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Posted Wednesday 4/11/18 at 1:11PM EDT
Iconic Comedy Store owner Mitzi Shore, the "godmother of comedy" in Los Angeles, dies at 87
David Letterman babysat her children, Jay Leno slept on her club's back stairs and Jim Carrey tended bar for her. Shore influenced the careers of everybody from Robin Williams to Garry Shandling, Roseanne Barr, Jimmie Walker, Bob Saget and, of course, Letterman, Leno and Carrey. In fact, Carrey's Showtime series I'm Dying Up Here is inspired by his Comedy Store past, with Melissa Leo essentially playing Mitzi Shore. The Comedy Store released a statement saying Shore, who died after battling Parkinson's Disease, "was an extraordinary businesswoman and decades ahead of her time who cultivated and celebrated the artistry of stand-up comedy. She was also a loving mother, not only to her own four children, but to the myriad of comedians who adored her. She leaves behind an indelible mark and legacy and has helped change the face of comedy. We will all miss her dearly." The Comedy Store was her fifth child. She was, according to Los Angeles Times' Paul Brownfield, "all-powerful, during a remarkably fertile time for stand-up comedy — the 1970s and early '80s — when many of today's comedy stars showed up in L.A. to go onstage at the only place that mattered."
- Son Pauly Shore, Marc Maron, Whitney Cummings pay tribute to Mitzi Shore on Twitter
- The Comedy Store released a star-studded "Thank you Mitzi" video just three days ago
- Kathy Griffin: "Mitzi Shore was a pioneer who gave more comics their start than I can count...I did my first legit comedy gig at the Store"
- Watch David Letterman's The Comedy Store 15-year reunion Top 10 list
- Pauly Shore tweeted his mom's final days -- he took her for her final visit to The Comedy Store on Monday
# TOPICS: Mitzi Shore, Showtime, I’m Dying Up Here, David Letterman, Garry Shandling , Jay Leno, Jim Carrey, Kathy Griffin, Marc Maron, Pauly Shore, Whitney Cummings, The Comedy Store, Obits, Stand-Up Comedy
Posted Friday 3/30/18 at 9:30PM EDT
Garry Shandling's Twitter account is active again following The Zen Diaries documentary
"Friends who love Garry, working with his estate, are opening up Garry’s twitter," Shandling's account tweeted today. "We will occasionally tweet material from the writings, notes and journals he has left us." Shandling's last Twitter activity occurred four days before his death, when he retweeted a Kathy Griffin tweet featuring a photo of him, her and Bob Odenkirk.
Posted Monday 3/26/18 at 10:29PM EDT
Did Judd Apatow's Garry Shandling documentary need to be four-and-a-half hours long?
The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling is Apatow's "best, most focused" work since Freaks and Geeks, says Matt Zoller Seitz. Yet Seitz wonders if a documentary running two nights and more than four hours is excessive. "Is there too much of a good thing here? Maybe," he says. "There are emperors, generals, and Nobel-prizewinner scientists who don’t get four-and-a-half hours on HBO, and it’s possible that we didn’t need a detailed segment about Shandling’s voice-over work on the 2006 animated film Over the Hedge (even though it ends up being a testament to his work ethic; he extensively rewrote his own dialogue and took the role of a turtle very seriously). Although Shandling completists will love the segment on the digressive, quasi-documentary DVD supplements he created for the Larry Sanders Show box set, others may wonder if it wouldn’t just be better to tell people how they can order them...Still, anybody who was inspired and moved by Shandling’s work won’t complain about being able to luxuriate in this exhaustive account. Even the slack portions are intriguing because of the access Apatow has to the records of Shandling’s time on Earth."
- "I love documentaries that are not rushing through their subject matter," says Apatow
- The Zen Diaries feels like a catch-up chat at a funeral that's happening two years after Shandling's death
- Apatow wanted to do right by Garry Shandling -- "but right by Garry doesn't mean making Garry look great"
- Had Shandling lived, Apatow doesn't see him doing a Netflix-style interview show
- Female writer who alleged It's Garry Shandling's Show misogyny wonders why only three women were interviewed
Posted Wednesday 2/21/18 at 7:00PM EST
Watch the trailer for Judd Apatow's four-hour-plus Garry Shandling documentary
The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling will premiere on HBO over two nights, March 26 and 27.
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 5:54AM EST
HBO to air Judd Apatow’s 4-hour-plus Garry Shandling documentary in March
The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling premieres on March 26 — two days after the second anniversary of Shandling’s death — and concludes the next night, featuring interviews with everybody from Conan O’Brien to Jay Leno to Jerry Seinfeld and Sarah Silverman. Why is the documentary more than four hours? “O.J. got seven hours and he murdered people. So don’t you deserve more time for not murdering people?” Apatow responded at the TV press tour.
Posted Thursday 10/19/17 at 7:37PM EDT
Jimmy Kimmel: The Larry Sanders Show inspired me to do ads within my talk show
Years ago, Kimmel was watching the Larry Sanders episode where Garry Shandling’s character had to shill for the “Garden Weasel.” “They forced him to do it and it turned out to be funny,” says Kimmel. “It was interesting. I felt like maybe it was a sign.” With the show facing financial pressures at the time, Jimmy Kimmel Live! has since done in-show ads for everything from KFC to Ciroc vodka. “With the show in Brooklyn, we do more integrations, because it’s very expensive to travel,” Kimmel adds. “I think it costs more than $1 million a show. It’s a lot for us. We do need to pump that up.”
Posted Tuesday 10/17/17 at 5:29PM EDT
Female It's Garry Shandling's Show writer: I was forced to quit after being subjected to sexual harassment
Janis Hirsch, who wrote two of the first six episodes of the acclaimed Showtime series, doesn’t say that she was harassed by Shandling himself. But as the only female writer on staff, Hirsch writes that was ostracized by the male writers. She also recalls one incident when during a meeting with Shandling and the writers, one of the show's actors put his flaccid penis on her shoulder. Soon after, Hirsch says producer Brad Grey urged her to quit, which she did rather than pursue a sexual harassment claim.
Posted Tuesday 10/03/17 at 4:56PM EDT
Tom Petty was an unlikely music video pioneer
From the Alice in Wonderland-esque "Don't Come Around Here No More" to the animated homage in "Runnin’ Down a Dream," Petty — who died Monday night at age 66 — was “an unlikely music-video star, pumping out a series of vibrant, innovative clips that helped redefine the medium just as it was getting underway,” says Brian Raftery. “Petty, who was in his late thirties by the time MTV came around, lacked the art-school backgrounds and big-screen aspirations of many of the musicians who'd make the network famous. So he treated it as just another part of the gig, albeit one he clearly enjoyed, using the medium to play up his love of detailed storytelling and southern-weirdo charms.”
- Petty’s videos were funny and strange, packed with so many stunning details
- Tom Petty’s 12 greatest music videos
- King of the Hill creator Mike Judge calls Petty “always a pleasure to work with – such a funny guy”
- Read Petty’s reflection on his “strong friendship” with Garry Shandling following the comedian’s death
- Simpsons producer on Petty: “When he did The Simpsons, I knew we wouldn’t have to tell him how to be funny”
From Garry Shandling’s neighbor to King of the Hill: Remembering Petty, the actor
Posted Tuesday 10/03/17 at 3:33AM EDT
RIP Tom Petty: Remembering the music icon’s TV past
Petty, who died Monday night at age 66, was good friends with Garry Shandling (Petty played himself on It’s Garry Shandling Show and Larry Sanders). Petty also had a role on King of the Hill, playing Luanne’s husband Elroy “Lucky” Kleinschmidt in 28 episodes of the Fox cartoon. As TV Line notes, Petty’s “American Girl" was a staple of TV montages, from Scrubs to The Handmaid’s Tale. Nearly every episode of Cougar Town was named after a Petty song. “I only have real genuine love for a few artists,” Cougar Town co-creator Kevin Biegel wrote upon hearing that Petty was hospitalized. “Tom Petty is one of them. I'm sure many feel this way. A very very sad day just got sadder.”
- CBS News prematurely reported Petty’s death, setting off confusion on social media
- Petty’s last credited TV appearance was in July in HBO’s The Defiant Ones, discussing his former producer Jimmy Iovine
- Dave Grohl recalls when Tom Petty asked him at the last-minute to fill-in on drums on SNL
In 2008, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers had one of the great Super Bowl halftime performances
Posted Tuesday 8/15/17 at 10:46PM EDT
The Larry Sanders Show premiered 25 years ago today
Garry Shandling’s groundbreaking talk show’s 25th anniversary — it premiered on August 15, 1992 — caught Jeffrey Tambor off guard. “You really threw me. I had no idea it was that long ago,” Tambor told EW. “Wasn’t it 3 o’clock yesterday I was on that set?”