Posts tagged as contests

Talking with '@midnight's First #PointsMe Winner Chris Cubas

Back in January, Comedy Central's @midnight launched a new contest called #PointsMe, in which fans and aspriring @midnight contestants took to Twitter, Vine, Instagram, Facebook, and Tumblr to try out for an appearance on the show. "I think in the ideal scenario, we'd like to find someone who hasn't quite achieved mass exposure," @midnight co-creator, executive producer, and head writer Alex Blagg told us. "If we could break new talent who just organically come out of social media and we put them on and they do well, that would just be really exciting and fun for us as a way to play off what I consider to [...]

Tumblr and truTV Team Up for "Big Deal" TV Development Contest

Not long after renewing its hit sketch show Friends of the People, truTV has teamed up with Tumblr to seek out new ideas for unscripted comedy series. According to The Wrap, the "Big Deal Contest" calls for submissions from Tumblr users for "unique unscripted comedic formats featuring likable authentic characters." truTV's president Chris Linn said the network is looking for "shows that take us to new and unexpected places; shows that make us laugh … or that simply amaze us. Most of all, we want shows that are fun and fresh. We really look forward to seeing those big ideas ready to sprout from the Tumblr community's [...]

Standup Dan Nainan Arrested in DC Last Night For Punching a Mean Journalist

Comic Dan Nainan was arrested last night after punching Daily Beast journalist Josh Rogin over some unkind tweets. Nainan was headlining the annual "Funniest Celebrity in Washington" contest, a charity event at the Washington DC Improv that sees politicians and other DC bigshots try their hand at standup; Nainan was the professional headliner intended to ensure the night was actually funny.

Nainan came to many people's attention after a piece in last year's New York Times, where he talked openly about purchasing hundreds of thousands of Twitter followers. A DC native who bills himself as a "100% Clean Indian Comedian," he opened a short-lived clean comedy club in the DC suburb of [...]

Win a Walk-On Role on the New Season of 'Arrested Development'

As if Arrested Development fans weren’t already excited enough for the show to come back, Netflix just announced a new contest where six AD enthusiasts will win walk-on roles in the upcoming season. Named after the line from the show “You’re gonna get some hop-ons,” the “You’re Gonna Get Some Walk-Ons” Fan Contest is now open to entries. Rules and details are available on the official website, but, basically, they’re looking for fans to create an original work (a video, photo, art, etc.) to win. To be fair, anybody that wins should probably hand their walk-on role over to the guy who played Steve Holt because [...]

Splitsider and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Have a Horrifyingly Tacky Christmas Sweater to Give You

Nothing says "Merry Christmas, family!" like wearing a very ugly, very tacky sweater featuring a snowman with a carrot-and-coal penis (modeled above by handsome Fallon blogger Josh Lay). Let your parents know that they didn't raise you quite right by wearing this wonderful piece of poor taste to the holiday dinner table! Our friends over at Late Night with Jimmy Fallon have been giving away similarly terrible sweaters this month as part of their "12 Days of Christmas Sweaters," but they ended up with some extras and were nice enough to offer this specimen of wrongness to us. And we want to give it to one of you!

So [...]

Win a Walk-On Role in an Upcoming 'Drunk History' Episode

If you've always wanted to dress up in period garb while a bunch of celebrities lip sync Drunk History tales, your opportunity has arrived. Drunk History's Stumble Into History contest will choose one winner to land a walk-on role in the show, and all you have to do is dress up as a historical figure from the official list (Abraham Lincoln, Patty Hearst, Walt Disney, and Harry Houdini, to name a few) and submit a video. The contest ends Sunday night, so head over to the Stumble Into History Facebook page for more information.

Disney to Develop Comedy Projects Through New "Writer Incubator" Program

The Disney Channel has taken a hint from both Fox's new approach to pilot season and NBC's recently enacted "Comedy Playground" initiative by starting its own search for new and professional comedy writing talent. THR reports that the network's newly created initiative, called "Disney Channel Storytellers," aims to "foster creative ideas and develop the next generation of series creators and screenwriters" for both Disney's main channel as well as Disney XD. Disney Channel Storytellers will serve as a 20-week "writer incubator" where three chosen writers will be paid to write and develop Disney programming and also have their own original live-action script developed for pilot [...]

Conan Announces a New Fan Contest, "Occupy Conan"

Conan O'Brien announced a brand new contest for fans on his self-titled TBS talk show last night. Called "Occupy Conan," the contest asks fans to recreate and film one of 79 clips available on the Team Coco website and send the finished product into the show. All the selected clips will be edited together to make an hour-long episode of Conan that will air on TBS. One winner gets a VW Beetle, and 200 more will receive smaller Conan-related prizes. And unfortunately, the part of the above video with Andy Richter getting a bunch of ping pong balls dumped on his convertible is not one of the pre-selected clips.


Big Bang Theory Is Sending a Fan to Space

Big Bang Theory is sending a fan to space. The winner's name is Mercedes Becerra and she sure won the Mercedes of prizes. (Well, I guess a Mercedes would be the Mercedes of prizes but Mercedes can't go to space, sooooo…) This is after one of the show's main characters, Howard Wolowitz, went to space last season. It must be pretty, pretty nice to be super popular and able to afford silly, amazing things like this. It was also announced at Comic-Con that Community will be sending a fan to their local Subway with an almost fully-punched free sub card.  

We're Giving Away a Pretty Sweet DVD Set from IFC in This Here Post Thanks to The Catechism Cataclysm

Tonight, IFC Films is opening The Catechism Cataclysm, starring Eastbound and Down's Steve Little as a priest who lost his way. Both Little and director Todd Rohal will be on hand for the 8:15pm screening tonight at the IFC Center in NYC to answer questions, and the movie will be playing in full force daily after that, so you should go check it out.

And in honor of the opening of The Catechism Cataclysm, the nice folks at IFC have given me a pretty badass DVD pack to give away. It includes Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, The Trip, In The Loop, and Super & Septien; [...]

The "NBC Playground" Contest Couldn't Find Any Ideas Outside of New York, LA, or Chicago

Remember when NBC announced its new "grassroots" talent initiative NBC Playground last year in hopes to — in the words of the network — find talented comedy writers by "reaching beyond the traditional talent labs of film schools and NY/LA comedy clubs"? Well, NBC announced the round of finalists last week, and guess where they live? Take a look at the list of finalists below:

Jeff Galante (Los Angeles, CA) – teacher at The Groundlings Tyler Hall (Brooklyn, NY) – UCB writer Melissa Hunter (Los Angeles, CA) – iO and Above Average performer Avery Lee & Bobby Richards (Chicago, IL) – iO performers Kassia Miller (New [...]

NBC Reaches Out to Aspiring TV Writers in New "Comedy Playground" Initiative

NBC is looking to develop brand new talent through a new initiative they're calling the "Comedy Playground." Starting on May 1st, the initiative will begin accepting video submissions from aspiring comedy writers for new show concepts, and they've enlisted a star-studded "Advisory Board" that includes Adam McKay, Amy Poehler, Mike Schur, Robert Carlock, Seth Meyers, Maya Rudolph, and Aziz Ansari to help select the winners. Two on-air winners will have up to five episodes of their show produced by the network and aired sometime next summer, while a third digital winner will have their concept produced and shown via NBC's website based on online voting.

"We are [...]

See the 'Arrested Development' Fan Art Created by the Winners of the Walk-On Contest

Last month, the folks behind Arrested Development's upcoming Netflix season announced a contest, in which fans were encouraged to submit Arrested Development-inspired art, videos, and photos for a chance to win a walk-on role on the show. Now, the contest is over, and here's what the six winners turned in, so that those of you who didn't make the cut can have someone to focus your jealousy and rage on:

Come Up With Some Fantasy 'Louie' Plotlines and Win a Season 2 Blu-ray Set

Oh, thank god, Louie is coming back in a couple of weeks for its third season. In anticipation of that, we've got two sets of season 2 Blu-rays on hand to give away. Want one of em? It's easy! Just come up with a potential plotline that you would love to see happen on season 3. We know folks such as Jerry Seinfeld and Marc Maron will be appearing, but don't let that limit your imagination. Here are a couple of examples to get you started:

-Louie takes LSD with Reggie Watts and goes for a hot air balloon ride -Louie gets trapped in a cave and hallucinates [...]