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HBO Max Unveils Summer Stand-Up Comedy Specials

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HBO Max unveils summer stand-up comedy specials

HBO Max has unveiled that the first batch of its summer stand-up comedy, The Summer Comedy Festival, set to debut on the platform later this month including solo specials from Rose Matafeo, Beth Stelling, and James Veitch, as well as a multi-act special from the HA Comedy Festival, hosted by Anjelah Johnson, and featuring a lineup of America’s funniest Latinx comics! The sizzle reel can be viewed in the player below!

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Rose Matafeo: Horndog
Rose Matafeo has kissed nearly 10 men in her life, AKA she’s a total horndog. But what is horniness? Is it that intangible essence of excitement and adventure that has inspired humankind since the dawn of time? An understanding of the overwhelming power of love as the key to true personal flourishing? Or is it simply wanting to bone everyone, all the time? Join this Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Show Winner as she tracks her history of heartfelt horniness in her first stand up special for HBO Max. Rose Matafeo: Horndoghas enjoyed successful performances around the world with sell-out shows at the New Zealand International Comedy Festival, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, an award winning run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and in London’s west end at the Ambassadors Theatre and Soho Theatre. It is produced by Avalon (Taskmaster, Breeders, Everything’s Gonna Be Okay, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, Catastrophe) with Matafeo, Richard Allen-Turner, Rob Aslett, and Jon Thoday serving as executive producers.

Beth Stelling: Girl Daddy
Conan O’Brien’s Team Coco presents Beth Stelling in an artfully hilarious hour about family, society and the exes who have shaped her. Thirteen years into her career as a stand-up, Stelling has been called a “female comic” so many times that if she ever has kids they might as well call her “girl daddy.” Stelling responds to her co-workers’ lazy, fear-driven #MeToo material by guiding her audience through the humorous side of tough conversations around consent, chauvinism and women’s bodily autonomy. Is it MY abortion? Or OUR abortion? Let your new Beth friend explain in her first hour-long stand-up special. Beth Stelling: Girl Daddy is produced by Team Coco with Stelling, Conan O’Brien, Jeff Ross, John Irwin, J.P. Buck, and Adam Sachs serving as executive producers.

James Veitch: Straight to VHS
James Veitch is really hoping this special sort of pushes him into the big time so he doesn’t have to write his own blurbs anymore. This comedy special (by James Veitch) is something that, tbh, he can barely remember doing. He remembers that the morning of it he accidentally took double the dosage of his antidepressants and, in a blind panic, called poison control from his hotel room who told him he’d “be ok” which was good but also something of an anti-climax. Anyway it contains loads of strong material and will probs change lives. Will that do? It’s a powerful performance and the best work of his career. James Veitch: Straight to VHS is produced by Team Coco with Veitch, Conan O’Brien, Jeff Ross, J.P. Buck, and John Irwin, serving as executive producers with Casey Spira as co-executive producer.

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HA Comedy Festival: The Art of Comedy 
Hosted by viral Latinx comedian and actress Anjelah Johnson and shot at the iconic Empire Theater in San Antonio, TX, the HA Comedy Festival: The Art of Comedy is a one-hour multi-act stand-up special that showcases “the best of the fest”. The HA Comedy Festival brought together a line-up of amazing Latinx talent for several days of endless laughter. This special features Gina Brillon, David del Rosario, Carmen Lynch, Monique Marvez, Pedro Salinas, Jesus Trejo, Mark Viera as well as special appearances from Eugenio Derbez, Eva Longoria and Danny Trejo. HA Comedy Festival: The Art of Comedy was created by Jeff Valdez and produced by New Cadence Productions, a US television and film content creation studio for Latinx creatives co-founded by Jeff Valdez and former global telco executive, Sol Trujillo.

HBO Max is continuing to grow their slate of stand-up offerings, with previously announced specials from Chelsea Handler, Tracy Morgan, Marlon Wayans, John Early, and Ahir Shah, along with a slate of five specials from Conan O’Brien’s Team Coco, which includes the solo specials from Stelling, Veitch, as well as Chris Redd and Moses Storm. Matafeo is creating the scripted comedy series Starstruck for HBO Max and BBC Three.

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Air New Zealand’s CEO Reckons The Trans-Tasman Travel Bubble Won’t Happen Until Next Year

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Postpone any glimmer of hope you have of a cheeky trip to the land of sheep and hobbits because according to the CEO of Air New Zealand, that whole idea of a trans-Tasman travel bubble won’t be happening until at least March next year.

After months of politicians and business leaders promising that an open border with New Zealand was just around the corner, the airline’s boss Greg Foran has come to the conclusion that it’s actually a long way off.

“I certainly do not believe we will see anything across the Tasman this calendar year,” he told the The Age.

“It’s hard to believe it would be before March next year and could well be longer. If it comes back quicker, we’re going to pop some champagne.”

Back in June, New Zealand claimed to have eliminated the virus was finally able to leave lockdown. Australia also seemed to be on the verge of squashing the virus, hence why the idea of a trans-Tasman bubble came into existence.

But then more cases started to pop up again in NZ, and over in Australia, Victoria even had a second wave, putting travel hopes on the backburner.

Foran actually started the job back in February, right when all this shit really hit the fan.

“I never got to experience Air New Zealand in anything but a crisis,” he added.

The border closure is personal for him, too, because he’s got three kids and seven grandkids over here in Aus.

The future, he reckons, will have a lot more restrictions on flying. That could include COVID-19 tests before and after flights, increased tracking of passengers, and possibly even travel passes for people who have antibodies.

That might work a few years down the line, but for now, it means there’s not going to be any New Zealand getaways over the summer.

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Watch Dave Chappelle’s Fiery Emmys Acceptance Speech

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Ahead of the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday night, Dave Chappelle won a trio of Creative Arts Emmy Awards for his 2019 Netflix special Sticks & Stones.

As that Saturday ceremony was held virtually, the winners of the Creative Arts Emmys each sent in a video acceptance speech, with Chappelle turning his speech — read in front of a live audience to give it a comedy club feel — into a three-minute bit that slammed critics who gave Sticks & Stones poor reviews.

“Boy, this comes as a complete surprise. I mean, I read all the reviews and they said so many terrible things. That they were embarrassed for me. That I lost my way and wasn’t even worth watching,” Chappelle said. “I hope all you critics learn from this. This is a teachable moment. Shut the fuck up forever.”

Chappelle also thanked his fellow nominees in the Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special and Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded) categories — Hannah Gadsby, Patton Oswalt, Tiffany Haddish and John Mulaney — “You guys are an inspiration to me and I’m honored to be nominated with you,” the comedian said. “I’m sorry you didn’t win but who gives a fuck anyway?”

Following his loss, Oswalt also shared his unused acceptance speech video:

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South African Actors, Crew Unite to Produce ‘Jerusalema’ Dance Film

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While international film and TV shoots have been halted in South Africa for the past six months due to a ban on foreign flights during the COVID-19 pandemic, members of the local industry have found a novel way to lift their spirits.

On Thursday, hundreds of South African actors and crew members will come together to make a feature film centering on the “Jerusalema” dance craze that has swept the world. The shoot coincides with Heritage Day, which celebrates the Rainbow Nation’s multiple cultures.

The film, shot over two days on a custom-built set at Cape Town Film Studios, will consist of two elements: a scripted narrative and a mass dance sequence. In the latter, performers will dance to “Jerusalema,” the upbeat gospel-inspired song, which features the voice of singer Nomcebo Zikode and was produced by Master KG. The film will be directed by Calvin Hayward alongside Abongwe L.Booi, and produced by Cheryl Eatock and James Muringani.

The official video of “Jerusalema” has pulled in more than 146 million views on social media since its premiere on YouTube in December. It has sparked a global viral dance challenge that started in Angola when a group of friends recorded a video of the dance choreography. Enthusiasts around the world – from frontline health workers in a Sweden hospital to priests in Italy – have shared posts of their versions of the dance. Earlier this month, “Jerusalema” became the world’s most Shazamed song.

South Africa’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa, gave the dance challenge his backing during a televised COVID-19 update last week. He encouraged all South Africans to perform the dance challenge on Heritage Day. He said “Jerusalema” was “a song I love so much,” adding: “I urge you to take up this challenge and show the world what we are capable of.” He said it symbolized what South Africa had managed to achieve combating the pandemic.

All facilities and services involved in the film will be supplied pro bono, including studio facilities, catering, equipment, and transport. Participants will support a charity drive by way of donations, food parcels and vouchers for the unemployed.

The project has received product and facilities sponsorship from Cape Town Film Studios, Media Film Service, The Refinery, Panavision, Film Afrika Fresh Unit Logistics, Steers, Debonairs Pizza, Fleet Star, Sterling Logistics, Bluewater, and CCPP Equipment Rental, as well as the support of local government in Cape Town and regional org Wesgro.

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