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February 2, 2014
Baltimore's mayor hides a report highly critical of the city's red-light and speed camera program, claiming that the vendor, whom she hired yet again, was somehow incompetent ( "Mayor says audit firm was 'not sufficiently qualified,'" Jan. 29). Now the city police commissioner is criticizing the media for reporting the basic facts about homicides in the city! This is all too rich. City Hall has become a treasure trove of comedy. Stephan G. Fugate - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2014
Comedy Central today renewed "Drunk History" for a third season. The series, which features drunken performers recounting stories from our national past, is created by Lutherville native Derek Waters. This past week's epsiode featured three tales from Baltimore's past. Through the first four epsiodes of Season 2, the series' viewership is up 26 percent among adults 18-49. It's up 17 percent among all viewers. In its timeslot, Tuesdays at 10 p.m., it is the highest-rated original series in TV with men 18-34 years of age. Last season, "Drunk History" averaged one million viewers a week.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | January 8, 2014
Brace yourself for a big swig of history, Baltimore. The Comedy Central show "Drunk History," which features spifflicated storytellers recounting great moments in our nation's past, will be filming at Mother's Federal Hill Grille on Thursday night. Lutherville native Derek Waters will be returning to his hometown to film this episode of the show, which was an online sensation before being picked up by Comedy Central in 2012. The show, which starts its second season this year, features famous actors reenacting history as told by the inebriated narrators.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | July 21, 2014
Baltimore is featured on the July 22 episode of "Drunk History" on Comedy Central, with Lutherville native Derek Waters and company re-enacting stories from the lives of  Edgar Allan Poe, Francis Scott Key and Abraham Lincoln. The episode, which includes portions filmed at Mother's Federal Hill Grille, is at its off-the-wall best in the Poe segment. Here's some of what I wrote about the episode, and an interview I did with Waters when he filmed in Baltimore. “I didn't choose Baltimore just because it's my hometown,” Waters said during an interview in January when he and his crew were here to film part of the episode in a jam-packed, loud and extra-boozy Mother's Federal Hill Grille.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 28, 2013
Comedy Central renewed its freshman hit "Inside Amy Schumer," the channel announced Tuesday. The weekly series, starring standup comic and Towson University theater graduate Amy Schumer, debuted as one of Comedy Central's highest rated shows -- particularly with young men, the demographic TV has the hardest time reaching. • Read my interview with Schumer from earlier this month: Amy Schumer talks about her journey from Towson to TV and concert stardom Here's the release: NEW YORK, May 28, 2013 - Viewers have been inside the mind of comedian Amy Schumer and they love what they see and so does COMEDY CENTRAL, which has renewed the new hit series “Inside Amy Schumer” for a second season, it was announced today by Kent Alterman, President, Content Development and Original Programming, COMEDY CENTRAL.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2013
Towson University grad Amy Schumer will be returning to her alma mater for a concert on March 6, Comedy Central announced Monday. Tickets for the "Inside Amy Schumer's Back Door" tour go on sale Friday. Schumer, who debuted in one the hottest new comedy series of the year, launches her stand-up comedy tour in January in New York. In addition to Towson Unversity on March 6, she will also play Washington's DAR Constitution Hall on March 8. The second season of her "Inside Amy Schumer" series starts April 1 on Comedy Central.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 22, 2014
Last year, Comedy Central delivered one of TV's most successful midseason series with "Inside Amy Schumer," starring Towson University grad and standup comedian Amy Schumer. Wednesday night, the channel introduces another new series starring a Baltimore-area college grad, and it looks like Comedy Central has another winner. "Broad City" is created by and stars Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer as best friends trying to navigate lousy jobs, incredibly awkward situations and continually dashed hopes in New York City.
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By Steve McKerrow | December 2, 1991
And you thought cable networks such as Nick at Nite and TBS, or local independent stations, screen a lot of reruns. Check out some of the moldy oldie titles on the daily lineup of Comedy Central, the laugh-around-the-clock network that joined Baltimore City's United Artists Cable system today (on Channel 50).Among sitcoms past, you can catch "Love American Style," "The Lucy Show," "That Girl," "Rhoda," "Sergeant Bilko," "C.P.O. Sharkey" or "McHale's Navy" every weekday. On weekends you can even find things more obscure, including Mel Brooks' briefly aired Robin Hood bomb, "When Things Were Rotten" (at 7:30 a.m. Saturdays)
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2013
John Oliver, who was so impressive as guest host of "The Daily Show," is leaving Comedy Central for HBO where he will have his own weekly comedy series, the premium channel announced Thursday. The show, which is scheduled to debut in 2014, will offer a satirical look at the week's events and air on Sunday nights -- the biggest night for HBO. "We weren't otherwise searching for another weekly talk show, but when we saw John Oliver handling host duties on 'The Daily Show,' we knew that his singular perspective and distinct voice belonged on HBO," Michael Lombardo, president of programming at HBO, said in a statement.
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By Chris Kaltenbach | July 25, 1997
Sex. Murder. Sex. Money. Sex. Alien abductions. Sex.From 1977 to 1981, that's what ABC offered American audiences hefty helpings of, thanks to "Soap," a sometimes brilliant, often stupid, rarely dull soap-opera spoof whose worst sin was the legacy it left behind: a spin-off, "Benson."But don't hold that against it. Rather, sit back and enjoy Comedy Central's "Soap" marathon (6 p.m.-4 a.m.), as the wealthy Tates and the blue-collar Campbells wage war on each other and on the rest of the world (the world usually wins)
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2014
If you drive downtown on the Jones Falls Expressway, you might have noticed a new billboard just south of Orleans Street featuring a blurry image of George Washington and the word “DRUNK” in big bold letters. No, it's not a leftover attack ad from the 1789 presidential campaign. It's a promotion for the second season of “Drunk History,” the off-kilter Comedy Central hit created by Lutherville native Derek Waters. Season 2 of the woozy walk through our national past starts Tuesday night at 10 and includes an episode on July 22 set in and featuring three stories from 19th-century Baltimore - one each with Edgar Allan Poe, Francis Scott Key and Abraham Lincoln.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2014
In my April 1st preview of Amy Schumer's second season, I wrote about a sketch she does with Josh Charles spoofing Aaron Sorkin's TV style. "A double Baltimore hit: On April 15, Josh Charles guests stars, and he's terrific as one of Schumer's co-workers in a fast food restaurant," I wrote. "The co-stars alone would make this 30 minutes not to be missed on Tuesday nights this spring. " The piece aired last night with Charles and Schumer bringing trademark Sorkin urgency, anger, sexual frustration and angst to life in this wickedly clever clip.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | March 31, 2014
Nearly 17,000 Broadstripe cable TV subscribers could lose channels such as MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, VH1 and BET if the Anne Arundel County cable provider and Viacom fail to reach an agreement by Tuesday. The dispute centers on monthly per-subscriber fees the cable company pays to carry Viacom's 23 networks. Such cutoffs typically are short-lived, lasting until the companies reach agreement. Millersville-based Broadstripe, which serves 16,684 customers in northern Anne Arundel County and part of Baltimore, said Viacom wants to substantially boost fees to renew its contract.
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Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | March 24, 2014
If you are one of the 1.2 million viewers the Comedy Central series "Broad City" attracts on average each week, you might have noticed a nod to Baltimore in the recent episode "Stolen Phone. " When a distraught Ilana - one of the show's two protagonists - bangs on the door of her phoneless best friend's New York City apartment after a panicked search, Abbi calmly greets her in a black-and-teal Maryland Institute College of Art sweatshirt. No, it was not a thrift shop find or a random hoodie selected by the wardrobe department.
NEWS
February 2, 2014
Baltimore's mayor hides a report highly critical of the city's red-light and speed camera program, claiming that the vendor, whom she hired yet again, was somehow incompetent ( "Mayor says audit firm was 'not sufficiently qualified,'" Jan. 29). Now the city police commissioner is criticizing the media for reporting the basic facts about homicides in the city! This is all too rich. City Hall has become a treasure trove of comedy. Stephan G. Fugate - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 22, 2014
Last year, Comedy Central delivered one of TV's most successful midseason series with "Inside Amy Schumer," starring Towson University grad and standup comedian Amy Schumer. Wednesday night, the channel introduces another new series starring a Baltimore-area college grad, and it looks like Comedy Central has another winner. "Broad City" is created by and stars Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer as best friends trying to navigate lousy jobs, incredibly awkward situations and continually dashed hopes in New York City.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Television Critic | January 20, 1993
Los Angeles--Comedy Central and MTV are promising relief tonight for those viewers who are growing tired of all the kettle drums, trumpet trills and pomp of Harry Thomason's reminiscent-of-ancient -Rome TV salutes to his friend Bill Clinton.Under the heading of alternative inaugural TV, Comedy Central returns to the kind of satirical coverage it offered during the presidential campaign, with "America Gets the Bill" at 8 tonight. Then, at 10, MTV airs "MTV's 1993 Rock 'n' Roll Inaugural Ball" live from Washington.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2014
Derek Waters, creator and host of Comedy Central's "Drunk History," says his "dream for any city" is to find stories that are "true" and that make viewers wonder: "Why weren't we taught that in school?" The Lutherville native is back in Baltimore this week filming for Season 2 of the cable series that was watched by more than a million viewers a week last year in its rookie run. Thursday night, he was at Mother's Federal Hill Grille filming part of the episode that will be devoted to Baltimore stories.
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