With a bustling stand-up scene and perhaps the best Improv scene on the planet, Chicago is more often than not the place aspiring comedians flock to as they embark on their comedy careers. Indeed, the list of comedy greats who got their start in Chicago is seemingly endless: Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Bill Murray, John Belushi, Steve Carrell, Bob Odenkirk, Chris Farley, and Adam McKay are just a few of many who come to mind.
Even if you’re not a fan of Louis C.K.’s comedy, you have to appreciate what he’s done for the industry as a whole. On the other hand, if you are a fan of Louis C.K., you’re probably going to want to download his latest hour special, which is available now on his site for $5, just like his last special. More →
Amazon on Wednesday announced an expansion of its Amazon Studios division, which will soon develop original content. The retail giant is currently accepting proposals for comedy and children’s programming to be distributed through its Instant Video service, the company said on Wednesday. “Amazon Studios wants to discover great talent and produce programming that audiences will love,” said Roy Price, director of Amazon Studios. “In the course of developing movies, we’ve heard a lot of interest from content creators who want to develop original series in the comedy and children’s genres. We are excited to bring writers, animators and directors this new opportunity to develop original series.” If selected for a full-budget series, the creator will receive $55,000 and up to 5% of Amazon’s net receipts from toy and t-shirt licensing, along with other royalties and bonuses. Amazon’s press release follows below. More →
It’s no secret that BGR Editor-in-chief is not a fan of the direction Samsung took with its latest smartphone, but he may have been looking at the mammoth handset all wrong. “The Galaxy Note’s tagline asks if the device is a tablet or a smartphone, but like a girl in Spanx, it’s so much more,” The TechBlock’s Abdel Ibrahim and Jon Dick said of Samsung’s giant Galaxy Note phablet. Smartphone popularity continues to explode around the globe and while these converged devices offer tremendous utility compared to feature phones, no other smartphone on the market can match versatility of the Note. Hit the break for a few images of some of the many functions Ibrahim and Dick found for the Galaxy Note, and follow the read link for a hilarious account of one man’s switch from the iPhone to Samsung’s supersized smartphone. More →