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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Wedding Ringer’ Runs On Fumes

Film: The Wedding Ringer
Starring: Kevin Hart, Josh Gad
Directed by: Jeremy Garelick

Another January, another hit-and-miss comedy from Kevin Hart that was largely ruined by an ad campaign that showed far too much.

Returning to theaters with his third starring role since last January’s Ride Along, Kevin Hart has blended buddy comedy staples with tired romcom antics to deliver The Wedding Ringer. It’s not bad, it’s not great, it simply is, and how much you enjoy it will depend heavily on how many times you were made to watch the film’s numerous trailers over the last six …

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STAND-UP TUESDAYS: Ari Shaffir

Stand-Up Tuesdays is a weekly comedy spotlight written by the wonderfully talented Angie Frissore. Covering both known and unknown comics, Stand-up Tuesdays is your new source for all things funny. This week, Angie puts a spotlight on Ari Shaffir’s comedy career. If you or your comedy troupe would like to be featured on Stand-Up Tuesdays, please email utgjames@gmail.com.

The last time we reviewed Ari Shaffir, the comedian had self-released his first comedy special, citing his then-realization that there simply weren’t any networks vying for his talent. Fast forward to 2015, and Shaffir has definitely caught the right amount …

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First ‘Spy’ Trailer Turns Melissa McCarthy Into James Bond

Having grossed over $500 million worldwide between their work on Bridesmaids and The Heat, Paul Feig and Melissa McCarthy have joined forces once more for a new action-comedy titled Spy.

I hate to be the guy who says if you’ve seen one Melissa McCarthy film you have more or less seen them all, but Spy looks incredibly familiar. McCarthy stars as an average citizen who, upon taking a job at the CIA, expects to become a world famous spy doing cool things and taking down bad guys. The reality of the situation is that she spends most her …

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Amy Poehler And Tina Fey Reunite For New Film, ‘Sisters’

If you loved watching Amy Poehler and Tina Fey host the Golden Globes, you’re in luck. The two funniest women on the planet today have already announced their next project.

This Christmas, Poehler and Fey will reunite on the big screen for Sisters, a new film from Pitch Perfect director Jason Moore. The story follows two sisters who decide to throw one last house party before their parents sell their family home. Of course, these sisters are full grown adults, but they’re completely stuck in their teen years. Maya Rudolph, John Leguizamo, John Cena, James Brolin, and Diane Wiest …

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STAND-UP TUESDAYS: Best of 2014

Stand-Up Tuesdays is a weekly comedy spotlight written by the wonderfully talented Angie Frissore. Covering both known and unknown comics, Stand-up Tuesdays is your new source for all things funny. This week, Angie puts a spotlight on the top ten comedy specials of 2014. If you or your comedy troupe would like to be featured on Stand-Up Tuesdays, please email utgjames@gmail.com.

As we bid farewell to 2014, it’s time to take a look back at the comedy specials released and gather together the top ten specials that tickled our funny bone the most.

This past year saw the emergence …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife’ Delivers Big, Inconsistent Laughs

Film: Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife
Starring: Donald Faison, Patrick Wilson
Directed By: Scott Foley

Following a long tradition of comedic films about murder that never find the right groove, Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife is an inconsistent romp that works more often than not.

Ward is a full-grown man with a decent job, a beautiful new child, lifelong best friends whom he sees regularly, and a wife he – as well as everyone else – cannot stand. She is a mean, snobbish, and overly-protective woman who seems to only find pleasure in making others miserable. Everyone wishes she were dead, including …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Annie’ May Be The Worst Film Of The Year

Film: Annie
Starring: Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx
Directed by: Will Gluck

In a year riddled with horrible misfires and unnecessary sequels, it’s a little shocking that the worst film of all is a remake of a musical that has long been thought to be timeless.

Will Gluck has delivered the updated version of Annie no one asked for and very few thought would ever exist. It’s a tech-friendly, modern retelling of a story that never comes together quite as well as its predecessor. The songs are weak, the acting is atrocious, and there is rarely a single sequence that offers …

Bill Burr:  I'm Sorry You Feel That Way

STAND-UP TUESDAYS: Bill Burr

Stand-Up Tuesdays is a weekly comedy spotlight written by the wonderfully talented Angie Frissore. Covering both known and unknown comics, Stand-up Tuesdays is your new source for all things funny. This week, Angie puts a spotlight on Bill Burr’s comedy career. If you or your comedy troupe would like to be featured on Stand-Up Tuesdays, please email utgjames@gmail.com.

Since the Netflix release of comedian Bill Burr’s new special, I’m Sorry You Feel That Way, I’ve heard two things: Bill Burr nailed the best special of the year, and many comics are now feeling like they should give up …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Top Five’ Is The Funniest Film of 2014

Film: Top Five
Starring: Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson
Directed by: Chris Rock

Taking filmmaking cues from everyone who has previously captured NYC and relationships with unflinching honesty, Chris Rock has crafted one hell of a comedic feature with Top Five. It’s a story about love, both for others and yourself, as well as a satirical take on our society that will leave you in stitches for days.…

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Lil Dicky Premieres New Music Video for “White Crime”

Comedy-rapper Lil Dicky has just released a brand new video for his song “White Crime.”

The video centers around Dicky’s supposed thug lifestyle, highlighting all the not-so-scandalous things he gets into.

The rapper gained notoriety on YouTube when the video for his song “Ex-Boyfriend” went viral in June of 2013.

“White Crime” is the second single off Lil Dicky’s upcoming album, Professional Rapper, which is due in February 2015. You can check out the official video below the jump:…

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‘Unfinished Business’ Trailer: Vince Vaughn, Dave Franco & Tom Wilkinson Head To Europe

I’ve lost count of how many times Vince Vaughn has played a wise-cracking loser who is on the verge of turning his luck around, but his latest attempt to extend his stay in the world of comedy looks like it may actually be worth your time and money.

Unfinished Business finds Vince Vaughn trying to save a company he started while going head-to-head with a much larger firm (his former employer) during a business trip to Europe. He has two associates–Dave Franco and Tom Wilkinson–each of whom possess many quirks that will (likely) save the film. The first trailer hit …

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UTG TV EXCLUSIVE: Big Jay Oakerson Discusses His New Crowd Work Album

Last Monday, stand-up comedian and crowd work master Big Jay Oakerson released a new album through Comedy Central Records. The record is appropriately titled The Crowd Work Sessions: Whats Your Fucking Deal?!

Recorded at The Stand in New York City, Big Jay combines elements of his blunt and brutal honesty with whatever his crowd seems to throw his way.

A Philly native transplanted in New York, Oakerson is proud to say he works local clubs in Manhattan at least six nights a week. He’s spent years on the road performing with comics as legendary as Dave Attell and Patrice O’Neal. …