Bobby Kelly Knows a Thing (or a Million) About Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll

Categories: Q&As, TV, comedy

I didn't even need to audition, that was crazy.
Fresh off the success of his special "Live at the Village Underground," comedian Robert Kelly is making big moves and stirring all kinds of pots. (Calm down, it's not a "food in a pot" fat joke.) And just when you wanted more of Bobby (of course you did), you'll be getting it Thursday nights when he plays "Bam Bam" the drummer extraordinaire for "The Heathens" on Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll on FX. And if you think that living the lifestyle of a comic differs from a "rock and roll lifestyle," well, you'd be wrong but don't be too hard on yourself! We didn't really realize it either until Kelly rang us up at 3:30am proving that at least the hours they keep are quite similar. Oddly enough, ours are too. On his way to do press, Bobby agreed to give us some comedic press relief about his new gig with an impromptu Q&A about the show straight from the airport. Talk about a multitasker!

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Funny or Die's "Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival" Irvine Line-up Announced

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The Roast Master is in the house!
The good times are about to roll once again so grab your sunscreen and beer money because yesterday Funny or Die announced a list of dates and full line-up for their third annual Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival. This year's event is co-headlined by Aziz Ansari and Amy Schumer, and depending on the location, your funny bone will be further tickled by a rotating line-up of major players like Nick Kroll, Jim Norton, Michael Che, Dave Attell, Tim Minchin, Rachel Feinstein, and OMG so many more!

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Jay Mohr on Google, Probiotics, and Ellen

Categories: LOL, Q&As, comedy

As a kid I was into the monster family with Count Chocula and Boo Berry.
We rarely say no when it comes to a good cause and when you can do something that helps a cause that in turn causes you to feel good, we're first in line. 'Cause that's how we roll. This Thursday (July 9th) at the Brea Improv is your chance to see an incredible show that includes Jay Mohr, Christopher Titus, Dean Delray, and is hosted by Patrick Fowler. As if that weren't enough, the proceeds for this extraordinary night will be going to F*CK Cancer. Since Jay Mohr often takes to Twitter to answer fan questions, we decided to hit him with a few of our own in a lightning round of "Quick Questions" before the big event goes down.

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Comedy and Military Collide When PJ Walsh Takes on American Ninja Warrior

I work best when I am doing something for a good cause.
It takes bravery, skill, endurance, and the right mindset to represent for our country and oddly enough, the same could be said for comedy. Well, maybe if your name is PJ Walsh. This U.S. Navy veteran and stand-up comic houses all of those qualities and then some and on Monday July 6th, he'll be flexing his talents (or, attempting to) along with other members of the U.S. military on a special episode of American Ninja Warrior.

Paying tribute to our brothers and sisters in arms is important because we owe so much to these heroes that protect us and the ones we love. The team over on American Ninja Warrior concurs and figured out a fun way to show them some love by sending them off to battle...on their obstacle course. We talked to PJ before the episode airs to find out how rigorous the training process was, how it was working with his best friend (and co-host of ANW) Matt Iseman, and to see how the experience changed him for the better.

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Lisa Lampanelli Gives Us a Little Relationship Therapy

I'm really lucky that people get it.
Hold the phones people because your plans for Friday night have just been made! The Queen Lisa Lampanelli has a brand new special called "Back to the Drawing Board" and it's premiering June 26th on EPIX. Bringing her signature sharp tongue to the stage for raunch filled banter and racial insults galore, she's also killing it with truths about her recent divorce, weight loss, and dating at this juncture in her life. Since she gives so much of her real self in the new special, we wanted to hear a little more about her new path to see if we could apply it to our own lives. Turns out, LL is pretty great at giving advice and we ended up getting somewhat of a free therapy session...and maybe you will too.

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How Comedian Grant Cotter Went From Punk to Performer at the Vans Warped Tour

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It's so cool that I'm right here on the forefront of this new thing.
It's no secret that over here at the Weekly we love to rep our hood as well as those that come out of it and when it comes to comic Grant Cotter, we've been singing his praises for years as if we birthed him ourselves. And while it's hard to pave a path in any city/industry, with dedication, talent, and skill, it can indeed be done. And Grant did it. Rather, he's doing it. He was recently tapped to host and perform on the first ever comedy stage this year at the 21st annual Vans Warped Tour that kicks off in Pomona on June 19th at the Pomona Fairplex. We couldn't let his newest accomplishment pass us by without finding out how psyched he is about the opportunity and wanted to get a little background on his past (unpaid) connection to the Vans Warped Tour itself.

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Bob Saget is a Giver

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I don't think Star Wars metaphors work for this.
Being Bob Saget is really a full-time job. Figuratively and literally. He is always working (bravo for that) and in turn, always entertaining us, always giving back, and somehow, always manages to remain humble. He's also a sweet guy for staying in town to do a weekend run at the Irvine Improv (May 29th through 31st) and on June 5th, to host the "Cool Comedy Hot Cuisine" benefit show for the Scleroderma Research Foundation at the Beverly Wilshire. Since we know he keeps a hectic schedule we were pleased as punch (please punch us if we ever say that again) that he found time to chat with us about his upcoming gigs, getting older, and promoting of all kinds.

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Jim Breuer Offers up a Tsunami of Entertainment

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I spent three paychecks on those stupid things.
Jim Breuer might have tamed his language a bit but the comedy hasn't settled down in the least. This May 21st through 23rd (Thursday through Saturday) Breuer will be shaking up the Irvine Improv and because in rock you gotta hit it two times, you can also see the premiere of his new comedy special "Comic Frenzy" May 29th on EPIX. Breuer has been good to us over here at the Weekly with past Q&A's and listing out head banging songs so this time around when we talked to him, we got the details of his upcoming gigs (because we're professional) and then went off the rails with a crazy train of randomness. (Apologizes to Mr. Breuer for that awful metaphor.)

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Funniest Tweets from the 2015 Billboard Music Awards

Categories: LOL, Twitter, comedy

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"Live" from Las Vegas and co-hosted by Ludacris and one of our favorite people in life and on Twitter (fall back haters) Chrissy Teigen, the 2015 Billboard Music Awards were once again shown to the west coast THREE HOURS LATE. And no, we won't stop bitching about it until we are on an even playing field with the east coast. Work it out. OK, venting aside. Missing the Mad Men finale meant that you got to see David Lee Roth's happy face along with Van Halen, Taylor Swift winning a shit ton of awards and "stepping out" with Calvin Harris, Mariah Carey probably regretting not jumping on the lip-sync train, Kanye's over editing because ohhh what will Kanye say next, ohhhh he's sooooo scary, and a Simple Minds/Breakfast Club tribute to make your parents (and some of us) feel like they belong.

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Rick Shapiro Really Needs His Own Reality Show

Categories: comedy

Are you going to touch me with your dick or not?
It takes survival instincts to endure in the world of stand-up comedy. In the case of comedian, actor, and writer Rick Shapiro, he's a survivor and then some. The best part about Rick is nothing is off limits when it comes to his material, not even the most difficult chapters in his life. Turning negatives into positives, this ex-addict now lives a sober life, he regained his humor after a memory erasing car accident, and in 2013 Shapiro was diagnosed with Parkinson's and actively supports the cause through shows and merchandise. That's a lot of curveballs for one man to withstand but Shapiro continues to push on and when you see him on this season of Maron on IFC, it's clear that he's sharper and wilder than ever. After an overly excited chance meeting with Rick, we locked him down to ask about his role on Maron, words offending, and about his own reality.

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