Day: February 8, 2008

Behind the CCP: Nick Thune

Two things to remember when you watch the debut tonight of Nick Thune’s half-hour Comedy Central Presents. 1) See that "bird" that flaps around in the camping background? That bird prompted three, count ’em, three reshoots just so they could get it on camera. Was it worth it? 2) Thune’s closer had a little help, if you know what I mean. And if you don’t know what I mean, that’s fine by me. I don’t mind being vague today. Interviews with Thune after the...

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Behind the CCP: My First Time

Michael Showalter hosts tonight’s special Comedy Central Presents: My First Time, which explores the early jokey jokes and stand-up starts of Showalter, Michael Ian Black, Mike Birbiglia and Bonnie McFarlane. Here, let Showalter explain it. During the taping back in August, Showalter explained to the audience that this show wouldn’t be about comedians losing their virginity, although they would talk about losing their onstage virginity, so to speak. Coincidentally, an off-Broadway show a few blocks west of the Comedy Central tapings in fact was called My First Time and in fact did have actors reading monologues about people losing their virginity, in fact. So any confusion could be expected. Showalter apparently finished fourth in a four-person comedy contest in his youth, and recounted his highway sign joke that he thought would win it all. Birbiglia reminisced at length about the second time he’d ever tried stand-up, leaving his Georgetown campus for a Virginia bar called Fat Tuesdays. When he arrived, he discovered they expected him to perform for a half-hour. "I was thinking, man, I only have 11 minutes of comedy, so…yeah!" Other tidbits: He had six topics written on note cards to help him remember his material. They said Teletubbies, Cookie Monster, Who Wants to Be A Millionaire, The A-Team, Stick Insects, and Slash. He was so nervous he threw up on the sidewalk. Not now. Then. Looking...

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Last Comic Standing advice from Amy Schumer

Callbacks continue today in New York City for NBC’s Last Comic Standing, with stand-ups getting interviewed and getting seen multiple times before tonight’s final performances at Gotham Comedy Club. There’s another round set for 2 p.m. In the meantime, last year’s fourth-place finisher, Amy Schumer, took a few moments last night to tell me about what advice she gave to her best friend Jackie Monahan, who’s also auditioning today. Amy Schumer’s Last Comic Standing adviceUploaded by thecomicscomic That video includes cameos from Schumer’s mom as well as her friend, comedian Mara Herron. They were all cavorting and celebrating after another intimate live comedy show produced by The Collective, a group of NYC actors who’ve studied together, making for a show that’s both very welcoming for stand-ups and also populated with very attractive actor and model types. Sabina Gadecki, anyone? Last night’s show in Gotham City Improv’s eighth-floor Flatiron space included performances by Arj Barker, Tony Camin and Laurie Kilmartin. Want to know how LCS can change a comedian’s life? Last year, who knew Amy Schumer? This year, she’s a national headliner. From Feb. 13-17, Schumer co-headlines the Sacramento Punchline with the young genius John Mulaney. They head to the San Francisco Punchline the following week, Feb. 19-23. Tickets available via my Ticketmaster...

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