Day: March 27, 2008

Hear me relive Gallagher on the radio

Want to hear more about the infamous Gallagher show in New York City two weeks ago? I was on the radio last night (along with The Onion’s Amelie Gillette) talking with Luke Burbank about it on his Seattle radio program, Too Beautiful To Live, on KIRO 710 AM. You can listen to it via the archives (go to the 7 p.m. hour of March 26 and download the MP3, or you can find it as a podcast on iTunes!) Good...

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Charlie Rose’s comedian interviews, organized

When a comedian asked me a few months ago if I’d seen Charlie Rose’s interview with Steve Martin and his new book, I said no, sorry. The comedian replied, no worries, it’s all online, along with everyone else who’s chatted with Rose. Great, I thought. Until I tried to navigate the Charlie Rose site. It’s all there, thousands and thousands of clips and full episodes. But it may take a while to find the exact interview you’re looking for. Comedian Matt Ruby has gone ahead and sorted through it all and compiled the comedian interviews by last name first, on his site, Sandpaper Suit. Related: Ruby hosts a monthly show at Rififi called Flying Carpet (next date: April...

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Cash Cabbie speaks to other top hacks

Ben Bailey, photographed by The Comic’s Comic last summer cleaning up on a Comedy Cellar cruise, spoke today at an event honoring New York City’s best taxi drivers. Wait. Did you think I meant comedy hacks? Nope. Hacks as in cabbies. The New York Daily News published a brief profile of Bailey today. Related: Discovery Channel’s Cash Cab site. More: Catch plenty of Cash Cab videos and contest spoofs on You...

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Alex Blagg vs. Rampage Jackson: The Rematch

Ultimate blogger Alex Blagg (currently steering the ship that is Best Week Ever online) blogged today about how he and Ultimate Fighting champ Rampage Jackson once wrestled each other in high school in Memphis. And that Blagg had prevailed. Jackson has bulked up a bit since then. And become a UFC fighter. Whereas Blagg blogs. Here is Blagg’s post setting up the video clip. Here is the hilarious footage. I love how Blagg manages to keep saying, "Never Back Down!" Even when Jackson clearly is half-jokingly kicking Blagg’s...

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Video: NBC chief Jeff Zucker disses the writers?!

I saw this story today on the Huffington Post and couldn’t believe it was possible (headline: NBC President Mocks Writers, Strike In Upcoming ‘My Name is Earl’ Commercial), but then I saw the attached video. Yikes. What is Jeff Zucker thinking exactly? Especially since they uploaded the video early on NBC.com. Oh. Wait a second. I know exactly what he’s thinking? Clicks, clicks, clicks, equals $ in the bank, courtesy of ad-within-the-ad from eSurance. Oh no. I just helped Zucker out a bit. I met Jeff Zucker last November at Carolines during the New York Comedy Festival — he acted very wary around me because I’m a journalist, but his wife Caryn Zucker couldn’t have been nicer. So I suppose I’ll post the video, too, and let you be the judge. UPDATED! Nikki Finke got the show’s creator, Greg Garcia, to acknowledge it was his idea. The key quotes are, as indicated already elsewhere, these two zingers… 1) "It’s right here on NBC.com, where you can watch all of your favorite shows, preferably within the first 17 days." If you watch within 17 days, no extra cost. After 17 days, the writers get online residuals. 2) "Earl gets hit by a car, just like he did in the pilot episode. Writers refer to that as a ‘callback.’ I call it getting paid twice for writing the same thing." Zucker’s...

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