Day: July 8, 2008

Sacha Baron Cohen’s Bruno cage-match surprise

So, in case you missed it, and if you weren’t in Arkansas last month, you did miss it, because that’s when Sacha Baron Cohen decided to unleash "Bruno" on unsuspecting crowds duped into thinking they were attending a regular ol’ cage-fight. You know. The Smoking Gun has the documentation, including crowd reaction scuttlebutt. I like how one guy thinks this Borat character might be the same as Balki, you know, from Perfect Strangers? Simply...

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Interview: Greg Proops

You probably recognize Greg Proops from his years improvising on TV in both the U.K. and U.S. in Whose Line is it Anyway? Some of you may remember Proops from hosting a TV dating show called Rendez-View. Or maybe it’s the suit that jogs your memory. I had the chance to chat with Proops over the holiday weekend, and before we get to it, here’s a look at his appearance last month on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Greg Proops has been delivering witty retorts for years. This weekend he’ll headline Comix in New York City (want a discount ticket? read all the way to the end!), then provide the monologue for UCB’s ASSSSCAT on Sunday, head out Monday for Sag Harbor and the Bay Street Theatre, then up to Montreal for Just For Laughs, where he’ll join improv friend Ryan Stiles for a series of shows July 15-19 called Stiles and Proops: Unplanned. Caught up? Alrighty then. Let’s catch up with Proops. Wow. Evel Knievel really gets me nostalgically, because my first newspaper gig out of college was in Twin Falls, Idaho, home to that Snake River Canyon plunge! "He’s the perfect American hero, really," Proops says. "No knowledge of science. ‘I’m just going to do it.’ It’s that kind of stick-to-it-iveness in the face of grievous bodily injury that separates us from the animals. At...

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Jezebel says: Don’t “Shoot the Messenger”?!

The Internet is funny, and in this case it’s the funny weird variety. Just try to watch this interview Lizz Winstead had with Jezebel editors Moe and Tracie last week on Shoot the Messenger. More than a few people watched it live. They weren’t exactly thrilled by it. And I just got finished reading the 577 comments that Jezebel readers have posted in the two hours since that site’s editor wrote a post-mortem piece (probably much more by the time you click on it). You can also read Lizz Winstead’s take on it here (she also blogged it on the Huffington Post). This interview will go down as less of a triumph and more of an insult dog-eat-dog drunken trainwreck. So. Why did I say the Internet is funny weird, again? Jezebel gets more than a half-million visitors every weekday. And Moe and Tracie write for the site. So they all know how the Internet works. Right? People seem to be familiar with the Google at this point. Not my grandmother. Thank goodness. But most people. So whether you’re weighing in with a comment about the Shoot the Messenger show, or, say, about to appear on the show as a guest, you could actually, before going on the show or talking about it, go visit the Shoot the Messenger site and see what the show is about. You’d see...

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