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Cipha Sounds Talks Take It Personal on HipHopDX

Mar 25, 2015

Every Friday night at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Manhattan, New York's Chelsea neighborhood, MTV2 Sucker Free host and Hot 97 DJ/radio personality Cipha Sounds hosts "TAKE IT PERSONAL: The Hip Hop Improv Show." A student of improv himself, Cipha credits the show to his desire to introduce the underground form of comedy to a new audience.

"I knew that if I could get Hip Hop artists to come through, people who didn't know about improv would come see the show just to see their favorite artists," Cipha says during an exclusive interview with HipHopDX. "Once they see the show, they're like, 'Oh shit, this is crazy." Improv is competitive like Hip Hop with battling, boasting, and showmanship. 

The Armando style of improv featured in the show is performed by A Tribe Called Yes, a team of Cipha's favorite improv teachers. The group acts out live situations based on the true, personal stories of surprise Hip Hop guests. Cipha Sounds says he hopes to take the show to television, creating the same type of phenomenon Russell Simmons did when he showcased comedians such as Martin Lawrence and Dave Chappelle with Def Comedy Jam. Some of Cipha's featured guests have included 2 Chainz, Jadakiss, Swizz Beatz and Trinidad James.

After noticing his on-air delivery was stiff, Cipha entered the world of improv with the goal of loosening up his demeanor, both as a radio personality and a comedian. Through his work with A Tribe Called Yes, Cipha Sounds encountered an unintended consequence of his forays into improvisational acting.

"Improv is a very funny form of comedy that only white people know about, and they want to get others to know about it, but have no idea how to get the diverse audience," Cipha Sounds says. "I was like, 'I can get Hip Hop artists to come through, and that will make people who don't know about improv come through just to see their favorite artists.' And once they see the show they're like, 'Oh shit, that show was crazy.'"

In addition to his work with the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and Hot 97, Cipha Sounds hosts the Cipha Sounds Effect on Sirius Satellite Radio's Shade45. His previous work includes serving as the resident DJ for Chappelle's Show and as an A&R Rawkus, Tommy Boy and Star Trak.

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'Review' starring Andy Daly to premiere March 6 on Comedy Central

Mar 25, 2015

Guest Stars Include Lance Bass, Andy Blitz, Rich Fulcher, Jason Mantzoukas, Emo Phillips, Andy Richter, Maria Thayer, Ashley Tisdale and Fred Willard.

Get ready for an inside look at some of life's most intense experiences without the burden of leaving your couch, when new half-hour series Review premieres on Comedy Central on Thursday, March 6 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Starring Andy Daly (Eastbound & Down) as life critic Forrest MacNeil, Review follows the atypical reviewer as he goes above and beyond the boring subjects like films, food or art. Forrest reviews life itself: the adrenaline rush of stealing, the dangers of drug addiction, the joys of sleeping with a celebrity, and much more. His unwavering commitment to reviewing any and every experience that his audience suggests often means his work comes at the expense of his family. Throughout the season, Forrest will answer life's most challenging questions while dealing with the unintended consequences of such a lofty goal.

In the premiere episode, Forrest takes on the big three: stealing, addiction, and the prom, all of which quickly spiral out of control. Daly heads up an impressive cast which features Jessica St. Clair (Playing House, Bridesmaids) as his wife Suzanne, Fred Willard (everything funny ever) as his father-in-law Jack and James Urbaniak (Crumb) as his producer Grant. Additional guest stars include Lance Bass, Andy Richter, Ashley Tisdale, Jason Mantzoukas, Rich Fulcher, Emo Phillips, Andy Blitz and Maria Thayer.

Episodes of Review will be available the day after air in SD and HD on iTunes, Xbox Video, Amazon Instant Video, Sony Entertainment Network, Vudu and Verizon Flexview. Beginning February 20, the premiere episode will be available to stream on cc.com and for free on iTunes.

The Review Web site will feature weekly extended preview clips from the series beginning February 13. Throughout the season the site will be updated with new content including show highlights. Starting today, fans can also follow the Review Facebook page for the latest content from the show and follow Daly on Twitter @TVsAndyDaly.

Prior to Review, actor/writer/producer Daly co-starred with Danny McBride in HBO's critically acclaimed comedy Eastbound & Down. Daly was also a cast member on the Emmy-nominated FOX sketch comedy MAD TV, as well as a recurring character on Comedy Centrals Reno 911! Daly has contributed to various sketches on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and has lent his voice to Saturday Night Live's TV Funhouse and Cartoon Network's critically acclaimed series Adventure Time.

In addition to television, Daly has appeared in such films as Semi-Pro, Yogi Bear, The Informant! and Transformers: Dark of the Moon. He is one of the earliest students of the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York, where he studied with Amy Poehler.

Review is executive produced by Daly, Jeffrey Blitz (The Office), Charlie Siskel (Tosh.0), Dave Kneebone (Nathan For You), Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim. Co-Executive Producers are Andy Blitz and Leo Allen. The series is directed by Jeffrey Blitz. Jim Sharp and Gary Mann are the Executives in Charge of Production for Comedy Central.

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Moshe Kasher developing dark comedy for Showtime

Mar 25, 2015

Comedian Moshe Kasher To Create & Star In Autobiographical Half-Hour For Showtime 

Showtime has put in development a dark comedy project created by and starring Moshe Kasher, from 3 Arts Entertainment and Matt Tolmach Prods. Based on the comedian's stand-up and his 2012 memoir, Kasher In The Rye: The True Tale Of A White Boy From Oakland Who Became A Drug Addict, Criminal, Mental Patient ... And Then Turned Sixteen, the project chronicles Kasher's teenage years in Oakland in the 1990s and his deaf mother's struggles to raise him. Kasher will write and executive produce alongside former film executive-turned-producer Matt Tolmach (The Amazing Spider-Man franchise) and 3 Arts' Dave Becky and Josh Lieberman. Tolmach, repped by UTA for TV, recently served as producer on Sony Pictures Classics' upcoming The Armstrong Lie. Last year, Kasher, repped by WME and 3 Arts, was a writer on NBC's The New Normal and released his first stand up special, Moshe Kasher: Live In Oakland, on Netflix. He co-hosts The Champs podcast, is a frequent guest on Chelsea Lately and has appeared on Showtime's Shameless
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