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Chris Tucker

Chris Tucker Coming To Tampa’s Straz Center!

Chris Tucker, the fast-talking comic best known for the Rush Hour films, is bringing his stand-up comedy tour to Tampa in June. Tucker, who was one of the defining voices of the Def Comedy Jam in the 1990s, was last here in 2012, selling out two shows at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg.

He has since taken his comedy tour around the world and also set to release his first standup comedy special on Netflix in July. He takes the stage at Tampa’s Straz Center for the Performing Arts on June 12, and expect tickets to sell briskly for this popular comic who is also becoming a respected actor, last appearing in Oscar favorite Silver Linings Playbook

Tickets are $45.75-$65.75 and go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. online at strazcenter.org or by calling (813) 229-7827.

Source: Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tampa Bay Times

Dave Chappelle

Dave Chapelle To Highlight The South Beach Comedy Festival In Miami!

Dave ChappelleThere is a lot to laugh about concerning Miami Beach, so much that many inhabitants from snooty mainland neighborhoods rarely go there except during the time when they were between ages 18-30.

A side from the intermittent, obligatory clubbing, folks from the Gables, South Miami, Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay would rather do Cocowalk, Sunset, Miracle Mile or Brickell than deal with the effort that a beach trip takes (Calle Ocho — nunca!).

So, I shrugged, too, when I learned that the 10th annual South Beach Comedy Festival runs April 8-11 at The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater and that it includes a number of notable comedians. As is Miami style, cumbersome names like the venue itself seem laughable enough. Then Dave Chappelle signed on.

Now, all hell has broken loose. Getting a ticket to his show seems like getting one to the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight.

Maybe Chappelle will address race as Starbucks chairman/CEO Howard Schultz encouraged baristas to do when they begin conversations with customers, hoping to avoid any such comeuppance.

Suddenly that Flat White looked browner or whiter than previously thought. This campaign was not a comedy routine, even if — according to panicked pundits far and wide — it did not go over well.

A sign of the times reveals that everyone knows exactly why it failed, though nobody can suggest how we humans might better comprehend this ever vexing problem, which is obviously a problem because so many people refuse to acknowledge that it is a problem.

Dave Chappelle would make this funny.

When all else fails in 2015 post racial America, we can always blame President Barack Obama, who has both solved and caused America’s race problem, and was so funny badgering his humorless foes at the White House correspondents’ dinner. What some of our brothers and sisters say about the leader of the free world is so vicious that it would be funny if it weren’t frightening.

While I admit there are real fears that dwarf the short-lived, imaginary Homeland Security threat advisory scale – remember the orange high and elevated yellow scales – any anxiety over ISIL decapitating someone at Chipotle in Pinecrest seems a bit of a stretch. In any case, its chickens are already held captive in spaces where they face the inevitable sentence that all factory-farmed animals discover no matter how much fuzzy rhetoric touts it’s natural, responsibly raised, humane pretense. Again, this is not funny, but Dave Chappelle could make it hilarious.

Before Starbucks tried to get funny — and Chipotle perfected clever — black comedians used race and politics to lighten heavy loads and skewer racism itself. Dick Gregory, Nipsey Russell, Flip Wilson, Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock and Tracy Morgan come to mind.

Then Dave Chappelle came to Comedy Central, got a few Emmy nominations for his irreverent and controversial show, developed a cult following, refused to bow to pressure from network execs bent on mainstreaming him, freaked out, became reclusive and vanished. His hot topic: Race, not corporate America’s favorite topic until Starbucks.

Supposedly, Chappelle turned down a $50-million contract before disappearing to South Africa. Now he has quietly returned and is ready to make somebody in Miami Beach laugh. Whether he will be funny or not, we will have to wait. There will be two Chappelle shows at The Fillmore. Good luck with getting the tickets.

Carl Rachelson is a teacher at Palmer Trinity School and a regular contributor to the Pinecrest Tribune. He may be contacted by addressing email tocrachelson@palmertrinity.org.

Source: Tribune Pinecrest

Byron Allen

Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios Networks Adds 25 New Distribution Partners!

Byron AllenByron Allen’s Entertainment Studios, Inc. (www.es.tv) – one of the largest independent producers and distributors of first-run syndicated television programming for broadcast television stations, and owner of seven 24-hour HD cable television networks – has announced carriage expansion of its portfolio of cable networks, now reaching over one hundred U.S. television household markets.

The Entertainment Studios Networks roster of distribution partners continues to grow to over one hundred markets nationwide.

Recent rollout of the Entertainment Studios 24/7 HD cable networks includes the following distributors:

ADAMS CATV HAWAIIAN TELCOM
ARGENT COMMUNICATIONS IMON COMMUNICATIONS
BAILEY CABLE TV JOHNSONBURG COMMUNITY TELEVISION
CHESTER TELEPHONE CO. KUHN COMMUNICATIONS
CIM TEL CABLE MID-ATLANTIC BROADBAND
CINCINNATI BELL MID-RIVERS CABLE TELEVISION
COMMUNICATION SERVICES MUNICIPAL COMM UTITLITY OF CEDAR FALLS
THE COMMUNITY AGENCY NORWOOD LIGHT AND BROADBAND
COMPLETE COMMUNICATION SERVICES SKYLINE TELEPHONE MEMBERSHIP CORP
CONSOLIDATED COMMUNICATIONS SUDDENLINK COMMUNICATIONS
CONWAY CORP VYVE BROADBAND
DALTON UTILITIES ZITO MEDIA
GREAT PLAINS

“The ever-expanding reach of our cable networks underscores the desire of our distribution partners to provide their subscribers with family-friendly viewing centered around viewer passions,” said Byron Allen, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Entertainment Studios.

The seven Entertainment Studios 24/7 HD cable networks include:

  • – Cars.TV – Emmy Award-winning network showcasing the collectors, designers, innovators, and the ultimate car enthusiasts (www.Cars.tv)
  • – Comedy.TV – A television network dedicated to today’s funniest comedians, featuring a mix of live concert performances, talk and variety shows, sitcoms and movies. (www.Comedy.tv)
  • – ES.TV – A television network dedicated to entertainment news, variety shows, celebrity profiles and today’s hottest superstars. (www.es.tv)
  • – MyDestination.TV – A television network dedicated to the best in travel featuring destinations around the world. (www.MyDestination.tv)
  • – Pets.TV – A television network dedicated to pet lovers everywhere. (www.Pets.tv)
  • – Recipe.TV – A television network dedicated to famous chefs, recipes, and delicious cuisine from around the world. (www.Recipe.tv)
  • – Justice Central.TV – A television network dedicated to Emmy Award-nominated court shows, legal news, and the world’s biggest trials. (www.JusticeCentral.tv)

Entertainment Studios, Inc. owns seven 24-hour HD cable networks: PETS.TV, COMEDY.TV, RECIPE.TV, CARS.TV, ES.TV, MYDESTINATION.TV, and JUSTICE CENTRAL.TV. The company also produces, distributes, and sells advertising for 37 television programs, making it one of the largest independent producers/distributors of first-run syndicated television programming for broadcast television stations. With a library of over 5,000 hours of owned content across multiple genres, Entertainment Studios provides video content to broadcast television stations, cable television networks, mobile devices, multimedia platforms, and the World Wide Web. Chairman and CEO Byron Allen founded the company in 1993. Headquartered in Los Angeles, it has offices in New York, Chicago, Denver, and Raleigh.

Allen is also a key figure in the National Association of African-American Owned Media (NAAAOM) $20 billion discrimination lawsuit against Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Al Sharpton, the NAACP, the Urban League and others. The group has also filed a $10 billion discrimination suit against AT&T and DirectTV.

 

Jamie Foxx

Jamie Foxx Just Added To Lineup Of Nickelodeon’s 2015 Kids’ Choice Awards!

Jamie FoxxWe just discovered the news that comedian and actor Jamie Foxx has joined stars Liam Hemsworth, Emma Stone, Meghan Trainor, Grant Gustin and Josh Gad will appear at Nickelodeon’s 2015 Kids’ Choice Awards.

Nick Jonas is hosting the annual gala on March 28 from The Forum in Inglewood, California.

Nickelodeon has confirmed a variety of new stars scheduled to appear at the gala, including Fifth Harmony, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Zendaya, Quvenzhané Wallis and Kevin James.

Also scheduled to attend are Nick CannonJessie star Debby Ryan, Austin & Ally‘s ‎Laura Marano and Ross Lynch, as well as the WNBA’s Skylar Diggins.

The night will include live musical performances from host Jonas and 5 Seconds of Summer, in addition to Iggy Azalea and Jennifer Hudson teaming up for their single ‘Trouble‘.

More performers and presenters are expected to be announced in the coming days and Nickelodeon will air the 2015 Kids’ Choice Award on Saturday, March 28 at 8pm ET in the US.

Friday

The Classic Comedy Film ‘Friday’ To Return To Theaters Tomorrow For One Night Only!

Friday

Need plans for 4/20?

New Line Cinema has announced that it will screen the stoner-comedy Friday for a single day on April 20 in celebration of the movie’s 20th anniversary.

The Ice Cube and Chris Tucker-starring movie will get rolled out at theaters nationwide on the unofficial weed holiday for a 7:30 PM local time screening, according to BuzzFeed.

“For the theaters, for New Line [Cinema], for the fans to want to pay homage to the movie in this way is cool,” Cube told the site. “It lets you know how much people appreciate it and how much fun it is … and it lets you know that Friday is now a part of the American fabric.”

While the timing of the anniversary celebration has a— cough— theme, fans will also get to watch a slightly different version of the movie on 4/20. The re-release screening will be of a special director’s cut and will also feature a more than 20-minute behind-the-scenes special.

Finally, the movie’s soundtrack, which topped the charts in 1995 upon its release, will also get its own 20th anniversary nod with a vinyl reissue.

“I remember picking these songs and thinking, ‘No one’s used ‘Mary Jane’ by Rick James in a movie? This is going to be perfect,’” Ice Cube said. “You usually don’t get the Isley Brothers and a fresh Dr. Dre song. It was a really special labor of love.”

Fans can get their tickets to the re-release a day early here.

Source: The Urban Daily

Martin Lawrence

Martin Lawrence To Perform LIVE At The Comedy Store In Los Angeles!

Martin LawrenceAs expected, comedian Martin Lawrence has been hitting the clubs diligently the last couple of weeks in preparation of his new upcoming comedy tour. We hear now that The Comedy Store in Los Angeles will see him perform this Wednesday in the main room at 9 pm.

Lawrence has already announced on Instagram his new tour and plans for a new sequel to the hit film A Thin Line Between Love And Hate that he co-wrote along with Bently Kyle Evans, and future plans for a concert film are underway.

Purchase tickets HERE!

Stay tuned as this story develops!

 

Wanda Sykes

Wanda Sykes Talks The State Of Stand Up Plus Next Season Of ‘Last Comic Standing’!

Wanda SykesGRAND RAPIDS, MI – Wanda Sykes knows more about stand-up comedy than most.

A long career as a comic brings her to Grand Rapids for Gilda’s LaughFest and an appearance in DeVos Performance Hall tonight.

But she’s also executive director of “Last Comic Standing,” which means she hears a lot of stand-up comedians. The ninth season of the show opens in May with 100 comedians raring to go.

“Last year, it was great. But we totally revamped the format,” Sykes said recently. “We went around the country, and we picked all the comics.”

To get those 100 comedians, Sykes and her staff heard upwards of 1,500 to 2,000 comedians.

“Closer to 2,000,” she said with a laugh. “It was a long process, but it makes the show.”

The show that first aired from 2003 to 2010 on NBC returned last May. This time without the audience vote to help determine the last comic standing.

“We’re not even allowing America to vote,” she said with a laugh. “We don’t trust America.”

But the experience has left Sykes, who’s been ranked one of Entertainment Weekly’s 25 Funniest People in America, feeling good about the field of stand-up comedians working today.

“We went through a period where comics were too cool for school,” she said. “If you laugh, great. If you don’t, I don’t care. Instead of performing and trying to make the audience laugh.”

That has since turned around, said Sykes, whose stand-up style is witty material delivered in a sassy voice.

“I was so surprised and pleasantly surprised that there are a lot of comics out there who are passionate about making people laugh,” she said.

Some things haven’t changed. Stand-up still is a male dominated profession.

“It’s a hard life,” said Sykes, ranked No. 70 on Comedy Central’s 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time and the only African-American woman on the list.

“It’s not just about the material and doing the show. It’s also the logistics of being on the road and traveling and staying in hotels.”

“It’s kind of lonely. I can see more women having issues with that life,” she said.
But it has its rewards.

“The instant gratification, the laughter. It still amazes me,” she said.

Even as a kid growing up in the greater Washington D.C. area, Sykes enjoyed making people laugh.

“Mark Twain said the two most important days of your life are the day you were born and the day you figure out why you were born,” she said.

“Comedy is a gift. That’s why I’m here. That’s why I was put on this earth.”

Wanda Sykes has spent time on “The Chris Rock Show,” “The Drew Carey Show,” and has been a recurring performer on “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

She’s enjoyed success as supporting character on several shows including “The New Adventures of Old Christine.” Her own sitcom, “Wanda At Large,” which aired in 2003, and her own late-night talk show, which debuted on FOX TV in November 2009 and ended the following April, both were short lived. But she takes it in stride.

“I’ve been very lucky in this business,” she said. “I also work hard and put in the effort.”

A past winner of a BET Comedy Award in 2005, an American Comedy Award in 2001 and a Primetime Emmy Award for “The Chris Rock Show” in 1999, Sykes has been a trailblazer throughout her career.

Famously, she was the featured entertainer for the 2009 White House Correspondents Association dinner, the first African American woman and the first openly lesbian to get the nod.

Shortly before the appearance, radio host Rush Limbaugh, talking about President Obama’s agenda, and remarked publicly, “I hope he fails.”

In response, at the dinner with the president in attendance, Sykes quipped: “I hope his (Limbaugh’s) kidneys fail, how about that? Needs a little waterboarding, that’s what he needs.”

“It wasn’t spontaneous,” she said. “I wrote the jokes. It all was prepared.

Sykes first visit to Grand Rapids had nothing to do with comedy and everything to do with Steelcase, Inc.

Before going into comedy, Sykes spent five years in Washington D.C. as a contracting specialist for the National Security Agency.

“We were buying furniture,” she said. “We came to negotiate.”

By By Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk | jkaczmarczyk@mlive.com 

Wanda Sykes at LaughFest

When: 8 p.m. Monday, March 9

Where: DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave. NW

Tickets: $37.50-$57.50

More info: Call LaughFest at 616-735-HAHA (4242) or go to Ticketmaster

Chappie

At Event For New Film ‘Chappie’, Press Gathers At Rolling Robots In Hollywood!

In light of the new film Chappie, the press recently had an event at Rolling Robots in Hollywood on behalf of the new film. As the press gathered, the design of the toys connected the press to what the film is about.

Chappie hits theaters this Friday, March 6th!

Anyway, check out the trailer from the film below and also check out some pics from the event below:

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Cocoa Brown

Check Out The Humor Mill Twitter Chat With Cocoa Brown For Her Bounce TV Special!

As you already know, comedian and actress Cocoa Brown is ‘one funny Momma’! Cocoa is extremely busy with her acting career (The Single Mom’s Club, Ted 2, Acting Dead), as she is also promoting her new special on Bounce TV as she continues to tour the country- while continuing to raise her son!

Well, in preparation of her brand new comedy special that will air on Bounce TV, we managed to be able to get Cocoa to sit down with us during her busy schedule to chat about her upcoming special, her career, her family, and more!

With that being said, the will have the Twitter chat on March 3rd from 12-1 EST with us and Bounce TV and we want you to join in! All you have to do is Tweet or post using #BounceCocoaBrown and Cocoa will answer any of your questions! We will start the session with a Q&A and then you can jump right in!

For more details see the flier below!

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Gooch

Check This Out- Details On The Charles Gooch Comedy Benefit Comedy Show!

GoochWe discovered that there is going to be a comedy benefit show in Los Angeles this week, and the cause is something that is worth every penny!

If you are familiar with Charles Patrick Gooch, then you are already aware of how amazing Gooch is, and what a permanent fixture in the comedy landscape he is. If you are not, well let us tell you; A former tour manager for comedian Arnez J, former manager for Rodney Perry, and consultant for many comedians (like Corey Holcomb) while also being a former comedy promoter and co-creator of the infamous Tuesday night at the Comedy Store that was formerly known as Trippin’ On Tuesday, Gooch has been a friend of many a comic.

Gooch is one of those people who always takes the time for some friendly advice while always trying to always help a friend. Well, now it seems that the man who has touched many lives needs us to help him. We hear that Gooch is having kidney transplant surgery on March 3rd., as his brother is donating his kidney to him. With that being said, there is a comedy benefit show that will feature at least 11 comedians on stage. Comedians Chris Spencer, Guy Torry, Tony Rock, David A. Arnold, Vanessa Graddick, G-Thang, Vanessa Fraction, Clayton Thomas, Memphis Will, Maronzio Vance and many more- with some surprise guest who WILL stop in at The Comedy Union on Friday Feb. 27th.

See the flier below:

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If you can’t make the show PLEASE feel free to click the link to donate: www.gofundme.com/newkidney4cpg