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KILLIN’ IT: Iliza Shlesinger Talks Comedy, Career, “Separation Anxiety” And More!

KILLIN’ IT: Iliza Shlesinger Talks Comedy, Career, “Separation Anxiety” And More!

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When Icon Vs. Icon caught up with Iliza Shlesinger 4 years ago (read the interview here), it was clear she was going places. Since then, she has continued to kill on stage and hit each project she takes on, no matter the size, out of the park. For the uninitiated, Iliza Shlesinger made a huge splash in the comedy world when see became the only female and youngest comedian to hold the title of NBC’S ‘Last Comic Standing.’ Over the years her impressive list TV credits continues to grow and includes multiple appearances on NBC’S “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” “TBS’ Deal With It,” “Comedy Central Presents,” “Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham,” E! Network’s “Chelsea Lately” and many more. 

Her debut one hour comedy special, “War Paint” reached #1 on the iTunes charts and was named one of the “Top Ten Albums of 2013” on iTunes. Her follow up Netflix Original Comedy Special “Freezing Hot” premiered to rave reviews in January 2015. Her latest Netflix produced special, “Freezing Hot,” solidified her as one of today’s leading female comedians whose material focuses on the relatable when it comes to being a woman. Whether it’s giving the play-by-play of what it’s like to order at a restaurant with a group of girlfriends or the addictive nature of Pinterest, she prides herself on staying connected to current day issues we all face. Both of the specials are currently streaming on Netflix.

If all those projects weren’t enough, she also hosts a killer weekly podcast, ‘Truth & Iliza,’ where her and her friends talk about all the things that bother them. One of the best podcasts on the web, her recent guests include Adam Carolla, Jeff Miller of Thrillist, Dr. Drew Pinsky, Reggie Watts, Ben Gleib Carney Wilson and Jay Leno. As her legion of dedicated fans grows larger with each passing day, her creative fire that burns hotter than ever. 

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Iliza Shlesinger to discuss her career, the making of her specials, her upcoming role as a game show host on TBS’s “Separation Anxiety” and what the future may hold for this star on the rise.

Iliza will be heading at the Baltimore Comedy Factory on November 4th and 5th. Click here to purchase tickets!

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Iliza Shlesinger

It’s been awhile since we last spoke, which was in early 2011. You have been a busy woman in that time. How has life changed for you?

Wow! Well, I have had two Netflix specials, “Freezing Hot” and “War Paint.” I have probably made a bunch of pilots since then. I am hosting a new show, which will debut in January on TBS, called “Separation Anxiety,” which I am the host of. I am excited for that! It has been a lot of touring and fun projects. It’s hard to encapsulate four years of growth in a couple of sentences!

Before we dive into those, I wanted to go back to your early days as a comic. Was it a difficult process to find your voice, so to speak?

To say it is a process means that you are cognizant of the fact that you are working on finding your voice and I think the truth is that your voice has to find you. All you can do is keep getting up and eventually you sort of hone a process and a way that you see things. You step away from jokes that you don’t want to make and move more toward ideas you want to discuss. I think that is a combination of intelligence, know how, desire and drive. You can’t find a voice unless you are getting up a lot and are prolific in your writing. It really just takes time. You have to find the confidence on stage to say what you want to say and back it up with not only humor but intelligence.

You are headed to Baltimore this week for a few shows, which is how we connected. You have been to the city many times. What are your impressions of the city?

I can only speak to the one club. I sort of have a standing arrangement with the Baltimore Comedy Factory. I can tell you, I think I am the only white woman that plays that club, so I wear that proudly as a badge of armor! The people always come out and are supportive. I don’t think I would have a standing date there for all these years if I wasn’t an act that wasn’t appreciated there. I really like Baltimore. My thing is, cities usually stand out if they are really bad and I tend not to go back to those cities! [laughs] I definitely like going and I like the venue. They changed it recently. I get to see some friends and I couldn’t be more excited to go back to Baltimore.

You spend quite a bit of time on the road. What impact has life on the road had on you as a person and your comedy?

You know, it really has nothing to do with the act aside from I am tired sometimes. Nothing in my act really comes from touring. I used to have an old joke in my act about boarding zones but, aside from that, the act onstage doesn’t have anything about traveling or anything. That being said, the more you travel, the more of a perspective you get and the more you are able to adapt to different kinds of audiences. If you are somebody who only does jokes about the South and you go to Oregon for the weekend, it might be a little bit different for you. The travel really puts me in tune to the different perspectives of the different cities and states. I think it definitely helps you become a more well-rounded comedian.

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You have two specials on Netflix right now, as you mentioned. As a fan of comedy, I don’t think we see what goes into bringing it to life behind the scenes. What goes into bringing it to life?

With Netflix, “War Paint” was an acquisition, meaning we made it, they acquired it and put it on Netflix. “Freezing Hot” was a Netflix Original, so basically Netflix said, “We loved your material and we would like to have you do your next one.” They give you X amount of dollars and they are very good about letting the artist be themselves. They don’t come in and edit out anything, so it is very much your special. I tell my agent the names of three cities that I would like to shoot the special in because you might want to shoot your special in Seattle or Tempe but if the dates you want to record are already booked, you can wait but I am not great at waiting. You have to have an idea of different places you want and find something you like within those. It is a question of if you want a big venue or a small venue but it is all totally up to you. I just picked the city I liked for the last one and we did it in Denver. I always forget how the altitude gets to me! Then you get an audience coordinator who makes sure all of your fans show up. The hardest part for me is figuring out an outfit! When it comes to the material, it is like training for an athletic event. I have been on the road almost every weekend for the last five months. I am booked through February and I am working on my third tour. I want it to be absolutely perfect, so I am putting in hundreds and hundreds of hours to make sure I am saying exactly what I want to say.

One of the things I found really interesting about “Freezing Hot” was the incorporation of the hashtags. Can you tell us a little about that?

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Iliza Shlesinger

Yeah, I did that because Netflix doesn’t share their numbers. You might think that you are doing well and I can see the exponential growth of my tour business by how well my special did but I did it as my way of not only gauging who is responding but also to interact with fans. We all watch TV these days with our phones in hand. You can be watching anything and you will interact with it on Twitter or Instagram. I did that to give people another way to feel connected to the material and it has worked. For example, #friedshrimp. People come out to a show and we do fried shrimp poses. #partygoblin is another big one and we just recently got that trademarked. There are all these different ways that people can feel connected to the material and respond to it and I get to see what they like. The weird part is that whatever joke it is that they love, it isn’t like I can do it again. However, it is gratifying to know that something you created is making people respond so whole-heartedly. That is why I did it.

For those who are familiar with your body of work and coming out to see you again, what can we expect from your set these days? Also, has your writing process changed much?

For me, the writing process has stayed the same. I used to get up as many times as I could because that is what I thought you had to do. Now, I have been getting up so much for so many years, that is the way I write. I don’t sit at a computer. My bag is filled with little bits of paper with jokes, words and letters written all over the place like a serial killer. I get up and that is where I write, onstage. When people come to see me in Baltimore, for example, they will see 98% of a brand new hour with one or two old jokes. It depends on the crowd. I know we all have our favorite jokes but I think people are really going to like the new stuff. Party Goblin might make an appearance!

If people love your comedy, they need to check out your podcast, “Truth & Iliza.” What do you love about the medium and what do you bring to the table as a podcaster?

A must-listen for podcast fans.

A must-listen for podcast fans.

You know, I am going to have a late night talk show. It is going to happen at some point in my life. I really started the podcast to work on my listening skills. I do it for my interview skills, as well. However, I think a lot of comics are funny and then they think they can do anything in the realm of comedy, only to find out they are terrible at podcasting. I think that is because most comics aren’t good listeners and everything is about teeing up for your next bit. What I have learned in doing this podcast is to let your own agenda go and really try to be present and listen to what someone else is saying and build jokes off of that. I think you get that with this podcast. I also think you get the perspective of an intelligent girl that is funny that you have been a fan of for a while and putting that into a dialogue as opposed to a monologue. I think a lot of girls go this really sexual route and everything is about sex, dating and relationships. I definitely complain about those things on the podcast, as the whole point of the podcast is complaining about things, and I can find fault with anything.

You had some great shows and amazing guests along the way. What have some of the highlights been for you on the show?

You know, everyone has been great. What really stands out to me is the opportunity to reach out to people and when they say, “Yes,” it is really gratifying. I had Jay Leno on. I had Jim Jefferies and he is pretty great. I just had Lizz Winstead on, who is the creator of “The Daily Show.” Every guest I have had, I have really enjoyed having, whether they are my friend, a Twitter friend or someone I respect in comedy. We recently had Diablo Cody on! You do a podcast to sort of branch out and have other perspectives, so every guest has provided a great episode. I have been really happy with all of them!

Tell us a little more about “Separation Anxiety” on TBS, which is headed our way in 2016. How did you get involved and what can we expect?

They offered it to me and I said, “OK!” [laughs] They offered it to me and I said, “Ya know, I don’t really want to host a game show.” But then, they explained the premise of it and I was like, “This is amazing!” I am not even saying this because it is my job! I have never seen a game show like this. The whole premise is that you take two people who know each other really well, which could be your wife, best friend or sister, and you think you are on an Internet game show to win $2,500. What you don’t know is that you are actually playing on national TV and the prize is actually a quarter of a million dollars. One of you knows it, the other one doesn’t and we separate you. It is the anxiety that comes with the person who knows how much money is at stake watching the other person play and they aren’t taking it as seriously.

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Iliza Shlesinger

Standup comedy is experiencing an amazing boom right now, which is awesome if you are a fan. What is the best part of being a part of the scene right now? What excites you as an artist?

I think the best part is the opportunity. I think people are more open to comics and women in particular and letting us speak. It is a marathon, not a sprint. The more love and time you put into your act and the more of an image you build for yourself, the more opportunities will present themselves. I don’t get asked, “Hey do you want to host a red carpet for a webcast?” It is interesting to see, after putting in 10 years, the type of jobs that are offered and the types of roles you get offered to audition for. It is really interesting to see what you put out there and how people respond to it. I know that sounds like a weird answer but I am just loving the connection with my fans. They mean everything to me and I am loving creating things and having them validated on a daily basis. That is really what you hope for as a comedian.

You have a ton of irons in the fire. Where do you see yourself headed in the short term in terms of other projects and when might we see a new special?

We have another special and I am polishing it now. I will be having a talk with Netflix very soon, so I don’t know for sure. I couldn’t tell you when we are going to shoot it but it will likely be in the next six months. As we mentioned, “Separation Anxiety” will be coming out in January. I did a couple of game shows that will be coming out soon, where I am a contestant. “Hollywood Game Night” with Jane Lynch is one of them. We also have two TV shows in the works but I am not one to talk about projects before they have fully come to fruition, so that is all I will say about it, without sounding like a liar! [laughs]

Looking back on your career to date, how have you most evolved as an artist?

I think I have most evolved material-wise. I did a show a couple of months ago where you had to do the first set that you ever did. While the jokes were never bad, I would not make a herpes joke now. [laughs] Having the confidence and intelligence to back up your point of view is so important. Your material is everything if you are a real comic. What you say on stage is how people judge you as a public persona, so I would have to say the material is my biggest evolution. The older you get, the more you evolve. I definitely have jokes about being drunk but I’m 32 and if my material was the same as it was at 22, then that’s a problem!

Well, that is the truth! We can’t wait to see this new hour, Iliza! Thanks for your time today and we wish you continued success!

Thank you, Jason! I appreciate that! Talk to you later!

Be sure to check out Iliza Shlesinger’s official site at www.iliza.com. Connect with her on social media via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Check out both “War Paint” and “Freezing Hot” on Netflix. The “Truth & Iliza” podcast is available on iTunes for your listening pleasure!

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THAT GOOD FUNNY: Rod Man Discusses Bringing His Comedy To The Masses!

THAT GOOD FUNNY: Rod Man Discusses Bringing His Comedy To The Masses!

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When you get bitten by the comedy bug, sometimes there is nothing you can do but throw caution to the wind follow your dream. Such is the case with the always hilarious Rod Man. Best known as the winner of “Last Comic Standing Season 8,” his unique delivery and voice have captured the attention of diverse audiences around the nation. Throw in his laid-back style, southern charm, wit and ability to find the funny in everyday life, and you have the ingredients for a future comedy star.

His journey started when his love of the art form inspired him to sign up for open mic nights at Atlanta’s Uptown Comedy Club, hosted by the hilarious Earthquake. “Uptown was the place to be on Tuesday nights. The place was packed. You never knew who would stop in and do a guest spot. And you never really knew when you were going to hit the stage, because the list meant absolutely nothing to Earthquake.” Since those open mic nights, Rod became an award-winning, quintessential entertainer. He graced the stage at Caesar’s Palace, The Gibson Amphitheater, and The Apollo Theater. He is currently the host of his own YouTube shows — ‘Time Out with Rod Man’ and ‘That Good Funny.’

Besides his amazing stint on “Last Comic Standing,” Rod Man’s other impressive television appearances include “The Bad Boys of Comedy” for HBO, Martin Lawrence’s “First Amendment” for Starz, Nick Cannon’s “Wild ‘N Out” for MTV, “One Mic Stand” for BET, “The Funny Spot” for TV One, and “The World Stands Up” for BBC America. He even co-hosted a morning drive-time show in Los Angeles on Stevie Wonder-owned KJLH Radio/102.3 FM. However, his considerable talent isn’t limited to the comedy club as he is also an actor and writer, known for his roles in “Funny People” (2009) with Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen, “The Big Black Comedy Show, Vol. 2” (2005), and “The Chocolate Sundaes Comedy Show” (2013).

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Rod man to discuss his comedic roots, the impact of winning ‘Last Comic Standing’ on his skyrocketing career, the lessons he has learned along the way and what the future might hold for this star on the rise!

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Rod Man

Lets go all the way back to the beginning. How did you get involved with comedy?

I grew up in the Atlanta area and initially started comedy after being inspired by “Def Comedy Jam,” “Showtime at the Apollo” and “Evening at the Improv.” I got my start at the Uptown Comedy Club in Atlanta at a Tuesday night open mic. That was my start about 20 years ago! I have been doing it ever since. I started regionally and worked my way around the country!

Was there a point when you knew comedy was something you had to pursue as a career?

I always knew that there was something in me in a creative sense. I used to try to write songs. I knew there was something I was supposed to be doing to be entertaining but I couldn’t sing, so I knew that wasn’t it! The thing about comedy is that once you do it, you get a high from it. They say there is no other feeling like it and they are right! Once I started I couldn’t stop and it was my drug of choice!

Who were some of the biggest influences on you as a performer?

When I first started, I remember watching “Def Comedy Jam” and seeing Martin Lawrence. I knew of Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby and Eddie Murphy before then and they were like gods to me. When Def Jam came out, it was like cats who kinda looked like me and were doing raunchy comedy. Then I saw Chris Tucker and he was from Atlanta as well. I looked in the Yellow Pages and found the comedy club. He was probably the first person I had seen from my area that made me think I could do it as well. When I went to the club, I saw Earthquake, DC Curry, Mike Epps and a lot of different cats from the local scene. From there, I just went to work!

Every comedian has their own unique voice. What went into the process of finding your voice?

I think you develop your voice from being on stage. I used to not take a pause and I still don’t take many pauses. People are like, “Is he going to take a breath?!” [laughs] I didn’t like the silence. Then I had a friend, who was also a comedian, say, “They are listening to you, so keep talking. You are a great storyteller.” I learned to get comfortable in that silence. If you know my work, I will hit you with six or seven punchlines so the payoff is always good! It was nerves when I first started but it developed into my own form of comedy.

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What can you tell us about your writing process and how it might have evolved through the years?

I am a classic storyteller, so I typically just start off with an idea for a story or something from my life. I always start from a personal premise. I am an observational comic, so if I am traveling and I have to take my shoes off, I want to know why I have to take my shoes off! Now I have to have good socks on because I have to take my shoes off. Everything is a cause and effect, so that is my brand of comedy.

Many people will recognize you from winning Season 8 of “Last Comic Standing.” What type of impact did winning the show have on your career?

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Rod Man

It has been an amazing experience! I have been going around the country and bringing people that good funny. I did the show and then went on a 55 city tour. After that, I have continued on around the country getting ready for my own hour special. There has been a lot of love! My audience has changed a bit. I have a few more white fans now! [laughs] I am happy with that! I always thought my comedy was more than just urban. Funny doesn’t have a color, funny is funny! I have a little bit of everybody in the audience, different genders and races. It is amazing and has been really cool, man.

Leading up to Season 8 of “Last Comic Standing,” there was a bit of a reality TV element involved. As an artist, did you have any reservations about doing the show?

Of course. I had seen previous seasons of the show and anybody and their mama could come off the street and say they do comedy. It was reality-show based then but once I found out that it was going to be 100 comedians by invitation only, it helped set my mind at ease. Wanda Sykes was behind it and I know how she feels about comedy, so it was a good look. You have reservations any time you are going to do a reality show because you do standup and I have been doing standup for years. Once I got on the show, it was clear it was about comedy at the end of the day. That is what I was interested in and it was more of a competition show than a reality show.

Did you take anything away from your time on the show that you applied to your career?

Being a professional. When I went to the set each day, I saw professionals working. Sometimes, as comedians, people look at us as clowns or silly and you lose focus of it but this is a business. It is a funny business, it is a craft, so you respect your craft. I learned to respect it a little bit more.

You mentioned working on an hour for your own special. Where are you in the process and what goes into bringing it to life?

We have written it and I am probably going to tape it in November, so you will see it at the top of 2016 for sure. Finding the right producers and location is a challenge, in addition to what jokes are going to go into it. It has an ebb and flow to it. I don’t want to put something just because so a lot of thought has gone into it. It has been about team building, set building and joke building, all while discovering the story we want to tell in the comedy.

You never seem to slow down. What other projects do you have in the works?

From winning the show, there was a development deal involved, so we are in the process of pitching that to the network. Hopefully that goes through so we will be bringing that good funny directly into your living room. Keep your fingers crossed for that! I have also been going out on auditions a lot to see what comes from this whole comedy tree. I always say, standup is the roots and everything else are the branches that grow from that. We are just trying to water all the branches and roots!

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Standup comedy is experiencing a big revival these days. What are you seeing as an artist and what is the best part of being involved?

Standup is definitely going through a boom at the moment. People say anytime the economy is good, the gas goes down. That is good for my business because people leave the house to come out to a show! I think social media had a big influence on comedy. There is a difference between being funny as a stand-up and being funny on Twitter. I am a fan of classic stand-up: a stool, a microphone and a stage. It is just a question of where you want to put your funny! That is the whole thing! It is definitely a good time to be a comedian or a funny person.

Obviously, winning “Last Comic Standing” was a huge moment for you. What are some of the other moments you might consider your creative milestones?

That is a great question. Ya know, I don’t think I have reached my next creative milestone. I always look at my comedy, and myself, as a work in progress. I am not a finished product, so I am always striving to get better each day!

What’s coming up for you in the short term?

It’s just more funny in your face! That is how we like to do it! We are always in a city on a weekend and I am about to head out to Montreal for the Just For Laughs Festival. That is where all the movers and shakers come, so big things will be happening there!

That is great to hear! Thanks for your time today! We look forward to seeing everything you have in store for us!

Thank you, Jason!

For the latest dates and developments in the world of Rod Man, visit his official site at www.rodmancomedy.com. Connect with him on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!

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Don Jamieson To Release “Hell Bent for Laughter” On March 18th

Don Jamieson To Release “Hell Bent for Laughter” On March 18th

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Don Jamieson’s ‘Hell Bent For Laughter’

Don Jamieson is set to release his second album on March 18th on Metal Blade Records! Hell Bent for Laughter was record in December of 2013 at Uncle Vinnie’s Comedy Club in Pleasant Beach, NJ. The BYOB club, one of Jamieson’s favorites on the east coast, turned out to be the perfect venue for Don’s straight-forward, irreverent comedy! Fans can listen to the opening track from the album, including an intro from UFO’s Vinnie Moore and Jim Florentine at metalblade.com/donjamieson. An iTunes version with an exclusive bonus track is also available for pre-order now.

Don Jamieson comments: “I’m really pumped to unleash my second stand-up comedy CD, ‘Hell Bent For Laughter,’on the masses. In this day and age of “fake outrage,” Metal Blade never asked me to tone it down or soften anything up. So I didn’t.”

Don Jamieson began his writing and stand up career nearly two decades ago as one of the young and talented comedy minds at MTV, helping to launch the careers of comics like Jon Stewart, Kevin James, Pauly Shore and Tom Green. Amongst his many accomplishments, Jamieson won an Emmy for his work on HBO’s Inside the NFL.” Additionally, Jamieson co-stars on That Metal Show on VH1 Classic with Eddie Trunk and Jim Florentine. To date, That Metal Show is the longest running original program in the history of the network.

Don Jamieson’s previous album, “Live and Hilarious“, debuted at #9 on Billboard’sComedy Albums chart among albums from Louis C.K., Mike Birbiglia, Daniel Toshand more. The album also debuted at #17 on the iTunes comedy charts.

DON JAMIESON Gigs, appearances, and more
02/15 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom Don, Jim, and Ed from That Metal Show Live on Stage

02/21 Kenilworth, NJ 10th St. Live 
03/14 New Hope, MN New Hope Cinema Grill
03/15 New Hope, MN New Hope Cinema Grill
03/28 Rochester, NY The Joke Factory
03/29 Rochester, NY The Joke Factory

Don, Jim, and Ed from That Metal Show Live on Stage
04/04 Seattle, WA Studio 7
04/05 Portland, OR Tonic Lounge
04/11 Puebla, MX McCarthy’s
04/12 Ciudad de México, MX Casino Life

Stand-Up Comedy
04/26 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance

Don, Jim, and Ed from That Metal Show Live on Stage
05/03 Wilmington, DE Mojo 13

Stand-Up Comedy
05/16 Columbus, OH Rock on the Range
05/17 Columbus, OH Rock on the Range
05/18 Columbus, OH Rock on the Range
05/21 Pt. Pleasant Beach, NJ Uncle Vinnie’s Comedy Club
05/22 Pt. Pleasant Beach, NJ Uncle Vinnie’s Comedy Club
05/23 Pt. Pleasant Beach, NJ Uncle Vinnie’s Comedy Club
05/24 Pt. Pleasant Beach, NJ Uncle Vinnie’s Comedy Club
05/25 Pt. Pleasant Beach, NJ Uncle Vinnie’s Comedy Club

Follow Don Jamieson at the following locations:
http://www.donjamieson.com
http://www.metalblade.com/donjamieson
http://www.twitter.com/realdonjamieson
http://www.facebook.com/donjamiesonofficial

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Legendary Comedian Jeff Ross To Perform On Stageit Today!

Legendary Comedian Jeff Ross To Perform On Stageit Today!

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Stageit, a web-based platform that enables artists to easily create paid live shows directly from their laptops, continues to expand its range of unique experiences for viewers with a performance by stand-up comedian Jeff Ross, host of Comedy Central’s “The Burn With Jeff Ross.” In this show, titled “Ask Me Anything,” Jeff will be taking questions from anything related to relationships to how to roast someone. Viewers can join the show at 6:30PM PDT today here.

Ross is the current New York Friars’ Club Roastmaster General and is respected by comedy legends and newcomers alike. He was a roaster for the last ten Comedy Central Roasts, including Pamela Anderson, William Shatner, Flavor Flav, Bob Saget, David Hasselhoff, Donald Trump and Charlie Sheen. In addition to Ross’ dramatic turn on CBS’s CSI, he has also appeared on HBO’s Six Feet Under, Comedy Central’s The Sarah Silverman Program, and Showtime’s Weeds.

Stageit empowers artists to deliver and monetize unique online live events anytime, anywhere while providing real-time social engagement with their fans. The online performances streamed on Stageit are not archived, so they remain truly unique experiences for the virtual attendees. Launched in 2011 by CEO and music industry veteran Evan Lowenstein, Stageit has hosted a wide range of performers including Jason Mraz, Jimmy Buffett, Trey Songz, Bonnie Raitt, KORN, Sara Bareilles, Plain White T’s and many more. The Los Angeles-based company was named one of the world’s Top 10 most innovative companies in music by Fast Company, appeared on Billboard.biz Bulletin’s list of 10 most interesting startups of 2012 and received the midemlab award in direct to consumer sales & content monetization at midem 2013.

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Comedian Nick Kroll’s ‘Kroll Show’ To Make Comedy Central Premiere On January 16th

Comedian Nick Kroll’s ‘Kroll Show’ To Make Comedy Central Premiere On January 16th

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Nick Kroll comes to COMEDY CENTRAL in several forms! From an inappropriate basketball ref to a renowned canine plastic surgeon and the fabulous “Fabrice Fabrice,” Kroll weaves his extensive cast of characters into the new sketch, pop culture weekly series “Kroll Show.” A fresh take on sketch comedy, “Kroll Show” showcases Kroll’s incredible ability to create memorable and hilarious characters that pop off the screen. Eight episodes begin on Wednesday, January 16 at 10:30 p.m., following all-new episodes of “Workaholics.”

In the premiere episode of “Kroll Show,” we overhear “Ref Jeff,” Kroll’s big-butted basketball ref, try to lock down plans with the players during the game; we meet Kroll and Jenny Slate as two publicists both named Liz in the reality series “ PubLIZity,” catch some quality bro-time with the likes of Ed Helms, Jason Mantzoukas and Adam Pally in “Sex in the City for Dudes,” and on the teen soap parody “Wheels Ontario,” where Kroll plays “Legs,” the new kid at a school for handicapped kids, drama ensues.

Known for his role as “Ruxin” in the FX comedy “The League,” along with his stand-up specials and roles on “Community,” “Childrens Hospital,” “Parks and Recreation” and “Portlandia,” among other credits, Nick Kroll returns to COMEDY CENTRAL as the creator/writer/star of “Kroll Show.” Not just a sketch show, the series is ultimately Kroll’s smart and absurd take on of-the-moment pop culture topics like internet life, professional sports, nightclub culture and the television landscape.

Kroll (@nickkroll) fans will recognize many of their favorite characters, including “The Ed Hardy Boyz,” featuring Kroll as “Bobby Bottleservice” and Jon Daly as his sidekick, “Peter Paparazzo;” “Aspen Bruckenheimer” and “Wendy” (a.k.a. the “Rich Dicks”); and the incomparable “Fabrice Fabrice.” They’ll also be introduced to an entirely new part of the Kroll Universe as Nick transforms himself into an eccentric cast of characters throughout the season including “Dr. Armand,” the premier canine plastic surgeon; and “Gil Faizon,” an Upper West Side, middle-aged divorcé who’s obsessed with Alan Alda, of the Oh, Hello Show, which Kroll created with John Mulaney.

Joining Nick for the first season of “Kroll Show” are a roster of well-known actors and comedians such as Fred Armisen, Tess Broussard, Andy Daly, Kathryn Hahn, Ed Helms, Rob Huebel, Andy Milonakis, Chelsea Peretti and Adam Pally, who showcase their comedic abilities when they make guest appearances and add an element of surprise to the show with fans never knowing who will pop up next.

Kroll’s memorable characters from the series will invade the web with feature episode previews, highlights and bios on the “Kroll Show” Web site. Beginning in January, some of Kroll’s characters will enter the world of social media allowing fans to interact with them directly, including a Bobby Bottleservice Twitter account, a PubLIZity Pinterest page and a Rich Dicks Instagram Tumblr (a parody of Rich Kids of Instagram), among others. In addition, the “Kroll Show” Facebook page will be updated multiple times each week with the latest content from the show.

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T.J. Miller To Unleash “Mash Up Audiofile” Digitally On November 13th!

T.J. Miller To Unleash “Mash Up Audiofile” Digitally On November 13th!

T.J. Miller: Comedian on the rise!

Comedian T.J. Miller continues his reign of comedy and music mashups with the release of Mash Up AudioFile, being released digitally on November 13th via Comedy Central Records.

Miller’s new digital album serves as a companion piece to his hit Comedy Central show Mash Up, featuring stand-up and reenacted jokes from the likes of fellow comedians Hannibal Buress and Pete Holmes. Mash Up AudioFile delivers a 45 minute set of Miller discussing various types of laughs, bad travel etiquette, and myths about nitrous oxide. The digital album also proves that Miller isn’t afraid to get a little weird, at one point exploring what it’s like to be so drunk that you’d pretend to be a pigeon to get bread. Mash Up AudioFile also includes bonus music/comedy mashup tracks from hip hop luminary Steinski and Second City’s Jesse Case (who composed the music for Miller’s debut comedy music album, The Extended Play EP).

Miller’s comedic style has made him one of today’s most sought after young comedians, having been named one of Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch” and one of Entertainment Weekly’s “Next Big Things in Comedy.” His popularity has also crossed over to the big screen, having featured roles in the films She’s Out Of My LeagueCloverfieldOur Idiot Brother, and more. Miller’s first-ever original one-hour stand-up special, No Real Reasonpremieres on Saturday, November 12, on Comedy Central and will be released on DVD on November 14.

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Comedian Todd Barry To Release “Super Crazy” On July 24th!

Comedian Todd Barry To Release “Super Crazy” On July 24th!

Todd Barry – ‘Super Crazy’

Todd Barry brings his signature deadpan delivery and observational style back to Comedy Central with the release of his new special Todd Barry: Super Crazy. The extended and uncensored CD and DVD will be released on July 24th via Comedy Central.

A few days prior, Super Crazy will have its one-hour world premiere on Saturday, July 21st at 11 pm ET/PT.

The extended and uncensored DVD, featuring over 15 minutes of material not seen in the broadcast, will be released on July 24th by Comedy Central Home Entertainment.  The bonus features include Barry’s uncut full performance from “The New York Friars Club Roast of Chevy Chase,” and Barry on “Giggles, Wiggles and Giggles with Gordy.” That same say day, Comedy Central Records will release the extended and uncensored “Todd Barry: Super Crazy” CD and digital album. The special also will be available on July 24thin HD exclusively on Xbox LIVE and Sony PlayStation Network, and in SD on iTunes and Samsung Media Hub.  Pre-order will be available on iTunes on July 9.

In Todd Barry: Super Crazy (filmed before a live audience at the Gramercy Theatre in New York), Barry reflects on his history as a germaphobe, gives important travel tips, and explains what you’re really paying for when you order spaghetti at a restaurant.

The comedian has previously made multiple stand-up appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman,Late Night with Conan O’BrienJimmy Kimmel Live!, and two “Comedy Central Presents” specials.  His resume also includes appearances on such hit TV shows as LouieTim and EricChappelle’s ShowSex and the CitySesame Street and many others. Barry has earned the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival’s Jury Award, praise from Ricky Gervais as one of the best comedians of 2009, and accolades from The Onion’s A.V. Club, which declared his first album Medium Energy one of the best comedy albums of the decade.

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Funny Or Die Premieres Denis Leary’s “Kiss My Ass” Video

Funny Or Die Premieres Denis Leary’s “Kiss My Ass” Video

Denis Leary has never won an Oscar, an Emmy, a Tony or an argument with his wife. So he is happy to announce the brand new song “Kiss My Ass,” which will hopefully add to his trophy-free cachet this year when he also fails to win a Grammy.

“Kiss My Ass” is a swinging tune celebrating some of democracy’s greatest gifts: freedom, the American flag and giant gas-guzzling SUV’s. The track is available digitally today, July 2nd. You can also head over to the front page of www.funnyordie.com for the world premiere of the video. Just in time or America’s 236th birthday party.

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“The National Anthem is a truly great song,” Denis explains. “But it’s really really hard to sing and it’s not that funny. I wanted to create an alternative anthem that makes you tap your feet and has the word ‘ass’ in the title. It’s pretty much the same reason I’m creating my new social site Assbook. Why are we staring at people’s faces when we could all be gazing at gorgeous girls in yoga pants?”

Backed by his band The Enablers – featuring the fabulous all-female Rehab Horns – Denis pays tribute to perhaps the most important American value of all: your right to vote. Not for politicians of course. They suck. No – Denis is talking about voting for your favorite singers and celebrity douchebag dancers on vapid reality shows. And then watching the loser you DIDN’T vote for break down and cry. And watching that whole mess happen on a plasma TV almost as big as a hotel swimming pool. While eating and drinking as much shitty food and sugary soda as you damn well please. “Voting from your sofa, the chocolate fountain at Golden Corral and yoga pants are what our forefathers had in mind when they started this country,” Denis says.

So sit back, grab a huge drink and some potato chips, pretzels, pizza, Cheetos, ham, donuts, dip, Velveeta, weed, cupcakes, Cheez Whiz, a plate full of hot fried bacon and your Glock: “Kiss My Ass” is here to make you laugh. (Dancing totally optional).

Denis Leary

The ENABLERS are Denis’ longtime musical collaborators and have their own unique influences from the late 60’s, early 70′ and Brit Invasion. Adam Roth has played guitar in NYC since the late 70s with bands ranging from The Del Fuegos to the Jim Carrol Band. Adam is also the main composer for the TV series Rescue Me. Chris has been Denis’ longtime songwriting partner and co-produced the albums Lock N’ Load and No Cure For Cancer, which featured the hit ‘Asshole’. C.P. Roth has also been a studio and live performer in NYC since the 70s. A multi-instrumentalist who has toured and/or recorded with Ozzy Osbourne, Blessid Union, Suzanne Vega, Rick Derringer, Edgar Winter, and Lenny Kaye. Alec Morton, formerly with Raging Slab, holds it all down on bass. The band is rounded out with highly respected local musicians Liza Colby and Sherryl Marshall contributing backing vocals and the infallible Rehab Horns made up of Jenny Hill, Stephanie Richards and Lauren Sevian.

The music video for www.funnyordire.com will debut on July 2nd. Directed by Bryan Reisberg, of Uncorked Productions, who previously helmed the yet-to-be released web series, THE WALKER, starring Rightor Doyle, Carey Mulligan, and Zoe Kazan, and will be making his feature directorial debut this Fall.

Kiss My Ass was recorded at Threshold Studios in NYC
Produced by Chris Phillips
Arrangements by C.P. Roth
Mixed by Chris Phillips and Adam Roth
Engineer: Jeremy Sklarsky

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Denis Leary’s Premieres New Song “Kiss My Ass”, Single And Video Available On July 2nd!

Denis Leary’s Premieres New Song “Kiss My Ass”, Single And Video Available On July 2nd!

Denis Leary

Denis Leary has never won an Oscar, an Emmy, a Tony or an argument with his wife. So he is happy to announce the brand new song “Kiss My Ass,” which will hopefully add to his trophy-free cachet this year when he also fails to win a Grammy.

“Kiss My Ass” is a swinging tune celebrating some of democracy’s greatest gifts: freedom, the American flag and giant gas-guzzling SUV’s. It hits iTunes and your ears on July 2nd and on that same date the video for the song debuts on www.FunnyOrDie.com just in time for America’s 236th birthday party.

A behind the scenes look at the making of “Kiss My Ass” video – Click Here > 

“The National Anthem is a truly great song,” Denis explains. “But it’s really really hard to sing and it’s not that funny. I wanted to create an alternative anthem that makes you tap your feet and has the word ‘ass’ in the title. It’s pretty much the same reason I’m creating my new social site Assbook. Why are we staring at people’s faces when we could all be gazing at gorgeous girls in yoga pants?”

Backed by his band The Enablers – featuring the fabulous all-female Rehab Horns – Denis pays tribute to perhaps the most important American value of all: your right to vote. Not for politicians of course. They suck. No – Denis is talking about voting for your favorite singers and celebrity douchebag dancers on vapid reality shows. And then watching the loser you DIDN’T vote for break down and cry. And watching that whole mess happen on a plasma TV almost as big as a hotel swimming pool. While eating and drinking as much shitty food and sugary soda as you damn well please. “Voting from your sofa, the chocolate fountain at Golden Corral and yoga pants are what our forefathers had in mind when they started this country,” Denis says.

So sit back, grab a huge drink and some potato chips, pretzels, pizza, Cheetos, ham, donuts, dip, Velveeta, weed, cupcakes, Cheez Whiz, a plate full of hot fried bacon and your Glock: “Kiss My Ass” is here to make you laugh. (Dancing totally optional).

The ENABLERS are Denis’ longtime musical collaborators and have their own unique influences from the late 60’s, early 70′ and Brit Invasion. Adam Roth has played guitar in NYC since the late 70s with bands ranging from The Del Fuegos to the Jim Carrol Band. Adam is also the main composer for the TV series Rescue Me. Chris has been Denis’ longtime songwriting partner and co-produced the albums Lock N’ Load and No Cure For Cancer, which featured the hit ‘Asshole’. C.P. Roth has also been a studio and live performer in NYC since the 70s. A multi-instrumentalist who has toured and/or recorded with Ozzy Osbourne, Blessid Union, Suzanne Vega, Rick Derringer, Edgar Winter, and Lenny Kaye. Alec Morton, formerly with Raging Slab, holds it all down on bass. The band is rounded out with highly respected local musicians Liza Colby and Sherryl Marshall contributing backing vocals and the infallible Rehab Horns made up of Jenny Hill, Stephanie Richards and Lauren Sevian.

The music video for www.funnyordire.com will debut on July 2nd. Directed by Bryan Reisberg, of Uncorked Productions, who previously helmed the yet-to-be released web series, THE WALKER, starring Rightor Doyle, Carey Mulligan, and Zoe Kazan, and will be making his feature directorial debut this Fall.

Kiss My Ass was recorded at Threshold Studios in NYC
Produced by Chris Phillips
Arrangements by C.P. Roth
Mixed by Chris Phillips and Adam Roth
Engineer: Jeremy Sklarsky

FOR MORE INFORMATION

www.denisleary.com
www.twitter.com/denisleary

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Doug Benson’s “Smug Life” Album Preview Widget Available Now!

Doug Benson’s “Smug Life” Album Preview Widget Available Now!

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. Preview TWO tracks from the double CD right now using this interactive widget, then share it with your readers.

Smug Life 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.” The second? Totally cooked! Which was the better performance? That’s for listeners to decide!

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