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Having a Laugh, Legally

February 29, 2008 5:17 PM

A comedy club, particularly one situated at the mouth of the Sunset Strip, seems an unlikely setting for dry, officious legal proceedings. But that’s what DirecTV proposed in a dark room at the back of the Laugh Factory, at a meet-and-greet for their new project “The Supreme Court of Comedy.” Justice, and brunch, were served.

The new show from creator Jamie Masada hopes to breathe new life into the courtroom genre by hiring the Laugh Factory’s resident comedians to act on behalf of real litigants.

Ever wished Tom Arnold could help you resolve your small-claims case? Now he can, as part of an unholy law firm that includes Kennedy, Joe Piscopo, Victoria Jackson and a host of other wholly unqualified comedians. Taking up Judge Judy’s lacy mantle is Dom Irrera, who will preside as the court’s resident “chief justice.”

The Daily Blink habeas’d its corpus to a banquet near the buffet, where wire photographers and comedians jockeyed for space at the bagel station.

When asked if they had any legal experience, comedian and “defense lawyer” Dov Davidoff mentioned that he’d once successfully fought a traffic ticket.

“The Forty Year Old Virgin” actor and standup Gerry Bednob, also a defense lawyer, said, “You watch those court shows on TV and the judges so badly want to be comedians. They’re up there insulting everyone. It’s like a comedy show anyhow.”

So what’s the difference, we asked.

“We don’t insult the clients, we embrace them,” offered Bednob.

“But,” said Davidoff, “we’ll screw them over for the sake of a goof.”

Should Sinbad ruin your case in the name of a “hung jury” joke, you’ll be happy to know it’s not legally binding. The series airs this spring on DirecTV’s original content channel, The 101.

Julieanne Smolinski

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