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SXSW Announces Online Comedy Festival

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Taking in the music, the street life of Austin and more! My first SXSW experience

South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference and Festivals (March 16-20, 2021) unveiled the SXSW Comedy Festival lineup as part of the 2021 Online event. The Comedy Festival will be a unique experience celebrating some of the finest comedy clubs across the country.

When traditional comedy clubs fell dormant last year, it drove what little stand-up remained to less than ideal environments and reminded us how just a handful of clubs across the country supports the entire community from open mic-er to famous headliner.

SXSW Comedy invited some of the most lauded comedy venues from around the country to present live shows from their home stages, most for the first time in nearly a year. Each club curated an impressive lineup of regulars, excited to be back on a real stage for a live audience and the result is a fascinating comedy time capsule.

The efforts each club made to safely assemble a small audience reveals an enthusiasm to resume comedy, and a hope that in the months ahead we can safely return to gathering and laughing together again.

Presenters include:

Acme Comedy Co. (Minneapolis)
Acme Comedy Company’s respect for the art of stand-up is reflected in every aspect of the club, making the intimate room a favorite among comedians. For over 30 years, it has been a linchpin of the fruitful Minneapolis comedy scene. Their SXSW lineup returns local standouts to Acme’s hallowed stage.
Comedians: Chloe Radcliffe, Greg Coleman, Mike Earley, Shannan Paul, Tommy Ryman 

Dynasty Typewriter (Los Angeles)
Dynasty Typewriter has quickly become known for carefully curated, enchanting comedy experiences. Their socially distant audience consisted of one of the owners, his parents, and a collection of adoring puppets. It’s perfectly normal.
Comedians: Beth Stelling, Billy Wayne Davis, Daniel Webb, Joel Kim Booster, Kimberly Clark, Reggie Watts

Gotham Comedy Club (New York City)
Often featured in numerous film and television productions, Gotham Comedy Club is one of New York’s most popular stand-up destinations. For 25 years their coveted stage has hosted national acts, and fostered generations of young comedians into comedy heavyweights who still consider the club a home today.
Comedians: Erin Jackson, Matthew Broussard, Monroe Martin, Nathan Macintosh, Ophira Eisenberg

Hollywood Improv
The Improv has been an American comedy institution for over 50 years and has grown into a national network of 25 clubs. Since opening in 1975, the Hollywood Improv has hosted virtually every comedy great. For the first time in nearly a year, the club presents a lineup of favorites from the most recognizable comedy stage in the country.
Comedians: Chris Porter, Donnell Rawlings, J.F. Harris, Lara Beitz, Pete Lee, Orlando Leyba

Laughing Skull Lounge (Atlanta)
The Laughing Skull Lounge is a hub of the Atlanta comedy scene. It provides a prominent stage for locals to share with touring headliners, and as home to The Laughing Skull Comedy Festival it’s brought well-deserved industry attention to one of the most robust comedy scenes in the country.
Comedians: Clayton English, Ian Aber, Katie Hughes, Lace Larrabee, Shaunak Godkhindi 

The Stand NYC
The Stand NYC opened in 2012 with the idea of creating an elevated comedy experience and soon became a favorite hangout of the city’s hottest up and coming comedians. The Stand invited some of those comics, and a small audience, to swab up for a welcome step back onto the stage.
Comedians: Dan Soder, Derek Gaines, Emma Willmann, Ian Lara, Rosebud Baker, Sam Jay, Shane Gillis

Zanies Comedy Club (Chicago)
The third oldest comedy club in the country, Zanies has been at the heart of Chicago comedy for over 40 years. They’ve nurtured the early careers of comedy legends, some of today’s biggest stars, and the next generation of greats to emerge from the area’s legendary comedy scene.
Comedians: Calvin Evans, Correy Bell, Em Brown, Matty Ryan, Sarah Perry

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SXSW Comedy presents Bring Back Laughs. Last summer Rebecca Trent, owner/operator of The Creek & The Cave comedy clubhouse in Queens, teamed up with SNL’s Michael Che to put on comedy shows in a parking lot using the bed of a pick-up truck as a makeshift stage. Those shows inspired a two-day comedy fundraiser. This special presentation features select performances from that weekend. (Carmen Lynch, Janeane Garofalo, Lucas Brothers, Myq Kaplan, Nore Davis, Rojo Perez, Roy Wood Jr., Tone Bell, Victor Varnado.)

The 2021 Online Comedy Festival will also include quarantine versions of SXSW Comedy’s longest running shows. The hit game-show podcast Doug Loves Movieshosted by Doug Benson, Watch and listen as Doug and friends (Arden Myrin, Jerry Trainor, Rob Benedict) sit down and discuss his first love: movies! And Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCB) cofounder, Matt Besser, brings the largest cast of players yet to SXSW for the improv4humans podcast. Matt brought his talents to Earwolf with a fully improvised weekly podcast featuring the best improvisers in the universe.

Experience SXSW Online Music Festival with streaming available via web, mobile, and the SXSW Online Connected TV app (Apple TV, Fire TV, Roku®, Samsung Smart TV, and Android TV). Select Music Festival Showcases, Conference Sessions and Special Event programming will be available at SXSW Online XR on VRChat. Virtual Cinema programming will be available on the VRrOOm store.

In addition to the Comedy Festival performances, passholders also have access to the full range of content available during SXSW Online including Conference Keynotes, Featured Speakers, Mentor Sessions, Networking Meet Ups, Film Festival Screenings, Music Festival Showcases, Online Exhibitions and Professional Development. Previously announced for 2021 are Keynotes by Willie Nelson andStacey Abrams and Featured Speakers including Queen Latifah, Chiquis, Mark Mothersbaugh, Wyclef Jean, Andrew Bird, Mary J. Blige, Carole King, Demi Lovato, Lenzo Yoon and more. SXSW Online has opened to passholders who may get a head start on networking. For more information on everything SXSW Online has to offer, please visit sxsw.com.

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American actor Will Smith’s upcoming movie Emancipation will be released in cinemas later this week, his first major work since his infamous Oscars slap in March which led to a backlash. (more…)

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From Apple Music With Love: John Legend Shares Piano Versions Of Songs From His ‘LEGEND’ LP

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From Apple Music With Love: John Legend Shares Piano Versions Of Songs From His ‘LEGEND' LP

Apple Music is getting into the giving spirit this holiday season with the return of From Apple Music With Love, a special countdown to the holidays. Each day at 8:00a PST from November 25 – 30, Apple Music subscribers will receive exclusive gifts from some of the biggest and brightest names in music, stamped with love and ready for unwrapping. This year, gifts range from live concert recordings, new renditions of favorite songs, a classic album rerelease alongside a brand new holiday album, and party-crushing mixes to close out the year. Do yourself a favor and enjoy the musical experiences we’ve put together with Apple Music listeners in mind.

Today’s exclusive gift comes from John Legend as he shares piano-driven versions of some of his favorite songs from his 2022 album LEGEND.

“The songs are about love,” John Legend tells Apple Music. “They’re songs about expressing yourself and being inspired and telling your authentic truth when it comes to who you are and how you feel about the people you love. I really thought about each song and what songs I could do cool versions of on piano,” Legend says. “Some of them, I would want to stick closer to the original vibe and energy of the original recording. But some of them, I thought it’d be fun to do a really fresh take on it. I wanted to record them in a way that was more intimate so that people could really feel and listen to every lyric.”

Tune in every day at 8am PST to keep counting down the holidays with an exclusive gift on Apple Music and check out John Legend’s new piano versions from LEGEND HERE

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Manchester United is up for sale

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The news that lots of Manchester United fans have been waiting for and one that should signal the end of the Glazer’s ownership of the entire club. It comes during the Premier League break while the World Cup is kicking off over in Qatar, this site will give you all the best World Cup odds, that one of the biggest clubs in the Premier League will be looking to sell up.

Background to the Glazer ownership

There have been problems with the ownership of Manchester United ever since the club was acquired by the American owners back in 2005. It was protested by the Manchester United fans when they realised that the Glazers would be bringing in all their debt and dumping it on Manchester United. The Glazers have since siphoned off money for their own greed and not put in a single penny; the money is all the revenue from Manchester United football club not from the Glazers.

Protests have been ramped up in the past two years due to failings on the pitch and the lack of ambition from the board but protests are nothing new about the ownership. There were huge protests from the club in 2007 and 2010, even in between, there were anti-Glazer chants.

The times under the Glazers have not been all doom and gloom on the pitch with Sir Alex Ferguson papering up the cracks for many years with his managerial prowess but in recent years, since his departure and the departure of David Gill the CEO. The major issue was the arrival of Ed Woodward who was good friends with the Glazers and not a footballing economical man. This has left the club light years behind rivals and money spent unwisely over the past 10 years.

Will the departure help improve the standards of the club?

The club has been left to rot with poor training facilities and Old Trafford needs serious improvements to help keep it the Theatre of Dreams, especially in the current space.

One of the main issues is the structure of the club with poor judgement on players and over spending on players that were not worth the value. United seem to have the right man in charge with Erik ten Hag gaining respect from fans and players, maybe not Cristiano Ronaldo, but he needs support and help along the way which previous managers have found difficult when working with the Glazers.

Why now?

Well if you ask any Cristiano Ronaldo fanboy they will say off the back of his interview. However, nowhere in the interview does he really lay into the Glazers for them to sell up. Yes, he criticises his now former employees over facilities but he also used the interview as a distraction technique because he is not performing on the pitch as father time catches up to him.

Some have speculated that the Middle East is at an all-time high due to the World Cup currently being held in Qatar and Saudi Arabia beating Argentina. Many feel this is the ideal opportunity to get the £4-8 billion the Glazers are expected to want.

However, there has been so much speculation about Sir Jim Ratcliffe who is still interested in a football club after he failed in acquiring Chelsea.

This story has only just begun but with the Glazers wanting to leave it is good news for United fans but it could be a difficult path ahead if they have to question their moral compass with bids expected to come from countries with poor human rights records.

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The 2022 BET Soul Train Awards finally hit the small screen Saturday (Nov. 26) night, and while the show was full of stunning performances from Ari Lennox, Tank, Xscape and more, only two awards were handed out during the televised portion of the ceremony. (more…)

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Cristiano Ronaldo offered £62 million-a-year deal to join Saudi giants Al Nassr’

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Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly been offered a bumper three-year contract in Saudi Arabia. (more…)

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