WEEKEND PICKS
Weekend Picks: Pablo Francisco at DC Improv

When: Friday, March 21st, 8pm

Where: DC Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

ART
Dumb Starbucks 'Stunt Art' Now Stunted

Celebs, onlookers, and press members alike, flocked to the doorsteps (more accurately, the lines) of Dumb Starbucks just to get a peek at what all the fuss was about and maybe even snag a Dumb Tall Mocha Latte to-go as well. The satirical business quickly became the coolest background to selfies as well as destination to check-in at. However, few have actually made it in since the business stays draped in a long waiting.

On a Monday afternoon, the motive for the “art gallery” was revealed. Comedian, Nathan Fielder was promoting his Comedy Central show Nathan for You. The revelation came during a Press Conference to gathering talking heads from news stations. Nathan was sporting a green ‘Dumb Starbucks’ apron when he told the everyone that he planned to open a second location in Brooklyn. Comedy Central simply added that they knew of the stunt but "didn't know we were putting it up".

— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) February 11, 2014

We'll keep watch for the fate of Dumb Starbucks in the meantime watch a clip from the advertisement below.

TV TALK
Comedy Central's James Franco Roast Just In Time For The Jewish New Year


Monday night, September 2 was the James Franco Roast on Comedy Central. Roast Master was none other than Seth Rogen, Franco’s long-time friend. Monday night’s lineup consisted of comedians: Nick Kroll, Jonah Hill, Sarah Silverman, Bill Hader, Natasha Leggero, Andy Samberg, Aziz Ansari, and Jeff Ross. A plethora of jokes ensued about Franco’s seemingly blazed Oscar Hosting, sexuality, and project choices, Hill’s weight, and the amount of Jew-dom on stage. Below are 10 of the best jokes from the night to ring in the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah:

Seth Rogen: "Look at me doing all the talking while you sit there and do nothing. I feel like I'm co-hosting the Oscars with you."

INDUSTRY NEWS
Phone, Keys, Gum

I don’t know about you, but for me, there is nothing worse than leaving your phone at home when heading out. Apparently, having to wait in line at the DMV or being assigned jury duty are the only things worse than this, according to Trident’s new survey. 89% of American’s check to make sure they have their phone and keys before leaving, and surprisingly, 86% feel that it’s worse to get locked out of your house than forget their phone.*

Naturally, we need a solution to the phone and keys’ forgetting-epidemic. Comedy Central comedian, Thomas Lennon, in conjunction with director David Wain of “Role Models,” decided to team up to ensure that no one will have to suffer from this again. The two masterminds came up with “Phone, Keys, Gum,” a catchy song and dance to help remedy the problem.

TV TALK
Jon Stewart Takes the Summer Off!

Where in the world are we going to get our "fake" news from for the entire summer? Jon Stewart, host of Comedy Central’s political satire talk show, The Daily Show, announced this week that he will be taking a 12 week hiatus from his popular television show. Thankfully, we'll still know what's going on in the world thanks to John Oliver. The British funnyman and regular contributor on the show will fill Stewart’s news-desk for an allotted 8 weeks of Stewart’s hiatus. For the remaining four weeks there is a possibility that the show will have additional guest anchors or air episode repeats.

INDUSTRY NEWS
Comedian Patrice O'Neal Dies At 41

After suffering a stroke just over a month ago, comedian Patrice O'Neal passed away yesterday, November 29th.

His agent Matt Frost confirmed the news in a statement, while expressing his gratitude towards Patrice's fans and friends who expressed support as he battled for his life following the stroke on Oct. 19. He states that O'Neal's mother, Gloria, was right by his side until his very last breath. Aside from his later issues with the stroke, Patrice was also 300 pounds and struggled with diabetes for the majority of his adult life.


The hosts of Sirius XM radio show "Opie and Anthony" (and friends of O'Neal) were the first to broadcast the devastating news. Gregg (Opie) tweeted:"Yes, it's true that our pal Patrice O'Neal has passed away. The funniest and best thinker I've ever known PERIOD #devastated." Healso provided a link to a video of his late friend laughing on the radio show and added: "Patrice O'Neal Greatest Laugh EVER."

INDUSTRY NEWS
'Harold & Kumar' Might Become a Cartoon!

After three pot-driven films, the adventures of Harold & Kumar may have potentially reached a milestone and get their own animated series!

Sure, they're no Beavis & Butt-head (despite their awesome return to MTV a couple of weeks ago!). but we have loved the duo ever since their munchies-induced trek to White Castle.

A source close to the project claims that Lionsgate is pitching the series and networks such as MTV & Comedy Central were just some of the companies showing their interest. The potential project is far from receiving the greenlight, but Deadline reports that returning actors John Cho and Kal Penn are signed on to voice the titular protagonists along with the film trilogy's writers Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg. No word yet on the return of the occasional Neil Patrick Harris cameo, though he most likely would. After all, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle was what brought his career back to life in 2004.

THE HOT SPOT
September is Slammin' at 116

September may mean that it's time to go out with that extra sweater in tow, but there's no need to carry a frown when you're headed to 116 MacDougal. With their September line-up of events, there's something for everyone to look forward to.Even better, there is no cover for their weekly events.

Mondays: Hit up Gaslight Refueled (8pm) for live stand-up comedy with funny peeps from Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing, NBC, and more, with host Vicky Kuperman.

Tuesdays: Hit up Open Mic (6pm) where the legendary Gaslight stage plays host to singers, poets, comics, and storytellers with host Manoo Halati.

INDUSTRY NEWS
Charlie Sheen Winning a 'Comedy Central Roast'

It's Charlie Sheen's turn to sit down, shut up for once and listen to other people ramble on about silly stuff. Except sadly, the speakers do not have to dig up much crap to put him on the spot.

The disgraced actor who publicly and officially went, well, nuts this past year is once again getting another chance to expose his special self. Charlie Sheen is getting his very own Comedy Central Roast. Well, the whole world knows he's a maniac, at least now we make Charlie bashing an official hobby.

Former Comedy Central Roast celebrants include Bob Saget, Joan Rivers, Flavor Flav, Jeff Foxworthy, and many others. In general, the show's goal is to showcase the roastees' good sportsmanship despite the incessant jabs at them. Even through nonstop insults, the selected individual must keep calm and collected. Two words that completely describe Mr. Sheen, right?

ART
South Park Art Gallery

MoCCA isn’t the only big art and cartoon event going down in NYC soon. Starting today, the Opera Gallery will be hosting an art event on the subject of arguably one of the most controversial cartoons of our generation. South Park helped pave the way for animation with a darker sense of humor and remains one of the prime examples that animation does have an audience in adults. It also drove the censors bonkers and brought to light over and over again the discussion of censorship in American television.

The show’s unique paper cut out style gained a lot of fans and over the years has accumulated quite a few homage pieces. For its 15th anniversary, Comedy Central has teamed up with Ron English, “art terrorist” and renowned street artist, to create a gallery of South Park art. English was assigned the task of finding 14 other artists to contribute to the gallery, completing the 15 in honor of the years the show has existed. He rose to the occasion and quickly found his fellow contributors.