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HBOWatch Short Film Review: “Tokyo Project”

HBOWatch Short Film Review: “Tokyo Project”

Writer/director Richard Shepard has described Tokyo Project as a labor of love, and it shows in every frame. During the filming of HBO’s Girls, the crew traveled to Japan, and Shepard, who was not directing at that moment, was inspired by his time in Tokyo to write a screenplay. Executive produced by Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner, Tokyo Project premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. The film stars Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Sebastian, a businessman from Brooklyn who travels to Tokyo to promote his family’s line of men’s grooming products. While there, he wanders around the city and comes across Claire, an intriguing woman...

HBO Comedy Special: FELIPE ESPARZA: TRANSLATE THIS – Review

HBO Comedy Special: FELIPE ESPARZA: TRANSLATE THIS – Review

Well, first things first, who is Felipe Esparza and why does he warrant an HBO comedy special? Evidently, he is the winner of 2010’s run of Last Comic Standing. Yeah, I didn’t know that either and since then he has honed his shtick and even acted some. Superstore, anyone? He even has a weekly podcast out called “What’s Up Fool?” so I guess he is doing alright and I’m the one out of the loop because I never heard of him. Well, I’ve heard him now and he has a story to tell and he makes it funny. That is a good quality for a comedian to have. He admits in the clip I offer below that he has added a bit to create a character who is...

Russell Simmons’ DEF COMEDY is Coming Back This December

Russell Simmons’ DEF COMEDY is Coming Back This December

Straight from an HBO Press Release comes the news that Russell Simmons’ DEF COMEDY JAM returns at year’s end. Simmons has had a long development deal with the network and from time to time comes up with something. He returns to his roots at HBO will this comedy showcase. Here are the details: ALL DEF COMEDY, STAND-UP SERIES FROM RUSSELL SIMMONS, DEBUTS THIS DECEMBER, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO   Russell Simmons returns to HBO later this year for the all-new stand-up series ALL DEF COMEDY, kicking off its six-show season in December. The show continues the longstanding relationship between the network and Simmons, who launched the careers...

HBO Has Got 2 DOPE QUEENS

HBO Has Got 2 DOPE QUEENS

Say what? Yeah, I’ve never heard of 2 Dope Queens but I will as HBO has struck a deal to bring the observations of these two gals to the network in 2018. To get the facts and the hype here is a press release giving us a peek at just who this duo is and what they have to say.   HIT PODCAST 2 DOPE QUEENS, FROM JESSICA WILLIAMS AND PHOEBE ROBINSON, COMES TO HBO FOR A SERIES OF HOUR-LONG SPECIALS   LOS ANGELES, Aug. 10, 2017 – The hit comedy podcast 2 DOPE QUEENS, featuring Jessica Williams (The Incredible Jessica James) and Phoebe Robinson (Broad City), will come to HBO next year for a series of four hour-long specials, it was...

HBO Comedy Special GEORGE LOPEZ: THE WALL, LIVE FROM WASHINGTON D. C.

HBO Comedy Special GEORGE LOPEZ: THE WALL, LIVE FROM WASHINGTON D. C.

George Lopez is back for his fourth comedy stint for HBO and he seems pissed. It all started with AMERICAN MEXICAN in 2007, followed by 2009’s TALL, DARK & CHICANO and added IT’S NOT ME, IT’S YOU in 2015. He had other stints on HBO; above is just his comedy specials. Though he is a native of the U. S. (born in Mission Hills, L. A. CA), he is steeped proudly in his Mexican heritage. He was a son of a migrant worker and his stand-up routines have always reflected his ancestry and his ethnic perspective. Now comes THE WALL, LIVE FROM WASHINGTON D. C.  Being a live event, held on Saturday, August 05 naturally, there were no lead-in...

HBO Comedy Special: TOUR DE PHARMACY – Don’t Miss It

HBO Comedy Special: TOUR DE PHARMACY – Don’t Miss It

TOUR DE PHARMACY is a far tighter comedy routine than 7 DAYS IN HELL and that is what makes it work. The tennis mockumentary had a few moments that seemed added bits to flesh it out to 43 minutes where this spoof of the Tour De France is a solid 41 minutes of well-placed humor and no padding. Not only does it offer the spoof in a fit, fun package, but it utilizes its cast very well. And the most underplayed is Andy Samberg himself I thought. Most characters had two actors; one playing out the race in 1982 and one reflecting on it today. For example, Danny Glover played an older Daveed Diggs, Dolph Lungren as older John Cena, Jeff Goldblum...

HBO Comedy Special T.J. MILLER: METICULOUSLY RIDICULOUS

HBO Comedy Special T.J. MILLER: METICULOUSLY RIDICULOUS

Off the bat, we can say that this is T. J. Miller in your face and interacting with those who dare to make eye contact with him. His first HBO comedy special was filmed in his hometown of Denver, Colorado at the Paramount Theater. Here is what HBO tells us about the artist & the show: Comedian and actor T.J. Miller, who stars in HBO’s hit series Silicon Valley, takes to the stage to showcase his irreverent humor in his first HBO comedy special. T.J. Miller: Meticulously Ridiculous was taped in September 2016 at the Paramount Theater in Miller’s hometown, Denver, CO. The special highlights Miller’s high-energy absurdism and...

Andy Samberg’s TOUR DE PHARMACY Gets Premiere Date & Trailer

Andy Samberg’s TOUR DE PHARMACY Gets Premiere Date & Trailer

Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) returns to HBO with yet another sports mockumentary. You may recall he poked fun at professional tennis with Kit Harrington (GAME OF THRONES) in 7 DAYS IN HELL and now returns skewering professional cycling. Here straight from an HBO Press Release are details of TOUR DE PHARMACY.   TOUR DE PHARMACY, HBO SPECIAL PRESENTATION FROM ANDY SAMBERG AND MURRAY MILLER, DEBUTS JULY 8 In 1982, during a dark and fictitious time in cycling history, the sport’s most venerable, time-honored race was marred by the doping of virtually all of its competitors. Riddled with nefarious characters, that year’s...

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