Day: January 15, 2008

A new video roundup

Just checking my feeds from some of my other favorite comedy sites (look on the left column here, and you’ll see the most recent postings from Comedy Central Insider, Dead-Frog, The Apiary, The Baston and Shecky Magazine, as they’re updated) and saw a couple of new and funny videos posted on CCInsider, thought I’d take a look-see at what else is new and online. First up, Olde English proves that sometimes it’s better not to overthink a situation: After the jump, we’ve got videos from Pete & Brian, Funny or Die featuring Nick Swardson and David Spade, and Harry Shearer revealing the Katie Couric you don’t see. Click and enjoy! Nick Swardson and David Spade have found work at the anti-TGIFridays, known as IFHMondays. Language and other disturbing images ahead! Pete and Brian play "Never Have I Ever…" And last but not least, Harry Shearer pulls back the curtain on Katie Couric, as the cameras continue to roll even before we see them rolling on...

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Too many Tuesday night options

Ah, Facebook. So great for allowing my comedy friends to keep me in the loop on upcoming shows and inviting me to them. So awkward when several of these shows get booked at the same time on the same night. How many times can you click on "maybe attending" before you have to buckle down and accept or reject an RSVP? Perhaps that’s a rhetorical question. I just needed to type it, though, because tonight, many of my comedy friends are performing in comedy shows in New York City. One of these days, I’ll figure out the best way to add show listings to this site. This is not that day. This day, I’ll list my friends and their shows so you all can have the option of seeing them, too. Two Girls For Five Bucks, showcase at Ars Nova in Hell’s Kitchen, 8 p.m., $15, two women (one from NYC, the other from Boston) perform their full hourlong comedy burlesque show (hence the higher ticket price). I’ve reviewed them before. Pant-Hoot, stand-up comedy and a short educational film about non-human primates, at Magnetic Field in Brooklyn Heights (in the best neighborhood in Brooklyn, I might add with necessary neighborly bias), 8 p.m., free, hosted by Charles Star, and tonight his monthly show features Moody McCarthy, Adam Wade, DJ Hazard, Gilad Foss and Rachael Parenta. Sweet, weekly stand-up comedy...

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Calgary Herald’s Top 10 Stand-Ups

The Calgary Herald, after interviewing George Carlin, decided to add its own two cents — in Canadian, that’d literally be loony — to the debates over who among us is the funniest of all. Although, actually, I just read it again, and they merely reprinted Comedy Central’s 2004 list with comments. Their list? 10) Eddie Murphy 9) Roseanne Barr 8) Bill Cosby 7) Rodney Dangerfield 6) Steve Martin 5) Chris Rock 4) Woody Allen 3) Lenny Bruce 2) George Carlin 1) Richard Pryor Four years later, I wonder how Comedy Central would play it…the network helped showcase Dave Chappelle to the world, only to send him running, and also has seen the dramatic and controversial successes of Dane Cook, Larry the Cable Guy and Carlos Mencia. Would the network have elevated any of these guys up the list for the sake of the network? As if Mencia’s show isn’t example enough of that, rushing to fill the void left behind by Chappelle. And would the four extra years give Jerry Seinfeld better historical play? What about Steven Wright? It’s certainly a different undertaking than A Special Thing’s semi-annual AST Top 20 rankings, which are very current and completely member-driven through their message board. They had Paul F. Tompkins, Patton Oswalt and Louis CK leading their most recent poll in October. Would your own Top 10 list of stand-ups be...

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