “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” “Dead Presidents”
Scott Chambliss – “Cowboys & Aliens,” “Mission: Impossible III”
Wendy Chuck – “The Descendants,” “Sideways”
Maria Djurkovic – “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “The Hours”
Sanja Milkovic Hays – “Battle: Los Angeles,” “Mission to Mars”
Mayes Rubeo – “Avatar,” “Apocalypto”
Anne Seibel – “Midnight in Paris,” “The Devil Wears Prada”
Sharon Seymour – “The Ides of March,” “Friday Night Lights”
Sammy Sheldon – “X-Men: First Class,” “V for Vendetta”

Florian Ballhaus – “Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” “The Devil Wears Prada”
Oliver Bokelberg – “Win Win,” “The Station Agent”
Anna J. Foerster – “Anonymous”
Larry Fong – “Super 8,” “300”
Alwin Kuchler – “Hanna,” “Proof”
Toyomichi Kurita – “Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family,” “Waiting to Exhale”
George Mooradian – “Crazy as Hell,” “Nemesis”
Guillaume Schiffman – “The Artist,” “OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies”
Terry Stacey – “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” “Friends with Money”

Joseph Cedar – “Footnote (Hearat Shulayim),” “Beaufort”
Jean-Pierre Dardenne – “The Kid with a Bike (Le gamin au vélo),” “The Child (L’enfant)”
Luc Dardenne – “Lorna’s Silence (Le silence de Lorna),” “The Son (Le fils)”
Philippe Falardeau – “Monsieur Lazhar,” “It’s Not Me, I Swear! (C’est pas moi, je le jure!)”
Asghar Farhadi* – “A Separation (Jodaieye Nadar az Simin),” “About Elly (Darbareye Elly)
     (also invited to the Writers Branch)
Rodrigo Garcia – “Albert Nobbs,” “Mother and Child”
Michel Hazanavicius* – “Les infidèles (The Players),” “The Artist” (also invited to the Writers Branch)
Kasi Lemmons – “Talk to Me,” “Eve’s Bayou”
Terrence Malick – “The Tree of Life,” “The Thin Red Line”
Michaël R. Roskam – “Bullhead (Rundskop)”
Wong Kar Wai – “My Blueberry Nights,” “In the Mood for Love”

John Battsek – “The Tillman Story,” “One Day in September”
Amy Berg – “Bhutto,” “Deliver Us from Evil”
Simon Chinn – “Project Nim,” “Man on Wire”
Marshall Curry – “If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front,” “Street Fight”
Johanna Demetrakas – “Crazy Wisdom: The Life and Times of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche,” “Bus Riders Union”
Daniel Junge – “Saving Face,” “The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner”
Mary Lampson – “Kimjongilia,” “Harlan County, USA”
Sam Pollard – “Gerrymandering,” “4 Little Girls”
Glenn Silber – “El Salvador: Another Vietnam,” “The War at Home”
Lucy Walker – “The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom,” “Waste Land”

James Amos
Michael Bostick
Richard Brener
Howard Mark Cohen
David C. Glasser
Jeffrey B. Goldstein
Frederick Huntsberry
Jon Jashni
Michael Marshall
Tony Safford
Gregory Silverman
Nigel Sinclair

Film Editors
Kirk Baxter – “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “The Social Network”
Nicolas De Toth – “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” “The Sum of All Fears”
Scott Hill – “Zookeeper,” “Bruce Almighty”
Dan Lebental – “Iron Man 2,” “Elf”
Glen Scantlebury – “Transformers,” “Bram Stoker’s Dracula”

Makeup Artists and Hairstylists

Mark Coulier – “The Iron Lady,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”
Linda Flowers – “The Hunger Games,” “The Social Network”
Toni G – “Salt,” “Monster”
Amanda Knight – “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” “Mission: Impossible”
Tami Lane – “Superman Returns” “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”

Wendy Aylsworth
Kyle Cooper
Patrick Crowley
Bud Davis
Chris deFaria
Sarah Katzman
John Kilkenny
Heidi Levitt
Kerry Lyn McKissick
Elizabeth Sayre
Michael Tadross
Mary Vernieu

Ludovic Bource – “The Artist,” “OSS 117: Lost In Rio”
Alberto Iglesias – “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “The Constant Gardener”
Conrad Pope – “My Week with Marilyn,” “The Rising Place”
Ryuichi Sakamoto – “Love Is the Devil,” “The Last Emperor”
Theodore Shapiro – “The Big Year,” “I Love You, Man”

Letty Aronson – “Midnight in Paris,” “Match Point”
Michael Barnathan – “The Help,” “Rent”
Jean Bréhat – “London River,” “Days of Glory (Indigènes)”
Susan Cartsonis – “Beastly,” “What Women Want”
Tracey Edmonds – “Jumping the Broom,” “Soul Food”
Dede Gardner – “The Tree of Life,” “Running with Scissors”
Grant Heslov* – “The Ides of March,” “Good Night, and Good Luck.” (also invited to the Writers Branch)
Thomas Langmann – “The Artist,” “Mesrine: Public Enemy #1”
William Packer – “Think Like a Man,” “This Christmas”
Aaron Ryder – “The Raven,” “The Prestige”
Peter Saraf – “Our Idiot Brother,” “Little Miss Sunshine”
Mary Jane Skalski – “Win Win,” “The Station Agent”

Public Relations
Larry Baldauf
Cindi Berger
Matthew P. Brubaker
Brian Daly
Rebecca Kearey
Adam Keen
Katie Martin Kelley
Eric Kops
Derek McLay
Michelle Sewell
Mark Woollen

Short Films and Feature Animation
Paul Cichocki – “Brave,” “WALL-E”
Eric Daniels – “Tangled,” “Meet the Robinsons”
Amanda Forbis – “Wild Life,” “When the Day Breaks”
Emily Hubley – “The Toe Tactic,” “Pigeon Within”
William Joyce – “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore,” “Meet the Robinsons”
Marv Newland – “CMYK,” “Tête à Tête à Tête”
Floyd Norman – “Waking Sleeping Beauty,” “Mulan”
Jonas Rivera – “Up,” “Cars”
Michelle Steffes – “The Interview,” “Day Labor”
David Verrall – “Dimanche/Sunday,” “Madame Tutli-Putli”
Jennifer Yuh Nelson – “Kung Fu Panda 2,” “Madagascar”

Erik Aadahl – “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” “Monsters vs Aliens”
Deb Adair – “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance,” “Moneyball”
Stephen M. Bartkowicz – “Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds,” “Red State”
John T. Cucci – “Snow White & the Huntsman,” “Prometheus”
Chuck Garsha – “Misery,” “Die Hard”
Mildred Iatrou – “The Green Hornet,” “The Tree of Life”
Tim LeBlanc – “For Greater Glory,” “Something Borrowed”
Bo Persson – “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “Fanny & Alexander”
Gary L.G. Simpson – “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “The Bourne Ultimatum”
Philip Stockton – “Hugo,” “Brokeback Mountain”

Visual Effects
Scott Benza – “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” “Iron Man”
Greg Butler – “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”
Sheena Duggal – “The Hunger Games,” “Spider-Man 3”
Christopher Evans – “Hugo,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Ben Grossmann – “Hugo,” “The Italian Job”
Dan Lemmon – “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” “King Kong”
John Rosengrant – “Real Steel,” “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines”
Eric Saindon – “Avatar,” “X-Men The Last Stand”
R. Christopher White – “The Lovely Bones,” “Jurassic Park III”
Guy Williams – “Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Avatar”
Joss Williams – “Hugo,” “Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”

J.C. Chandor – “Margin Call”
Asghar Farhadi* – “A Separation (Jodaieye Nadar az Simin),” “Beautiful City (Shahr-e ziba)”
     (also invited to the Directors Branch)
Michel Hazanavicius* – “The Artist,” “OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies” (also invited to the Directors Branch)
Grant Heslov* – “The Ides of March,” “Good Night, and Good Luck.” (also invited to the Producers Branch)
Stephen King – “Pet Sematary,” “Creepshow”
Oren Moverman – “The Messenger,” “I’m Not There”
Annie Mumolo – “Bridesmaids”
Nicholas Stoller – “The Muppets,” “Get Him to the Greek”
Peter Straughan – “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “The Men Who Stare at Goats”
Kristen Wiig – “Bridesmaids”

Additionally, the Academy invited Fritz Gabriel Bauer, Lee S. Berger, Ronald Bernstein, Ariel Emanuel, Jean-Marie Lavalou, Bryan Lourd, Dale Oliver, Jeremy Plager, John B. Quinn and Steve Weinstein to Associate membership.  Associate members are not represented on the Board and do not have Academy Awards® voting privileges.

Three individuals (noted above by an asterisk) have been invited to join the Academy by multiple branches. These individuals must select one branch upon accepting membership.

New members will be welcomed into the Academy at an invitation-only reception in September.

The Academy’s Board of Governors also approved a recommendation from the Art Directors Branch; moving forward, the branch will be known as the Designers Branch. The branch includes production designers, art directors, set decorators and costume designers.

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YouTube's New Comedy Channel

This week YouTube revealed some of it's original programming on its new Comedy Channel.
Jim Gaffigan, Louie C.K. and more will offer content to viewers via the YouTube channel.
The lead series "You're an A-Hole" stars Christian Finnegan, here is a taste:

For all Comedy News read THE COMIC BIBLE MAGAZINE.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Comedy Central New Series

Any Schumer, Anthony Jeselnik, and Ben Hoffman get new series on Comedy Central® (2013)

COMEDY CENTRAL has given series orders to three new shows scheduled to join the network’s roster in 2013, it was announced today by Kent Alterman, Head of Original Programming and Production, COMEDY CENTRAL.  The pick-ups include a weekly, topical series filtered through the dark and twisted mind of Anthony Jeselnik, and sketch series from razor sharp and unapologetic rising stand-up Amy Schumer and a sketch/man-on-the-street hybrid starring comedian Ben Hoffman.
“These three shows have one thing in common, and I dare viewers to watch every single episode to find out what it is,” said Alterman.

Known to COMEDY CENTRAL viewers from his blistering appearances on recent Roasts of Charlie Sheen and Donald Trump, Anthony Jeselnik will bring his signature dark and twisted point-of-view to the network in his new untitled weekly topical series. Jeselnik, who recently taped a one-hour stand-up special for COMEDY CENTRAL, “Anthony Jeselnik: Caligula,” routinely goes where few comedians would even consider going and holds nothing back, saying things most wouldn’t ever dare, all without the slightest hesitation.

“Money, money, money, money, money, money, money, money, money, money,” said Jeselnik.

The mischievous Jeselnik, once dubbed “the Satanic prince of stand-up, a black-hearted joke slinger with a ferocious and unstoppable will to power” by the A.V. Club and “a bad man” (meant in the nicest way) by Conan O’Brien, has written for and appeared on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and has appeared on “John Oliver’s New York Stand-up Show.” His comedy album, “Shakespeare,” was released on COMEDY CENTRAL Records in 2010 and named Comedy Album of the Year by Punchline Magazine. Jeselnik received an Emmy® nomination last year for Outstanding Writing For A Variety, Music or Comedy Special for COMEDY CENTRAL’s “A Night of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Concert for Autism Education.”

The untitled Anthony Jeselnik series is written and executive produced by Jeselnik and Head Writer Tom Johnson. Showrunner Krysia Plonka and Mosaic’s Christie Smith are also Executive Producers. Jim Sharp and Monika Zielinska are the Executives in Charge of Production for COMEDY CENTRAL.

Amy Schumer, who earned rave reviews for her scorching set during last year’s “Roast of Charlie Sheen” will star in a sketch series that will feature single-camera vignettes centered around a theme with Schumer playing heightened versions of herself. The vignettes will be linked together with stand-up footage.

“I am ecstatic to have a home at COMEDY CENTRAL,” said Schumer. “I feel like that network raised me. I love everyone there…though it may just be Stockholm syndrome.”
PHOTO: Comedy Central®
Schumer, who also recently taped a one-hour stand-up special for COMEDY CENTRAL, was a finalist on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.” Since then she has been earning her stripes, working the road, making her one of the fastest-rising talents in the comedy scene. Her history with COMEDY CENTRAL is extensive having appeared on “John Oliver’s New York Stand-up Show,” “Live at Gotham” and “Comedy Central Presents” and she was one of the stars of the series “Reality Bites Back.” In addition, COMEDY CENTRAL Records released her first comedy album, “Cutting,” in 2011. Schumer recently appeared in the film “Price Check” opposite Parker Posey, which premiered this year at Sundance, and can currently be seen in Focus Features’ “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” starring Steve Carell and Keira Knightley. Other television credits include a regular role during the third season of Adult Swim’s “Delocated,” as well as appearances on “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “30 Rock.”

The untitled Amy Schumer series is executive produced by Schumer and Daniel Powell and produced by Levity Entertainment’s Itay Reiss and Derek Van Pelt. Brooke Posch is the Executive in Charge of Production for COMEDY CENTRAL.

“The Ben Show” is a sketch/man-on-the-street hybrid starring comedian Ben Hoffman. Each week, Hoffman will take the viewers on a different life journey, which could include him forming a band, finding religion, auditioning for a reality show or trying out volunteer work. Hoffman seeks advice from people in his life both past and present including his dad, ex-girlfriends, and therapist and tries to figure out how to keep it all from going wrong. These guests also act as co-hosts, helping Hoffman introduce the sketches and keep the show moving.

“I am very excited to be doing this show for COMEDY CENTRAL,” said Hoffman. “And to all the girls I’ve met throughout my life who wouldn’t have sex with me... it’s not too late.”
Hoffman was a Writer/Correspondent for COMEDY CENTRAL’s “Sports Show with Norm Macdonald” and has written for the “MTV Movie Awards.” In addition, he has appeared on “Arrested Development,” “The New Girl,” “Drunk History” and as a co-star of Current TV’s “infoMania.” Hoffman recently and memorably pranked the Twittersphere and the media desperate for details about President Obama’s Hollywood fundraising event with George Clooney, tweeting as if he was present at the event.

“The Ben Show” is executive produced by Hoffman, Mike Gibbons, Itay Reiss, Derek Van Pelt and Judi Brown Marmel and produced by Levity Entertainment. Monika Zielinska is the Executive in Charge of Production for COMEDY CENTRAL.


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Slots Machine & Comedy Magazine
Who is gambling on who is in this issue of THE COMIC BIBLE MAGAZINE?

Below is a A FUN SLOT MACHINE with photos of a few of the interviewees inside this edition of The Comic Bible Magazine

There are many more who shared their insight in this issue and we thank and value them all (see index below).

In the game...
Saranne Rothberg of Comedy Cures. Be sure to visit to find out how you can help. Comedians do - and still can donate their time to spread some laughter to those who need it most.

Robert Duchaine who is in Vegas the first week of July and whose CD "Offensive, but not in a Good Way" is hot and who is in an upcoming film - discussed in the new issue.
Photo by Lisa Mansey

Funny lady, Courtney CA as interviewed by comedian and Comic Bible correspondent, Roz Browne.

Jeffrey Gurian (Comedy Matters) who has done it all and continues to do more - read about his new book, currently in pre-sale at Amazon)  in a previous post or at

Jo Koy - needs no introduction - In the latest issue he talks about his career, his comedy process and his new CD "Lights Out". Catching him streaming every Tuesday at 10PM Eastern, 7pm PT on every

Homer Shadowheart -  Who called him 'preachy'? Try, 'super-funny superman' with a purpose;  Homer Shadowheart was in 'The Bar Exam' with correspondent Dan Hudson. They covered everything from his health, cancer, to Native American Politics, to Religion, to Comedy, to Bar hos??? Find out in this issue. Find out what is next at

Bobby Collins is just hilarious as he shares a little insight and a lot of laughs in the latest issue of THE COMIC BIBLE MAGAZINE. He has a new DVD out and is -everywhere -

Marcus Bishop Wright - Alice Liu get the "Perspective from the Trenches" with Improv Puppeteer, Actor, and Coach Marcus Bishop Wright on World Domination and working with glue.

Courtney Kay Meyers , Jake Lentz and Kyle Dewees, Lance Weiss
Brian Jian, Janette Perez talks to these successful comedy bookers around the country about running your own comedy room.

Rick Shapiro- actor, comedian, writer, and just funny guy and his manager Tracy DeMarzo (Team Shapiro) update readers on the 'DVD' situation and talk about Rick Shapiro's new CD, his last film role and much more - including what a manager should do for a client. Don't forget to help out Rick with medical bills and getting back to 110% - visit
The Rick Shapiro / Tracy DeMarzo Photograph is by Cat Gwynn - check out more of her beautiful work here

3 Blonde Moms™Joanie Fagan, Kat Simmons and Donna Cherry are a hilarious trio who let readers - “See How They Run”™ in this issue. Catch them if you can - in Vegas in July. Sign up for their newletter at

There are lots more great interviews and important articles in this - and every issue- of THE COMIC BIBLE MAGAZINE.  stand UP and read THIS

Steve Mazan recording a CD - FREE Show

Great news!! Steve Mazan's award-winning film, DYING TO DO LETTERMAN made the grade on Kickstarter and is wrapping up a distribution deal.

More news - Steve Mazan will be recording a CD this Friday in Los Angeles - performing with friends, Gary Cannon and Lee Levine –both of who are featured in the film and book DYING TO DO LETTERMAN are If you are in the Los Angeles area this Friday (or know someone who is) don't miss out on the chance to see Steve record his new CD.  Guaranteed laughs at the ACME Theater June 29 8pm and it's FREE!

Read more about DYING TO DO LETTERMAN and Steve Mazan HERE:

In cased you missed the last issue of THE COMIC BIBLE MAGAZINE - pick up one of the few remaining copies - There was an insightful and funy  interview with Steve Mazan about DYING TO DO LETTERMAN.


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Jeffrey Gurian's "Make 'Em Laugh"

Jeffrey Gurian (Comedy Matters) has a new book!!
The book is called Make ’Em Laugh: 35 Years of the Comic Strip, the Greatest Comedy Club of All Time.

As Jerry Seinfeld once said, “When you are a kid starting out as a stand-up comic . . . you dream about the nine o’clock spot on Saturday night at the Comic Strip,” and this book chronicles the thirty-five-year legacy this NYC venue has created for itself.

Make ’Em Laugh is an inside look at how the club began and rose to fame, told from interviews conducted with the stars who built their careers on its stage. From Jerry Seinfeld, Paul Reiser, and Lisa Lampanelli to Billy Crystal, Ray Romano, Tony Rock and more, this book is built on intimate memories, behind-the-scenes insights, and reflections on the Strip’s important role in shaping the careers of some of comedy’s brightest stars.

Including a foreword by Chris Rock, Make ’Em Laugh is sure to become a staple for any comedian or comedy lover’s library!

Make ’Em Laugh: 35 Years of the Comic Strip, the Greatest Comedy Club of All Time - is available for pre-sale on Amazon -right now- and will be released October 2012.
Find it here 

Jeffrey Gurian's Comedy Matters is a fantastic Comedy Vlog with articles and interviews with many comedians as well as links to his own hilarious Gurian News Network.

You can read more about Jeffrey Gurian in the latest issue of THE COMIC BIBLE MAGAZINE!

Monday, June 25, 2012

the Doug Benson Experiment 'Smug LIfe'

The ultimate stoner experiments....
Doug Benson, king of all things pot and movies, is back to talk about his favorite subjects and joke around in his new album, SMUG LIFE, released by Comedy Central Records on July 3rd. The double album finds Benson trying a grand social experiment: Two shows were recorded live on April 20, 2012 at Parlor Live Comedy Club in Bellevue, WA. The first show was performed “uncooked,” while the second show was done totally cooked!
Check out a two-track preview of the new double album SMUG LIFE ...

Be sure to leave a comment with your thoughts on the SMUG LIFE experiment!!

For all comedy news - pick up THE COMIC BIBLE MAGAZINE

ABC Disney Diversity Casting

This issue of THE COMIC BIBLE MAGAZINE has an article about the major networks diversity programs which includes some important dates to remember in order to apply.

One of the dates quotes is July – when ABC Disney Talent Program opens up.  To read the article pick up a copy at your local newsstand or buy it online at In the meantime, here is the information about the program directly from the ABC/Disney website;

Launched in October 2001, Disney l ABC Television Group’s highly coveted Casting Project identifies/develops culturally and ethnically diverse talent and actors with disabilities by hosting a talent showcase each year in New York and Los Angeles. Former participants include ABC talent such as Jorge Garcia (“LOST”) and Carrie Ann Inaba (“Dancing with the Stars”). Selected participants perform one-act vignettes for casting directors, talent agents, managers and other industry professionals who view a series of live, one-act vignettes performed by the actors.  The showcases are produced in partnership with AFTRA /SAG  and Actors’ Equity Association.

About The Program
Actors selected to participate in the Casting Project work with veteran directors for an intensive, two- to three-week rehearsal process in preparation for the East Coast or West Coast showcases. Each showcase spotlights actors performing one-act vignettes for invited casting directors, talent agents, managers and other industry professionals. Selected participants will be assigned a network executive from the Casting Department who will act as their mentor for one year. Additionally, participants will have access to various ABC and ABC Studios executives. Various workshops also will be scheduled throughout the year for the actors to further hone their craft. As a direct result of the Casting Project, 90% of our showcase actors have either auditioned for, or were cast as, a series regular, recurring or guest role on primetime and/or daytime television, as well as being cast in film and commercial roles. What’s more, 60% have either met or signed with agents.

When To Apply
The annual submission for the New York and Los Angeles Casting Project showcases varies.  [This year’s calendar for submissions is July and the L.A. program is scheduled for September.]

How To Apply
Actors must submit their headshot and résumé during the submission period.  No material will be accepted outside of the designated submission period.

About The Selection Process
After receiving submissions from across the country, each year the ABC and ABC Studios (New York and Los Angeles) primetime casting departments narrow down the search by selecting more than 1,200 actors to move into the audition process.

Participants for each talent showcase must be at least 18 years old. Previous acting experience/training is required of all, but professional representation is not necessary.

Submit Headshots & Resumes only to:

Disney/ABC Talent
500 S. Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521

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Roseanne to be Roast-ed by Comedy Central


COMEDY CENTRAL is rolling out the red carpet for one of America’s most outspoken and pioneering comedians.  The network announced today that Roseanne Barr will be the next Roastee.  The “COMEDY CENTRAL Roast Of Roseanne” (#RoseanneRoast) will tape in Los Angeles on Saturday, August 4.  The Roast will premiere on COMEDY CENTRAL on Sunday, August 12 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

“Although Roseanne appears to be a demure, soft spoken woman eternally committed to the status quo, we believe under the surface is an explosive, trail-blazing cultural revolution.  We are honored to Roast her,” said Kent Alterman, Head of Original Programming and Production, COMEDY CENTRAL.  “Celebrating Roseanne’s unprecedented achievements in comedy and television will surely inspire us to make this Roast more reminiscent of the classic roasts, where the intimacy of friends jousting with each other came through.”

When asked about the Roast, Roseanne remarked, “All I can say is good luck finding anything about me to make fun of... I mean, I've never made a mistake or offended anyone in my life!”

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Saturday, June 23, 2012


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Comedies Casting!

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Morning Wood Productions in association with FilmNation Entertainment are set to begin shooting a teen comedy feature film titled "Premature"

Tomorrow -- GA
Casting Extras -Must look  like high school students/ look younger than 18 but be over 19
MTC Powers/Ferry Center
 Ower Ferry Road SE
Marietta GA 30067
Sunday June 24 12-3

"Glee" is casting new series regulars to make up the new high school glee club for the show's fourth season.
ONLY Submit photos and resumes by mail.
Jim Carnahan
231 W. 38th St. Suite 1200 New York, NY 10018

Extras Casting
Sande Alessi Casting
13731 Ventura Bluvd. Top Floor
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Registration Hotline Information: 818-623-7040

Friday, June 22, 2012

Comedy Bang Bang IFC & Near You

IFC Fridays are hot with Comedy Bang! Bang! at 10pm followed by Bunk
If you're a fan of Comedy Bang! Bang! (and who isn't?) you've just got more good news....
Scott Aukerman & Friends kick off national Comedy Bang! Bang! LIVE! tour beginning July 15

Comedy Bang! Bang! LIVE!. Like the podcast? Fan of the TV show? Well it's not that. IFC. Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington D.C.

Stops include: New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Boston, Chicago, L.A. & more!
Sunday, July 15
The Casbah - San Diego, CA
Sunday, July 29
Cedar Cultural Center - Minneapolis, MN
Monday, July 30
Logan Square Auditorium - Chicago, IL
Wednesday, August 1
Neptune Theatre - Seattle, WA
Thursday, August 2
Aladdin Theater - Portland, OR
Friday, August 3
Herbst Theater - San Francisco, CA
Saturday, August 4
First Unitarian Church - Los Angeles, CA
Monday, August 6
Royale - Boston, MA
Tuesday, August 7
Highline Ballroom - New York City, NY
Wednesday, August 8
Howard Theatre - Washington, DC
Thursday, August 9
Trocadero Theatre - Philadelphia, PA
Friday, August 10
TBD - Vancouver, B.C.

Tweet your Jokes - Klondike Joke Contest

Comics - get your funny on and enter the Klondike Comedy Showcase, a Twitter joke contest hosted by Twitter phenom Rob Delaney (@robdelaney). Recently named “Funniest Person on Twitter” at Comedy Central’s Comedy Awards, as well as National Lampoon’s “Twitter King,” Delaney knows his way around the online comedy scene. With nearly 450,000 followers he’s clearly already made a name for himself on Twitter, and he’d like to help you do the same.

  Over the last several weeks, Rob and Klondike have been encouraging aspiring comedians and everyday jokesters to submit their own comedic interpretations of various predetermined joke categories throughout the summer. The rules are simple – jokes just need to be original and they need to include the KCS hashtag (#KCS).

Through July @robdelaney and @Klondikebar will be launching a new joke category each week (weeks 1-5 have already gone live). A finalist is being announced at the end of each joke phase. From there, the 10 finalists will face-off for a chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip with Rob to the New York Comedy Festival in November.

Visit the KCS leaderboard site for more details and to take a look at how the first several joke categories were received.
Sign in via Twitter, Submit an original joke
Use #KCS and follow @Klondikebar to be eligible.

Participate for a chance to win* an all-expenses paid trip and VIP access to the New York Comedy Festival in November!

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Funny Ladies Wanted

This summer, comedy producers are searching for the New York metropolitan area’s funniest women to take part in the Ladies of Laughter comedy contest for cash prizes, comedy bookings, gift certificates, merchandise and the 2012 Ladies of Laughter titles.
“Since it was first introduced into comedy clubs in 1999, the Ladies of Laughter series has awarded comedy bookings, major publicity and over $20,000 to comediennes and has been a driving force behind women comediennes getting to the next level in their careers,” said Executive Producer, Peggy Boyce.
The events have led contestants to appearances in local and national media, including ABC-Television, Comedy Central, FOX-TV and even to feature stories in the New York Times, not to mention the paid bookings many comediennes receive afterwards at major comedy clubs.
A percentage of proceeds from this year’s events will benefit Buddy Cares – an animal rights advocacy group that provides wellness and services to abandoned animals in need.
2012 Ladies of Laughter sponsors include, Gotham Comedy Club, Broadway Comedy Club, The Comic Strip, Leica Camera, Back Stage Magazine, Comic Bible and Andover Communications. Part of the prize package will also include the winner taking part in a paid comedy tour co-produced by Ladies of Laughter and Admire Entertainment.
Those interested in registering for Ladies of Laughter should go to Contestants must be eighteen years or older and must enter no later than July 20th to be considered for the 2012 competition.
Ladies of Laughter has separate categories for “Professionals” and “Newcomers”. Each contestant will be judged on audience response, originality, material and delivery by a panel of entertainment industry judges. Winners from each event advance to the Finale where they will be perform before Comedy Central, major talent representatives and press.

The 2012 Ladies of Laughter Event Schedule:

Tuesday, July 17th @ 8:00pm-Broadway Comedy Club- 318 W. 53rd St. New York, 212-757-2323

Tuesday, July 24th @ 8:00pm-Broadway Comedy Club-318 W. 53rd St. New York, 212-757-2323

Friday, July 27th@ 6:15pm-The Comic Strip-1568 Second Ave. New York, 212-861-9386

Wednesday, Aug. 1st @ 8:00pm-Broadway Comedy Club-318 W. 53rd St. New York, 212-757-2323


Wednesday, Aug. 15th @ 8:00pm-Gotham Comedy Club-208 W. 23rd. St. New York, 212-367-9000

Tickets for all preliminary events can be purchased at Ladies of under “2012 Events”

Tickets for the 2012 Finale on August 15th can be purchased at

For more information on Ladies of Laughter, go to To keep up to date on all the developments in this year’s Ladies of Laughter series, “Like” “The Ladies of Laughter” on Facebook and follow them on Twitter at LadiesOLaughter.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Comedy Comes Together Laugh for Comedian Mike MacDonald

Need Laughers!! Here is a template to promo the show, please pass it along, use it, abuse it, edit it to promo the coast to coast comedy shows this Thursday:

A Laugh is worth a thousand chuckles.
The biggest comedy club event ever held.
June 21, 2012 - You are being asked to go to your local comedy club and LAUGH to help someone else.
The largest group of people who mock every aspect of the life experience, have grouped together to support something that is hard to find humor in.
An unprecedented grouping of North America’s funniest talent. An event, the likes of, never seen in Comedy.

Comedy Legend Mike Macdonald has become ill and needs a Liver transplant. If he survives and finds a liver donor, he will be unable to work for at least a year and maybe two years. Last month Mike MacDonald reached out to his friends on facebook to ask if anyone was O negative blood type and would be willing to donate a part of their liver. Currently seeking a liver, the best comedians from New Brunswick to HOLLYWOOD have massed together to put on fundraising shows June 21, 2012. These fundraisers will help Mike with the living costs of being out of work for an extended period of time, and some of the medical costs that will be incurred during that time.
Comedy clubs across the continent have dropped competition and political lines for a day and donated their comedy rooms June 21, 2012. A massing of Comedians, have donated their humor to these stages. Never has there been a comedy club event of this magnitude. Now the comedians are asking you to come and enjoy the laughter they have crafted for some of them decades!! June 21, 2012 will be the funniest day …. Ever….
The night before, June 20, 2012:
The events will kick off in Hollywood at THE WORLD FAMOUS LAUGH FACTORY on Sunset Blvd, with an UNHEARD of line up of comedians on ONE show, ONE NIGHT ONLY:
Hosted by Jeremy Hotz
Featuring: Bob Saget, Dane Cook, Dave Foley, Tom Green, Kevin Nealon, Paul Rodriguez, Dom Irrera, Bobby Slayton, Harland Williams, John Wing Jr., Chris D’elia, Ian Edwards

Canadians are not always the quickest to help each other, but hopefully they will join these comedians and donate one night of having fun and get out to your local comedy club June 21, 2012 across Canada and June 20, 2012 in Hollywood (if you have friends there, call them and tell them to get a ticket)!
As anyone in Canada, that has tried to organize a fundraiser, will tell you that it is nearly impossible to get people to come out and support. However, this will be the funniest night of caring and compassion that you will ever witness. It is also historical in its size and span of co-operation! XM Radio is naming it Mike MacDonald day! It is also the first day of summer! It is also Mike MacDonald’s birthday! So, become part of history and buy your tickets today!
Find the list of venues on facebook (or call your local comedy club):

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Breaking Comedy News! Cringe Humor Opens new comedy club The Stand in NYC

Breaking Comedy News! Cringe Humor Opens new comedy club The Stand in NYC

Cringe Humor will now be opening its doors to their first comedy club and restaurant venue called The Stand!

Set to open this summer, The Stand Restaurant & Comedy Club brings world-class comedians to Gramercy Park in an intimate live stand-up comedy showroom seven nights a week, in its bi-level venue located at 239 Third Avenue.

Brought to you by Patrick Milligan, Cris Italia, Paul Italia and David Kimowitz, who each maintained a strong presence in the comedy scene over the past ten years through their company Cringe Humor, The Stand will undoubtedly become New York's premier comedy club destination.

Originally a website, Cringe Humor offered reviews and promotion of some of NYC's funniest performers. Having gone through many stages of evolution, Cringe Humor will now be opening its doors to their first comedy club and restaurant venue called The Stand. The comedy club boasts a 100 seat intimate show room similar to the venues where Cringe Humor shows were first produced. The Stand will also feature a 60 seat restaurant, serving upscale comfort food, with Chef Seth Levine’s restaurant group controlling the kitchen.

Founder Patrick Milligan began booking shows across New York City in April, 2004 featuring Cringe Humor approved performers. The shows became legendary in the underground scene and would eventually become fixtures in some of the most popular club venues throughout Manhattan. Cringe Humor eventually became part of the New York Comedy Festival and New York Underground Comedy Festival.

In 2005 Patrick partnered up with Cris Italia, Paul Italia and David Kimowitz and founded Cringe Humor Productions, focusing on developing programming for web and TV.  In 2006 the group created CH Entertainment, a management company aiding the careers of both established and up and coming performers.

Among their other endeavors, the company launched Cringe Humor Records in December, 2011 and debuted at #1 on the iTunes Comedy charts with Rich Vos' "Still Empty Inside".

Cringe Humor continues to live up to its legacy with the opening of The Stand Restaurant & Comedy Club. Its intimate setting allows audiences to enjoy the great food, world-class talent and riotous laughs up close. For tickets and information visit ( For the latest news follow them on Twitter @TheStandNYC.