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The snakes jumping out of peanut cans weren't the only surprise at the seventh annual U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. Billy Crystal handed out the film awards, international pics made their presence felt…
Lot 47 Films has acquired North American rights to Michael Cuesta's Sundance entry, "L.I.E." Pic, Cuestra's first, is the story of a troubled Long Island teenager and his relationship with a gay…
For five days in Aspen, Colo., each February, to paraphrase Shakespeare, all the world's a stage. Comedians from across the country and beyond descend on this playground of the rich and famous, and…
When the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival's Film Discovery Program kicked off in 1999, it viewed comedies as the world's cinematic orphans, fighting for scraps on the crowded festival circuit. It was bad…
What did one political comic say to another about the George W. Bush presidency? "This may not be good for the country, but it's time for the country to take one for us comedians."
Fred Willard's bio explicitly states that he's the Everyman, an apt description considering that the comedian has spent the better part of his career mimicking the idiosyncrasies and hypocrisies of…
The stammering. The pausing. Eccentric characters surround him. Dealing with the confusion of it all. These are traits that characterize Bob Newhart's quirky, often imitated persona.
Sketch shows in primetime nowadays are nearly as extinct as the variety shows that flooded the airwaves in the '50s and '60s. ABC's "The Dana Carvey Show" was the last attempt at one in 1996 and it…
In the fickle here today, gone tomorrow world of comedy, Billy Crystal stands as evergreen as a pine tree in the Catskills.
Stu Smiley, co-founder of the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival with Brian Murphy, is getting an exclusive production shingle with HBO to be called the Comedy Arts Studio.