'We need to support these people that put a smile on strangers' faces,' Mandel said during Laugh Aid, a live charity event for comics affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, a few laughs could do the world good — and comedians including Adam Sandler, Howie Mandel, Whitney Cummings and more are offering just that during the Laugh Aid livestream.
The six-hour charity event began Saturday afternoon, focused on gathering donations for Comedy Gives Back's COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund that aims to assist comedians struggling during the virus crisis. Over $300,000 has been raised and donations can be given at cc.com/laughaid.
Howie Mandel, one of many hosts for the event, stressed that 'we need laughter... laughter is, as everybody says, the best medicine' and that Laugh Aid will be a huge support to out-of-work comics. 'We need to support these people that put a smile on strangers' faces.'
Iliza Shlesinger appeared with chef husband Noah Galuten to cook a hearty quarantine meal, sourkraut and beans, while joking that the the stream of comedians on webcams looked like 'a bunch of moms trying to broadcast.'
Bob Saget and Whitney Cummings, who also helped with hosting duties, mentioned how interesting Laugh Aid had been in terms of looking into famous comedian homes — especially Mandel's. 'My favorite part of the show was how Howie Mandel was trying to find the shittiest part of his house to look relatable,' Cummings quipped.
During Drew Carey's appearance, the Whose Line Is It Anyway? host taught improvisational games to Cummings, saying they could offer entertainment for those quarantined at home. Cummings, sarcastically unsure of her skill, said 'I'm afraid I'm about to set women back 80 years.'
Cummings, joined by Bert Kreischer with six feet of distance between them, also checked in with Adam Sandler, who said he has been spending his quarantined time staying up until early in the morning with his two children.
Laugh Aid is set to stream for six hours on Saturday through Twitch, Twitter, Comedy Central's YouTube channel, Facebook, and the Laugh Lounge app. An audio version will be available afterward on Spotify and SiriusXM.
The livestream will also feature Bill Burr, Marc Maron, David Spade, Dane Cook, Jim Gaffigan, Patton Oswalt, Ray Romano, Jeff Ross, Anthony Jeselnik, Tom Papa, Amanda Seales, Jessica Kirson, The Sklar Brothers, Bert Kreischer, Big Jay Oakerson, Dan Soder and more.
Watch Laugh Aid's livestream below.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
The Television Academy is adjusting the eligibility and voting deadlines for this year’s Primetime Emmy calendar in response to concerns made by TV communication executives and awards strategists in the current coronavirus climate.
The dates for the Creative Emmy Awards and Primetime Emmy shows remain unchanged respectively on Sept. 12-13 and Sept. 20, and will only be moved should state and national safety directives deem them to be, should the coronavirus worsen.
This morning’s big changes involve the entry deadline moving close to four weeks from May 11 to June 5, and the Phase one voting period jumping from June 15-29 to July 2-13 with the new nominations announcement date being July 28 instead of July 14. The Phase one period thus shrinks from 15 days to 12 days.
Phase 2 voting, which was originally set for Aug 17-31, will start slightly later, and shave off four days, now occurring between Aug. 21-31.
Also being extended is the eligibility date for hanging episodes for regular series and limited series, as the TV Academy takes into account production and programming delays. Now, all hanging episodes must broadcast or post on an accessible platform by June 30, instead of May 31. Both regular and limited series must still premiere by the end of this year’s eligibility date which remains May 31. A minimum of six episodes continues to be required for a show to be qualified in the series category. A limited series in its entirety must air or post on a platform before June 30, and if it doesn’t, then the limited series will qualify in the 2020-2021 Emmy year.
Meanwhile, all TV Academy FYC events “whether with a live audience, streaming or recorded for posting on a viewing platform” per the org remain suspended for the current Emmy season.
In recent weeks, the TV Academy appeared to be standing firm on their original voting and eligibility dates. However, TV publicists and Emmy campaign strategists reportedly voiced their reservations about promoting too heavily and too soon, thus wanting to exercise a greater degree of sensitivity in a spring that’s been rocked by COVID-19: Many productions have shut down, leaving many out of work, and the whole atmosphere across the nation is rather dour as we all self quarantine. Emmy season has traditionally been decked with glam marketing, billboards, food trucks, stunt events, big DVD boxes and soirees. Earlier this year, to tame some of that, the TV Academy banned DVD mailers to voters, and in doing so, favored online screeners. The hope here with the TV Academy’s tweaking of the FYC calendar is that we’ll be on the other side of the curve in regards to coronavirus, and in a lighter-spirited environment. Between the entertainment capitals, New York City currently counts 23K COVID-19 cases and 365 deaths as of yesterday while Los Angeles counts 1,2K cases...
The 2006 Oscars will forever be remembered as the infamous ceremony where “Crash” beat “Brokeback Mountain” for Best Picture. Ang Lee’s groundbreaking gay romance was the critical favorite and it won three of the eight Oscars it was nominated for that year: Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Score. Headlining actors Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal both earned Oscar nominations for their performances. The actors were asked to present during the 2007 Oscars telecast, but Gyllenhaal revealed in a recent interview with Another Man magazine via NME that Ledger turned down the opportunity because it would mean making jokes at the expense of the gay “Brokeback” love story.
“I mean, I remember they wanted to do an opening for the Academy Awards that year that was sort of joking about it,” Gyllenhaal said. “And Heath refused. I was sort of at the time, 'Oh, okay... whatever.' I'm always like, ‘It's all in good fun.’ And Heath said, 'It's not a joke to me — I don't want to make any jokes about it.’”
Gyllenhaal, “That's the thing I loved about Heath. He would never joke. Someone wanted to make a joke about the story or whatever, he was like, 'No. This is about love. Like, that's it, man. Like, no.'”
Ledger was nominated in the Best Actor category but lost to “Capote” star Philip Seymour Hoffman. Gyllenhaal lost to George Clooney in “Syriana” for Best Supporting Actor. “Brokeback Mountain” marked the first Oscar nominations for both actors. Ledger would go on to be nominated and win his Oscar in the Best Supporting Actor race for his role as the Joker in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight.” Ledger received the Academy Award posthumously. “Brokeback” remains Gyllenhaal’s sole Oscar nomination to date.
Gyllenhaal has previously spoken about Ledger’s disdain for “Brokeback Mountain” jokes, but this is the first time the actor has revealed his late co-star turned down the Oscars. Gyllenhaal told “Today” in July 2019 that “Brokeback” marked a pivotal moment in his career. “It opened tons of doors,” he said. “It was crazy. It was amazing. It's defined my career in different ways. [But the film] is bigger than me...It has become not ours anymore. It's the world's.”
Read Gyllenhaal’s latest interview in its entirety on the Another Man website.