Blake Griffin Is Still Chasing His Stand-Up Comedy Dreams

Blake Griffin’s comedy dreams did not stop when he left Los Angeles. Sure, his new city can’t stack up to Los Angeles’ comedy scene—or the scenes of New York or Chicago. There isn’t a Comedy Store or Carolines or Comedy Cellar opening on Woodward Avenue in Detroit anytime soon. But Griffin still wants to make people laugh. “It’s something down the road, a second career when I’m done playing basketball,” Griffin said. “My whole idea is to start now, to get in and meet a bunch of people, shadow people and learn the ins and outs so when I’m done playing, I’m not starting fresh.” While it would be easy to write off an athlete’s pursuit of a career in entertainment—who could forget Shaq in Kazaam, or Kobe’s unreleased album K.O.B.E or just about any athlete cameo on a sitcom dating back to the rise of the T-Rex?—Blake Griffin isn’t just another athlete trying to entertain. He is juggling three projects optioned by studios, including a remake of White Men Can’t Jump from Black-ish creator Kenya Barris, a reboot of Disney’s 1991 film The Rocketeer with a black female lead and a sci-fi comedy with Paramount, whose plot details are under wraps. On television, Griffin executive produces Okies of Bel Air, an animated comedy for Fox. And, as TMZ announced Tuesday, Griffin is preparing to face off against master roaster Jeff Ross on Comedy Central’s Roast Battle this Saturday. One thing is clear: Griffin is already making things happen.

Dave Chappelle Has 3 (!) Surprise Netflix Specials on the Way

 
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After a drought that went on for far too long, there’s suddenly going to be a whole lot of Chappelle on our TVs.

Three whole new Dave Chappelle comedy specials, all coming next year. It’s like comedy’s Christmas gift to the world, a slight trickle turning to a sudden flood—the new specials being the comic’s first in over a decade.
According to Variety, two of the specials will be previously produced and unreleased performances recorded at Austin City Limits and The Hollywood Palladium, and will be released simultaneously. Chappelle will also produce an original special exclusively for Netflix, to be released at a still-unannounced date.
By Joshua Rivera (GQ)

We remember Mitzi Shore… RIP

Mitzi Shore, a one-time powerhouse in the comedy business whose influence has continued to permeate comedy stages around the world long after she took a step back running the world famous comedy store, has passed away. Her son Pauly had been tweeting out that she had been on hospice, and asking friends to send messages to Mitzi while she could hear them. Mitzi died after suffering from Parkinsons Disease according to news reports. She passed away on World Parkinson’s Day.

Mitzi is survived by four children, Pauly, Peter, Scott and Sandy. Mitzi’s reign as the godmother of comedy began when she took over running The Comedy Store (owned initially by her husband Sammy Shore), which remains one of the most iconic clubs worldwide and continues to be a home where young comedians can hone their craft and develop into the greatest comedians in the country.

 

Comedians took to Twitter and Instagram to express love, gratitude and condolences this week.

Countless comedians owe their careers at least in part to The Comedy Store and Mitzi’s legacy- comedy giants like Robin Williams, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Roseanne Barr, Garry Shandling, Richard Pryor, Jim Carrey, Jimmie Walker, Andy Kaufman, Bob Saget, Richard Lewis, and Elayne Boosler.

Mitzi is survived by three other children: Peter, Scott, and Sandy and at least three generations of comics.