Day: June 16, 2008

Live at Gotham: Shane Mauss

Earlier this year, I told you that during the tapings for Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, comedian Shane Mauss had himself one of them thar American Idol moments, knowing enough of his surroundings to gaze into the camera as it panned across the stage, in close-up, to deliver a punchline. Well. That moment is captured here for your enjoyment. The full episode with Mauss airs this coming Friday, June 20. Enjoy! Mauss also is among 24 comedians taking part in a showcase competition this week at the inaugural Great American Comedy Festival in Norfolk, Neb. (Johnny Carson’s hometown). After the jump, another clip with Mauss talking about airbags in cars, knowing the date, and blind people....

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Season 3 of Wainy Days

Season three of David Wain’s online comedy series, Wainy Days, debuted today on My Damn Channel. A.D. Miles returns as one of Wain’s friends to help him out of a jam. Will Wain find love and happiness this season? He already starts out with two dates in one night, so…enjoy the palm trees in New York...

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Wasp Cove, part two

The second live episode of Wasp Cove, the soap opera musical set in the 1980s, debuts tonight at Comix (as they say) before a live studio audience. It’s the creation of Julie Klausner and Rachel Shukert, and if last month’s premiere episode was any indication, it’s a footloose and fanciful production that delights in skewering not only the conventions of soap opera but also TV commercials and, as they joked last month, "Ed Koch-era New York." It’s ostensibly about estranged sisters Daryl Van Hampton (Klausner), a big-time fashionista who’d scare Anna Wintour, and Donna Kettering (Shukert), a Connecticut wife dealing with the demons and scandals of yuppie life. It all moves very quickly. Perhaps too quickly. But then again, this is a full soap opera they’re pulling off. Wasp Cove also has a Tumblr. If you miss tonight’s action, you’ll have to wait until July 28 for the next installment. Previously: The opening...

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Reviews from Bonnaroo

I didn’t make it Bonnaroo this weekend, but thousands of other music and comedy fans did. And more than a few of them already have weighed in with their opinions of the massive Tennessee festival. Stereogum took plenty of pics, loved Chris Rock, thought Reggie Watts was "custom built for a music festival setting." Entertainment Weekly also thought Rock fared well on the main stage "opening" for Metallica on Friday night. The AP provides a more basic overview from Friday day and night, but followed up with a more thorough account and a quote from Louis CK: "60,000 people is too many for stand-up…even if 40,000 people love you, you’re still bombing really hard." David Carr of the New York Times was among those who felt Chris Rock had a more difficult time getting his jokes across to the hipster rock kids and Southerners. A reporter from Atlanta’s Creative Loafing laughed a lot and enjoyed the A/C in the comedy tent, but laughed hardest at an audience member who started peeing everywhere during the show. The guys from Human Giant also were blogging from Bonnaroo (read Aziz, read Paul, read Rob?) and hosting shows for Funny or...

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Awards Alert! Lin-Man wins Tonys for Best Musical In the Heights; Ben Bailey wins Emmy for Best Game Show Cash Cab

What a weekend for Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ben Bailey! Last year, Miranda’s hip-hop group Freestyle Love Supreme was preparing for Montreal’s Just For Laughs comedy festival while he wondered how to translate a musical he first wrote as a college sophomore into a full-scale Broadway production. Well, Miranda’s creation, In the Heights, took home four Tony Awards last night, including Best Musical and Best Original Score. His mates raised him on their shoulders to close out the awards telecast, and he deserved it, along with kudos for his freestyling acceptance speech earlier in the evening. Congrats, Lin-Man! Earlier: My review of Freestyle Love Supreme with Lin-Man and all of the crew in August 2007. Also over the weekend, comedian Ben Bailey learned his Discovery Channel show, Cash Cab, had won Best Game Show at the Daytime Emmys, beating Jeopardy and The Price is Right. The Creative Winners were announced Friday night at Lincoln Center, and afterward, Bailey swung by the Comedy Cellar to share his celebratory glow with the Cellar’s staff and fellow comedians, and show off his new trophy! Congrats, Ben! Also, I spotted comedian Matt Goldich’s name among the writing staff taking home that Emmy for Outstanding Game/Audience Participation Show, so congrats to him, too! The rest of the Daytime Emmys will be broadcast this coming Friday, June 20, from Hollywood on ABC. Does this mean Bailey...

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