Month: July 2008

Last Comic Standing 6: The Final Five Revealed!

Looky looky! It’s Bill Bellamy and Brit Lady (Cotton Fearne!), back together for the audience finale vote on Last Comic Standing! This doesn’t look taped at all, except I know it’s taped because finalist Jeff Dye is in Chattanooga, Tenn., right now performing at a comedy club…all I know for sure at this moment is that Marcus will be around for the finale next week, and that all of the top 12 will be there for one reason or another… What’s this? The Dan Band? These audience cutaways seem as if they do not fit. Or the audience has gotten more than plenty of a serving of happy juice! All of the finalists are coming up with one-liners for why they’ll be the last comic standing…ooh! "I’m Ron G and I’ll be the last comic standing because I make this microphone look sexy!" "I’m Adam Hunter, and I’m going to be the last comic standing because I want to prove that blondes have more fun!" "I’m Jeff Dye, I’m going to be the last comic standing because I can do 17 push-ups in an hour…believe it!" "I am Jim Tavare, and I am going to be the last comic standing because I am the new Miley Cyrus of comedy!" "I’m Marcus, and I’ll be the last comic standing, because just like Jack Black, I keep things rocking! Let’s go!"...

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Rififi’s Last Night: The photos

Mindy Tucker took photomographs (it’s a technical term) of the final night at Rififi. Enjoy the full 46-photo slideshow at Tucker’s site, With Reservation. Here is a taste, fittingly featuring Eugene Mirman, who had the brainiac idea to put comedy in this hole in the first place, and John Mulaney, who can even tell new jokes at Rififi’s last night and...

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Garfield Minus Garfield to become book!

While I was out documenting live comedy shows, Dan Walsh was taking Garfield comic strips, removing Garfield, and giving them new comedic and philosophic meaning, enough so that Ballantine Books (publishers of Garfield books) will publish the "Garfield Minus Garfield" book with a foreward from Walsh, and the original and Garfield-less strips published side-by-side for comparisons. (thanks, Gawker) “I think it’s an inspired thing to do,” Garfield’s creator, Jim Davis said. “I want to thank Dan for enabling me to see another side of Garfield. Some of the strips he chose were slappers: ‘Oh, I could have left that out.’ It would have been funnier.” Example: As the site’s tagline reads: "Who would have guessed that when you remove Garfield from the Garfield comic strips, the result is an even better comic about schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and the empty desperation of modern life? Friends, meet Jon Arbuckle. Let’s laugh and learn with him on a journey deep into the tortured mind of an isolated young everyman as he fights a losing battle against loneliness in a quiet American suburb." Coming to a bookstore near...

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Rififi: This is the end, the end my friends, the end

Why would anyone mourn a venue that’s essentially a dive bar with inconsistent air conditioning, horribly horrible bathrooms, a movie screen that had a massive tear in it (until, ha-ha, this past week!) for a place that still had a sign outside boasting it was Cinema Classics, and really, all of the fun that the East Village had to offer? Then again, the independently-produced comedy community of New York City has been through this before, whether it was last year at Mo Pitkins or years ago with Luna Lounge. So there we were, after an abrupt email sent out in the wee hours yesterday morning, trying to figure out if it really would be the final hours for comedy at Rififi. Spoiler alert: It was. While rumors flew about what made July 30 the last night for Rififi (a month-to-month lease that finally found someone willing to pay the increasingly high East Village rents seemed to be the leading speculation), the indie comedy scene hastily recast the weekly Gelmania show originally scheduled for this Wednesday night. The hosts from Thursday’s Totally J/K (Joe and Noah) and Friday’s Greg Johnson and Larry Murphy Show certainly would be there. So, too, would many others come to pay final respects. The Whitest Kids U Know, Andy Blitz and Todd Barry showed up as spectators. The final bill would see Joe Mande and...

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Obama Girl vs. McCain Girl: Candidate Olympics

Before I got a chance to upload my own video, I spotted this new entry on Dailymotion from the Barely Political team, and apparently, comedian/musician Mark Douglas now gets to play commentator with Obama Girl (and McCain Girl)? Really. Wow. Obama Girl and McCain Girl Olympic Face OffUploaded by...

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