Day: March 19, 2008

Flashback: HBO’s Sixth Annual Young Comedians Show

Set your DVR/TiVos for tonight. It’s HBO’s Sixth Annual Young Comedians Show (9:30 p.m. EDT on HBO-Comedy, also repeats twice on Saturday, March 22, and the early morning of March 28). The Smothers Brothers host and provide a lengthy 15-minute warmup session, then announce that the young comedians this year have written their own intros. Which makes it funnier when, in the first intro, they say, "Please welcome, Jerry Steinfeld!" How’s that for your big intro, future billionaire? Yes, the 1981 collection of young stand-ups includes not just Jerry Seinfeld, but also Harry Anderson, Howie Mandel, Richard Lewis, Rick Overton and Maureen Murphy. How does it hold up 27 years later? Seinfeld’s early observational topics include the TV weather reports, pajamas, slippers, socks, the piano store at the mall, greeting cards, the post office and the fattest man in the world. It’s all very familiar now, isn’t it. Which lends yet another perspective on a scene from his documentary, Comedian, in which other stand-ups talk to Seinfeld about the prospects of writing new jokes. Next up: Australian Maureen Murphy. She had made six appearances on The Tonight Show before this. Since then, not a lot according to the IMDB, though she currently is writing and directing a movie about Caravaggio. So there. Harry Anderson was best known for his street magic, and that attitude and skill carried him into...

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Colbert taking show to Philly

Stephen Colbert and the entire staff of The Colbert Report will make the trip from New York City through New Jersey to Philadelphia for a week’s worth of shows (April 14-17) right before the Pennsylvania Democratic primary. It’s the first road trip for the show. "The Colbert Report: Dorito’s Spicy Sweet Pennsylvania Primary Coverage From Chili-Delphia – The City Of Brotherly Crunch!" will be taped at the 900-seat The Annenberg Center for the Performing Art’s Zellerbach Theatre on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. And the money quote from the Comedy Central press release: "The road to the Democratic nomination goes through Pennsylvania and I intend to make my show the decisive pothole on that road!" Colbert said. "Plus, it’s just across the river from Camden, New...

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