Thursday, May 31, 2012

RIP John Fox

Today, we lost another great comedian to a battle with cancer.
Since the late 70s comedian John Fox had been sharing laughs. Diagnosed with cancer he began the John Fox Memorial Fund which provides free cancer screenings for working comedians.
www.johnfoxmemorialfund.org

He will be missed by all in the comedy community.

Comic Bible Comedy News Updates

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Monday, May 28, 2012

Upcoming Comedy Festivals & Contests


June is busy with comedy at festivals. In Canada the annual FunnyFestCalgary Comedy Festival and contest is coming up May 31 - June 10.  Bonnaroo Festival in Tennessee houses Comedy Central® stages and some top comedians.  Comic Bible correspondent, Ally Bruener will be on hand for some live blogging -right here - and coverage for the next issue of the magazine. NY Shorts and the Vimeo festival in NY promise fun films and events. Reggie Watts will be the keynote speaker at Vimeo. Viaero Great American Comedy festival is June 13 - 17, 2012. A great line-up and finalists in both their amateur and professional contests are listed on the website at, www2.greatamericancomedyfestival.com.
Comedy lovers and Comics can pick up the Comic Bible Magazine at stores around the country for Comedy Festival News and submission information.
 Here are just a few upcoming events (and their submission information):

North Carolina:
The 10th Annual Charleston Comedy Festival — produced by Theatre 99 and the Charleston City Paper — is currently accepting applications for this year's festival.
Festival dates are January 16 - 19, 2013.
Submission deadline is October.
All comedy artists — improv, sketch, stand up, you name it — are welcome to apply.


Massachusetts

Boston Comedy Festival
Taking submissions for it's annual events in November and currently running contests. To submit check the website

Plymouth Rock Comedy Festival will take place October 10-14. Comics should check the site for upcoming submission information.

New York

Ladies of Laughter
See the article on this blog about this all female comedy competition and submit through the website at www.ladiesoflaughter.org

New York Comedy Festival
Annual November event. Just announced dates and a Stand Up for Heroes show. Currently taking submissions for it's comedy competition.

Stand Up 360 - New Guns Contest
Also in November the 2nd annual festival will again have a new comedy competition. Sponsored by Broadway and New York Comedy Clubs. Produced by Al Martin, Eric Hanson and Dustin Chafin. Last year's winner Guilio Galloratti went off to England to perform, won prizes and garnered industry and press attention. Check the website for details on entering.

 Iowa

Iowa Comedy Festival & C-4 Competition
Full details are in the upcoming issue of Comic Bible Magazine. the Festival in Des Moines in October has expanded to include several contests in other cities, and more great prizes. Check their website for more information. www.iowacomedyfest.com

Colorado

Laugh Track Comedy Festival
Comic Bible is a proud sponsor of Denver's Laugh Track Comedy Festival. Currently seeking submission through the website. www.laughtrackcomedyfest.com


Midwest - Chicago
Stand Up it's Miller Time
Vote for your favorite comedians on the website and see the final performance hosted by Kevin Hart in Vegas this fall.
Stand Up it’s Miller Time shows
    July 12: Center Stage - Atlanta – 8 p.m.
    July 13: The Joy Theater - New Orleans – 8 p.m.
    July 14: The Charlotte Comedy Zone - Charlotte – 10:15 p.m.
    July 15: Park West - Chicago – 8 p.m.
    Grand finale in Las Vegas at the end of summer

Short Films
Submit short funny films to the now annual CoFilmic at www.cofilmic.uk

Pick up a copy of the Comic Bible Magazine for more Comedy Festival listings and much more Comedy News and interviews.

Redefining ‘Crippled’: How you can help � I Laughed at the Crippled Girl

Redefining ‘Crippled’: How you can help � I Laughed at the Crippled Girl

Sunday, May 20, 2012

LA Comedy Short Festival Photos


USA Network EXPANDS COMEDY PROGRAMMING



US NETWORK PRESS RELEASE 
USA NETWORK EXPANDS COMEDY PROGRAMMING WITH NEW PROJECTS FROM HOLLYWOOD HEAVYWEIGHTS
KELSEY GRAMMER, MARK GORDON, DENIS LEARY AND BERMAN/BRAUN


NEW YORK – May 17, 2012 – USA Network is building on its consistent track record of hits and expanding its original programming slate with the development of several high-profile comedies. The new projects will join the network’s latest acquired series – the award-winning and top-rated MODERN FAMILY – when it beings airing next year. The new slate features some of television and film’s most sought after comedic talent, including Kelsey Grammer, Mark Gordon, Denis Leary and Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun. The announcement came today from USA co-presidents Chris McCumber and Jeff Wachtel.

"The comedy genre has re-emerged as a top choice for television audiences, and we anticipate our latest projects coupled with MODERN FAMILY will ignite excitement with our viewers,” said McCumber and Wachtel. “Our track record of provocative storytelling from marquee talent has made USA a top entertainment brand for consumers and a great investment for brands looking to reach them.”

“USA is the perfect home for MODERN FAMILY,” said Steven Levitan, the show’s executive producer. “We are proud to anchor USA’s next generation of comedies when we begin airing next year.”

REGULARS, BENCHED, THE DICCIO BROTHERS and START UP will join the previously announced comedy projects in development: PAGING DR. FREED, from Michael Feldman and SIRENS, from Denis Leary.

USA’s upcoming half hour comedy slate includes:

REGULARS – A misfit group of customers and employees at a suburban New Jersey bar express their joys, sorrows and observations through karaoke. Executive produced and written by Andrew Leeds & David Lampson. Executive produced by Gail Berman, Lloyd Braun and Gene Stein (BermanBraun). From Universal Television.



BENCHED – After losing her boyfriend and her high-powered job as an attorney all on one day, Nina finds that the only job available to her is at the Public Defender’s office. She quickly realizes that the system is more screwed up than her own crazy personal life. Written by Michaela Watkins and Damon Jones. Executive produced by Mark Gordon (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Criminal Minds”) along with the Mark Gordon Company. From ABC Studios.

THE DICICCO BROTHERS – From comedy icon Kelsey Grammer and writer Ed Cannistraci comes the story of a promising dot-com entrepreneur who moves to the very politically correct culture of Silicon Valley with dreams of making it big. His dreams may unravel though when his colorful, blunt, and unrefined extended family arrives to “offer their support.” Story by Ed Cannistraci & Chris Cannistraci and teleplay by Ed Cannistraci ("Pierre Pierre"). Executive produced by Kelsey Grammer (“Medium,” “Girlfriends,” “The Game”), Brian Sher and Stella Stolper, with Grammnet Productions. From Universal Cable Productions.

START–UP – Matt and Josh don’t want to settle in life, love or in deciding on what job to get out of college. They don’t want to be cogs in some big company’s machine – they want the new American dream…being their own bosses and creating a start-up. Now all they have to do is land on an idea and hey, what could be so hard about that? Written by Justin Spitzer, (“The Office”) and executive produced by Peter Traugott (“Samantha Who?,” “Jake In Progress”), comes a comedy about the great lengths this group of friends will go to dream big and cash out.
From Universal Television.


Previously announced projects:

PAGING DR. FREED – From Michael Feldman (“That’s So Raven”) comes PAGING DR. FREED, a comedy about two gynecologist brothers who inherit their father’s thriving medical practice after he suffers a heart attack during an attempt at “playing” doctor with his young secretary. Along with taking over the family business, these brothers also must deal with something else their father left behind – their overbearing, neurotic mother. Trusted and beloved by their patients, these guys are professionals when it comes to women but only from the neck down. From Fox 21.

SIRENS – The distinct comedic point of view of Denis Leary returns to television with SIRENS. Teaming up with the co-creator of “Wedding Crashers,” Bob Fisher, Leary’s new comedy follows three of Chicago’s best EMTs whose sometimes self-loathing, other times narcissistic, and always downright self-destructive personalities make them unqualified for sustaining relationships, friendships and most occupations. They are, however, uniquely qualified for saving anyone unlucky enough to wind up in their ambulance. From Fox Television Studios. - ## USA NETWORKS

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Friday, May 18, 2012

NY Free Daily Show Comedy and more

 This Summer find free outdoor stand-up comedy with "Daily Show" correspondents and Hannibal Buress in New York City Parks. 
COMEDY CENTRAL Live® has again partnered with the City Parks Foundation by expanding its annual SummerStage comedy showcase in Central Park, adding a second free event in Brooklyn’s Red Hook Park.
For the first event, COMEDY CENTRAL gets political with "Indecision in the Park," which will be hosted by John Hodgman, and feature stand-up comedy by "Daily Show" correspondents Wyatt Cenac, Al Madrigal, and John Oliver, along with contributor Kristen Schaal, executive producer Rory Albanese, and co-executive producer Adam Lowitt, among others.  "Indecision in the Park," sponsored by Outback Steakhouse, will be held rain or shine on Wednesday, June 20 at 8:00 p.m. (gates open at 7:00 p.m.) at the SummerStage venue in mid-Central Park.  (Enter at Fifth Avenue and 69th Street)

COMEDY CENTRAL expands to the borough of Brooklyn for the second event, “COMEDY CENTRAL Live Presents: Hannibal Buress” in Red Hook Park.  Headlined by  hilarious stand-up comedian and winner of the 2012 Comedy Award for Club Comic, Hannibal Buress, and featuring performances by comedians Kevin Barnett and Josh Rabinowitz, the event will take place rain or shine on Sunday, June 24 at 7:00 p.m. at the SummerStage venue in Red Hook Park.

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

LA Comedy Shorts Festival

Comic Bible Correspondent Sarah King and Camerawoman, Julia Renner at the LA Comedy Short Festival.
(photos by: Val Lopez)


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Tips to Stand-Up

Comic Bible Tips to Stand-UP Part 1: Way Before the Stage

You think you’re funny; people tell you that you are funny, but how does one go from telling jokes at family parties and take it to the stage?

For many, performing -show business in general- seems daunting, and exclusively for the chosen few.

Well, those few started the same way, with desire and a goal.

To get you off out of the living room and headed toward to the stage, Comic Bible Magazine has a series of tips, beginning with this; Part 1: Way Before the Stage.

Desire.

Decide if this is something you really want to do for a living. If you merely want to have fun, find an open mic, bring your friends and family, tell your jokes and have a good time. If you are serious about comedy as a career, that career stars with a deep desire to make people laugh and to be on stage. Think about where that path might lead you. If it is your goal to be a comedic star in movies or on television through stand-up comedy, know the statistics. Very few make it to level of stardom that Ellen DeGeneris, Will Ferrell or Tina Fey have. But, be assured that most who start out in stand-up comedy and work hard towards their goal, do make a successful living at it, in other aspects of the entertainment business and as touring comedians.

Learn.

With that ‘want’ and your goal in place, next, learn. Watch comedy stars, scrutinize their timing, their delivery, their jokes. Read interviews with and books written by successful comedians. Learn the history of comedy, know who the greats were and how they became ‘great’. Read about the business of comedy and the entertainment industry online and in periodicals such as BackStage, Variety, Holllywood Reporter and The Comic Bible. Keep up with current trends in entertainment in all mediums. Know who the players are, and what is happening in the industry you want to be involved in.

Dispel the myth, “There are no rules in comedy.”


Comedy isn’t anarchy, it’s a business, and like any other business there are rules.

There may be what seems like ‘no rules’ for major players –in any business. However, when getting to that level of stardom, there are rules. Not in forming your own joke style, or material, but most venues with stages and the people who book them have rules. If you want to earn respect -unless you are morally obligated to bend one, have respect for others rules.

Comedy is a Business and you want a job. Like any other job, you have to do the work.

While keeping your desire to be a comedian in place, consistently learning about the comedy and entertainment business and respecting the business aspect of stand-up comedy, work on your comedy material and your presence on stage.

Discover You

You wanted to be a comedian because you believe you are funny. Anyone can tell a joke, and a funny line will always make people laugh. Why do people laugh at yours? What about you and your personality makes people laugh at your jokes?

Break that down. Take away the jokes and find your personality. That, your persona will be the core of every joke you write and tell, and that, your personality, is what will make you stand out as a stand-up comedian.

Coming soon:
Comic Bible
Tips to Stand-up Part 2: Persona: Putting Personality in your Jokes

Stay on top of the comedy industry read Comic Bible Magazine
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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

ABC Comedies

Here are previews of some of the new comedies coming on ABC Televison.

The Family Tools 
by ABC Studios based on the UK series White Van Man.

Malibu Country

The Neighbors


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Ellen DeGeneris to be awarded Mark Twain Prize for American Humor


Comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres will receive the annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
DeGeneres, 54, will receive the nation's highest comedic honor on October 22 at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall in Washington D.C.. Last year's recipient was Will Ferrell and previous female recipients included Tina Fey and Whoopi Goldberg.
DeGeneres went from comedy clubs to fame with her Emmy Award-winning sitcom, "Ellen", wrote several best-selling books, appeared in several movies and voice characters and of course, currently hosts, Emmy Award-winning syndicated talk show "The Ellen DeGeneres Show".

"To get the same award that has been given to people like Bill Cosby, Tina Fey and Will Ferrell, it really makes me wonder...why didn't I get this sooner?" DeGeneres joked in a statement.

The Mark Twain Prize, established in 1998, recognizes people who have had an impact on society comparable to the 19th century satirist and writer of novels such as "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer".

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Learn Animation & Film from Bill Plympton online!

Bill Plympton, master animator and filmmaker shares his technique in step-by-step episodes on Vimeo. Don't miss a chance to learn from this iconic filmmaker, Bill Plympton. www.plymptoons.com
The first episode here, but the new one is out so log onto Vimeo and Check it out!


Read Comic Bible Magazine to stay up to date on Plympton and all comedy news.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Hotel Hell - Comedian's Joke

 Hahahahaha
Comic Bible sees humor in this new FOX reality series!

This post isn't about comedy, or is it?
If there is anything comedians become experts about - it's hotels! Fox is producing a new reality series Hotel Hell. They are looking for Hotel Owners....bet you comedians could offer just a few suggestions!

Hotel Hell

FOX AND GORDON RAMSAY CHECK INTO "HOTEL HELL"
One Potato Two Potato Inc. to Produce New Unscripted Series
FOX and Chef Gordon Ramsay have checked into HOTEL HELL, a new unscripted series from Ramsay's One Potato Two Potato Inc.
After over a decade of running restaurants in some of the top hotels around the world, traveling the globe and running an award-winning boutique hotel in London, Ramsay knows firsthand the crucial importance of surpassing guests' highest expectations. In the series, Ramsay and a team of hospitality experts will travel across the country to fix struggling hotels, mediocre motels and just plain bad bed & breakfasts.
From dirty bedrooms and mold-ridden bathrooms to incompetent staff or customer service that's not up to par, Ramsay and his team will work with the hotel employees to turn these hapless establishments around. As he tries to turn these "No"-tels into successful hotels, Ramsay - in his own inimitable style - will go head-to-head with the owners and staff, raising the tension to maximum capacity. With reputations on the line, one thing is certain: if they can't meet Ramsay's high standards, they will never check out of HOTEL HELL.
"Gordon is amazing to work with and no matter what the premise, he delivers every time," said Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. "With an unprecedented three shows already on the air, Gordon is an incredible television success, and we're really thrilled to put him through HOTEL HELL on FOX."
"These are stories that everyone can relate to, because virtually all of us have had a bad hotel experience that's turned a holiday or business trip into a total disaster," Ramsay added. "It's time to put the hospitality industry to the test."
"We're thrilled to be working with FOX on this exciting new format, taking Gordon's expertise and applying it to one of the toughest business environments in the world," said Adeline Ramage Rooney, VP Programs & Development at One Potato Two Potato.
If you are an owner who would like to apply for HOTEL HELL (working title), please visit: www.theconlincompany.com/nowcasting/hotelhell.html.
HOTEL HELL (working title) is produced by One Potato Two Potato Inc. (part of the All3Media group). Gordon Ramsay, Adeline Ramage Rooney, Patricia Llewellyn and Ben Adler serve as executive producers.
One Potato Two Potato was founded by Gordon Ramsay and Optomen Television in 2008 to create and produce worldwide programming for Ramsay ventures across all formats including television, digital media and publishing. Renowned for high-quality programming, the company has produced hit series on both sides of the Atlantic, including "Gordon's Great Escape" and "Gordon Ramsay's Shark Bait," both for the U.K.'s Channel 4; the 2009 FOX special COOKALONG LIVE, which was based on the Channel 4 series of the same name; and "My Kitchen," for UKTV's Good Food channel. HOTEL HELL (working title) is One Potato Two Potato's second series venture with FOX. The highly successful MASTERCHEF, co-produced with Reveille, has just finished its second season. The company is also currently in development on projects both within and beyond the food genre for broadcast in the U.K., U.S.A. and Australia. OPTP became part of the All3Media group in 2010. To learn more about OPTP, log onto www.onepotatotwopotato.tv.

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New Comedy TV Shows

All networks (except CW) have some new comedies coming this fall:
Comic Bible wants your opinion. Leave your comments below.

Highlights of the new NBC Fall schedule include an expansion of comedy to Tuesday and Friday nights for a total of five full hours of primetime comedy.

The season's new fall comedies are "Go On," "The New Normal," "Animal Practice" and "Guys with Kids." Other mid-season comedies include "Save Me," "1600 Penn" and "Next Caller."

Here's a preview of Animal Practice "A veterinarian's office comedy with plenty of horsing around."


And another of The New Normal "Two gay dads and a baby mama create a totally new kind of family comedy."

Here's a preview of a couple of Fox's new comedies:


This is a new FOX New comedy Ben & Kate:



This next FOX series is currently titled: The Mindy Project
Produced by Universal Television and 3 Arts Entertainment. From creator writer/producer and New York Times best-selling author Mindy Kaling.


CBS added Partners and Friend Me to the comedy line-up.

There are many more comedies added to the network's line-ups. The good news -for comedians- is more work!

Comic Bible Magazine will have an overview in the next print edition (on stands soon). CB will also post some more preview trailers here. Let Comic Bible know what you think. Comment below!!
and FYI:
HBO To Develop a 1980s Wall Street Comedy Starring Rob Riggle With Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg And Chris Henchy.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Laugh for a Cause

 There are many charities turning to laughter to generate positive attention and donations for their cause.

Comedy Cures® the foundation began by Saranne Rothberg has been spreading laughs through the Cancer community for many years. Look for an article with Saranne Rothberg in the upcoming THE COMIC BIBLE MAGAZINE. In the meantime, see the website for more information and learn how to get involved at www.comedycures.org

Of course, Gilda's Clubs named after famous comedian Gilda Radner, offer some comedy events throughout the year. Gilda's Club Northern New Jersey celebrates laughter for its cause during several events, including its long-running annual Laugh Off Competition chaired by funny lady Sunda Croonquist. And in Michigan, they have a week-log smile fest, LaughFest sponsored by the local Gilda's Club.

RX Laughter, a 501c3 nonprofit public charity founded in 1998, uses the healing power of laughter to help those with serious illnesses. They've also just begun a program with UCLA and Second City to help heal the effects of war with improv comedy. Check out RX Laughter and the work they are doing to prove comedy heals at  Rx Laughter

A new way to give to your favorite charity is through searching and shopping! Believe it or not, you can Get Involved with GoodSearch: it's an easy way to raise money for your favorite cause. Just start using Yahoo! powered GoodSearch.com as your search engine and they'll donate about a penny to your favorite cause every time you do a search! In addition, do all of your shopping through their online shopping mall, GoodShop.com, where you can shop at more than 2,600 top online retailers and a percentage of your purchases will go to the charity or school of your choice. You pay the same price as you normally would, but a donation goes to your cause! You can also enroll in the GoodDining program. Eat at over 10,000 participating restaurants nationwide and you can earn up to 6% of every dollar spent on the meal as a donation for your charity or school. Here's the web site — http://www.goodsearch.com/.

Always support your cause and remember, even if you cannot donate funds, laughter is the answer, please give someone a laugh today.

For more Laughter for a Good Cause ™ and other Comedy News read The Comic Bible Magazine


Help Comedians

Unfortunately, many comedians do not have health insurance and when a medical need becomes serious so does their financial condition.

The following comedians need your help to get back where they belong - on stage and making us all laugh!

Comedian Mike MacDonald needs your help.
Mike MacDonald is in need of a Liver Transplant and needs help paying medical bills.
He has shared his story on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ComedianMikeMacDonald/info

Donate to Mike MacDonald




Comedian Rick Shapiro also recently had a medical need that left him in need of help:
purchase his CD and Donate to Rick Shapiro at RickShapirotv.com 







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Sunday, May 13, 2012

5 Tips Self Promotion

Self promotion is necessary as a comedian. No one wants to be unknown talent. To be known means that people have to know your name, but not all talented people remember to promote their name along with talent.

There are many simple ways to keep ones name in people's mind. On the internet, a few changes to your normal routine or just minutes a day will build a network of fans - all of whom know your name and what you do.

Here are 5 easy ways to promote your name:

1. Social networking:
Of course, the obvious are Facebook and Twitter. Linkdn is helpful business networking tool, and new to the list of popular networking is Google +1. Every comedian should have at least a three-minute -good quality- tape on youtube. The upcoming issue of Comic Bible Magazine has a list of some networking sites and places to list comedy talent list their profiles on.

2. Get a website and use your name as the link. Blogs are free. Weebly and webs are free. These sites offer templates that make it easy to create a website. All talent should have a website.

3. Get links to your website, and your profiles. Find sites that list talent and add yours.

Comic Bible Magazine websites offer free talent listings too - and they're instant, fill in the form and your link goes right on the site.

4. Sign your emails with your full name and contact information.

5. Get a QR code. These days, everyone is mobile. QR codes can be created for any website or message. People can easily scan the QR code and go directly to your website, message or contact information. You can add a QR code to your business card, flyers, website, emails and in all of your promotions.

 The Comic Bible Magazine adding a QR code generator here to get you started:

For more comedy information read THE COMIC BIBLE MAGAZINE

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Women & Comedy

Comedian Producer, Peggy Boyce began the Funniest Females Contests in the early 90s. Using her knowledge of the business, and her public relations experience Boyce quickly grew her local contest into a National Ladies of Laughter competition. The contest became and is still renown for showcasing the female comedy stars of the future. All of its winners -and many of its participants - have gone on to successful comedy careers.
After establishing itself as a prestigious national event and many funny females being awarded cash and other prizes at fabulous gala events, including at Madison Square Garden, Ladies of Laughter's major sponsor partner bowed out due to the economy and the events came to an end.

In its wake, there have been several other events celebrating female comedy, however the gap Ladies of Laughter left in the promotion of female comedy was felt by funny ladies throughout the industry.

The Women in Comedy Festival had come to be, once put on by the producers of The Toyota Comedy Festival, it too ended abruptly. Several years ago a Women in Comedy Festival in Boston began and has quickly become a popular and ever-growing showcase of top and up-and-coming female talent every March. Comic Bible's Deb Farrar-Parkman was on the scene and details of this past March's event are in the next issue of The Comic Bible Magazine.

Bill Word Productions and Flappers Comedy Club hold a long-running local contest for California's Funniest Females. Funny lady, Jackie Fabulous usually hosts the finals after months of competition rounds. In Oregon, Leigh Anne Jasheway created and for five years produces the a popular, Women in Comedy Annual. In San Francisco, Kung-Po Productions has a less consistent Female Comedy Showcase event.
This year, Hope Flood held the first-ever Females in Comedy Convention in California and deserves Kudos for her efforts to bring female comedians together, and for a successful first-time event. While the Females in Comedy Convention events did showcase some comedy, its main focus was on workshops and the business of comedy.

And what about the business? Without showcase opportunities for female comedians, it's hard for female comedians to be seen. Many club bookers are still under the impression females aren't funny and will not give more than one slot a night to a woman comedian. The new abundance of female starring sitcoms may change that, but for now, the fact remains, female comedians don't have many opportunities for stage-time, or to showcase themselves.

... Until this week - when LADIES OF LAUGHTER announced the competition is back, taking entries and will again offer fabulous prizes including cash and publicity.

Comic Bible is proud to have signed on as a sponsor and encourages other business to do the same, while also shouting to female comedians: Enter Ladies of Laughter! Be Funny! Be Heard!


Thursday, May 10, 2012

COMEDY FESTIVAL call for entries

Many comedy festivals take place over the summer.
Comic Bible Magazine covers them in print
Be sure to pick up your copy of the magazine at a newsstand, Barnes & Noble or order it through the website at www.thecomicbible.com. (Comic Bible magazine is also on an App at Google Play®)
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For now here's a few comedy festival and entry details

LADIES OF LAUGHTER
Great competition for female comedians.
Enter through the website.

LAUGH TRACK COMEDY FESTIVAL
August Denver, CO competition seeks entries now!

C4 Comedy Competition & Iowa Comedy Festival
Contest is in 4 midwest cities before finals at the Iowa Comedy Festival


Boston Comedy Festival Stand Up Comedy Contest
All Submissions must be completed by July 1st 2012
Please note that you will not be considered eligible for entry until you have supplied all necessary information:
A Bio, Link to a Five Minute Video and $35 Entry Fee
Click here to complete you submission

Boston Comedy Festival – New York Showcase
All Submissions must be completed by May 18, 2012
Please note that you will not be considered eligible for entry until you have supplied all necessary information: A Bio, Link to a Five Minute Video and $25 Entry Fee

SAN FRANCISCO COMEDY & BURRITO FESTIVAL
taking submissions now

WORLD SERIES OF COMEDY
Win 50 weeks of work in this year-long multi-city competition with finals in Vegas.

ATTN: COMEDY FILMMAKERS
Co-Filmic in UK is accepting Short Comedy Films!

DON'T MISS A COMEDY FESTIVAL
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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Hannibal Buress' new CD

Hannibal Buress - just won the Comedy Award for Best Club Comic.
His new one-hour special "Animal Furnace" will be released on CD and DVD on Tuesday, May 22nd. Now you can preview material from the special and see why he's one of the best club comedians working right now.

Monday, May 7, 2012

POLITICS & COMEDY

As the Campaign season heats up so do the jokes...
Here are a few Political Comedies we can look forward to this year

Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis in THE CAMPAIGN movie trailer


"Famika vs. the Tea Party" promises lots of laughs. Invest in the movie on Indiegogo.com
Can one washed up fly girl stop the Tea Party to save Obama? Written and Produced by Maija DiGiorgio and Heather McConnell. Directed by Maija Digiorgio. Starring Maija DiGiorgio (HBO, Sex and the City, Showtime at the Apollo, Comics Unleashed), Del Harrison (Mo'Nique Show), Rich Vos (Tough Crowd, Last Comic Standing, Opie and Anthony), Corey Kahaney (Comedy Central, Tough Crowd, Late Late Show), Vanessa Hollingshead (Comedy Central, Showtime), Jim David (Comedy Central, The View, Tough Crowd), Eddie Brill (David Letterman), Jim Norton (HBO, Lucky Louie, Opie and Anthony)


The Occupy vs. Tea Party Reality Show pilot started production. However, in order to complete this incredible project, they also need YOU to become an Executive Producer.
How, you ask, do I become an Executive Producer? Go to Kickstarter and view the trailer of the show -



Look for episodes of THE DAILY SHOW live at the Democratic National Convention - and many more political or election based spoofs to be released before November. Vote for your favorite by leaving a comment on Comic Bible's Facebook page. www.facebook.com/comicbiblemagazine



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Saturday, May 5, 2012

New Comedy TV Shows?

 Pilot season is still going as the Networks decide which comedy will move into their TV line-up.

At NBC
Already picked up for a series is the single-camera comedy GO ON, starring Matthew Perry. staffing orders were given to several other comedies.  The single-camera comedies, THE NEW NORMAL and SAVE ME. Another NBC comedy hopeful is 1600 PENN, which just began making staffing offers, moving it closer to a series pickup. Greg Daniels’ comedy pilot FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER was given the same green light. Rumor has it that the Jimmy Fallon-produced multi-camera comedy GUYS WITH KIDS was given a go.

At FOX
The UNTITLED MINDY KALING comedy pilot may be in Fox‘s schedule as a companion to New Girl. Other series orders MAY be, NED FOX IS MY MANNY, and  Steve Levitan-produced REBOUNDING. Other Fox comedy pilots may get in the line-up; LITTLE BROTHER and GOODWIN GAMES, as well as EL JEFE and PRODIGY/BULLY.

At ABC:
Pick ups should include MODERN FAMILY, THE MIDDLE and SUBURGATORY. ...APT. 23 has gotten great reviews and ratings so it'll be picked up by another network if ABC does the unlikely and passes. Tim Allen’s LASAT MAN STANDING has a fan base that will most likely assure it's return as well. COUGAR TOWN isn't set but has other networks flirting with it too, so it will be on - if not ABC - a cable channel.
 New comedies in the mix at ABC.  MALIBU COUNTRY starring Reba McEntire, AMERICAN JUDY, HOW TO LIVE WITH YOUR PARENTS, UNTITLED MANDY MOORE, ONLY FOOLS & HORSES, RED VAN MAN, PRAIRIE DOGS and UNTITLED DAN FOGELMAN are all vying for pick-up.

At  CBS
CBS ordered the MARTIN LAWRENCE comedy and it's getting some buzz. In the running at CBS are the Max Mutchnick and David Kohan’s PARTNERS, the NICK STOLLER comedy, and BERLANTI/MALINS.

AT CW
No new comedies set but word is the network plans to let out several project on an off-season schedule.

In general...
It's a scramble to the small screen and we can only hope the best comedies get on!
PS Also looking promising are the  Louis CK/Spike Feresten project and NBC’s Kari Lizer project.

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RIP Rich Ramirez

Rich Ramirez was not only a funny comedian, he was in inspiration to many. Despite the many serious health battles he fought over the years he did not complain, and kept his humor.

He will be missed greatly within the comedy community, by his fans and by Comic Bible.
RIP Rich Ramirez

COMEDY CASTING

NY:
Seeking dog owners with BIG personalities, who have stories where their dogs are causing high drama in their lives! Email ASAP: NYDOGSHOW@GMAIL.COM Full name age, phone email (ALL members of the home) Location (Must live in NYC areas) Brief Bio about you and your dog! Photo of you and your dog. For more information please contact nydogshow@gmail.com.

MN:
Looking for “real” parents, not professional actors, ages 27-45, who are price driven shoppers. If selected to participate, it is a half day commitment, and the compensation is over $600.
The audition process simply consists of a 20 minute interview, followed by a 2-5 minute video submission. Interview takes place in Maplewood, MN.  Very casual and can be fun!
Email nikki.carbone@gmail.com with your name, age, recent picture, and contact information, and I will give more details and get you booked. Casting through June.

CA: Open Mic
Magnet is seeking performers for Smack Dab, a music, comedy, and poetry open mic. Kirk Read & Larry-Bob Roberts, hosts. Performances are the third Wednesday of each month, 7 p.m. at Magnet, 4122 18th St., San Francisco, CA.

NV: A Large Cat, LLC is casting immediate subs and replacements for the long-running Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding. an interactive Off-Broadway show that spoofs an Italian-American wedding. Matt Remington, casting dir.

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Friday, May 4, 2012

More Comedy Awards Clips

MORE PREVIEWS FROM THE COMEDY AWARDS COMING MAY 6TH

The 2012 Comedy Awards


“The Daily Show” Wins Its Second Consecutive Comedy Award For “Best Late Night Comedy Series”

Jon Stewart turns the mic over to “The Daily Show” Correspondents at “The Comedy Awards” 2012.


The 2012 Comedy Awards


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Hollywood Deals & Comedy Writers

Comedy writer-producers Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith are moving from Sony (where they were since 1997) to 20th Century Fox TV with a two-year overall deal.
At Sony, the husband and wife pair created many projects and spent six years on the studio’s long-running comedy "The King of Queens". Yuspa and Goldsmith, feature credits include"What Women Want".

From Fox and Back to Fox
Since a run at 20th Century Fox on "Family Guy"; comedy writer-producers Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan had moved to NBC for the past six years. The pair have now closed a two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV to develop new projects and work on existing series.

CAA signed top podcast Radiolab and will work to expand Radiolab's brand with upcoming film and television projects as well as tours and sponsorships.
Comedian Demetri Martin and dance troupe Pilobolus are currently on tour with Radiolob for its live show, "Radiolab Live: In the Dark."

20th Century Fox TV signed comedy writer-producer Kay Cannon in an overall deal. She will develop new projects for the studio and, next season, will also join 20th TV’s comedy series "New Girl" as a co-executive producer. Second City and UCB alumna Cannon spent the last 6 years on NBC’s Emmy-winning comedy series "30 Rock". Kay Cannon was also featured in a The Comic Bible Magazine interview last year! (a few of those back issues are still available www.thecomicbible.com)


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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Johnny Carson: King of Late Night

Johnny Carson: King of Late Night airs Monday, May 14, 2012 on PBS AMERICAN MASTERS
Clip: Coronation of the King

Tonight Show writer Raymond Siller, Tonight Show musician Doc Severinsen, Tonight Show writer Paul Block, and Conan O’Brien remember how Johnny Carson psyched himself up before every show before he went on air, and how his comedy made him one of America’s most trusted television personalities.


Watch Coronation of the King on PBS. See more from American Masters.


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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Comedy Awards Footage


Here are some clips from the Comedy Central® Comedy Awards - airing on Comedy Central May 6.


After an introduction by Robert De Niro, Jon Stewart presents “The Johnny Carson Award For Comedic Excellence” to the biggest name at “The Comedy Awards” 2012.



Robin Williams accepts his Icon Award as “one of the luckiest f**ks in show business” at “The Comedy Awards” 2012




Kristen Wiig & Annie Mumolo Wrestle The writers of “Bridesmaids” roll around on the floor after receiving “The Comedy Award” for “Best Screenplay.”


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Get YOUR series Made!

Amazon.com, Inc. today announced that Amazon Studios is expanding its development efforts into comedy and children’s series. Amazon Studios is Amazon’s content development division that uses audience feedback to identify great, original entertainment customers will love. Starting today, series creators are invited to upload their proposals for comedy and children’s programming to Amazon Studios at http://studios.amazon.com. The best comedy and children’s series will be distributed through Amazon Instant Video, Amazon’s digital video streaming service.

“Amazon Studios wants to discover great talent and produce programming that audiences will love,” said Roy Price, director of Amazon Studios. “In the course of developing movies, we’ve heard a lot of interest from content creators who want to develop original series in the comedy and children’s genres. We are excited to bring writers, animators and directors this new opportunity to develop original series.”

Each month, Amazon Studios intends to option one promising new project and add it to the development slate where it will be tested for viability with an audience. If Amazon Studios elects to produce a series, the creator will receive a $55,000 payment, up to 5 percent of Amazon’s revenues from toy and t-shirt licensing, and other royalties and bonuses. Amazon Studios’ production company, the People’s Production Company is signatory to the Writers Guild of America and to The Animation Guild, Local 839.

To submit, a project must have a five-page description, along with a 22-minute pilot script for comedies, or an 11-minute pilot script for children’s shows. Within 45 days of submission, Amazon Studios will either extend an option on the project for $10,000 or invite the creator to add the project to the Amazon Studios site. If a project is not optioned, creators may remove their idea from the Amazon Studios site or leave it to get community feedback.

Amazon Studios new series development is led by Joe Lewis, previously with 20th Century Fox and Comedy Central and Tara Sorensen, formerly with National Geographic Kids.

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New Shows My Damn Channel


MY DAMN CHANNEL RESURRECTS WEB PHENOMENON
"YOU SUCK AT PHOTOSHOP" AND ANNOUNCES 2012 ORIGINAL LINE-UP

Over 30 Original Comedy Series Premiering Inside
My Damn Channel LIVE Weekdays at 4 p.m. ET
My Damn Channel (www.MyDamnChannel.com), an entertainment studio and distributor of premium content, today announced an expansive slate of programming, with over 30 new original comedy series launching in 2012, plus the return of its breakthrough hit series, You Suck At Photoshop.  The series previously won three Webby awards including Best Comedy Series and was named one of TIME magazine’s best shows of 2008. You Suck At Photoshop videos are shared heavily and often co-created by fans who have viewed episodes more than 40 million times.

You Suck at Photoshop helped define the “mockutorial” genre and became a prime example of trans-media storytelling when creator Troy Hitch partnered with My Damn Channel to launch the series just after the network’s debut in 2007. A mysterious host, Donnie Hoyle, teaches real Photoshop skills, while his life unravels comedically in every episode. The voice of Donnie, which many fans presumed to be Dane Cook, was silenced after a vicious attack by an unknown assailant in episode 20, almost four years ago. Season 3 reveals that Donnie is alive, back with a vengeance, and in need of viewers’ Photoshop assistance at www.MyDamnChannel.com/YouSuckAtPhotoshop.

The 2012 My Damn Channel line-up includes over 30 new original comedy series featuring top talent from TV, film and the Internet. Every series will have its own destination on My Damn Channel and on YouTube, with all episodes premiering inside My Damn Channel LIVE. The live daily comedy show, which recently launched as part of YouTube’s original channels initiative, is hosted by Beth Hoyt, and features original comedy, major celebrity guests and constant audience interaction.  Viewers can subscribe at www.YouTube.com/MyDamnChannel, where the show airs weekdays at 4 p.m. ET.  It also airs on www.MyDamnChannel.com/LIVE, and is available on demand at both destinations.

My Damn Channel LIVE has earned strong viewership and engagement in its first month.  My Damn Channel has experienced a 25 percent increase in video views on its own site and on its YouTube channel, where weekly new subscribers, shares, favorites, and time spent viewing all doubled. “Likes” grew five-fold and comments increased 20x since the LIVE show began in late March.

“We’ve tripled the amount of original comedy production this year to give more talent the chance to reach a large audience,” said Rob Barnett, Founder/CEO of My Damn Channel.  “The massive increase in premium programming you’re seeing from the entire online community in 2012 gives advertisers more opportunities to partner with companies leading the charge.”

In addition to My Damn Channel LIVE and You Suck At Photoshop, the company’s original programming line-up in the first-half of 2012 includes (in alphabetical order):

Celebrity Sleepovers: My Damn Channel comedian Mark Malkoff saves money on a long trip to L.A. by convincing stars to let him crash at their place. Guests include Justine Bateman, Ed Begley Jr., Dick Cavett, Rob Corddry, Dave Coulier, Carly Craig, Paul Feig, Buck Henry, iJustine, Lisa Loeb, Camryn Manheim, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Phil Rosenthal, Kristen Schaal, Kate Walsh, Steven Weber and… and Kato Kaelin.

·         Co-Op of the Damned: Roommates from hell occupy the most-haunted co-op in Manhattan.

·         Daddy Knows Best: Steve Rannazzisi (The League on FX) stars as a terrible father who can't stop lying to his wife.

·         The Jon Friedman Internet Program: The world’s fastest comedy series (live-action and animated), from NYC writer/comedian/producer Jon Friedman (Guy Code, The Rejection Show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon).

·         Gilbert Gets It: The My Damn Channel LIVE online audience tasks the comedian’s comedian, Gilbert Gottfried, to skewer odd and offbeat topics and Internet trends.   

·         Kicking Dan Out:  Each month a new group of people kick actor/writer/comedian Dan St. Germain (Comedy Central, MTV) out of their apartment for being a terrible person.

·         Linked Out: Comedy troupe Junior Varsity mocks tech and social media trends.

·         McMayhem: Matt McManus attacks the streets of L.A. with a show that takes pranks to a whole new level. Hosted by Stephen Seidel.

·         Murderfist: Twisted sketch comedy troupe from NYC with videos featuring Henry Zebrowski.

·         Product Displacement: Fake commercials from the comedy troupe Captain Hippo.

·         Sing-A-Gram: Minimum wage worker, Kim (Mamrie Hart), delivers singing telegrams filled with too much information to unsuspecting clients.

·         Save the Super Force (working title):  This live-action comedy documents the hard times of the world’s most famous team of superhumans.  On top of battling ruthless super villains, the Super Force deals with office romances, a shrinking budget, and parking tickets on their Invisi-Jet. Created by and starring Sandeep Parikh (The Guild, Legend of Neil), with a revolving door of notable guest appearances including Felicia Day (The Guild, Eureka, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog).

·         Status Kill - Season 2:  A covert agent's deadly missions are constantly interrupted by his social media addiction. Created by Jesse Cowell (Drawn by Pain).

·         The Tweekly News: Hosted by comedians Randy and Jason Sklar (HISTORY’s The United Stats of America, ESPN Classic’s Cheap Seats, Back on Topps), The Tweekly News is a weekly look at all things popular culture through the eyes of Twitter.

·         Workless: A series so insane, we had to launch our first workplace comedy. Created by Brit McAdams (director, Tosh.0 and writer/director, Katt Williams: American Hustle).

More detailed information about each of these series can be found at www.MyDamnChannel.com.

About My Damn Channel

My Damn Channel is a leading entertainment studio and distributor of premium content. Since launching in 2007, it has produced thousands of original videos by major stars and emerging artists from TV, film and the Internet. The studio has created some of the most successful comedy series online, including Wainy Days, Horrible People, You Suck at Photoshop and videos by Harry Shearer. My Damn Channel creates premium, branded entertainment and targeted distribution campaigns for major advertisers.  In addition to www.MyDamnChannel.com – one of TIME Magazine’s Best 50 Websites of 2011 – the company operates Blog, Vlog and Talent Networks plus a music channel run by Don Was.

My Damn Channel LIVE is a daily, live, comedy show, hosted by Beth Hoyt, airing weekdays at 4 p.m. ET on www.YouTube.com/MyDamnChannel and www.MyDamnChannel.com/LIVE, and available on demand.

Since My Damn Channel LIVE launched as part of the YouTube original channels initiative a month ago, My Damn Channel has seen video views on its site + YouTube grow 25%, with key engagement metrics doubling or better.  In addition to audience interaction and interviews with celebrity guests, this LIVE daily comedy show features world premiere videos from the company’s original comedy series: with more than 30 new series launching in 2012. 

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Oswalt to host Webby

The Webby Awards are here.
Congratulations to the 16th Annual Webby Winners - announced today!

Comedian Louis C.K. picked up the top honor, Person of the Year.
Patton Oswalt to host on May 21 See the speeches and show on HD & online.
RSVP at www.webbyawards.com to see the biggest night celebrating the Internet.
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TV News

 NBC comedy pilot "Go On" starring Matthew Perry was given an unusually early series pickup and is slated for early production and the fall line-up.

Bounce TV (http://bouncetv.com/), the nation's first-ever over-the-air broadcast television network for African-Americans, will launch its first-ever original series Family Time - a half hour situation comedy created by Bentley Kyle Evans. #comedynews @comicbible

TruTV‘s slate of 4 production development titles announced today it includes a Howie Mandel-produced game show set on an airplane and a funny-video pilot from the producers of "America’s Funniest Home Videos" and "Tosh.0" starring Shaquille O’Neal and Gary Owen. 

E!’s New Look, Logo, Brand Campaign and “Pop of Culture” Tagline Will Debut on the Network and Digital Platforms on July 9. The network also announced its first-ever scripted series in active development (set for 2013) and gave a green light to the long waiting Whitney Cummings new talk show,  "Love You, Mean It With Whitney Cummings”.
  “This show gives me a chance to get back to my stand-up roots,” said Cummings. “And I’m really excited to be able to say (almost) whatever I’d like on TV again. So thanks, E!”

Also on E!® - from International Emmy® winning producer Nigel Lythgoe comes a new series talent/reality television series, “Opening Act”. Lythgoe and his A-List Artist Development Team – including Grammy® winning superstar Mary J. Blige and chart-topping producer Antonina Armato from Rock Mafia – comb the Internet to find the web’s most talented amateurs, then give them the once-in-a-lifetime chance to open for a top music superstar.

E!'s hit, "Chelsea Lately!" scored a lucrative deal and renewed for several years. "After Lately!" was also renewed.


Cartoon Network turns 20 and announced several returning series and new series.
Announcements included the return of Adventure Time (no surprise there) and new series including a new sketch comedy show from entertainer Nick Cannon; Annoying Orange, produced by The Collective –Annoying Orange went viral on the Web and is being made into a new television series. The network also announced about twelve series throughout the 2012-2013 seasons. Cartoon Network also announced its ongoing commitment to its shorts program with ten original 7-minute shorts to be produced this year with a wholly dedicated production unit at Cartoon Network Studios.
 “For 20 years, Cartoon Network has cultivated truly original voices from a diverse array of artists and producers, making us the great alternative to everything else out there,” said Rob Sorcher, chief content officer for Cartoon Network. “Cartoon Network Studios has grown to become the most supportive and creative environment for a new generation of creators.”
CARTOON NETWORK NEW SERIES
Nick Cannon Sketch Comedy Series: The series is a live-action, half-hour, sketch comedy show rooted in raw mischief, high energy and slapstick humor. You’ll never know what will happen next! Some of the silliest kids you know will make up this wild comedy troupe led by teen stars Jeremy Shada (Adventure Time), Brandon Soo Hoo (Enders Game, Tropic Thunder), Shameik Moore (Joyful Noise), Shauna Case (American Horror Story) and Chanelle Peloso (Level Up). Nick Cannon will bring the funny as creator and executive producer along with executive producers Michael Goldman and Scott Tomlinson.The series is being produced by Cartoon Network Studios in association with NCredible Entertainment.
Annoying Orange: Boasting more than 1 billion YouTube online views to date, Annoying Orange is the Web sensation transformed into a new television series that follows Orange and his buddies as they go on a wide range of adventures that take them from the fruit stand to parts unknown and everything in between. The television series was developed and will be produced by The Collective. Dane Boedigheimer co-created the television series with Tom Sheppard (Emmy Award-winning writer for Pinky and the Brain). Conrad Vernon (director of Madagascar 3 and Monsters vs. Aliens) will serve as executive producer for the series along with Gary Binkow and Dan Weinstein of The Collective. The series will premiere on Cartoon Network this summer.

HBO has given early second season pickups to new comedy series Veep and Girls after two and three airings, respectively. Both have received 10-episode second-season orders. The Julia Louis-Dreyfus starrer Veep drew 1.4 million viewers in its debut to Girls‘ 872,000. Girls, created by and starring Lena Dunham, takes a comic look at the humiliations and triumphs of a group of girls in their early 20s. Veep, created by Armando Iannucci, stars Louis-Dreyfus as newly-minted Vice President.

The first footage of Howard Stern in his new Primetime role as "America's Got Talent" judge has emerged."I've gotta stick to my guns," Stern asserts in the clip, "You gotta get the very best talent. I don't want to go buzzer-crazy, but I'm going to be a strict judge, and I've gotta stick to that."
 "I haven't seen anything like that ever, and I hope I never do again," he tells one would-be entertainer. To a musical group playing instruments fashioned out of suitcases, he cracks, "Wouldn't the suitcases be better used for you packing up and getting off the stage?"

CMT has picked up two new series, including the network’s first-ever animated project. Foxworthy, Bill Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy will voice characters on the animated series "Bounty Hunters", scheduled to premiere on CMT in 2013.

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Power of Popcorn

2012 MTV Movie Awards Nominates Bridesmaids in numerous categories.
Fan voting labeled the POWER OF THE POPCORN opens today, May 1 at www.MovieAwards.MTV.com

21st Annual “MTV Movie Awards” will broadcast live from the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California on June 3rd at 9pm.

The Hunger Games and Bridesmaids are neck-in-neck with eight nominations each, including the categories “MOVIE OF THE YEAR,” “BEST CAST” and “BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE.” Best Comedic Performance category includes five comic favorites. Fans will have the “Power of the Popcorn” in their hands as winner voting opens today, May 1 at at MovieAwards.MTV.com and will stay open through Saturday, June 2nd.
As in previous years, the category of “MOVIE OF THE YEAR” will remain an ongoing battle throughout the live show when the 21st annual “2012 MTV Movie Awards” airs live on MTV on June 3rd.


Nominees for the “2012 MTV Movie Awards” have the following to say about their nominations:


“’21 Jump Street’ is amazing and the ‘Movie Awards.’ It’s so great to be nominated for anything positive. You don’t want to be nominated for ‘Best Criminal Activity.’”

–Redfoo of LMFAO, nominated in the “BEST MUSIC” category for “Party Rock Anthem” within the 21 Jump Street (Sony Pictures) house party dance scene

“”Does this mean I get to be in a music video?!”

– Shailene Woodley, nominated in the “BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE” category for the feature film The Descendants (Fox Searchlight)

Nominees for the “2012 MTV Movie Awards” are as follows (*denotes new category/**voted on by an Academy of Directors):

BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE

Jonah Hill – 21 Jump Street (Sony Pictures)
Kristen Wiig – Bridesmaids (Universal Pictures)
Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids (Universal Pictures)
Oliver Cooper – Project X (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Zach Galifianakis – The Hangover Part II (Warner Bros. Pictures)

MOVIE OF THE YEAR (voting stays live throughout the “2012 Movie Awards” ceremony)

Bridesmaids
Director: Paul Feig, Producers: Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel, Clayton Townsend (Universal Pictures)

The Hunger Games
Director: Gary Ross, Producers: Nina Jacobson, Jon Kilik (Lionsgate)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Director: David Yates, Producers: David Heyman, David Barron, J.K. Rowling (Warner Bros. Pictures)

The Help
Director: Tate Taylor, Producers: Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan, Brunson Green (DreamWorks)

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1
Director: Bill Condon, Producers: Karen Rosenfelt, Wyck Godfrey, Stephenie Meyer
(Summit Entertainment)

BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE

Emma Stone – Crazy, Stupid, Love. (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Emma Watson – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games (Lionsgate)
Kristen Wiig – Bridesmaids (Universal Pictures)
Rooney Mara – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Sony Pictures)

BEST MALE PERFORMANCE

Channing Tatum – The Vow (Sony Pictures)
Daniel Radcliffe – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt – 50/50 (Summit Entertainment)
Josh Hutcherson – The Hunger Games (Lionsgate)
Ryan Gosling – Drive (FilmDistrict)

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE**

Elle Fanning – Super 8 (Paramount Pictures)
Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids (Universal Pictures)
Liam Hemsworth – The Hunger Games (Lionsgate)
Rooney Mara – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Sony Pictures)
Shailene Woodley – The Descendants (Fox Searchlight)


BEST CAST*

21 Jump Street (Sony Pictures) – Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, Dave Franco, Ellie Kemper, Brie Larson
Bridesmaids (Universal Pictures) – Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ellie Kemper
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (Warner Bros. Pictures) – Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Tom Felton
The Help (DreamWorks) – Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jessica Chastain
The Hunger Games (Lionsgate) – Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Lenny Kravitz

BEST ON-SCREEN TRANSFORMATION*

Collin Farrell – Horrible Bosses (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Elizabeth Banks – The Hunger Games (Lionsgate)
Johnny Depp – 21 Jump Street (Sony Pictures)
Michelle Williams – My Week with Marilyn (The Weinstein Company)
Rooney Mara – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Sony Pictures)

BEST FIGHT

Channing Tatum & Jonah Hill vs. Kid Gang – 21 Jump Street (Sony Pictures)
Daniel Radcliffe vs. Ralph Fiennes – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
(Warner Bros. Pictures)

Jennifer Lawrence & Josh Hutcherson vs. Alexander Ludwig – The Hunger Games (Lionsgate)
Tom Cruise vs. Michael Nyqvist – Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (Paramount Pictures)
Tom Hardy vs. Joel Edgerton – Warrior (Lionsgate)

BEST KISS

Channing Tatum & Rachel McAdams – The Vow (Sony Pictures)
Jennifer Lawrence & Josh Hutcherson – The Hunger Games (Lionsgate)
Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1
(Summit Entertainment)

Rupert Grint & Emma Watson – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone – Crazy, Stupid, Love. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

BEST GUT-WRENCHING PERFORMANCE*

21 Jump Street (Sony Pictures) – Jonah Hill & Rob Riggle
Schmidt shoots Coach Walters in the d#@k

Bridesmaids (Universal Pictures) – Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper
Food poisoning turns the girls’ dress fitting into a disaster

Drive (FilmDistrict) – Ryan Gosling
Elevator beat-down

The Help  (DreamWorks) – Bryce Dallas Howard
Minny gives Hilly a pie she won’t forget

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol  (Paramount Pictures) – Tom Cruise
Ethan Hunt scales to new heights

BEST ON-SCREEN DIRTBAG*

 Bryce Dallas Howard – The Help (DreamWorks)
Collin Farrell – Horrible Bosses (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Jennifer Aniston – Horrible Bosses (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Jon Hamm – Bridesmaids (Universal Pictures)
Oliver Cooper – Project X (Warner Bros. Pictures)


BEST MUSIC*

“The Devil is in the Details,” Chemical Brothers – Hanna (Focus Features)
Interrogation scene

“Impossible,” Figurine – Like Crazy (Paramount Vantage)
Anna texts Jacob from across the pond

“Party Rock Anthem,” LMFAO – 21 Jump Street (Sony Pictures)
House dance party

“Pursuit of Happiness,” Kid Cudi (Steve Aoki Remix) – Project X (Warner Bros. Pictures)
The party erupts into chaos

“A Real Hero,” College w/Electric Youth – Drive (FilmDistrict)
The Driver takes Irene and her son for a fun ride

Chart-topping indie-pop group fun. is the first musical performance announced for the “2012 MTV Movie Awards.” fun.’s debut single “We Are Young (feat. Janelle Monáe)” off their latest album “Some Nights” held strong at the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for six consecutive weeks.

The “2012 MTV Movie Awards” nominees were elected by a special voting Academy, including members of the MTV audience. In addition, the winner of “Breakthrough Performance” will be decided on solely by a special Academy of Directors who will lend their expertise for spotting and developing new talent.

Known as one of the most outrageous and distinctive televised award shows, the “2012 MTV Movie Awards” will feature its trademark individuality and irreverence. Fusing the network’s musical core with the wonder and amazement of the comedy, drama, adventure and mystery inherent to the movie-going experience, the telecast is set to provide more laughs, surprises and one-of-a-kind moments with Hollywood’s biggest stars gathering to honor fan-favorites from the past year.

MovieAwards.MTV.com is the official site for the “2012 MTV Movie Awards” where fans can visit to vote and get up-to-date info on this year’s show, watch video of last year’s biggest occurrences, get the full list of 2011 show winners, and check out fashion and celebrity commentary from the red carpet.   Fans will get to vote in 12 categories, including the all-new ones “BEST MUSIC,” “BEST ON-SCREEN TRANSFORMATION,” “BEST GUT-WRENCHING PERFORMANCE,” “BEST CAST,” and “BEST ON-SCREEN DIRTBAG.”

The “2012 MTV Movie Awards” will air across MTV’s global network of more than 60 channels reaching more than 600 million households around the world as well as through syndication. In addition, its convergent programming and content will reach the entire interactive community, via MTV’s more than 200 digital media properties around the world.


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