Day: December 6, 2007

Dave Attell, not quite “Miserable” yet

Dave Attell is watching a clip of himself from Comedy Central’s Last Laugh ’07 on my cell phone (thank you, Verizon LG Voyager!). He’s joking about how the Kardashians are hot and hairy. "That’s good. I can watch that and write that down in case I do Conan again," Attell tells me in a Starbucks in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City. Wait. Conan? Is the strike over? Not yet. "But I have to be ready," he said. He booked a date well in advance, and he said if the strike ends in time, he’d need to know what jokes he could get away with on network TV and fast. "Plus, I only have 12 jokes," he said. We know better. Attell has a new HBO special debuting on Saturday called Captain Miserable. It’s his first major TV appearance since wrapping up Insomniac for Comedy Central with a concert stop in Las Vegas. He taped the show this summer in a D.C. theater (the same one Jim Norton taped his recent HBO special in — did HBO get a package deal there or something?), and already, Attell wonders if the jokes hold up. Sort of. "It was a different world six months ago," he said. "Then we were losing in Iraq. Now we’re winning. Lindsay Lohan was in rehab. Now she’s running for president." But seriously. The first time Attell...

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One-time-only lesson for comedy marketing

Name-dropping works. At least the first time. Thanks, Stuckey & Murray. Their show, Slightly Buzzed, is tonight at Rififi. This is their ode to people they know in New York City and environs. I wonder how many of the people referenced therein already have managed to mention it on their blogs and appropriate MySpace and Facebook pages…(note: they don’t mention me, so hahaha! I’m still undercover, brother! but not...

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