Day: January 8, 2008

Live from Comix: It’s the SNL/WGA benefit!

An overflowing crowd — 320 crammed in the main room, standing room only watching on closed circuit from the bar — filled Comix last night to witness a touch of Saturday Night Live and raise money for the Writers Guild of America in their ongoing strike. Host Jason Sudeikis (Strike Beard Color Code Brown!) amiably presided, reminding the crowd a few minutes into the proceedings, "I don’t do stand-up…if that’s not evident at this point!" The Sudeikis clan is doubly hit by the WGA strike: His wife, Kay Cannon, writes for 30 Rock. "Make sure you don’t watch it on the Internet," Sudeikis implored. "At least for a little while." He also noted that during his extended free time, he has found that many people have offered sketch suggestions to him via his MySpace page. "They send in sketch ideas, which is great, because I don’t get enough of them from my family," he said. Not in a good way. Obviously. Also obvious, these suggestions and characters will never make the air: presidential candidate Capt. Donkey Dick, an extended conversation about an incident at a lighting job, Dancing With Cripples, and Chief Blubber Lips, the fat gay Indian (for diversity). Moving on…current and former SNL writers took the stage for some stand-up sets, including Bryan Tucker, Colin Jost, Leo Allen and Eric Slovin. Which reminds me, the bigger treats...

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Stewart, Colbert return, strike or no strike

Jon Stewart returned with a unibrow and a title change: A Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He had a Cornell professor in labor relations on as his guest to talk about the WGA strike. Twas all about the strike. Stephen Colbert had no intro for his intro and no words for his Word. As these two Comedy Central stalwarts relied the most on writers of any of the late-night chatters, having them come back during the WGA strike undoubtedly created the most awkwardness. Stewart and Colbert managed to maintain their comedic characters while focusing on the awkwardness for these first half-hours back on the air. How long can they keep this up, though? I suppose the same can be said for the...

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