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Comedy Central’s Annual Up Next Showcase To Take Place At Colossal Clusterfest

Colossal Clusterfest is the brand new comedy and music festival experience created by Comedy Central and Superfly, the brains behind Bonnaroo.

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Comedy Central will present its annual stand-up showcase, Up Next, previously known as Comics To Watch, at Colossal Clusterfest, the brand new comedy and music festival experience created by Comedy Central and Superfly, the brains behind Bonnaroo, and Outside Lands co-producer Another Planet Entertainment.

The live Up Next showcase features Comedy Central’s rising stars of stand-up and will take place on Friday, June 2nd, at 7:00 PM at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium (415 Comedy Club room) and will be hosted by Natasha Leggero during the three-day Colossal Clusterfest weekend from June 2-4. The Up Next comics will also be highlighted in the 90-minute special on Sunday night at 10 PM on Comedy Central.

Up Next is an annual showcase featuring a wide range of diversely talented comedians who have been selected by Comedy Central following a nation-wide search with showcases across the country. The showcase serves as an important step in Comedy Central’s stand-up development process and is designed to spotlight the most exciting new voices working today. The showcase will feature the following comedians:

Curtis Cook is currently a writer on Comedy Central’s upcoming series The Jim Jeffries Show. He will appear in MTV’s upcoming pot-themed comedy show High Crimes and has also been on IFC’s Portlandia.

Anna Drezen is a comedian and writer for Saturday Night Live. She’s the editor-at-large of Reductress and coauthor of How May We Hate You? and How To Win At Feminism.

Joe Kwaczala is a Los Angeles-based comedian and writer who has contributed to The Onion News Network, ClickHole, and Funny or Die. As a stand-up, he has performed at San Francisco Sketchfest, the Comedy Exposition, and the Ventura Comedy Festival.

Teddy Ray has appeared on BET’s Comic View and season 8 of MTV’s Wild N’ Out. He has also continued to make a name for himself through Russell Simmons’s All Def Digital platform.

Rae Sanni is a staff writer on Comedy Central’s hit late-night series The President Show. Her writing has been featured in New York Magazine, The Decider and Buzzfeed.

Devon Walker is a stand-up based in Austin, TX and has been featured at the Moontower Comedy Festival. Walker was recently named a finalist in the 2017 Funniest Person in Austin stand-up competition.

Mo Welch is a comedian, writer and cartoonist who runs a live talk show called The Mo Show at Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater in LA and co-produces Comedians You Should Know at The Improv. She has guest starred on Amazon’s Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street and Life in Pieces.

Ramy Youssef is a comedian who appeared in the third season of Robot, just finished filming Gus Van Sant’s film “Don’t Worry” and recently performed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. He was a series regular on Nick at Nite’s See Dad Run with Scott Baio, and was most recently seen in the 20th Century Fox comedy, “Why Him?”

Performers from past showcases have gone on to make more appearances on Comedy Central including on Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents… which for many comedians is their first solo stand-up special. Past Up Next/Comics To Watch comedians include: Chris Distefano, The Half Hour; Naomi Ekperigin, The Half Hour and Broad City writer; Josh Johnson, Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents and The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon writer; Kurt Braunohler, Comedy Central one-hour special Trust Me; Mark Normand, Comedy Central one-hour special Amy Schumer Presents Mark Normand: Don’t Be Yourself; Matt Ingebretson and Adam Lustick, the upcoming Comedy Central scripted series Corporate; and Michael Che, Saturday Night Live Weekend Update co-anchor and former Daily Show correspondent.

The inaugural Colossal Clusterfest will feature a jam-packed daily lineup with more than 50 comedians and musicians performing such as Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin Hart, Bill Burr, Sarah Silverman, T.J. Miller, Hasan Minhaj, Broad City, and Ice Cube, Q&A’s and podcasts and themed iconic comedy attractions from South Park, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Seinfeld. With a nod to San Francisco’s rich food culture, top local chefs and restaurants will craft menus inspired by their favorite comedic moments.

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Iron Maiden’s Eddie Invades ‘Angry Birds Evolution’

Eddie will be a special playable character as “Eddie The Bird” in “Angry Birds Evolution” this Halloween season.

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Run to the hills as Rovio Entertainment, the creators of the international phenomenon “Angry Birds,” pays tribute to heavy metal legends Iron Maiden with an epic Halloween collaboration in “Angry Birds Evolution.”

As one of the most recognizable figures in the world of metal, Eddie, the iconic mascot of Iron Maiden, will be a special playable character as “Eddie The Bird” in “Angry Birds Evolution” this Halloween season.

“Our team is filled with massive Iron Maiden fans and Eddie was both our first choice and a natural fit in ‘Angry Birds Evolution’,” said Miika Tams, VP games and product lead for “Angry Birds Evolution.” “It’s about time his status as a true rock icon was celebrated and we know that fans will love seeing Eddie The Bird raise hell on Bird Island!”

Players can crank up their “Angry Birds Evolution” team on October 18 during a special two-week character event for the most metal Halloween ever! Players who successfully recruit Eddie The Bird to their team during that time will be able to keep him forever.

“When you get a call from Rovio, one of the biggest entertainment companies in the world, confessing that they are Maiden fans and want to celebrate Halloween with Eddie, you just have to take notice,” said Llexi Leon, interactive creative director at Phantom Music Management. “They have outdone themselves with this incredible tribute to Maiden and the opportunity to share the band’s music with their millions of players around the world. I really can’t wait to play him and skittle those pigs!”

To celebrate Eddie The Bird’s arrival in a big way, there will be four evolutions of the character to represent different albums from Iron Maiden’s storied history. In addition, the Bird Island will be transformed into a Halloween-themed heavy metal oasis with a land full of hair-raising and loving tributes to Eddie, Iron Maiden and the heavy metal universe.

Rovio is also planning to offer fans some exclusive Eddie The Bird merchandise, made available for a limited time during this unique event.

Finally, look out for Eddie The Bird migrating to Iron Maiden’s own “Iron Maiden: Legacy Of The Beast” mobile RPG in 2018.

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Rodney Carrington Premieres Netflix Special ‘Here Comes The Truth’

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Fans of Rodney Carrington, one of America’s best-loved and commercially-successful comedians, are in luck with two new releases this week that will look to enhance his reputation as a funny man who continues to deliver the goods. The Laughter’s Good recording artist released a Netflix-only special today entitled Here Comes The Truth, and also issued an album of the same performance, available through iTunes and Google Play.

Recorded before a live audience at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Here Comes The Truth offers his devoted fan following a no-holds-barred look at life and love – in a unique way that only Carrington can deliver. With track titles such as “I’m Fat,” “Viagra,” and “The Marriage Advice Song,” both the special and the recording are sure to put smiles on plenty of faces throughout the world.

While Carrington is no stranger to recorded success – with nine successful albums to his credit, it’s on stage where the performer truly shines, ranking as one of the top-grossing comedians in America, according to Pollstar. Carrington – who has over one million followers via social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter – will be on tour heavily to promote the new release, with one of the highlights of his itinerary being a ten-night stint at the David Copperfield Theater at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino December 7 – 16 during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Long a fan favorite during the event, Carrington has brought his entertaining style to attendees for well over a decade.

A native of Longview, Texas, Carrington first came to prominence with a series of appearances on morning radio shows across the United States, such as The Bob & Tom Show. That exposure led to him becoming one of the most sought-after comedians on the live comedy circuit. In 1998, he released his debut album, Hangin’ With Rodney, which led to a successful string of albums, including Rodney Carrington Live, Nut Sack, and Morning Wood, which was certified Gold for sales of 500,000 copies – a rare occurrence for a comedian in the 2000s. He has also brought his considerable talents to the big screen, appearing with Toby Keith in Beer For My Horses, and his own ABC-TV sitcom, appropriately titled Rodney, which ran for two successful seasons.

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‘Kids React To Motley Crue’ Is Insanely Hilarious

Kids, ages 7 to 13, react to clips of legendary heavy metal band, Mötley Crüe, performing some of their biggest hits.

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In the latest music edition of The Fine Brothers’ “Kids React” series, a group of kids, ages 7 to 13, react to clips of legendary heavy metal band, Mötley Crüe, performing some of their biggest hits, including “Looks That Kill,” “Home Sweet Home,” “Girls, Girls, Girls,” and more.

Things kick off with “Looks That Kill,” and the over the top theatricality throws the kids for a loop immediately. They’re unable to tell whether or not Vince Neil is a boy or a girl, one kid going so far as to saying they look like a “rip off KISS.”

Always funny. Sometimes a little depressing! Definitely worth watching.

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‘The Feed’ Comedy Series Parodies Social Media Obsessed World

Written, directed and edited by Jeff Cerulli, ‘The Feed’ series debuts July 25 with new episodes posting weekly. Watch the pilot now.

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After receiving attention for one of his politically charged status updates on Facebook, Jeff quickly becomes addicted to the likes and shares, letting his new found “influence” go to his head. He now treats his newsfeed like a publication and turns his living room into a newsroom, hiring a small team consisting of an over achieving intern (TJ Del Reno) and a disinterested field reporter with a famous war correspondent father (Cate Weinberg). Jeff tries to scoop CNN, Reuters and by far his biggest competitor, Robbie Taylor’s (Harry Terjanian) Facebook newsfeed in The Feed.

Written, directed and edited by Jeff Cerulli, The Feed series debuts July 25 with new episodes posting weekly.

Watch the pilot episode now:

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Watch Sting React As José Feliciano Destroys ‘Every Breath You Take’

This happened at the Polar Music Prize where the Police legend was one of two people honored with Sweden’s annual music prize.

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Imagine writing a song that sold more than any other in the year it was released. The year was 1983 and the song was “Every Breath You Take” by The Police.

Now imagine having that song performed in front of you – badly – with cameras focused on you to capture every menacing face and reaction you can’t help but express.

This happened to Sting at the Polar Music Prize where the Police legend was one of two people honored with Sweden’s annual music prize.

Before Sting was presented with the award, Puerto Rican guitar legend José Feliciano played a wretched cover of “Every Breath You Take” alongside Serbian-born singer Jelena Krstic.

Watch the awful performance just for Sting’s entertaining reactions.

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