When Tracy Morgan barely survived a crash involving a Walmart truck that killed one of his closest friends in June, observers knew the veteran comedian would have a long recovery ahead of him.
But now, we’re hearing things could be even worse than originally thought. Morgan, 45, has suffered not just broken ribs, a broken leg and a broken nose but he’s also sustained brain damage, according to Morgan’s lawyer Benedict Morelli, who says the comedian has been in therapy in an attempt to regain proper speech and return to normal physical activity. Morgan currently uses a wheelchair to get around.
When he was asked if Morgan would perform again, Morelli said, “The jury’s still out. The doctors don’t know the answer. I don’t know the answer.”
As the temperature begins to drop in many parts of the country, there's one place where the country's top comedians will migrate next month. The first annual Maui Comedy Festival will kick off on Oct. 30 a weekend of comedy shows. Taking place in Lahaina, Hawaii, shows will be headlined by Reggie Watts, Tig Nataro, Eddie Pepitone, Nate Bargatze and countless others.
After leaving the Saturday Night Live writers room 20 years ago, Sarah Silverman returns this week to host the iconic sketch show with musical guest Maroon 5. Silverman is joined by SNL veteran Taran Killam in this week’s NBC promos for the show, wherein Silverman reveals a new character, claims she’s the one that played Sarah Palin (not Tina Fey) and wrote the classic sketch The Ambigously Gay Duo and more!
Most comedians are tortured artists and there are few more tortured than Artie Lange. The 46-year-old veteran comic, former Howard Stern Show star and two-time best selling author has been to hell. But he’s come back, albeit scathed both physically and psychologically, over the last few years. The culmination of Lange’s storied return to the stage takes form Oct. 18 at midnight on Comedy Central, when Artie Lange: The Stench of Failure premieres.
Tracy Morgan has responded to yesterday's charges from Walmart, who claim the comedian should've been wearing a seatbelt and that perhaps he wouldn't have suffered such serious injuries had be been practicing proper passenger safety on June 7 when Walmart truck driver Kevin Roper slammed into his mini bus. "After I heard what Walmart said in court I felt I had to speak out," Morgan says in a statement. "I can't believe Walmart is blaming me for an accident that they caused. My friends and I were doing nothing wrong. I want to thank my fans for sticking with me during this difficult time. I love you all. I'm fighting hard every day to get back."
Though it’s been more than three years since Curb Your Enthusiasm had its final episode of its eighth season, series creator and star Larry David hasn’t ruled out a ninth season for HBO. During the Q&A portion of a conversation on Sunday hosted by once-recurring Curb Your Enthusiasm director David Steinberg, Larry David announced, “I haven’t given up hope.” This sent cheers throughout the live audience, according to LA Weekly. "If I don't get that kind of feedback, honestly, I wouldn't have thought of [bringing it back] any more. I actually feel badly I don't have shows for them."
Of course this isn’t the first time since 2011 the hope of a new season of Curb Your Enthusiasm has been bandied about. In October of 2012, Curb co-star Jeff Garlin said there was a “decent chance” for a ninth season. That same month, another Curb co-star JB Smoove, during a red carpet interview with Laughspin, hilariously pleaded with Larry David to create a new season of the show
It's been more than 10 years since BBC2 aired the last original episode of The Office. But Ricky Gervais' character of David Brent, the bumbling manager of the Wernham Hogg paper company has lived on. Fans of the original Gervais series know that Brent was also a wannabe musician. And we've been reminded of that somewhat recently by a series of online guitar lessons given by Brent, himself-- not to mention a string of live tour dates with Brent and his band Foregone Conclusion. Simply titled Learn Guitar with David Brent, each lesson video features Gervais embodying the character and playing some true-to-life damn good music. Brent/Gervais has blessed us with ditties like "Life On The Road," "Spaceman Came Down" and "Slough." That last one holds a special place in Brent's heart.
One of the most difficult forms of comedy to execute well is live sketch. I think even the most casual comedy consumers can agree on this. When you see live sketch comedy at a theater done well, it's magical. When it's bad, it's not just bad-- it's excruciating to watch. And this is why I root for Saturday Night Live every year. I understand how nearly impossible it is to deliver topical, incisive and funny live sketch comedy week after week to millions of viewers, a large portion of which watch just to see you fail so they can tap angrily on their keyboards the next day on Website comments sections. People love to see SNL fail.
I don't love to see it fail. Which is why it pains me to say how weak SNL's first episode of season 40 was. I began live blogging it and then stopped because honestly I barely had anything nice to say and didn't want to fill the digital pages of Laughspin with knee-jerk negative reactions. I planned the live blog because I had assumed I would have plenty to celebrate, this being the start of the historic 40th season of Saturday Night Live. But, I wimped out. I wanted to re-watch the sketches over the weekend to make sure my initial reactions weren't ill-conceived. They weren't. The episode was disappointing.
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