Jamieson’s New Comedy Album Is Another Reminder Of Why He Is Still One Of Today’s Top Comics

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Comedian and television personality Don Jamieson will release his fourth comedy album next week.  Jamieson, known for his time as co-host of VH1 Classic’s hit series That Metal Show and as host of SportsNet NY’s game show Beer Money, will release his new comedy album Denim and Laughter Feb. 21.  The album’s title and cover art is a direct tribute to Saxon’s 1981 album Denim and Leather.  The performance, captured Oct. 19, 2019 at an undisclosed location, is another example of why he is one of this generation’s top comic talents.  That is due in part to the content that makes up the body of his set.  This will be discussed shortly.  The pacing of the set is also important to note in examining the recording’s overall presentation.  It will be discussed a little later.  Jamieson’s stage presence rounds out the most important of the performance’s factors.  It will also be addressed later.  Each item noted here is key in its own way to the whole of Denim and Laughter.  All things considered, they make this latest stand-up offering from Jamieson another work that will bring any listener to tears of joy well beyond its first listen.

Don Jamieson is one of the elite comedians of this era. The three stand-up albums that he has already released – Live & Hilarious, Hell Bent For Laughter and Communication Breakdown – more than do their share to prove that statement.  His latest album Denim and Laughter cements that reputation even more.  That is proven in part through the material that makes up the body of the presented set.  Jamieson takes on a variety of topics,  including political correctness, bands who claim they are reuniting “for the fans,” and even VH1 Classic’s placement on most cable providers’ lineup and how that played into the show’s eventual demise.  As if that isn’t enough, he also takes on a familiar topic in the division between craft beer and original beer.  This bit immediately lends itself to comparisons to Denis Leary’s bit about beer.  It would be interesting to know if that bit played any part in Jamieson’s own bit about the topic.  Along with those topics, Jamieson also takes opportunities to poke fun at Sebastian Bach and  very famous song from 80s rock band Warrant among so much more.  Put simply, Jamie’s set runs the gamut from start to finish, even taking on media bias and politics, hinting that he might be a Trump supporter.  Hopefully he isn’t, but that aside, the hint alone that he might be is enough to warrant a notice for audiences.  Even with that in mind, Jamieson, again, presents a wide range of content throughout his set, most of which will still generate plenty of laughs from audiences.  To that end, the content alone makes this performance well worth experiencing.  It is just one of the aspects of the performance that makes it worth taking in.  The set’s pacing adds its own engagement and entertainment to the performance.

Jamieson’s set in this recording runs a total of 44 minutes.  Throughout the course of that run time, He never once goes too fast or too slow.  Rather, he finds just the right moments throughout the give audiences moments to take in the various punch lines and to prepare for the next bit.  That ability of the audience to prepare for the next bit is controlled by Jamieson himself as he works through each transition on his own time.  Case in point is his transition from his bit about tea tree shampoo to his jokes about the National Football League  and how it has changed over the years for the worse.  The two topics are completely unrelated, so Jamieson gives just enough time between the topics to make sure audiences make the transition with him.  As he makes his way through his ruminations about the NFL’s negative changes, the transitions from topic to topic are themselves just as smooth.  Another good example of the success of the pacing in Jamieson’s set comes as he transitioned from an anecdote about touring with Zakk Wylde to jokes about Black Sabbath, Gwar and how a Gwar concert tied into an alleged experience on a flight.  Jamieson’s timing and pacing throughout the roughly seven-minute-plus span is seamless, ensuring audiences’ engagement and entertainment in its own right.  In yet another example, Jamieson transitions just as easily from his joke about the impact of a celebrity roast involving Sebastian Bach to an equally funny bit about a well-known song from Warrant.  That bit, by the way, really leaves one wondering and laughing in hindsight.  It really is timely in a weird way.  Getting back on track, the examples presented here, when considered along with the rest of the show, make clear why the pacing of the set is just as important to its presentation as the set’s material.  It is not the last of the recording’s most notable items, either.  Jamieson’s stage presence throughout the performance rounds out its most important elements.

From start to finish, Jamieson’s presence in his performance is just as solid as his pacing.  He presents a certain confident swagger, even connecting with certain audience members directly.  On the surface, that doesn’t seem overly important.  However, on a deeper level, this is important to note because it says to the rest of the audience that Jamieson wants to make sure his audiences knows that he cares what the audience thinks.  He does so by acknowledging those specific audience members.  That interaction, in its own way, translates to the rest of the audience, letting them know that he is not just up on stage, but on stage and really interacting on a personal level, as if the audience members were his best friends.  That personalization of the set, of sorts, reflects back on Jamieson, encouraging his confidence that much more.  The end result is a presence that, again, throughout the set never falters.  That confidence plays back into his pacing, and in turn, makes the performance that much more entertaining.  When this is considered alongside the overall content, the whole of the noted elements makes Denim & Laughter a presentation that ensures laughter from audiences.

Don Jamieson’s new comedy recording Denim & Laughter is an enjoyable new offering from the veteran entertainer and television personality.  That is proven in part through the material that makes up the body of Jamieson’s set.  It ranges from the timeless to the random and riotous to even some more dated material.  That whole provides plenty for audiences to enjoy.  Jamieson’s pacing throughout the course of the nearly 50-minute set does its own share to ensure audiences’ engagement and entertainment.  The same can be said of Jamieson’s stage presence throughout his performance.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of this recording.  All things considered, they make Denim & Laughter another positive performance from one of this generation’s top comic talents.  It will be available Feb. 21 through Metal Blade Records.  More information on the recording is available online along with all of Jamieson’s latest news at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.donjamieson.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/donjamiesonofficial

Twitter: http://twitter.com/realdonjamieson

 

 

 

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ESPN Adds Del Rio To Its NFL On-Air Talent Roster

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ESPN has added another big name to its roster of on-air talent for its NFL broadcasts.

The company announced Thursday through a news release that it has added Jack Del Rio to its talent roster.  Del Rio first rose to fame as the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars in the team’s early years.  Most recently, he was the coach of the Oakland Raiders.

As the newest member of the team, Del Rio will make appearances on NFL LiveSportsCenter and ESPN Radio.  He said in the news release, he is optimistic about his future.

“I’ve visited several training camps over the last few weeks, and I’m really looking forward to the upcoming football season and my new role with ESPN!,” he said.

ESPN Vice President of NFL and College Studio Shows Seth Markman spoke highly of Del Rio in talking about Del Rio’s addition to the network’s on-air talent roster.

“Jack was highly successful as a player and coach,” Markman said.  “He sees the game from both perspectives and he doesn’t shy away from sharing his honest opinion.  He will be a great addition to our ESPN team.”

Del Rio’s career as a player started at the University of Southern California. As a member of the Trojans, he was a consensus All American and co-MVP of the 1985 Rose Bowl. He would go on to be enshrined in the university’s Athletic Hall of Fame for his performance as a football and baseball player.  He also received the school’s Silver Anniversary Award in 2010.

After college, Del Rio was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the third round of the 1985 NFL Draft.  That same year, he was named the team’s Rookie of the Year and a member of the National Football League’s All-Rookie Team.

Del Rio was named a member of the Pro Bowl team in 1994 as a member of the Minnesota Vikings. During his time with the Vikings (1992-95), he led the team in tackles for three consecutive seasons.

Along with his time with the Vikings and Saints, Del Rio also played for the Kansas City Chiefs (1987-88) and Dallas Cowboys (1989-91).  During the course of his 11 years as a player in the league, Del Rio amassed 1,005 career tackles, 13 sacks and 13 interceptions over 160 regular season games.

Del Rio went from the player ranks to the coaching ranks in 1997 as an assistant strength coach for the Saints.  He was eventually promoted to the team’s linebackers coach in 1998 before taking the same position with the Baltimore Ravens in 1999.  He held that position until 2001, helping the team the NFL’s top prize in Super Bowl XXXV along the way.

After leaving the Ravens in 2001, Del Rio added another notch to his resume, becoming the Defensive Coordinator for the Carolina Panthers in 2002.  That position led to Del Rio’s first head coaching position in 2003 with the Jacksonville Jaguars, which he would lead until 2011.

Del Rio headed west following his time as the Jags’ head coach, becoming the Denver Bronco’s Defensive Coordinator from 2012-14 before moving back to the head coaching ranks in 2015 as the head of the Oakland Raiders.  He helmed the team until 2017.

During his head coaching time,  Del Rio led the Jaguars and Raiders to three playoff appearances and 97 total collective victories.

More information on Jack Del Rio’s addition to ESPN’s talent roster is available online now along with all of the network’s latest NFL headlines at:

 

Website: http://espn.com/nfl

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/ESPNNFL

 

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ESPN To Air Expanded Edition of ‘NFL Countdown’ Sunday

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ESPN will air a special extended edition of NFL Countdown this weekend.

The network will air a special three-hour edition of the program at noon Sunday ahead of the NFL Conference Championship games.  Sam Ponder will anchor the broadcast.  He will be joined by Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss, Rex Ryan, Charles Wooden, Louis Riddick, Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter live from ESPN’s Bristol, CT studios for additional commentary.

Sunday’s expanded edition of NFL Countdown will feature discussions on topics, such as the McCourty twins, C.J. Anderson and his road to the post season, and Drew Brees’ connection with his teammates.

Josina Anderson and Dianna Russini will cover the NFC Championship game between the Rams and Saints.  Jeff Darlington and Sal Paolantonio will have coverage of the AFC Championship game between the Rams and Patriots.

Prior to Sunday’s special edition of NFL Countdown, the ESPN networks will feature a variety of NFL post season highlights from past seasons, beginning with a special broadcast Saturday morning.  The networks’ full broadcast schedule is noted below.

Date

Time (ET)

Show

Network

Sat, Jan 19

8:30 a.m.

NFL Matchup

ESPN2

Sun, Jan 20

4:00 a.m.

NFL Matchup (re-air)

ESPN

6:30 a.m.

NFL Matchup (re-air)

ESPN

7:00 a.m.

Super Bowl XLIV Highlights – New Orleans Saints vs. Indianapolis Colts

ESPN2

7:30 a.m.

NFL’s Greatest Games: Super Bowl LI – New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons

ESPN2

12 p.m.

Postseason NFL Countdown presented by Snickers

ESPN

10 p.m.

NFL PrimeTime

ESPN

Chris Berman will reunite with Tom Jackson Sunday night on NFL Primetime at 10 p.m. Keyshawn Johnson will also be on hand for the broadcast.  The trio will recap the highlights of the day’s conference championships.

More information on ESPN’s NFL post season coverage is available online now along with all of the latest NFL headlines at:

 

Website: http://www.espn.com/nfl

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NFLonESPN

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ESPNNFL

 

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Godsmack Debuts ‘When Legends Rise’ Video

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Godsmack debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The veteran rock band debuted the video for its new single ‘When Legends Rise‘ on Friday.  The video crosses footage of the band performing live with new and vintage National Football League game footage.  The addition of the NFL footage is a celebration of the league as its post season moves on.

‘When Legends Rise’ is the title track from Godsmack’s 2018 album, and is the album’s second #1 single.  the album’s other #1 single ‘Bulletproof’ debuted late last year.  That song was also nominated for “Rock Song of the Year” at the iHeart Radio Music Awards.  The band in whole was nominated for “Band of the Year’ for this year’s awards gala.

Additionally, ‘Bulletproof’ was the most-played song at rock radio nationwide in 2018.

Godsmack is scheduled to launch the next leg of its tour in support of When Legends Rise next month in London.  The tour is scheduled to run through March 31 in Bucharest, Romania.

From there, the band will take some time off to rest and recharge before returning to North America for more live dates on this side of the Atlantic Ocean.  The band’s current schedule is noted below.

GODSMACK’s European dates are as follows:
 
DATE                CITY                         VENUE
Wed
2/27
London, UK
O2 Forum
Thu
2/28
Manchester, UK
O2 Ritz Manchester
Fri
3/1
Birmingham, UK
O2 Institute Birmingham
Mon
3/4
Milan, Italy
Magazzini Generali
Wed
3/6
Zurich, Switzerland
Komplex
Thu
3/7
Cologne, Germany
Live Music Hall
Fri
3/8
Munich, Germany
TonHalle Münche
Sun
3/10
Cologne, Germany
Live Music Hall
Mon
3/11
Amsterdam, Holland
The Melkweg
Wed
3/13
Antwerp, Belgium
Trix
Sun
3/17
Oslo, Norway
Rockerfeller Music Hall
Tue
3/19
Stockholm, Sweden
Fryshuset
Thu
3/21
Copenhagen, Denmark
The Grey Hall
Fri
3/22
Hamburg, Germany
Docks
Sun
3/24
Berlin, Germany
Huxleys Neue Welt
Tue
3/26
Warsaw, Poland
Progresja
Wed
3/27
Vienna, Austria
Arena
Thu
3/28
Budapest, Hungary
Barba Negra Music Club
Sat
3/30
Sofia, Bulgaria
Arena Armeec
Sun
3/31
Bucharest, Romania
Arenele Romane
 
 
GODSMACK and VOLBEAT’s North American dates are as follows:
DATE
CITY
VENUE
**Sat
4/6
Scottsdale, AZ
Westworld
**Sat
4/13
Orlando, FL
Central Florida Fairgrounds
**Sun
4/14
Tampa, FL
Amalie Arena
Tue
4/16
Nashville, TN
Bridgestone Arena
Thu
4/18
Evansville, IN
Ford Center – Evansville
Fri
4/19
Grand Rapids, MI
Van Andel Arena
Sat
4/20
Milwaukee, WI
Fiserv Forum
Mon
4/22
Minneapolis, MN
Armory
Tue
4/23
Omaha, NE
Baxter Arena
Fri
4/26
Abbotsford, BC
Abbostford Centre
Sat
4/27
Penticton, BC
South Okanagan Event Centre
Mon
4/29
Medicine Hat, AB
Canalta Centre
Tue
4/30
Calgary, AB
Grey Eagle Resort & Casino – Grey Eagle Event Centre
Thu
5/2
Dawson Creek, BC
EnCana Events Centre
Fri
5/3
Edmonton, AB
Rogers Place
Sun
5/5
Saskatoon, SK
SaskTel Centre
Mon
5/6
Winnipeg, MB
Bell MTS Place
Thu
5/9
London, ON
Budweiser Gardens
Fri
5/10
Ottawa, ON
Canadian Tire Centre
Sat
5/11
Quebec, QC
Videotron Centre
**Godsmack festival appearance

More information on Godsmack’s upcoming live dates, its new video and more is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.godsmack.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/godsmack

Twitter: http://twitter.com/godsmack

 

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ESPN’s ‘First Take’ To Preview NFC Wild Card Matchup Live From Texas

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The National Football League kicks off its post season this weekend, and ESPN will be on hand to cover the first weekend of the playoffs.

The network announced Monday in a news release, that its hit show First Take will air live from Arlington, Texas where the Dallas Cowboys will host the Seattle Seahawks in one of the weekend’s four Wildcard matchups.  The program’s on-site broadcast marks the third time in as many months that First Take will broadcast from AT&T Stadium.

ESPN Vice President of Production David Roberts said in the release, that Friday’s broadcast will be a positive presentation.

“The energy from the fans at the previous shows in Dallas has been truly unique,” Roberts said.  “Add in that the Cowboys will be playing in a win-or-go-home Wild Card showdown this weekend, and it should make for some unforgettable moments between [Cowboys critic] Stephen A. Smith and the Dallas faithful.”

Friday’s broadcast is free and open to the public.  Doors open at 7:30 a.m. CT/8:30 a.m. ET.  The broadcast starts at 9 a.m. CT/10 a.m. ET and runs until 11 a.m. CT/noon ET.  Friday’s event will air live on ESPN and stream live via the ESPN app.

Friday’s broadcast is just one part of an extensive weekend of NFL coverage from ESPN.  The network’s Monday Night Football broadcast team will cover Saturday’s Wild Card game between the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans on ESPN.  Kickoff is scheduled for 4:35 p.m. ET.

In the college ranks, ESPN will broadcast the College Football Championship live Jan. 7.Clemson and Alabama will compete for college football’s top prize in the game.  Coverage is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET.

More information on ESPN’s NFL post season coverage is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.espn.com/nfl

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NFLonESPN

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ESPNNFL

 

More information on ESPN’s college football coverage is available online now along with all of the latest college football headlines at:

 

Website: http://www.espn.com/college-football

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CFBonESPN

Twitter: http://twitter.com/espncfb

 

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Victor Cruz Announces NFL Retirement, Addition To ESPN Talent Roster

ESPN has added another former NFL star to its roster as the start of the 2018-’19 season nears.

Victor Cruz has joined the network’s talent lineup.  A former wide receiver with the New York Giants, Cruz also has a Super Bowl title to his name and a spot in the 2012 NFL Pro Bowl.

The announcement of Cruz’s addition to ESPN’s talent roster came today as he announced that after seven years in the league, he had decided to retire from the game.  That announcement of his retirement came on Uninterrupted.  Cruz said in a prepared statement that he was looking forward to joining ESPN’s ranks.

“As I officially close one chapter of my life and begin another, I could not be more thrilled to join another championship team at ESPN,” Cruz said.  “I’m excited to get started and share my insight and analysis with the viewers and fans of the NFL.”

Courtesy: ESPN

Seth Markman, ESPN’s Senior Coordinating Producer of NFL studio programming, said he was looking forward to Cruz joining the network, too.

“Victor is passionate about the NFL, and we’ve long been impressed with his ability to connect and engage with fans,” Markman said.  “He has a deep knowledge of the game and experience playing at the highest levels, so we expect him to be an impactful voice.”

Cruz joined the Giants in 2010 as an undrafted free agent from UMass.  In only his second season (2011-’12 season), Cruz recorded his first 1,000 yard season and even recorded one touchdown in the Giants’ 21-17 win over the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI (46).  From there to the end of his time with the Giants (2016), Cruz totaled 303 catches for 4,549 receiving yards and 25 touchdowns, including an NFL record-tying 99-yard reception in December 2011.

Cruz has appeared on ESPN before, so he is no stranger to the network.  He has presented at the ESPYS, attended ESPN’s Winter X Games and was even part of an ESPN This Is SportsCenter spot in 2014.  Most recently, he served as a guest analyst on ESPN’s NFL Live this past January.

Cruz already co-hosts The Victor Cruz Show with Paul Rivera on Uninterrupted.  The program is a “barbershop talk” style program that focuses on discussions on sports, music and fashion.  He is also one of the first athletes to develop his own content for an all-digital sports programming network founded by NBA star LeBron James and businessman/media personality Maverick Carter.

More information Victor Cruz’s addition to ESPN’s talent roster is available online now along with all of the network’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.espn.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ESPN

Twitter: http://twitter.com/espn

 

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TNT To Air First-Ever State Farm Showdown Charity Golf Tournament Friday Night

TNT is teaming with the NFL and NBA to present a special first-time ever golf event.

the first-ever State Farm Showdown Hosted by Aaron Rodgers and Chris Paul is scheduled to air Friday night at 8 p.m. on TNT.  It will air immediately after the airing of the 100th PGA Championship from St. Louis.

The first-of-its-kind charity gold tournament will see stars of the NFL and NBA tee off (pun fully intended) in a variety of “skills challenges” including hitting golf balls at glass targets featuring their opponents’ likenesses, NFL stars trying their hands at three-point shots and NBA stars trying their hand at being quarterbacks.

Courtesy: TNT/Turner Sports

Ernie Johnson and Ian Baker-Finch will offer commentary while comedian James Davis and Amanda Balionis will serve as course reporters. More information on this and other TNT sports presentations is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.tntdrama.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/tntdrama

 

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