Morning Debriefing 3/23/11

1) Wanna see a real roast where there are no celebrities who have jokes written for them? Check out Tess Barker’s Birthday Roast tonight for FREE to see how it’s really done as opposed to the Situation bombing on national television.

2) Zach Galfianakis just inked deal with HBO to create comedy series starring Brody Stevens [via Deadline].  I guess Ms. Joyce Kay Kelly will have to put up with Brody on an even more regular basis.

3) IFC is apparently happy enough with Scott Aukerman hosting of Comedy Death Ray featuring episodes of Freaks and Geeks, Arrested Development, and the like, and are now working on adapting Comedy Death Ray Radio into a series

4) Michael Ian Black is pushing very hard to be the spokesperson for Taco Bell.  

But, there’s already another comedian that already has a few spots with the “Bell”… Check out comedian Barry Rothbart stealing shrimp.

5) Tonight’s COMEDY CRAWL
The Fix Up Show w/J. Keith Van Straaten and Kevin Pollak @ ACME Comedy Theatre 8PM $12
An Hour of Mayhem w/TJ Miller @ Comedy Central Stages 8PM FREE
Meltdown @ Meltdown Comics
8:30PM $8
Tess Barker Birthday Roast @ Whitehorse Cocktail Lounge Inn 8:30PM FREE
The Self Help Comedy Hour @ Hollywood Improv Lab
8:30PM $5
The Watkins Family Hour @ Largo 8:30PM $25
The Ed Galvez Punk House @ Westside Comedy Theatre 9PM $8
The Mostly Normal Show @ Hollywood Improv Lab 10:30PM $5 
The Anna Lee Lawson Comedy Hour @ Next Stage Theatre
11PM $5 

THE SPOT CAFE 4455 Overland Ave., Culver City, CA/Sign-up (lottery) 7PM 
CAFE ON 2ND 7 S. 2nd St., Alhambra, CA/Sign-up 7PM/Starts 7:30PM/$3 cover/10 min. guarantee
CAFE MUSE 6547 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, CA/Sign-up (lottery) 8PM 
LIBRARY A COFFEE HOUSE 3418 Broadway, Long Beach, CA/Sign-up 8PM/Starts 8:30PM 

7) Eddie Murphy is going to be receive the Comedy Icon Award at the first annual comedy awards.  Maybe with this distinction, he’ll start doing stand up again.

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