Day: April 11, 2008

Review: Kumail Nanjiani, “Unpronounceable”

Kumail Nanjiani’s one-man show, Unpronounceable, plays at 8 p.m. April 11 and April 25 at the UCB Theatre in New York City. (Tickets: $8. Info) Some reviews of Kumail Nanjiani’s one-man show (which debuted in Chicago under the direction of Paul Provenza, and has moved with him to New York City), while very positive, nevertheless make short shrift of his work by suggesting this is where Nanjiani has relegated all of his jokes about being a Pakistani Muslim. This is far from a dumping ground or a hiding place for hack jokes or stereotypical material that somehow don’t belong in stand-up comedy. Far from it. It’s a very personal and quite poignant work, punctuated by powerful punchlines. (Photo by TheeErin from 8/24/2007 performance in Chicago)Growing up in Karachi, Pakistan, Kumail Nanjiani begins at the beginning, explaining his daily rituals and how he first questioned the Koran at age 8. His family followed strict religious traditions, though juxtaposed by the idea that the children would learn English through Hollywood movies. Nanjiani jokes that this was justified as a sort of vaccination, just enough knowledge of Western culture to ultimately resist it. The going wasn’t going to be easy. His dad facing very real threats of terrorism, kidnapping and death because his profession as a Shiite doctor made him a valuable asset in the ongoing battles between Sunnis and Shiites. Nanjiani...

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Ticketwatch: Flight of the Conchords, Lewis Black, KITH, Chris Rock

Tickets go on sale at noon today for the two New York City dates at Town Hall for Flight of the Conchords, so I thought I’d look and see what other comedy tours are hot sellers. Flight of the Conchords at Town Hall (NYC) May 6-7. Get tickets!Lewis Black has a new Comedy Central tour "Let Them Eat Cake" beginning May 1. Get tickets!Kids in the Hall already on tour, coming to NYC’s Nokia Theatre at Times Square April 18-20. Get tickets!Chris Rock’s "No Apologies" tour hits Madison Square Garden’s WaMu Theater from April 30-May 4. Get...

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Raw video leak! Last Comic Standing 6 footage

This just in. YouTube user kdlmd243, who previously has uploaded NBC promotional content for our mutual enjoyment, now provides us with five "unaired" and "uncensored" looks at the upcoming season of Last Comic Standing 6 (a tip of the hat to my friend Todd at Dead-Frog for finding this). It’s definitely real footage. It all comes complete with raw time codes. Curiously, though, each of the five videos is a mashup of initial auditions and live audience callback performance footage from the various clubs. So these are calculated leaks. Very interesting. Here’s how NBC has grouped them: Go blue or go home! Or perhaps, what they’re saying is go "blue" and you’ll go home. These comedians know they’re trying to get on primetime national network television, right? Here is one of the videos that features my friend (and rumored finalist) Esther Ku near the end, talking about how a guy tries to impress her by saying he likes Korean food. After the jump, links to all five videos and their NSFW topics. Video 1 of 5: Playboys should be printed on toilet paper and socks; cats cannot be declawed but can be deballed?.Video 2 of 5: No product called Just for Balls; nobody looking for nine-foot legs; blackout drunks; gay midgets; eat me; Aretha Franklin doesn’t fit on my HD.Video 3 of 5: No finger up this guy’s butt;...

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