Day: January 25, 2008

Behind the CCP: Leo Allen

Leo Allen taped his Comedy Central Presents special with the same NYC audience as Eugene Mirman (CCP taped in groups of two, two groups each night in August; in this case, Allen went first, followed by Mirman). Some pairings seemed more random than others, so audience members might’ve arrived really wanting to see one stand-up, not so much the other. That wasn’t the case with Allen and Mirman. They often perform on bills together and generally attract the same fans. So this packed crowd was hyped up to see their guys get major TV time. Among the fans I spotted watching along were fellow performers Brian Posehn, Todd Barry, Dave Hill, AD Miles and Sarah Vowell. But back to Leo Allen. Wait, try him on MySpace or Facebook, because he’s there more recently — in fact, I just received a Facebook event invitation to watch his CCP tonight at 10:30 p.m. EST. No worries. I’ve seen it already in person. And I can tell you to be on the lookout to see how Comedy Central bleeps him (he did drop a couple of profanities) or whether they edit around that. He makes use of the dramatic backdrop for his closing bit (hint: It’s about being ready for any conversation). Even from the balcony, it was funny. Here is a brief interview with Comedy Central in which Leo Allen describes...

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Behind the CCP: Hard ‘N Phirm

Comedy Central Presents rolls out two more new half-hour specials tonight, starting with Hard ‘N Phirm, the musical comedy duo of Chris Hardwick and Mike Phirman. Certainly, more than a few of you will see these guys onstage, look at Hardwick and think to yourselves, "Hey, wasn’t that guy on MTV’s Singled Out, that dating show from the 1990s with Jenny McCarthy?" Why, yes. Yes he was. Turns out some people have more than one talent. And Hardwick is one of those some peoples. I met Hard ‘N Phirm a couple of years ago at a national NACA conference and found them both to be charming, friendly and funny. If you haven’t heard them before, you’re likely to come to a similar assessment after watching their CCP tonight. At the taping in August, they had some funny audience interactions during their opening song, and their set list included such chestnuts as "Anything" and "Pi"! There was a birthday song, the sappiest love song ever, def poetry spam, a Schoolhouse Rock-style song, that essential ode to patriotism, "American Dinosaurs," and someone got a memo to the crowd to spread that patriotism wide and proud. Which of these bits will make it into the half-hour once you throw in ads? Tune in tonight. In the meantime, here is a brief interview with the guys to get to know them better. Related:...

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