‘Being a Dad Is the Center of Everything’ Says Eddie Murphy

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Eddie Murphy seems like a busy man. Fresh off “Coming 2 America”, Murphy is talking about returning to stand-up. There are also other movie projects in the works and things he’d like to do, but his days of being “Hollywood busy” are over, now replaced by a much more gratifying role; dad. In a recent interview, he called being a dad “the center of everything.”

“The whole idea of being out there and doing three movies a year, that shit is over,” he said. “Along the way I realized that if you put your children first you never make a bad decision.”

And Murphy has a LOT of children to put first, as he has 10 total, running the gamut from ages 2 to 31. He’s even a granddad too. And while Murphy said family takes precedence over career, sometimes the two do merge, as his daughter Bella had a role in “Coming 2 America,” which he called a proud papa moment.

The famous comedian said when you hit a crossroads moment, asking what is best for your kids and letting that guide you is the only way to never make a bad decision. He also said he’s been really blessed with his kids, in that he doesn’t have “one bad seed.”

 

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“I don’t have any of that. My kids are so great, normal people, and nobody is like the Hollywood jerk kid,” he said. “They are smart and trying to do stuff. I really, really got lucky.”

Murphy turns 60 in April and was recently inducted into the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame after 40 years of making movies. Murphy’s not done, either, but show business isn’t the primary driver for him anymore, as the Dad business takes center stage.

Jack Black Is Back, This Time He’s “The Hulk”

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He’s the greatest Marvel star we never got, at least not yet. Jack Black, one of the funniest actors of all time, is back with another killer Avengers impression. Fans have been begging to get the star into a proper Marvel film, as they have been conjuring all sorts of roles he could fill.

In the meantime, Black is showing off his superhero chops. First, it was Spiderman, and he knocked it out of the park. For some, that would be all they needed to scratch that super itch, but Black upped the ante next with his brilliant Thor.

 

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You can really feel those God of Thunder vibes. But now, Black is continuing to move down his Avengers impressions, this time taking on The Hulk. And this is his finest work yet.

 

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He’s breaking through walls, pulling airplanes out of the sky, punching tanks into oblivion, dancing like a Wildman, showing off his sick guitar skills…wait, what? Well, this is a version of The Hulk we could all support. We have 40 different Spider-Men, we can have a few Hulks.

Black even gives a great behind-the-scenes vignette about how The Hulk all came together.

 

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The video is hilarious, like most of what Jack does. And I know everyone wants him to be in a Marvel movie, but at this point, we need to think bigger for him. A total reboot of The Avengers, but with Jack Black playing EVERY Avenger in it like it’s a Madea superhero movie or something.

We’ve seen him nail half the team anyway, so there’s no limit on what he can pull off, and he might be the only actor capable of going toe-to-toe with Jack Black. I’d even read that as a comic book.

So, we’ve seen what he can do, now it’s time to pull it all together in the ultimate Jack Black superhero trip.

Forget the Snyder Cut, Twitter Is Demanding the NC-17 Version of Mrs. Doubtfire

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We have the Snyder Cut, now the internet is working its magic to get another version of a DIFFERENT movie released; the NC-17 cut of Mrs. Doubtfire. Wait…what? Yep, that’s the latest Twitter craze. It fired up after fans realized these Twitter campaigns can actually work. Fans were able to get Zack Snyder to finally produce his finalized version of the Justice League, after years of rumors and fan campaigns.

So what got the internet fired up about a 1993 Robin Williams comedy directed by Chris Columbus? A movie account tweeted an innocuous statement about the classic comedy, stating “While filming ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ (1993), Robin Williams improvised so much that there were PG, PG-13, R, and NC-17 cuts of the film.”

This was seemingly confirmed by the movie’s screenwriter, who said she remembers the dirty dailies.

The rumor originated with Columbus giving an interview in 2015 where he described Williams’ foul-mouthed improv work and said they had a PG version, PG-13, R, and NC-17 cuts of the movie, using different takes and different riffs from Williams. Columbus frequently said Williams is the best actor he’s ever worked with, and he constantly had cameras all over the set because he wasn’t sure how Williams would improvise.

Actress Mara Wilson, who played his daughter, also confirmed there’s a dirtier version out there.

The timing of the movie fact tweet referencing that fact at the same time the Snyder Cut was being released and a new campaign was born. “The public deserves to see the NC-17 Mrs. Doubtfire,” wrote one fan. “NC 17 Mrs. Doubtifre is what the world needs after a year of COVID,” wrote another.

Columbus himself has addressed the controversy, saying he was joking about the NC-17 cut (or maybe he just WANTS us to believe that??). But, he DID confirm there is a much dirtier version of the classic, one that falls more into the R-rating. And, Columbus said he’d be open to that footage seeing the light of day, perhaps in a documentary of sorts.

So, after the SnyderCut goes firmly into the W column, the campaign for a dirtier Mrs. Doubtfire seems like a real possibility in the future, at least in some fashion.

There was no one quite like Robin Williams, and it’d be great to see where his mind went with some of that material and to see an old classic in a whole new light.

Eddie Murphy Dishes Details on That Infamous Hoops Showdown Against Prince

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It’s one of the best sketches of all time, featuring a truly bonkers Hollywood story, and now we have more confirmation that it was all true. Eddie Murphy was promoting “Coming 2 America” on The Tonight Show when he was asked about the infamous basketball game between Eddie and Charlie Murphy (and friends) and legendary musician Prince. And he said it was totally true.

Of course, as most remember, it was a legendary sketch from “Chappelle’s Show.” The same sketch show that can now be seen on Netflix (with David Chappelle’s blessing.)

It was one of the “Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories” as the comic told the story of the time he and brother Eddie and friends got absolutely destroyed in a basketball game against Prince and his blouse-wearing posse. Truly belongs in the pantheon of funniest sketches.

On the Tonight Show, Eddie confirmed that the legendary comedian brothers got their butts kicked by Prince and Co. He also revealed a previously unknown detail, that one of the good players from Eddie’s team got sneakers from Prince to play in. Prince had smaller feet, so it wasn’t the easiest for the player to compete in.

Both Prince and Charlie Murphy left us too soon, but it’s awesome to hear more concrete confirmation about what really took place in that late-night showdown on the court.

The story keeps popping back up, first when Chappelle brought his sketch show back to Netflix, then again when Eddie was on The Tonight Show. Most recently, it was because Prince was trending for his basketball skills he flexed mid-concert.

Ultimately, it’s one of the funniest stories ever (one Prince LOVED), and a unique way to remember the two stars who left us too early.

Eddie Murphy Is Returning to Stand-Up Once the Pandemic Has Passed

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He was the biggest comedy star in the world. And then he wasn’t. As Eddie Murphy’s star shot outta this galaxy in the 1980s, he could write his own ticket, which he did to a lucrative movie career (there’s never been a better-animated donkey). But the stand-up comedy itch, his first showbiz passion, never left him. And now, he’s talking about his return to the stage.

He spoke to Kevin Hart on a SiriusXM show and mentioned he was planning to return to the stage in the near future. Like everything else good in the world, his stand-up return was delayed because of COVID.

“My plan was to do Dolemite (his Netflix film), Saturday Night Live, Coming 2 America, and then do stand-up,” he said. “And then the pandemic hit and it shut the whole shit down.”

His movies and SNL appearance are behind him, clearing the path for him to pick up the mic again. Murphy was one of the most influential comedians of all-time and owns the highest-grossing special of all time in addition to several Grammys. While his comedy has aged (like his leather suits and honestly much of pop culture from 30 years ago), so have Murphy’s comedic sensibilities, as you can tell from things like his appearance on Jerry Seinfeld’s Netflix show or on SNL.

Murphy returning to stand-up would make him immediately one of the hottest draws in live entertainment. Of course, live entertainment is an industry currently in shambles, looking to rebuild itself as the world starts to drag itself out from the global pandemic.

“When the pandemic is over and it’s safe for everybody to go out and do it, then the plan is to do it,” he said.

While it’s been years since Murphy has done stand-up, he has kept up with the comedy scene and kept an interest in it. We’ve also seen comics take time off before and come back stronger than ever. Some point to Chappelle’s rebirth as a stand-up after his success with his sketch show, but even that layoff wasn’t that long.


But there will be no shortage of people who want to hear what Murphy thinks about life now, and see how he can be funny in 2021.

“Chappelle’s Show” Back on Netflix, With Dave’s Blessing This Time

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It is one of the most iconic sketch shows of all time, certainly one of the funniest, and now “Chappelle’s Show” is controversy-free, and BACK on Netflix. And this time, it’s with Dave’s blessing.

It was huge news when Netflix picked up the show originally, but the one person not pleased with it was Chappelle. He expressed how he got a raw deal on the series from Comedy Central and wasn’t making a cent on the show moving to Netflix. So he implored his fans to stop watching the show, and Netflix even went as far as to pull the show, per his request.

And, it worked. Chappelle posted a standup clip on Instagram Friday detailing what all went into it. He summarized it by saying “I know where my power lies. I asked you to stop watching the show and thank God almighty for you, you did. You made that show worthless because without your eyes it’s nothing.

“And when you stopped watching it, they called me back. And I got my name back and I got my license back and I got my show back and they paid me millions of dollars. Thank you very much.”

 

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Chappelle even went as far as saying, “after all these years, I can finally say to Comedy Central, it’s been a pleasure doing business with you.”

While his sketch show is in the pantheon of greats, there is literally no question that Chappelle is also an all-time great stand-up comedian. He has kept stand-up alive during the pandemic by performing socially-distant outdoor shows in his hometown in Ohio. He brought in stars like Chris Rock, Kevin Hart, Trevor Noah, Bob Saget, Sarah Silverman, and dozens more to keep hundreds of people employed and keep thousands of people safely entertained (Chappelle reportedly lost money on the shows, which he was fine with because he was bringing money into the community).

He continued his outdoor shows in Austin, Texas, and even contracted Covid-19 himself. He blamed his eagerness to perform. But the important part is he’s recovered, and back on stage bringing people joy.

And now, even those that can’t see him on stage can go back to guilt-free enjoying his legendary sketch show.

Dad’s Hilarious Videos Imitating His 12-Yr-Old Have Parents Saying, “Same”

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When kids hit their pre-teen years, a slow but noticeable shift begins to happen. By age 12, kids start to realize that they aren’t exactly kids anymore – and boy, do they take every imaginable opportunity to remind us. The thing is, they aren’t quite adults yet either, so pre-teens are stuck in a sort of limbo filled with self-discovery and a lot of attitude.

Like many parents of pre-teens, Brandon Floyd has seen the full scope of his 12-year-old’s perspective on everyday life. From the care-free and energetic to the unwarranted melodrama, it’s a range that all parents of pre-teens know a little too well. Rather than simply observing the waves of the pre-teen psyche, Floyd decided to ride them with the help of his 12-year-old son, Carson.

Ok, so Carson didn’t intentionally put his dad up to this, but dads are primed to take any opportunity to lighten the mood when their kids take things too seriously. Brandon Floyd was provoked.

In a series of TikToks, this hilarious dad takes everything he’s learned through watching Carson and imitates life as a pre-teen the way only a parent can. Floyd runs through the house like he’s playing defense in an invisible basketball game, repeatedly jumps to slap the doorframe (why do they all do this??), collapses dramatically upon hearing that he’s having spaghetti for dinner again, and even goes on a beautiful rant about his game lagging.

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Brandon Floyd perfectly captures both the energy and the attitude of, well, most 12-year-olds. Many of his videos have accumulated hundreds of thousands of likes because most parents of pre-teens can very much relate.

“Omg this is both my boys,” commented one user. “You sure we don’t have the same kid?” wondered another.

Floyd’s TikTok is filled with similar videos, from “Carson” getting ready for school to heading to practice – all filled with the same dramatic flair that parents of pre-teens know so well. Floyd is quick to remind viewers how much he loves his son, and though Carson is likely rolling his eyes, this family clearly has a ton of fun together.

@brandonfloyd7220We still loving you Carson….just for fun…😂##family ##WhatILearned ##dad ##son ##parents ##foryou ##funny ##fyp ##school @cfloyd422092♬ original sound – Brandon Floyd

Psychologist Shares World’s Funniest Joke After Surveying Over 1.5 Million People

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There’s nothing we need more right now than a bit of laughter. Whether you tend to favor stand-up comedy or an obscure sitcom, there’s no shortage of things that thoroughly tickle us. We’ve all found ourselves sending hilarious memes to friends before getting the tragic “ha” in response, realizing that although you were doubled over with laughter, your friend didn’t think was funny.

Everyone’s sense of humor differs slightly, and culturally, there are often big differences in what is and isn’t considered funny. Fascinated by the somewhat unpredictable nature of humor, psychologist Dr. Richard Wiseman set out to examine it on a broad scale. In a 2001 study, he conducted through LaughLab, Dr. Wiseman’s experiment collected over 40,000 jokes and 1.5 million votes from around the world – all in an effort to find the world’s funniest joke.

According to The Guardian, the winning joke was submitted by a 31-year-old psychiatrist named Gurpal Gosall.

Are you ready? Alright, prepare the back of your frontal lobes (your brain’s laughter center):

“Two hunters are out in the woods when one of them collapses. He doesn’t seem to be breathing and his eyes are glazed. The other guy whips out his phone and calls the emergency services. He gasps: ‘My friend is dead! What can I do?’ The operator says: ‘Calm down, I can help. First, let’s make sure he’s dead.’ There is a silence, then a shot is heard. Back on the phone, the guy says: ‘OK, now what?’”

Maybe this joke isn’t exactly a fall-on-the-floor, can’t catch your breath kind of zinger. But according to Dr. Wiseman, there’s a reason it struck a chord with people of all ages across all different cultures.

“Many of the jokes submitted received higher ratings from certain groups of people, but this one had real universal appeal,” he explained.

“Also, we find jokes funny for lots of different reasons. They sometimes make us feel superior to others, reduce the emotional impact of anxiety-provoking situations or surprise us because of some kind of incongruity. The hunters joke contained all three elements.”

The study also revealed some key cultural differences when it comes to humor. People from the UK, Ireland, New Zealand, and Australia rated jokes with some sort of wordplay higher than others. Americans and Canadians favored jokes that were made at the expense of others, where one person in the joke had a sense of superiority. And oddly enough, Germans found everything really freaking funny.

Fortunately, no matter where you come from or what type of humor you prefer, the internet is an endless abyss of everything you could possibly wish for and more. Even more incredibly, new hilarious content is being made every single day. Whatever your preferred form of humor is, the important thing is to just keep laughing.

Netflix Pulls ‘Chappelle’s Show’ at Dave’s Request

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Say what you want about Dave Chappelle, he’s never been afraid of standing up for himself, or for what he believes in.

The comedian’s courage and fearlessness in speaking truth to power has been on display in his standup and television series for decades. The most famous example of his willingness to put his money where his mouth coming when he skipped out on Chappelle’s Show when things got to be too much for him.

It seems he’s not done dealing with the ramifications of that decision, nor is he done speaking out about it.

Recently, the comedian’s pioneering sketch show, Chappelle’s Show started streaming on Netflix. We rejoiced because more access to that subversive and hilarious series is a good thing. But not to Dave. Not when the show that bears his name is no longer his.

Chappelle posted an 18-minute video to his Instagram, featuring him performing stand-up and speaking specifically about the fact that Viacom, who owns his show, sold the rights to Netflix and he didn’t see a penny. He doesn’t blame Netflix, with whom he’s established a good relationship over the past few years. But he did ask them to remove the series from its platform.

“They (ViacomCBS) didn’t have to pay me because I signed the contract,” Chappelle said in the video. “But is that right? I found out that these people were streaming my work and they never had to ask me or they never have to tell me. Perfectly legal ‘cause I signed the contract. But is that right? I didn’t think so either. That’s why I like working for Netflix. I like working for Netflix because when all those bad things happened to me, that company didn’t even exist. And when I found out they were streaming ‘Chappelle’s Show,’ I was furious. How could they not– how could they not know? So you know what I did? I called them and I told them that this makes me feel bad. And you want to know what they did? They agreed that they would take it off their platform just so I could feel better.”

Not wanting to jeopardize their relationship, and perhaps simply respecting Dave’s wishes, Netflix has obliged and removed The Chappelle Show from its service. Our loss, for sure, but the right thing to do. He may not get paid for it anymore, but there’s no denying that Chappelle’s Show is Dave Chappelle’s show. Good on Netflix.

I hope you still have your DVDs.

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COVID Stopped Matthew McConaughey’s Planned Stand-up Comedy Tour

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COVID has taken a lot from us in 2020, and now we learned there’s one more thing to add to the list; Matthew McConaughey’s stand-up comedy debut. That’s right, the gifted actor, now memoirist, was going to try his hand at yet another artistic endeavor and tell jokes in front of a brick wall. He had planned to do a comedy tour this year, but those plans were scrapped by the pandemic

It’s important to note we do respect, enjoy, and admire McConaughey. He’s a good actor and, by all accounts, seems like a good person. Plus, he loves being a dad, so yeah he’s good in our book. And can he tell a compelling story? No doubt. But stand-up comedy? If any celeb could pull it off, he’d be right up there.

I say this as someone who has performed stand-up comedy professionally for more than a decade; stand-up comedy is not easy. When done right, sure, it looks easy, but that’s why so many celebrities try to do it and then often bomb horrifically. But Matthew McConaughey is a lot more willing to make himself the butt of a joke compared to most celebrities and his self-awareness, combined with his openness and a lifetime of great stories, couldn’t help but make him compelling on the stage.

It was in an interview earlier this week, he said he was interested in doing stand-up comedy.

“I haven’t shared this with many people, but stand up is a no-filter communication,” he said. “What I do as an actor is my raw expression through four filters before it gets to the screen. I’m doing someone else’s script, being directed by someone else, I’m being filmed by someone else and edited by someone else before it’s put in a capsule and put in front of you on screen.

That’s four filters from my original expression. Where do you go where there is no filter? That’s stand-up. That was the plan before COVID, going on the road and telling stories in an hour of stand-up.”

His reasons for wanting to do it make sense, and he goes on to say it would be a great thing to get addicted to (spoiler: it very much is).

“It sounds like a great thing to be addicted to, the ultimate buzz. You look at stand-up comic, they are the best truth teller we have. If I  can get away with this, then I’d love to.”

So who knows, we may get a whole new version of Matthew McConaughey, coming to a Funny Bone near you in 2021.

Comedy Icon Sinbad Recovering From Recent Stroke

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Comedy legend Sinbad is recovering from a stroke, according to a statement released by his family. Sinbad is one of the strongest stand-up comedians still touring, and he’s also one who doesn’t get talked about enough. He’s been filling theaters and killing with hours of material, and he’s a comic who (until now) hasn’t really slowed down.

It’s been a tough year for entertainers, as we’ve lost some truly great ones like Sean Connery, Chadwick Boseman, and the iconic Alex Trebek. Sinbad suffering from a stroke is another blow to a beloved performer who has been entertaining us for decades.

His family recently broke the news about the 64-year-old comedian’s stroke in a statement:

“It is out of sincere love that we share Sinbad, our beloved husband and father, is recovering from a recent stroke. Sinbad is a light source of love and joy for many generations. While he is beginning his road to recovery, we are faithful and optimistic that he will bring laughter into our hearts soon.”

“Our family thanks you in advance for your love and support and ask for continued prayers for his healing. We also ask that you please respect our privacy during this time.”

Sinbad rose to fame through his TV work on “A Different World” and the short-lived “Sinbad Show”, but he also had a memorable performance in the movie “Jingle All The Way” and has done voice-over work for “The Lion Guard” on Disney Jr. and also on FOX’s “American Dad.”

It wasn’t long before well wishes started showing up on social media for the great Sinbad.

In case you forgot how funny he is, here’s Sinbad doing what he does best:

A Conversation With Comedian Jason Weems, a Dad Who Literally Died Onstage

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Jason Weems died in 2017. Literally, flatlined on the floor of a comedy club in Philadelphia. No heartbeat for 5 minutes thanks to a severe asthma attack.

He was (and still is) a rising star in the comedy world after reaching the semi-finals on two seasons of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and performing at the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal, and thankfully, his brush with death has only given him more material.

His newest special, which debuted on August 4, is titled “Unknown” in reference to the bizarre way the hospital labeled him on that fateful night.

Weems is also a father of three (and has plenty of material to prove it), so kicking the bucket that day would not only have been a tragic end to a promising career, but would’ve left his sons without a father.

In light of his new special and Grade-A dad material, we sat down with Weems to discuss near-death experiences, his sons’ pediatrician (who moonlights as a DJ), and balancing his roles of comic and father.


Jordan: So the title, “Unknown.” Can you jump into the origins of that a little bit?

Jason: Of course. One of the main themes for the special is I die, May 3rd, 2017.

Hell of a strong start.

[laughing] Yeah, I had a severe asthma attack in Philly, a few minutes into a headline set at a show. There was a doctor in the crowd, but unfortunately, they weren’t able to hook my nebulizer up quickly enough. And the attack was so aggressive that it literally shut down my airways and then ultimately stopped my heart from beating. From what I’m told from third-party people who were there—audience members, bar staff, all that stuff—I literally just coded right there in the venue.

Then there was a 16-hour period when I was unconscious in a Philadelphia hospital. And when I came to, they had me listed as “Unknown”. So, in the literal sense, it comes from that.

And it’s almost a decade since your first special, right? “Intellectual Property”?

Literally a decade. That was filmed December 4th of 2010, and this one’s coming out 2020.

That one was also filmed here in Baltimore at another great theater, completely self-produced. Both of these specials have been self-produced.

It wasn’t like somebody put the money up for us [for “Unknown”]. There was no guarantee for distribution. It was a true hail Mary, but it was a story that I felt was important. I felt it was, as much as “Unknown” as a comedy special, I feel it’s also a celebration of life.

You definitely delve into those deep and heavy themes that a lot of people might steer away from, but it’s those topics that really makes it feel authentic and real.

Yeah. Absolutely.

 

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I’m beyond proud of this project. This is the team that partnered with me to make this shit happen. Completely Self-Funded & Produced. We envisioned it, worked for it, manifested it, worked a whole lot more & now it’s almost here. It’s a pride & anxiousness you only truly know after witnessing your child being born into the world. This is dreams materializing. Not by chance, but by grace & by hustle. We really ran this bastard from end zone to end zone (in the rain ☔️). Thank you for the support. ⁣ ⁣ Please share the MF’ing wheels off of that trailer, thumbs up those tracks from the album on Sirus XM & Pandora right now, and burn the special up when it drops on Amazon next Tuesday August 4th, 2020. Then rinse & repeat. ⁣ ⁣ Even if you don’t think it’s funny, just write a rave review off of GP & then we can work out your poor taste in art in a personal text message. Don’t y’all fuck this up for me !!! Love y’all. I’m very grateful & humbled right now ❤️✊🏽.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ #JasonWeemsComedy #Unknown #6DaysAway MyBmore #FromBaltimoreWithLove #audaCITY🔥

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And speaking of this whole show being a community effort to come together and create something great, your house DJ and your kids’ pediatrician… are the same person?

Same dude.

I’m going to need you to talk about that.

Yeah. So, this guy’s name is Ashanti Woods. If anybody ever moves to Baltimore and needs a good pediatrician, this guy’s amazing. His wife and my wife went to high school together, but then they lost contact. Years later, I become a father and we need a new pediatrician. This was a world that we were new to. We wanted somebody that could grow up with the kids, not somebody who’s 85.

So we put out some feelers on Facebook and she responded to my wife, like “Hey, my husband’s a pediatrician”. And then we realized, ‘Oh, we do know him. And he’s a great guy.’

He was amazing with the kids. It was an instant comfort. And then years later, I’m a couple of years into doing comedy. I see that he’s starting to DJ.

Did he have posters in his office about future shows and stuff? He’s like, “Oh yeah. After you get this prescription, come down to this club.” Like, how does that translate?

[laughing] Yeah. And it feels like he does. So his name is DJ P-O-P. If you look at the trailer, that’s my DJ. P-O-P stands for Prince of Pediatrics.

Of course it does.

So then we were pulling this special together and we really didn’t want to outsource the talent. We wanted this to be us all the way through. So it was a no-brainer. It was just a matter of whether he was going to say yes or not.

And he was into it?

He was into it. He’s a dad as well. He’s got two little ones.

 

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Speaking of kids, how has fatherhood impacted this new special compared to the last one? Have you noticed a shift?

Oh, absolutely.

I noticed you’re not wearing crispy white New Balances when you’re out there. You don’t have cargo shorts on or anything, but I’m assuming there had been some kind of development or evolution.

Definitely in the sense of material. I mean, the first special was 2010. I wasn’t even a dad yet. So we filmed the first special, “Intellectual Property,” December 4th, 2010, and I think December 11th or 12th, I found out that we were having our son.

We had shot the show. Everybody was exhausted. So my wife and I flew to Florida and went down to the Harry Potter resort.

We’re drinking Butterbeer and walking all around the streets, and she just kept telling me that she felt weird. So I figured we just drank too much Butterbeer.

You never know how that’s going to hit. It’s a magical concoction, man.

Then we got back to Baltimore, it was still continuing. And we were out with one of my buddies for his birthday party and she said, “Can you drop me at the house? And you guys can just continue on.”

So then I came home from the party and she was standing at the door with the test and it was a strong-ass plus sign.

Strong plus sign, like it’s punching through the screen.

[laughing] Yeah. You could feel it. It was like braille.

And then it instantly shifted the way I toured, instantly shifted the way I performed, how I accepted shows.

I was passing up so many gigs, because it was like, ‘I’m just in love with this little guy.’ But then it got to a point where, financially, I needed to start taking shows again.

But the thing was, I just filmed the special “Intellectual Property,” so I hadn’t been out enough to turn over new material and truly test it. So I started riffing a lot on stage. I’ve always been quick on my feet, but the crowd work element of my stand up, the fast and loose stuff, it really grew out of me becoming a father.

And now that’s probably what I’m known for the most. Like, if you talk to comics in the Baltimore-DC area, all of them go, “Weems just goes off the top of his head, he just riffs it. He just comes out of thin air.”

 

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And you can tell a lot from your material that you’re a dad who’s involved. Like, I couldn’t help but notice the amount of overlap when it comes to bathroom material and kid material. I think a lot of parents would have that Venn diagram, too. Toilets and showers and bath time… there’s always a story.

Right. I mean, there are just so, so many things can go wrong when you’re washing a little person. Or when you send a little person into a bathroom alone, you don’t know what’s going to come out. It’s always a gamble.

There’s a sentence in your special where you’re talking about giving your boys a bath and you say, quote “nut crumbs… butt crumbs… armpit juice… and piss.”

Right, it’s a good summary of boys in general.

Have any of your boys manifested that entertainer gene yet? Has that been passed down through your bloodline?

All of them…

Oh no.

It’s like The Wayans Brothers. Like straight up, these kids are so talented. Our oldest is eight turning nine, yet the level of humor that he possesses is easily that of a 14 to 16-year-old. I swear, he’s coming for my position.

Yeah, I’d totally feel a little threatened.

Now, the other two, they’re hilarious. I have twin six-year-olds. So the youngest twin is younger by a minute. He’s the most flamboyant and like really out there and he wants to dance on stage and be in front of people. And he has that real kind of firecracker type of humor.

My other twin, little quieter, his stuff is more, he’ll slip in something real quietly under a conversation. Like, me and my wife will be talking, but you hear him say something like [quietly, under breath] “I would have done that…” Like just real quiet.

Ooh, like a little sarcastic dagger.

A little dagger, yeah. Also, things lined up and my kids are in this special! Like physically you see them when the special ends. My wife, my parents are sitting front row and my mother-in-law, people I went to college with and high school. So it’s almost like a block party.

Yeah. It feels like a homecoming. A love letter to Baltimore.

It’s beautiful. Truly a love letter to Baltimore.


You can check Jason’s new comedy special “Unknown” here on Amazon Prime.

Judd Apatow to Direct George Carlin Documentary for HBO

Two-Part George Carlin Documentary Coming to HBO
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Losing our favorite celebrities is never easy. Especially when we’ve grown up with them, watching their films and TV shows during times of both stress and celebration, it almost feels like losing a friend. Fortunately, we’re not the only ones trying to hold onto the memories of our favorite media personalities. Filmmakers have given us the gift of documentaries, many of which have been made after the deaths of beloved celebrities to commemorate their incredible lives and accomplishments. Legendary comedians like Chris Farley and John Candy have recently been the subjects of mini-documentaries, keeping us laughing decades after their deaths.

George Carlin, another master of comedy, will soon get the documentary he deserves in a two-part HBO series directed by Judd Apatow. Carlin’s work shaped the world of comedy as we know it today, and even earned him the title of “the dean of counterculture comedians”. Carlin’s willingness to address taboo subjects paved the way for others to do the same, and his dark comedy is revered even today as some of the best in history. Carlin appeared on the “Tonight Show” over 130 times, and headlined more than a dozen HBO comedy specials throughout his career. His monologue “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television” was so influential, it led to the Supreme Court’s F.C.C. v. Pacifica Foundation case which outlined how much power the federal government had to regulate and censor speech on public radio and TV.

Carlin’s death in 2008 devastated the comedy world, and 12 years later, Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio are directing a documentary honoring his life’s work. The HBO documentary series will feature clips from Carlin’s work and interviews with those who knew and loved him. The series will follow Carlin’s rise to the top of the comedy world, along with his continued influence on today’s comedians.

We aren’t the only ones waiting eagerly for the premiere of HBO’s documentary series. George Carlin’s daughter, Kelly Carlin, told Rolling Stone, “Having been the public keeper of my dad’s legacy these last 12 years, I’ve dreamt of the right people appearing at the right moment to give the documentary telling of my father’s story what it deserves — an honoring of his comedic genius and unique cultural impact, while not shying away from his personal struggles and humanity. I’m thrilled that Jerry Hamza and I have teamed up with Judd Apatow, Michael Bonfiglio and Teddy Leifer to make it happen now. May the comedy gods smile up at us as we endeavor to share my dad’s heart, mind and genius with the world.”

No word on when Carlin’s documentary series will be complete, but it will undoubtedly be worth the wait.