: Andrew George
Let’s face it. I don’t want to write about it and you don’t want to read about it. But by not mentioning the Daniel Tosh situation I wouldn’t be doing my job, now would I? Even though this pseudo controversy is a lot like the Kardashian family and that the best way to make it go away is to stop talking about it, this is a comedy blog, so here we go.
The story was made public after a woman posted on her personal blog that she shouted out during a show at The Laugh Factory that Tosh was wrong after he said, “Rape jokes are always funny”. To which Tosh replied, “How funny would it be if she were raped by, like, 5 guys right now.” Once posting her account of the evening online, a whirlwind of media attacks began flying in, both on her and Tosh. After the standard two weeks that it takes for people to stop caring about things like this, the standard “let’s stop talking about this” agreement was reached as everyone was split between the two sides of “sometimes comedians cross the line” and “people need to calm down”.
However, two things did come out of this whole fiasco that you don’t normally see when Tracy Morgan does this type of thing. The first was that the pilot for Tosh’s new Comedy Central animated series, Brickleberry, ended up having to be severely cut and edited before it was unveiled at Comic Con due to the high amount of rape jokes, for obvious reasons. Secondly, it gave us this wonderful clip of Louis C.K. telling us all to just calm down on The Daily Show.
In happier and less rapey news, Chris Hardwick’s Nerdist Industries, which started off as a single podcast and grew into videos, a book, a television special, and eventually an entire network for comedy nerds, was purchased by the production company Legendary Pictures, who is responsible for the current Batman trilogy, The Hangover, Inception, and a whole mess load of other things.
This purchase means that Hardwick’s nerd following should expect bigger and better things in the future as it will be far easier for the Nerdist empire to continue to spread into television and movies, while still leaving Hardwick in full creative control of the brand.
While rumors were being spread in the week before, during the opening the July 27th episode of his podcast, You Made it Weird, Pete Holmes officially announced that he will be hosting his own late night talk show on TBS that will be produced by Conan O’Brien and Conaco studios. The show is scheduled to be half an hour long and to go on each Monday through Thursday evening after Conan. According to Pete, the working title is “The Midnight Show with Pete Holmes” and the pilot is scheduled to be filmed in late August.
On July 24th, it was announced that Russell Crowe, yes THAT Russell Crowe, will be directing a biopic on the life of Bill Hicks. While we all have our concerns about this, because nobody has ever pegged Crowe as an expert on comedy, reports have claimed that he will not be playing the part of Bill Hicks. This is a huge relief, because Bill rarely threw telephones at hotel receptionists.
If you would like to know more about Bill Hicks without the whole Gladiator feeling, then check out the documentary American: The Bill Hicks Story, which is available on Netflix instant streaming.
In a tweet by Mitch Hedberg’s wife on July 2nd, she announced that she will be releasing 30 of Mitch’s notebooks, all filled with never before seen jokes. A couple of examples she released included, “I’m a loner because I was never really good at saving seats” and “He’s a non-alcoholic, when he falls down it always hurts.”
On July 11th, IFC Films released the full length theatrical trailer for the movie Sleepwalk With Me, which is written by, directed by, and starring Mike Birbiglia. The film is based on the life of Birbigs, his ventures in comedy, his love life, family, and his issues with anxiety triggered sleepwalking.
Before the movie, which is scheduled to hit select theaters on August 24th, Sleepwalk With Me was a bestselling book, then an off-Broadway one man show. The cast includes such names as Marc Maron, Wyatt Cenac, Krsiten Schaal, and Hannibal Buress, who dropped into The Laughing Skull’s open mic with his buddy Eric Andre on July 18th to do a guest spot while Eric rehearsed his Conan set, which you can watch here.
On July 3rd, Doug Benson put his high life to the test and released his double album, entitled Smug Life, which features the same exact hour long set twice. The first CD, which is labeled “uncooked”, contains him performing his set 100% sober, and the second disk, “cooked”, is him performing under the influence of marijuana. The two sets are almost identical, but after listening to both, it becomes obvious which one he is high during, because he is more willing to go off topic, interact with the crowd, and adlib. At one point during the cooked CD, he jokes that he is at a 7.4… out of 7.4.
In viral video news, Sarah Silverman posted THIS video on her site, ScissorSheldon.com, in which she offered billionaire Sheldon Adelson to let him scissor her while she wears a bikini in exchange for giving the $100 million he offered to Mitt Romney to Barack Obama’s campaign instead. Although Adelson has not released any form of public response, I personally know of at least 4 people who have started saving money in hopes of a similar offer from Sarah.
During the Emmy Nomination Ceremony on July 19th, Louis C.K was given 7 nominations. 3 for his FX show Louie, and 4 for his hour special Live at the Beacon Theater, which revolutionized the way comedians can distribute their material. The nominations for Louie include Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Director for a Comedy Series, and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. You should already know why.
On a sadder note, only days after competing in the Denver Comedy Works competition and advancing to the next round, Colorado comedian Caleb Medley was shot in the face during the horrific Dark Knight Rises shooting in Aurora on July 20th, which put him into intensive care after he lost one of his eyes and was put into a medically induced coma. Only two days later, Caleb’s wife gave birth to their first son, Hugo.
Even though this is a tragic event, seeing the way that the entire comedy community has responded and come out in full support of Caleb by spreading the word, collecting donations, and helping his family stay positive is truly heartwarming. In the most recent episode of Doug Benson’s Doug Loves Movies podcast, Doug even became choked up when he was influencing others to donate and saying that all of the money he made in the upcoming weekend would be going directly towards helping Caleb and his family pay for their medical bills.
You can also show your support and donate to Caleb and his family by going to calebmedley.com/help.