Make Me Laugh
Make Me Laugh was an American game show in which contestants watched three stand-up comedians performing their acts, one at a time, earning one dollar for every second that they could make it through without laughing. Each comedian had sixty seconds to try to make the contestant laugh for a maximum of $180; the original version, with Robert Q. Lewis as host, aired for three months in 1958 on ABC. Bobby Van hosted a syndicated revival during the 1979–80 season, Ken Ober hosted a 1997 revival on Comedy Central, replaced for the second season by Mark Cohen; each episode featured four guests. The first three guests were civilians while the fourth was a celebrity who played for a home viewer, chosen by pulling a postcard from a revolving drum; this was changed to having celebrities playing for home viewers throughout the whole show. On Van's version, contestants that lasted the full three minutes had their winnings doubled to $360. Van's version of the program was popular and did well in the ratings, but was cancelled after Van became ill and died of brain cancer in the summer of 1980.
Van's version is noted for the early appearances of several then-unknown comedians before going on to greater fame. The theme music for the 1970s version was entitled Laugh, was performed by Artie Butler and the Big Boffers. Reruns of this version aired on the USA Network from October 2, 1984 to September 26, 1986. Like its predecessor, the Comedy Central version featured several fledgling comics who went on to greater fame, including Patton Oswalt, Frank Nicotero and Heath Hyche; the game with new additions. There were two formats to this version: Three contestants competed, one at a time. Two audience members were chosen for this round, one at a time, each with one of the comedians performing for 60 seconds and trying to elicit a laugh. Contestants wagered a portion of their scores; the contestant with the highest score at the end of this round won the game and kept his/her winnings, while the other two received joke consolation prizes. This round is called "The Tag Team Round", because the winning contestant now faced all three comics in this final round of the game.
The contestant had the usual 60 seconds to face each one, the comics alternated turns. If the winning contestant survived the full minute, he/she won $500, otherwise he/she earned $5 per second. Three contestants, who were randomly selected from the studio audience, competed. One audience member was chosen for a 90-second performance by all three comedians, with each taking 30 seconds; the contestants wagered a portion of their scores on their predictions as to whether any of the comedians could make the audience member laugh. The highest scorer kept his/her winnings; the winning contestant faced a "Mystery Comic", whose identity was not revealed until it came time for the round to be played. He/she earned $5 per second for not laughing, up to a maximum of $500 for 100 seconds. A possible revival was considered for syndicationas an entry during the fall 2016 season but was scrapped. Make Me Laugh on IMDb Make Me Laugh on IMDb Make Me Laugh on IMDb
Atom TV is an American cable television comedy series featuring content from the website Atom.com. It aired on Comedy Central from June 24, 2008 to October 18, 2010, lasting three seasons and thirty-six episodes, its timeslot was Monday nights at 2:00 am/1:00c and 2:30 am/1:30c. Atom TV on IMDb
Brian Edmund Posehn is an American actor, voice actor, musician and comedian, known for his roles as Jim Kuback on The WB's Mission Hill and Brian Spukowski on Comedy Central's The Sarah Silverman Program. He has a recurring role on The Big Bang Theory as geologist Bert Kibbler. Posehn was born and raised in Sacramento, California, he is of Irish descent. He graduated from Sonoma Valley High School in 1984, he attended college at Sacramento. Posehn began with guest appearances and small roles in TV shows, he was on 28 episodes of Mr. Show with Bob and David, a sketch comedy series on HBO. In a 1996 episode of Friends, he delivered the manuscript in which Joey Tribbiani's soap opera character "Dr. Drake Ramoray" is killed off, he appeared as two different characters in NewsRadio: a fan with questions for Jimmy James at a book reading, a member of Dave's a cappella group "Chock Full o' Notes". In the Seinfeld episode "The Burning", he played a patient, his character was instructed to "act out" to a group of medical students how a surgeon left a sponge in him post surgery.
Posehn wrote the Space Ghost: Coast to Coast episode "Cahill" with Ben Karlin. He appeared on 29 episodes of the NBC series Just Shoot Me!. He played the voice of Jim in Mission Hill on the WB, Del Swanson in 3 South on MTV. On an Adult Swim production, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, he voiced the Wisdom Cube in the 2003 episode "The Cubing". Posehn performed the voice of Gibbons, a tiny man, on several episodes of the Cartoon Network's Tom Goes to the Mayor, he appeared in the 2005 pilot for The Showbiz Show with David Spade, in a segment called "The Nerd Perspective", in which he gave a scathing criticism of MTV and its declining quality. He played a mortician in several episodes of Comedy Central's Reno 911!. He was featured on the 2005 documentary series The Comedians of Comedy on Comedy Central and Showtime, he was in a 2007 episode of the improv series Thank God You're Here on NBC and was a celebrity judge on the revived 1970s game show The Gong Show with Dave Attell, on Comedy Central. He co-stars on The Sarah Silverman Program with Steve Agee as a gay couple, friends with Silverman, wrote the season three finale "Wowschwitz".
He played himself in the episode "Spagett" of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, appeared at the Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget, played the role of a physically disabled man in the second season's premiere episode "Slip of the Tongue" of Californication, on Showtime, played Dethklok's second manager in the Metalocalypse episode "Dethsources", he wrote the episode "Fatherklok". In 2007 he joined the first season of the MTV sketch comedy series Human Giant, as a writer and performer, voices Glen Furlblam, the biggest fan of Dr. Two-Brains on the PBS Kids animated series WordGirl. In 2012 he co-wrote the fourth season of Metalocalypse. Since 2013, Posehn has appeared in the recurring role of Bert on The Big Bang Theory. Movie appearances from Posehn include the 2003 comedy film sequel Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd, the 2005 Rob Zombie horror film The Devil's Rejects, Sleeping Dogs Lie, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, the 2007 animated feature Surf's Up, where he played Glen Maverick.
Posehn appeared as himself in the 2007 documentary Super High Me starring'marijuana comedian' Doug Benson, the 2008 documentary Nerdcore Rising about MC Frontalot and in a supporting role in Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic. Posehn voices the character of Murray, a robot, in Rob Zombie's animated The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, he voiced the character Hayashi in the English dub of Pom Poko. In 2002, Posehn appeared on Comedy Central Presents, followed by the release of 2005's The Comedians of Comedy, a documentary/live special chronicling a 2004 small-club comedy tour he participated in; the film was followed up by a television series on Comedy Central of the same name. Posehn's debut comedy album Live In: Nerd Rage was released in 2006, he participated in the Comedy Lineup of the 2008 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, which included Louis C. K. Janeane Garofalo and Zach Galifianakis. Posehn performed as part of the Rock N' Roll Comedy set with Michelle Buteau. During his 2008 routine on Comedy Central Presents he referred to his Wikipedia article, which he vandalized.
In 2010, Posehn released Wiener Jokes. In 2011, Posehn agreed to perform at the Gathering of the Juggalos; some of his fans criticized this decision as being "not metal". Posehn countered that "getting a paycheck is metal", expressed respect towards the Juggalo fan culture, as well as the independent music success of Insane Clown Posse and Psychopathic Records. In 2013, Posehn released first DVD, The Fartist. In 2006, Relapse Records released Live In: Nerd Rage, it includes "Metal by Numbers", a song mocking the formulaic nature of modern "metal" at the time of its release. The instrumental tracks feature musicians such as guitarist Scott Ian, bassist Joey Vera, drummer John Tempesta, lead guitarist Jonathan Donais. Posehn appeared in the Anthrax music videos for "What Doesn't Die" and "Blood Eagle Wings". Posehn appeared on a Season 4 episode of the music talk show That Metal Show and Lamb of God's Walk With Me In Hell DVD, performed "More Metal Then You", a song, included on his non-musical stand-up comedy album Fart & Weiner Jokes, with "Brian Posehn's All-Star Band" on the 2010 Revolver
Comedy Central Presents
Comedy Central Presents is the network's main half-hour program which highlights either one or a series of stand-up comedians each episode. In 2011, the series ended and Comedy Central replaced it with the revamped The Half Hour, now called Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents, 30-minute stand-up specials. Starting in 2008, Comedy Central started releasing "Best of" compilation DVDs, with uncensored audio; some of these episodes have appeared on DVDs of comedians' stand-up specials, only they remained censored. This DVD was released on February 5, 2008. On this DVD, only the audio was uncensored. There is one moment in Dane Cook's special when he gives the finger, blurred on television, that remains blurred; the shows featured on this DVD are: Lewis Black Dane Cook Jeff Dunham Jim Gaffigan Mitch Hedberg Demetri Martin Carlos Mencia Brian Regan This DVD was released on August 26, 2008. Unlike the first DVD, this DVD removes all of the commercial bumper titles and isolates the credits of each show; the shows featured on this DVD are: Dave Attell Mike Birbiglia Frank Caliendo Zach Galifianakis Stephen Lynch Patton Oswalt Nick Swardson Daniel Tosh Comedy Central Presents – Official site.
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Andrew Daly is an American actor and writer. He starred as Forrest MacNeil on the Comedy Central series Review, had a supporting role in the HBO comedy series Eastbound & Down as Terrence Cutler, he has made recurring appearances on television programs such as Silicon Valley, Modern Family, Black-ish, Trial & Error, the Netflix series The Who Was? Show, Reno 911!, Comedy Bang! Bang! as well as animated shows such as Bob's Burgers and Adventure Time. Daly was born in Mount Kisco, New York, was raised in New Jersey, he graduated in 1989 from Ridgewood High School in Ridgewood, New Jersey, attended Ithaca College, where he received a bachelor's degree in drama. After college, Daly moved to New York City, where he performed, along with Andy Secunda, in the sketch comedy duo The Two Andys, which appeared at the 1999 Aspen Comedy Festival, he was a part of the Mainstage company at Chicago City Limits as an improvisational actor. When the Upright Citizens Brigade relocated to New York from Chicago in 1996, Daly was one of the first New Yorkers to study improvisation with the group and performed in many of the earliest shows produced by the UCB.
He was a member of the long-form improvisation group The Swarm, assembled and directed by Amy Poehler. During the late 1990s, Daly appeared in sketches on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and lent his voice to Robert Smigel's "TV Funhouse" cartoons on Saturday Night Live. In 2000, Daly joined the cast of MADtv, he was a featured player in the show's 6th season and returned as a full cast member the following season. He next appeared on television in the main cast of Comedy Central's parody news show Crossballs and played several different characters on Reno 911!, recurring as "Brad the Friendly Homeowner". He worked as a correspondent on The Showbiz Show with David Spade for all three seasons and as an advocate on both seasons of Lewis Black's Root of All Evil. In 2007, Daly appeared as a Benjamin Franklin impersonator in an episode of The Office entitled "Ben Franklin". In 2008, Daly joined the cast of the HBO series Down as Terrence Cutler. Daly was the host of the 2008 pilot episode of Match Game.
He made frequent appearances on HBO's The Life and Times of Tim, Adult Swim's Delocated, IFC's Comedy Bang! Bang! as well as Adventure Time, for which he provided the voices of Wyatt and The King of Ooo. He is the voice of Krombopolous Michael on Rick and Morty. Daly appeared in the NBC sitcom The Paul Reiser Show, a midseason replacement for the 2010–11 television season; the show was cancelled after two episodes. Starting in 2014, Daly has guest starred in the ABC sitcom Modern Family as Principal Brown and has played recurring roles on ABC’s Blackish, HBO’s Silicon Valley, NBC’s Trial & Error. From 2014 to 2017, Daly starred in, executive produced, wrote episodes of the Comedy Central series Review, which he co-adapted from the Australian series Review with Myles Barlow. Since 2016, Daly has been the spokesman in commercials for CarMax. Daly has appeared in numerous films, most notably as courtside announcer Dick Pepperfield in the 2008 film Semi-Pro starring Will Ferrell. In 2004, Daly appeared in the movie Christmas with the Kranks as a shopper, bribed by Jamie Lee Curtis' character Nora Krank into giving her a Christmas ham.
In 2010, Daly co-starred as Mayor Brown in the 3D live action/CGI film version of Yogi Bear and appeared in She's Out of My League as Fuller. He had Transformers: Dark of the Moon as a mailroom worker. In 2016, he played Principal Dwight in Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life. Daly does many different characters in his stand-up. In 2007, a character named. In 2008, Daly released the critically acclaimed Nine Sweaters, a comedy album compiled from a nine-week residency at Comedy Death-Ray's Tuesday night shows, on AST Records. In December 2010, Daly performed stand-up on The Benson Interruption on Comedy Central. Daly has made a number of appearances on podcasts such as Comedy Bang! Bang!, How Did This Get Made?, The Nerdist Podcast, Never Not Funny. In 2014, he began hosting the limited-run Earwolf podcast The Andy Daly Podcast Pilot Project, which continued in 2018 with a second season of 8 episodes. Daly is married to actress Carri Levinson, they have two daughters. Official website Andy Daly on IMDb Upright Citizens Brigade Theater Profile Audio interview with Andy Daly on The Sound of Young America Onion A.
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Win Ben Stein's Money
Win Ben Stein's Money is an American television game show created by Al Burton and Donnie Brainard that aired first-run episodes from July 28, 1997 to January 31, 2003 on Comedy Central. The show featured three contestants who competed to answer general knowledge questions in order to win the grand prize of $5,000 from the show's host, Ben Stein. In the second half of each episode, Stein participated as a "common" contestant in order to defend his money from being taken by his competitors; the show won six Daytime Emmy awards, with Stein and Jimmy Kimmel, the show's original co-host, sharing the Outstanding Game Show Host award in 1999. As noted in a disclaimer during the closing credits, prize money won by contestants was paid from a prize budget furnished by the producers of the show. Any money left over in that budget at the end of a season was given to Stein. If the total amount paid out during a season exceeded that budget, the production company paid the excess. In this way, Stein was never in any danger of losing money from his own pocket.
Stein's co-host was Jimmy Kimmel for the first three years. Kimmel left in 2000 and was replaced by Nancy Pimental, who co-hosted the program through 2001. Kimmel's cousin, "Cousin Sal" Iacono, was the show's last co-host. Although Kimmel left the program in 2000, he made guest appearances afterward, hosted College Week episodes in 2001; the game began with $5,000 in Stein's bank. Five categories were always available for contestants to choose from, with pun-laden titles hinting at the questions' content. After a contestant chose a category, its value was revealed and Stein asked a toss-up question open to all three contestants. Higher-valued categories were more difficult. If a contestant rang in and answered the question value was added to their score and deducted from Stein's bank. An incorrect response allowed the other two contestants a chance to ring in; the contestant who answered the toss-up was asked a follow-up question worth $50. If they could not answer, either of the other two could attempt to score.
If no one answered the toss-up the $50 question was asked as a toss-up as well. Once both questions had been asked, the category was removed from play and a new one substituted in its place, the contestant who gave the last correct answer to that point chose the next category; the co-host would warn the contestants. Once time ran out, the lowest-scoring contestant was eliminated and their total was returned to Stein's bank. If there was a tie for low score, one last toss-up was asked. Stein now replaced the eliminated contestant and turned over question-asking duties to the co-host, who always stated that Stein had no advance knowledge of any questions that would be used from that point forward; this round was played to the first, with some rule changes. Stein chose the first category to start the round, the values were increased to $200-$500 increments of $100; each category consisted with no follow-up. If Stein answered his bank total remained unchanged; the co-host announced a one-minute warning.
When time ran out, the lower-scoring contestant was eliminated, forfeiting all money won, which again was returned to Stein's bank. The higher-scoring contestant kept all money won and advanced to the bonus round for a chance to win the entire $5,000. In the bonus round, the Best of 10 Test of Knowledge, both Stein and the winner of the second round were placed in isolation booths so that neither could hear the other's answers; the contestant had the choice of playing second. The person playing first was given 60 seconds to answer a total of ten questions, could pass if he or she chose to do so. After the first person played the round, the other was given 60 seconds to answer the same ten questions. If the contestant answered more questions than Stein, the contestant won the entire $5,000 grand prize that Stein had put into the bank at the beginning of the show. If Stein answered more questions the contestant kept only the money won in the first two rounds. If the round ended in a tie, the contestant won an additional $1,000.
The isolation booth for the contestant was plain, with a hardwood stool and a bare hanging light bulb, while Stein's booth was more luxurious, with a leather wing-back chair and other lavish furnishings. Each booth contained a clock that showed how much time was left – a cheap electric wall clock in the player's booth, an ornate desk clock in Stein's. In seasons, the contestant's booth was made to appear in disrepair, with a large crack running down the back wall and some wallpaper missing. At the end of the fourth season, three of the best contestants of the season who had earlier won $5,000 returned for a special "Ben Stein's Cup" episode, for a chance to win $25,000. In the first round, question values were $200, $400, $600, with follow-up questions worth $200. In the second round, questions were worth $800–$2,000 in increments of $400; the winner attempted to defeat Stein for the entire $25,000. In a previous "Ben Stein's Cup" episode in season two, three contestants who won $5,000 received a chance to win another $5,000.
Question values in the first two rounds were the same as always. Stein poked fun at rival quiz show Jeopardy!, given the similarities of format
The Sopranos is an American crime drama television series created by David Chase. The story revolves around Tony Soprano, a New Jersey-based Italian-American mobster, portrays the difficulties that he faces as he tries to balance his family life with his role as the leader of a criminal organization; these are explored during his therapy sessions with psychiatrist Jennifer Melfi. The series features Tony's family members, mafia colleagues, rivals in prominent roles—most notably his wife and his protégé/distant cousin, Christopher Moltisanti; the pilot was ordered in 1997, the show premiered on HBO on January 10, 1999. It ran for six seasons totalling 86 episodes until June 10, 2007. Broadcast syndication followed in the U. S. and internationally. The Sopranos was produced by HBO, Chase Films, Brad Grey Television, it was filmed at Silvercup Studios in New York City, on location in New Jersey. The executive producers throughout the show's run were David Chase, Brad Grey, Robin Green, Mitchell Burgess, Ilene S. Landress, Terence Winter, Matthew Weiner.
The Sopranos is regarded as one of the greatest television series of all time. The series won a multitude of awards, including Peabody Awards for its first two seasons, 21 Primetime Emmy Awards, five Golden Globe Awards, it has been the subject of critical analysis and parody, has spawned books, a video game, soundtrack albums, assorted merchandise. Several members of the show's cast and crew were unknown to the public but have since had successful careers. In 2013, the Writers Guild of America named The Sopranos the best-written TV series of all time, while TV Guide ranked it the best television series of all time. In 2016, the series ranked first in Rolling Stone's list of the 100 greatest TV shows of all time. In March 2018, New Line Cinema announced that they have purchased a film detailing the Sopranos background story, set in the 1960s during the Newark riots. Titled The Many Saints of Newark, it is written by David Chase and Lawrence Konner and will be directed by Alan Taylor. David Chase had worked as a television producer for more than 20 years before creating The Sopranos.
He had been employed as a staff writer or producer for several television series, including Kolchak: The Night Stalker, The Rockford Files, I'll Fly Away, Northern Exposure. He had co-created the short-lived original series Almost Grown in 1988, he made his television directorial debut in 1986 with the "Enough Rope for Two" episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents. He directed episodes of Almost Grown and I'll Fly Away in 1988 and 1992, respectively. In 1996, he directed the television film The Rockford Files: Punishment and Crime, he served as showrunner for I'll Fly Northern Exposure in the 1990s. Chase won his first Emmy Award in 1978 for his work on The Rockford Files and his second for writing the 1980 television film Off the Minnesota Strip. By 1996, he was a coveted showrunner; the story of The Sopranos was conceived as a feature film about "a mobster in therapy having problems with his mother." Chase decided to adapt it into a television series. He signed a development deal in 1995 with production company Brillstein-Grey and wrote the original pilot script.
He drew from his personal life and his experiences growing up in New Jersey, has stated that he tried to "apply family dynamic to mobsters." For instance, the tumultuous relationship between series protagonist Tony Soprano and his mother Livia is based on Chase's relationship with his own mother. He was in psychotherapy at the time and modeled the character of Dr. Jennifer Melfi after his own psychiatrist. Chase had been fascinated by organized crime and the mafia from an early age, witnessing such people growing up, he was raised on classic gangster films, such as The Public Enemy, the crime series The Untouchables. The series is inspired by the Boiardo family, a prominent New Jersey organized crime family when Chase was growing up, on New Jersey's DeCavalcante family, he has mentioned American playwrights Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams as influences on the show's writing, Italian director Federico Fellini as an important influence on the show's cinematic style. The series was named after high school friends of his.
Chase and producer Brad Grey pitched The Sopranos to several networks. They pitched the show to Chris Albrecht, president of HBO Original Programming, who decided to finance a pilot episode, shot in 1997. Chase directed it himself, they finished the pilot and showed it to HBO executives, but the show was put on hold for several months. During this time, Chase considered asking HBO for additional funding to shoot 45 more minutes of footage and release The Sopranos as a feature film. In December 1997, HBO decided to produce the series and ordered 12 more episodes for a 13-episode season; the show premiered on HBO on January 1999 with the pilot episode. The Sopranos was the second hour-long television drama series produced by HBO, the first being the prison drama Oz. North Jersey prosecutor and municipal judge Robert Baer filed a breach of contract lawsuit against Chase in Trenton, New Jersey federal court, alleging that he helped to create the show. Baer lost the suit, but he won a ruling that a jury should decide how much he should be paid for services as a location scout and story consultant.
Baer argued that he had introduced Chase to Tony Spirito and Thomas Koczur (a hom