Day: December 18, 2007

RIP, Adara Almonte

Maybe you knew Adara Almonte. Maybe you didn’t. Almonte was a stand-up comedian in New York City, and she died earlier this week. I didn’t really know Almonte well. We were MySpace friends. We exchanged emails a couple of times, around the time of this performance of hers captured below in August. I’d seen one of the shows she had produced on a rainy night this summer in the back of a Midtown bar, with a lineup of comedians I’d never heard of before. Not that they weren’t funny. But it helped show me once more how no matter small you may think New York’s comedy scene is, it’s actually much larger than you realize. Comedians of all shapes and sizes and colors, young men and women, desperately trying to get their voices and their jokes heard. For those of you who knew Almonte, you already may be aware of her funeral arrangements, or even of the circumstances of her passing. It’s so sad to see another young comedian lost, another voice silenced much too soon, seemingly self-destructing. Why must it be this way? You can hear Almonte say herself late in this clip, talking about live comedy: "It’s the only place where people can get together and rip each other apart, and it’s like, no, but we’re really all in this together." She’s right. We really are all...

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Human Giant’s season 2 preview

The UCB Theatre in NYC hadn’t seen all three members of Human Giant (Aziz, Paul and Rob) together onstage for Monday night’s Crash Test in quite some time. In fact, they’d been out and about so long that the joint changed the late-night Monday show name from Crash Test to Cavalcade. But last night, there they were once again, in front of a packed crowd — helped in part because half of the seats were reserved for friends and TV show crew for a special preview of season two of their MTV show (which debuts in March 2008). Look, here’s a video! Human Giant gets a Sponsor for Season 2 from PaulScheer on Vimeo. No. Wait. Here’s a photo of all three together on the UCB stage last night, which means we need a microphone tech to clear things up (as well as an education in cameraphone technology). They opened with some jokes about Hannah Montana and The Hills. "I’m not contributing to this because I’m too old to watch that channel," joked Rob Huebel. "Paul and I have no problem watching shows geared to other demographics," countered Aziz Ansari. On to the preview! They showed three videos. The first offered a darkly humorous look at a police sketch artist who turns out to be more of a caricaturist (the above video spins off of that sketch). The second...

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