TBS UNVEILS 10 COMICS TO COMPETE IN 'FUNNIEST WINS,' NEW SERIES FROM THE MIND OF MARLON WAYANS


TBS has unveiled the 10 talented comedians slated to compete against one another in Funniest Wins, a new series that's all about the laughs. Set to premiere Friday, June 20, at 10 p.m.(ET/PT), Funniest Wins comes to TBS from comedy heavyweight and 'WhatTheFunny.com' founder Marlon Wayans and Eyeworks USA. In the series, Wayans, along with some of his comic friends and family, will put the comics through the ringer to find the funniest multi-talented comedian working today. A complete rundown of the 10 competitors is included below.

On Funniest Wins, the goal is simple: Make people laugh, or go home. 


Funniest Wins Season 1 Competitors   
 
Billy Sorrells 
Location: Los Angeles, Calif.
Age: 31
Genres: Stand-up, YouTube, pranks, impressionist, comedic actor 

A stand-up comedian for over a decade, Billy embraced social media in its early stages to advance his career. His video Sh*t Black Girls Say started an online craze and spawned thousands of video memes. He started his career in comedy by pranking unsuspecting people. Billy views the show as a personal challenge to see if mainstream America finds him funny. 

Twitter: twitter.com/billysorrells


Christina Pazsitzky
Location: Redondo Beach, Calif.
Age: 37
Genre: Stand-up

Christina has 11 years as a stand-up comedian under her belt, three as a professional headlining comedian. She started her career as a sketch performer with the Groundlings.  Currently, Christina hosts a podcast with her stand-up husband, Tom Segura, called Your Mom's House, and was a roundtable regular and writer for Chelsea Lately.

Twitter: twitter.com/ChristinaP

Jason Nash
Location: Los Angeles, Calif.
Born: Boston, Mass.
Age: 40
Genres: Comedy writer, Vine, stand-up, comedic actor

Jason has been doing comedy for 17 years. He started as Norm MacDonald's assistant at Saturday Night Live, before moving on to write for MTV. Jason started using Vine to promote his movie Jason Nash is Married and now posts Vine videos daily to his 713,000 followers. Jason specializes in dark comedy inspired by his life as a husband, father and struggling comedian.

Twitter: twitter.com/Jason23Nash


Jenny Zigrino
Location: New York, N.Y.
Age: 27
Genre: Stand-Up

A six-year comedy veteran, Jenny jokes about sex, family and her weight. She's also a self-described "weird girl" who used to work at a Renaissance Faire and was a Paul Revere tour guide in Boston. She likes dressing up in Medieval-era clothing. 

Twitter: twitter.com/jennyzisnice


Key Lewis
Location: Los Angeles, Calif.
Age: 40
Genres: Stand-up, sketch, improv

Key is a high-energy, animated, improvisational, storytelling nutcase who, in his day job, works as an equipment superintendent supporting electricity for public transportation. Key derives the multiple characters featured in his act from his childhood  experiences. He likes to focus on drawing in his audience and teaching them as they laugh.

Twitter: twitter.com/keylewis


Manon Matthews
Location: Studio City, Calif.
Born: Calabasas, Calif.
Age: 25
Genres: Vine, improv, sketch, impressionist, stand-up, comedic actress

Manon discovered comedy at the young age of 10. She studied her craft at the University of California at Berkley, Second City and the Groundlings. She has nearly a million followers on Vine, which has become her platform for getting her comedy out to the world. She plans to continue being a jack-of-all-trades. 

Twitter: twitter.com/ManonMathews


Matt McManus
Location: West Hollywood, CA
Age: 33
Genres: YouTube, impressionist, pranks, improv, sketch

Matt has two years of comedy experience, positioning himself as "odd and specific." He sticks to his morals and turns down work that promotes mean-spirited humor. Matt grew up playing in the streets of New York, which inspire his "man on the street" bits. 

Twitter: twitter.com/MattypMcManus


Ryan Doon
Location: Boston, Mass.
Age: 29
Genre: Vine 

Ryan Doon has two million Vine followers, along with 49,000 followers on Twitter and 88,000 followers on Instagram. He works as a dog walker while trying to transition to comedy full time. As a kid, Ryan used comedy as a way to entertain his terminally ill mother. He is a former amateur musician and singer, and would be in nursing school if he wasn't trying to make it in comedy.

Twitter: twitter.com/RyDoon
 

Sydney Castillo
Location: Los Angeles, Calif.
Born: Fort Worth, Texas
Age: 32
Genres: Stand-up, pranks, writer, comedic actor, sketch

Sydney moved to Los Angeles to pursue modeling and quickly turned to comedy when his mantra, "Team Regular Body" wouldn't cut it in the modeling world. Because he is 6'4", his mom always wanted him to be an NBA basketball player. She hates the fact he does comedy. 

Twitter: twitter.com/sydneyisfunny


Tiffany Haddish
Location: Culver City, Calif.
Born: South Central LA, Calif.
Age: 34 
Genres: Stand-up, comedic actress, sketch, writer

Tiffany grew up in foster care and took up comedy when her social worker enrolled her in comedy camp instead of therapy. The class clown in school, she's been performing stand-up for 13 years. Tiffany sees herself as a cross between Jim Carrey and Halle Berry, a physical performer with the looks.

Twitter: twitter.com/TiffanyHaddish

Is Kelly Pregnant?


Well, I didn't hear the rumors or maybe it was simply dismissed as rumor. However, Kelly Rowland left a pretty interesting message on her Instagram earlier today indicating that she might actually be pregnant. 

Kels posted a very clever post that was an instant hit with fans. She shared a photograph of teeny baby Jordans next to adult Jordans accompanied by the caption: "I'll be stuntin like my daddy."

Rowland just recently married her manager and longtime beau Tim Witherspoon last month in Costa Rica before close friends and family (including Destiny's Child band mates Michelle and Beyonce).

So we're wondering if the baby Jordans means she's having a boy? Hmmmmm....


Congratulations Kelly....if you're actually pregnant. #sideeye

Coming June 20th: Think Like A Man Too


Keyshia Cole's Mother and Estranged Siblings are Starring in a New Reality Series....AGAIN

Keyshia Cole’s probably wishing she never introduced her family to the flashing lights of reality TV.

The R&B songstress’ biological mom, Frankie Lons, has decided to undergo family counseling with seven of her estranged children on a new reality show. “Family Therapy” focuses on Neffe, Elite, Sam and other siblings working through their issues as a family and as individuals.

Therapist Susan Rosovsky will work with Frankie and her seven estranged children (sans Keyshia) on becoming a healthy family. Everyone is living under one roof trying to cope with Frankie’s drug addiction and how it affected them all as children and adults.

“Family Therapy” hasn’t been picked up by a network yet and it’s unclear if the show will live solely as a web series. It’s evident from the trailer that there’s a lot of chaos, which is exactly why Keyshia said she doesn’t speak to her family, including her own mom.

A few months back, KC told "The Breakfast Club":

"I mean, it’s just chaos and I don’t want that around him [son Daniel]. I have to protect him from that type of chaos. I haven’t even spoke to my mom, Frankie, in a minute. They don’t have my number. It’s just a respect thing for one. Last time I had my mom around I sent her through rehab and I tried to help her and I spent a lot of money…and she just took it way too far, yelling in my house. Luckily my child was asleep. After that I was like, ‘Naw.’ You gotta make an adult decision to move that out…"

This family is no stranger to reality TV. They were previously featured on Cole’s 2006 reality show “Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is." When the show ended in 2008, Frankie and Neffe embarked on the short-lived “Frankie and Neffe” show on BET.

As news spread about this most recent television spot, Neffe responded via Twitter to some of the naysayers.

“Just an FYI "Family Therapy" is not a show bashing my sister @KeyshiaCole. I know you all would love to see that but it's not happening!” she tweeted.

But before she tweeted the seemingly non-messy words, she had some pretty disparaging things to say about her sister.

"I've been quiet for WAYYY too long now! I don't understand why my estranged sister @KeyshiaCole keeps putting her REAL family in the hole?! I'm not going to waste my time explaining to the world how awful my sister @KeyshiaCole has been to me and my family after we left TV! Maybe @LilKim @NICKIMINAJ @PerezHilton can explain to everyone who @KeyshiaCole really is!! They've all experienced her ratchettness!"

Sigh. Hoping for some peace for this family, especially Keyshia since she’s publicly dealing with her marital woes.

50 Cent fans can hang out with rapper at $5,000 house party

Winterbeatz Music Festival - MelbourneRapper 50 Cent is set to invite a group of lucky fans into his home to "hang out" as part of a $5,000 promotion linked to his new album.

The "In Da Club" hitmaker put together a "bundle" that allows super-fans the chance to spend time with 50 when they buy his new album "Animal Ambition."

He explains, "We came up with, 'Maybe if we have a weekend...' where they can hang out (with me)... at the house. It sold out... It's gonna be a party."

But lusty fans hoping to get extra close to 50 during the sleepover will be out of luck.

He explains, "I'm actually gonna lock my (bedroom) door that night."

There will be plenty for the fans to do - 50 Cent's home, which he bought from boxer Mike Tyson, includes a night club, racquetball and basketball courts, indoor and outdoor pools.

He adds, "It's like a day spa. It's a facility for people - you're supposed to invite people and entertain them."
Offering up the bundle, which also includes limited edition T-shirts and earphones on shop.50cent.com, the rapper writes, "You and 2 of your friends will get to Hang out with 50 at his Mansion in Connecticut for the weekend and get to experience the good life."

New Music: Listen To Jazmine Sullivan's 'Dumb'

Four years after her sophomore album, "Love Me Back," Jazmine Sullivan re-emerges with a new single, "Dumb." The Meek Mill-assisted track features Jazmine passionately taunting her ex for being a bad cheater. 

"So now what I hate the most, is you think you're so smart… You think you're foolin' me..."

After her last album, 'Love Me Back', Jazmine took a hiatus from the music industry and is currently working on her third album, "Reality Show." 



Jazmine Sullivan will be performing at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans on July 3.

New Music: Amerie Is Back!


Sooo.....Amerie is back! Not with one more thing, but with her new single "What I Want". 

The 'go-go inspired jam features a sample of the Sugarhill Gang's classic “Apache (Jump On It).” 


Critiics have always said you're only as good as your last hit and "What I Want" doesn't seem to measure up. Some say it may have legs over in the UK where go-go is still a hit. However, go-go has always been a hit in the Washington, D.C. area where Amerie is also a native. 

We'lll just have to see. In the meantime, take a listen. However, if you're prone to epileptic fits, minimize your screen and take a listen. 

NICKI MINAJ HEADLINES SUMMER JAM AND PARTIES WITH FANS IN MYX FUSIONS MOSCATO VIP SUITE

On Sunday, June 1st, a lucky winner and his four friends received the opportunity of a lifetime by meeting MYX Fusions Moscato Co-Owner, Nicki Minaj, in a private backstage MYX & Mingle suite at Hot 97's Summer Jam 2014.  

The contest, which was hosted by MYX Fusions Moscato and Hot 97, gave Nicki Minaj fans a chance to enter and win a special meet and greet with her at Summer Jam 2014 and watch the show in a private suite backstage with four friends. The winner and his guests enjoyed the experience.

Summer Jam is the annual hip-hop fest held in New Jersey and sponsored by New York based radio station, Hot 97. The concert featured the most popular acts of hip hop and R&B such as Nicki Minaj, 50 Cent along with a reunited G-UnitNasWiz KhalifaTrey SongzKid InkSevyn Streeter and more. 

KeKe Wyatt's Self-Titled Music Project Debut's At #1

Diva, reality starlette and recording artist Keke Wyatt’s self-titled music project  Ke’Ke’ enters at #1 on iTunes Top 100 R&B Album chart, Amazon’s Mp3 Hot New Releases R&B Albums chart and on the Mp3 R&B Soul Albums Best Sellers chart. 

The single, “Fall In Love,” continues to make major strides at Urban AC radio with strong airplay in key markets in Atlanta, Washington, DC, Houston, Indianapolis, Detroit and more. The single shows no sign of slowing down. In addition, “Fall In Love” is receiving an overwhelming response on digital and social media platforms. 

“I am so happy to share my music after such a long time,” says Keke. “And to be #1 with my own team is a blessing. I have so much more music inside of me and I look forward to releasing it soon.”

The physical CD will be released by major retailers in July. “This is simply a great EP,” says L. Londell McMillian, Executive Producer and acclaimed entertainment attorney. “Keke has been great to work with. Her #1 charting digital success is a testament to Keke’s talent and it now demands that we take it to the retail outlets this summer.” Keke will tour the country with concert and promotional dates (to be announced in the coming weeks).

Kelly Rowland is Busy Busy

Image: Kelly Rowland, Instagram
Kelly has a lot going on right about now...tying the knot in an island ceremony and guest featuring on  former band mate Michelle Williams’ new track “Say Yes” alongside sister/bff Beyonce.
Over on Twitter, Kelly Rowland re-tweeted Williams’ announcement:
Click image to go purchase song on i-tunes
An official video for 'Say Yes' is not yet available, but the song is currently on I-Tunes, Google Play and Amazon. 

In discussing all thing Kelly, she also paused to lament on her relationship with the girls (Michelle and Bey). 

“I believe soulmates are not just in relationships, but they’re in friendships… I’m so thankful for that, too, because I think they understand you. If there’s something on my heart or my mind, before I can even pick up the phone, one of them is calling me saying, ‘What are you doing? Are you okay?’ We’re connected.”
Hold on, there's more....

Kelly, among other artists tapped by Pepsi earlier this year to take part in a unique “visual album” to celebrate the World Cup, and her song “The Game” is included on a new LP which will be released on June 10. However, the video for the track was leaked online earlier today and was promptly taken down due to copyright infringement.
“I was immediately attracted to ‘The Game’ because I can identify with its theme of overcoming challenges and finding your voice. It’s a very important message and I’m honored to partner with Pepsi on a project that brings the worlds of music, sports and film together. As an artist – and a huge film and sports fan – it’s been an incredible experience,” Rowland said.
Titled Beats Of The Beautiful Game, the LP also features songs by Timbaland and Janelle Monae, whose track “Heroes” is already available online. 

Kelly's video is reportedly directed by Spike Lee.