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Donald Glover, Community, at Comix

By , May 23, 2010

Five things TimeOut NY learned last night from Donald Glover (of NBC’s Community):

1. There is an unspoken code of conduct that comedians expect from audiences. Laughter is appreciated and welcome. Vomiting and crying, however, are not.
2. Anyone expecting to hear nonthreatening jokes from Glover’s lovable, earnest Community character for an hour was in for a crude, outspoken (and utterly hilarious) surprise.
3. A handy way to predict the direction a dialogue with your significant other is going to go: If a conversation begins with “What’d you mean by that?,” it’s not going to end with “Oh, now I know what you meant by that.”
4. Glover deserves a place in Lady Gaga’s cadre of eclectic visionaries.
5. No matter what anyone tells you, there’s no place in California that is like New York (least of all downtown Los Angeles, which is like something out of Mad Max).

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Community’s Donald Glover Headlines Comix – $5 Discount!

By , May 5, 2010

Donald Glover (AKA Troy) is headlining in New York for the first time ever! and we have a discount of $5 for you if you use the code “DGFAN1” online after clicking buy tickets on the website or over the phone.

Community’s Donald Glover Headlines Comix

From Derrick Comedy, “30 Rock,” and his own “Comedy Central Presents”

Friday-Saturday, May 21st and 22nd @ 8:00 and 10:30 PM

http://comixny.com/event.aspx?eid=737&sid=2649

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Joel McHale and Ken Jeong Declare War Against Texting and Driving

By , April 21, 2010

The Teen Not-For-Profit DoSomething.org has teamed up with Sprint to encourage teens to stop Texting & Driving via Thumb Wars campaign; PSA stars Joel McHale and Ken Jeong

New York, NY (April 19, 2010)–With car crashes being the leading killer of teens in the US, it’s impossible to ignore the issue of texting & driving any longer. DoSomething.org and Sprint, through the Sprint Foundation, announce the launch of a campaign to combat this growing issue. “Thumbs Wars: Teens vs. Texting & Driving” empowers teens to join the fight, get their friends involved, and report back on how they’re taking a stand against texting & driving.

The campaign launches today and will run through the summer. During that time, teens can visit ThumbWars.org to learn how to help increase awareness about this important issue. On the site, teens can also order “thumb sock” to prevent them from texting & driving and enter a bumper sticker design contest to spread further awareness.

Funny men Joel McHale and Ken Jeong, co-stars from NBC’s hit series “Community,” star in the PSA , where they start a thumb war and encourage teens to join the fight against texting & driving. You can view the PSA atThumbWars.org.

“Texting & Driving is one of those issues that everyone knows is a problem, but few are actively doing something to stop it,” says Aria Finger, CMO at DoSomething.org, “We wanted to come up with a fun way for teens to get involved on this issue that would still make a real impact and put a stop to this dangerous practice.”

“In 2005, Sprint started a great nationwide program – Focus on Driving – with educators and law enforcement to educate young drivers on the importance of attentive driving,” said Debby Ballard, director of community relations for Sprint. “Five years later, as texting and other wireless activities have become a daily part of our lives, Sprint is proud to join DoSomething.org in this critical next step to get more teens engaged on the benefits of safe driving habits.”

Teens are encouraged to use thumb socks to spread awareness for the campaign through a variety of ways including giving them to their friends, keeping them in their car as a reminder, hosting a Thumb War tournament about the cause, or updating their Facebook profile with a photo of them wearing the thumb socks.

For more information on how teens are taking action, visit ThumbWars.org or DoSomething.org.

Source: NBC

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Chevy Chase, Danny Glover Set for ‘A Great Night in Harlem,’ 5/20

By , April 7, 2010

On Thursday, May 20, The Jazz Foundation of America will presents its 9th annual “A Great Night in Harlem” from 8 PM to 10 PM at the Apollo Theater (253 West 125th St. New York, NY). The “A Great Night in Harlem” gala concert will benefit our Jazz Musicians Emergency Fund. The evening will be hosted by Chevy Chase, Danny Glover, Michael Imperioli, and David Johansen.

Source: Broadway World

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‘COMMUNITY’ Ranked #1

By , December 8, 2009
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Great news on the Community rating front:
‘COMMUNITY’ ENROLLS ITS BIGGEST 18-49 AND TOTAL-VIEWER AUDIENCES SINCE NOV. 5 AND RANKS #1 IN THE SLOT IN ADULTS AND MEN 18-34 .

On Thursday, “Community” delivered its top 18-49 and total-viewer results since November 5, gaining 10 percent in adults 18-49 and 11 percent in total viewers versus its prior telecast. “Community” ranked #1 among the major networks in adults and men 18-34.

On Thursday, December 3 from 8-8:30 p.m. ET, “Community” (2.2/6 in adults 18-49, 5.4 million viewers overall) delivered its top 18-49 and total-viewer results since November 5, gaining 10 percent in adults 18-49 and 11 percent in total viewers versus its prior telecast (a 2.0 in 18-49 and 4.9 million viewers on November 19). In the time period, “Community” ranked #1 among the major networks in adults and men 18-34. “Community” was up 29 percent in 18-49 rating versus NBC’s average this season in this time period prior to “Community’s” debut (2.2 vs. 1.7). It is worth noting that so far this season, “Community” has added 25 percent to its 18-49 rating when going from its “live plus same day” to its “live plus seven day” results.

Source: Radio Business Report

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Community Review from the View of a Community College Professor

By , December 2, 2009

M. Garrett Bauman, an emeritus professor of English at Monroe Community College in New York, however, doesn’t like the characters from Community.

In an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Bauman argues that the show’s cast of quirky characters (a divorcee, a former football star and a once straight A high school student to name a few) are not representative of students at a real community college. Bauman says the show overlooks people too poor to go to an expensive four-year university, people on welfare, high school slackers etc.

Here are some highlights from his article:

Don’t expect a realistic portrayal of community-college life any more than you expect as much in other comedies about social institutions like M*A*S*H, Scrubs, or The Office. Like them,Community satirizes the institution while making the people empathetic or endearingly eccentric because of the crazy place they inhabit. Community is the usual story about us. The subtext says we are caring survivors despite our institutions’ attempts to debase and destroy us.

While Community conveys community colleges’ diversity in age, gender, and race, it conspicuously avoids students in career programs or those who are truly academically weak or unprepared. Its core seven all have personality, brains, and zest. Despite the jab at air-conditioner repair, our characters take film, astronomy, and traditional liberal arts; most have no stated career goals. I suppose students truly shattered under life’s wheel and those seeking technical jobs don’t make for perky television material…

Community does not capture the real community college—as if there were one. But neither doM*A*S*H, Scrubs, or The Office capture actual institutions. Comedy exaggerates, romanticizes, and deconstructs. Community plays off stereotypes and clichés, reinforcing and puncturing them at the same time. Another college show currently airing, Greek, about sororities and fraternities, is just as absurd, with elegant houses, formal flirting lessons, and “unhappy face” cupcakes sent to decline invitations. It enacts the same myth as Community: People muddle forward despite the institutions that are supposed to nurture them but don’t.

The reality—of strangers working closely together for 15 weeks on commuter campuses, working long hours to pay bills, poring over diagrams of air conditioners or Spanish verb forms, and then going their separate ways—is too cold for comedy. The show may miss the intellectual life of community colleges and ignore the prosaic struggles many students face, but it has created precisely what is often missing in real community colleges—community.

[Source: umdbk.com and Chronicle ]

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