Here's a podcast that will embrace its "adult content" warning with pride. The original bad boy of comedy Andrew Dice Clay is launching a new weekly podcast May 11 with Michael Wheels Parise, called "Rollin With Dice and Wheels." The one-hour-plus show promises to be "uncensored, filthy, raw, and opinionated," and feature guests who are celebrities, musicians, comedians, writers, and strippers. You can listen to it here.
Dice promises that his legendary rawness will separate him from the rest of the comedy podcast pack, because in recent years comedians have made a major, major move to the Internet. As audiences in general take free web content more and more for granted, comedy fans are much less likely to pay for comedy albums or pay-per-view specials. That's a big opportunity for up-and-coming comics who don't have to worry about trying to part their potential audience from their money, but a challenge to veteran comics as to how they will continue to monetize their content.
Today it's all about cultivating a personal brand by connecting directly to your audience via social media or free downloadable content like podcasts — about creating awareness and hoping that leads to monetary compensation in other ways, especially through live gigs, which still remain a comic's bread and butter. Dice has no problem with that. This is the guy who once sold out Madison Square Garden two nights in a row. But it's really smart that he's launching a podcast, because, unlike live gigs, which usually attract already-converted fans, a podcast can attract new fans and expand the size of his audience altogether.
Other comedians have realized this as well. Ricky Gervais' podcast holds the Guinness World Record for the most downloaded podcast of all time. Adam Carolla, Marc Maron, Jimmy Pardo, and Chris Hardwick also have very successful podcasts. In fact, you could argue that comedy podcasts now fulfill the function that comedy albums once did, by bringing the jokes directly to the headphones of the listener. Except that now this audio content is the most shareable and portable it's ever been. You could really listen to Andrew Dice Clay wherever you want. Which is why a podcast also makes more sense than having a radio series — you never need to worry about receiving a signal.
Of his new show Dice says, "I never felt there was one podcast that captured everything for me. Rather than wait around for someone else to do it, I said 'F**k It! Let me do it.' So I teamed up with one of the funniest guys I know and think we’re going to have a podcast like no one else has.”
If anyone can stand out in the growing landscape of comedy podcasts, it'll be Dice.
Will you be listening?
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Ryan Murphy's The New Normal and musical drama Smash are the latest victims of TV cuts in the U.S. Network bosses are currently choosing which series to continue and which to axe, and the Glee creator's gay family comedy is one of the unlucky ones.
The NBC show starred Justin Bartha and Andrew Rannells as a same-sex couple who have a baby via surrogate, but it won't be taken to season two.
Smash, which featured Katherine McPhee as a performer fighting to make her way on Broadway, has also been cancelled by bosses at NBC, leaving Debra Messing, Anjelica Huston and Megan Hilty out of a job. It has run for two seasons and featured cameos from Jennifer Hudson and Bernadette Peters.
Olympic sailor Andrew Simpson has died while training to compete in this year's America's Cup. The gold medallist drowned in San Francisco Bay, off the coast of California, after his catamaran capsized on Thursday (09May13).
San Francisco Fire Department officials have confirmed the Brit is dead and a teammate was left with serious injuries.
Both men were brought ashore and taken to the St. Francis Yacht Club, where paramedics performed CPR on Simpson. He was pronounced dead a short time later.
It is not clear what caused the Artemis Racing catamaran to capsize.
The 34th annual America's Cup begins in September (13).
British actor Andrew Garfield has landed the lead role in Martin Scorsese's passion project Silence 25 years after the director first began drafting a script for the film. The Amazing Spider-Man star will tackle the role of Father Sebastiao Rodrigues, a Christian missionary who arrives in 17th century Japan in pursuit of his mentor, in Scorsese's adaptation of the 1966 novel by late Japanese author Shusaku Endo.
Scorsese first started work on a script after reading Endo's novel in 1988 but after decades of false starts, the moviemaker has finally managed to secure funding for the project.
The Last Samurai's Ken Watanabe is attached to co-star and filming will begin in June 2014, according to Variety.com.
Rocker Andrew W.K. thrilled Ramones fans in New York on Saturday night (04May13) when he stepped up onstage to front Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg concert at Santos Party House. The only living member of the Ramones and the Party Hard hitmaker ripped through 90 minutes of classic tunes, including Judy Is a Punk, I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend, Sheena is a Punk Rocker and Rock & Roll High School.
Lil Kim's former business manager is suing the rapper for millions in lost revenue following an alleged series of failed deals. Andrew Ro claims his former client's past behaviour has cost his company, International Rock Star Corp, a fortune in endorsement opportunities.
He claims he struck a licensing deal with Lil Kim last year (12) and put in place plans to help her launch a range of products, including a perfume line, vodka drink and a Steve Madden shoe collection, but all the ideas went south when the rap star failed to attend project meetings - unless she was being paid to be there, and then refused to promote the product.
In papers obtained by TMZ.com, Ro claims his former client fired off a cease and desist letter regarding future projects after cutting ties with him, but now he's coming after her, stating her antics cost his company $15 million (£9.4 million).
Duff Mckagan, Nikki Sixx and Pete Wentz are among the stars who have paid tribute to Jeff Hanneman following his death on Thursday (02May13). The Slayer guitarist and founding member passed away at a hospital in California after suffering liver failure at the age of 49, and his musical peers have taken to Twitter.com to pay their respects. Motley Crue bassist Sixx writes in a post, "My condolences to his family, the band and all his friends and fans", while Wentz adds, "Rest in peace Jeff Hanneman. (1991 Slayer album) Decade of Aggression is the first cd I ever bought with my own money. Sad day." Blink-182 star Travis Barker mourns, "The world lost a legend today", McKagan laments, "I'm so very soory (sic) for your loss Hanneman family" and singer/songwriter Andrew WK observes, "Jeff Hanneman will always be a metal god. A true master, he gave energy and excitement to millions, and will continue to." A post on Nickelback's Twitter page reads, "Jeff Hanneman was an amazing guitar player - all 4 of us grew up listening to Slayer. He will be greatly missed by all." Elijah Wood and Zakk Wylde also posted their condolences on the site.
Bassist Andrew Seward has quit punk rock band Against Me! The musician is adamant there is "no drama" in his departure from the group, insisting he just wants to reassess his priorities.
In a post on the band's website, he writes, "I reached a point where I need to focus on other things. Respect to (bandmates) Laura (Jane Grace) and James (Bowman). The last 10 years ruled."
Grace, known as Tom Gabel before coming out as transgender last May (12), adds, "It's heartbreaking to know that Andrew won't be standing next to me out on stage the next time I stand upon one. Andrew's been a solid partner. Some of the best sleep I've ever gotten has been in the back of a 15 passenger van with him behind the wheel.
"He's got a steady hand and has always been someone I've trusted. The definition of a good friend. I wish him all the best in his journey."
And Bowman writes, "It's been an honor and privilege to stand on stage with Andrew for the past 10 years. I am sad to see him go, but I wish nothing but the best for him moving forward."
Seward joined the group in 2002.
Mcfly rocker Harry Judd is to team up with British sports stars to host a charity cricket match at his former school. The pop star's event at Uppingham School in Rutland, England will pitch a team of famous faces from the world of sport and entertainment against a team of pupils to raise money for good causes.
Judd's team will include former England cricketer Andrew Flintoff and bowler Steve Harmison, as well as former soccer stars Lee Dixon and Robbie Savage, and swimmer Mark Foster.
Proceeds from the event on 9 June (13) will be handed to the Teenage Cancer Trust and Eyes Alight. Judd previously raised money for the two organisations by running the recent London Marathon.
When asked why he chose the path of boxing, Rocky Balboa offered a simple, though rather elegant, explanation: "Because I can't sing or dance." Now imagine if he could, and you'll get a pretty good idea of what's in store: a Rocky musical, the latest film adaptation to be mounted for Broadway. The Hollywood Reporter shares that a team of Alex Timbers (director), Thomas Meehan (writer), Stephen Flaherty (composer), and Lynn Ahrens (lyricist) will be transforming Sylvester Stallone's Oscar winning picture into a song-laden stage production; Stallone himself weighed in on the forthcoming project:
"I couldn’t be more proud or more excited about this production and how my original story of Rocky Balboa has been brought to spectacular life onstage," Stallone told THR. "Alex Timbers and the entire creative team ... have made [the character's] story as exciting, heart-breaking, and inspiring as it was when Rocky first went the distance onscreen."
It was 1976 when Stallone brought his now iconic character to Hollywood for the first of six (so far) times. The Best Picture victor, among the most beloved of sports films, is so full of memorable lines, scenes, and emotional instances, that it'll be quite the endeavor to turn the lot of them into musical numbers. So which Rocky's thick-tongued slurs, Adrian's squawking admonitions, Paulie's crass cackles, or Mickey's endearing insults will earn their own showstoppers? Here's one example already:
"The Italian Stallion"An upbeat overture, introducing the audience to its lovable hero: Rocky Balboa.
"Be a Thinker, Not a Stinker"Apollo Creed's Gilbert & Sullivan style romp about the merits in education trumping the glory in athletic stardom.
"Eat Lightning, Crap Thunder"The first powerhouse number of the play: a fired up Mickey puts Rocky through the wringer with this operatic call to arms.
"Ya Don't Have to Kiss Me Back"To follow, a softer entry: Rocky professing his affection for leading lady Adrian, offering the chance to refuse his courtship in this duet.
"Eat the Bird"Perhaps the emotional crux of the film, Paulie's vigilant ballad, directed toward his sister Adrian in a moment so wrathful, it'll warrant a therapeutic intermission immediately afterward.
"I Ain't No Bum"The tenderness hits a peak when Rocky channels all of the pain he has felt over his modest intellect and poor choices, declaring to the audience that he has more to him than everyone thinks.
"A Damn Monster Movie"At last, the real showstopper! The showdown between Rocky and Apollo Creed, an orchestrated song pitting the two against one another in the ring. Whole lotta dancin'.
"A Couple of Coconuts"Finally, following the big match, we reunite Rocky with Adrian, allowing him the happy ending of his true love's embrace.
Fill in the gaps with your own suggestions!
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