Day: July 19, 2008

Montreal 2008: Andy Kindler’s State of the Industry

Where would The Comic’s Comic be in Montreal without an interview with one of the comic’s comics, Andy Kindler? A meeting of the minds was in order after Kindler delivered his annual State of the Industry address on Friday afternoon at the Just For Laughs fest, which this year moved downstairs to the Grand Salon and even with the larger space, still saw an even larger audience that overflowed into the foyer. What does it say about the state of the comedy industry that Kindler more than packed the room, while Judd Apatow, awarded "Comedy Person of the Year" afterward, got his honors to an audience half that size? So I asked Kindler about that. Hilarity ensues. Andy Kindler 2008 State of the IndustryUploaded by thecomicscomic "I think this speech peaked five years ago," Kindler said. Here are some other choice nuggets from this year’s speech, which tackled familiar targets Jay Leno and Scrubs, but also the Writers Guild strike, the possible SAG strike, the Golden Globes, Cavemen and Carpoolers, Evan Almighty, Vegas shows, Whoopi Goldberg, Robin Williams, George Lucas, and the industry itself, starting off by mocking the new Just Comedy confab. "Who got to take a decision-maker to lunch? And what did they decide on, the chicken or the salmon?" "When the writers went on strike and Jay Leno went off the air, I thought, that’s a...

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Montreal 2008: Stiles and Proops Unplanned

Anything and everything is up for grabs in the hour-plus riffathon here in Montreal called Stiles & Proops: Unplanned. As the sign behind Ryan Stiles and Greg Proops reads: "Two Guys. One Sofa. No Script." Both skilled improvisers, Stiles and Proops have no problem carrying a conversation and letting it go wherever it may lead, and using any possible distraction to their advantage — whether it’s a couple who arrived late or a woman from the night before attempting to call them out for repeating themselves (they weren’t). Each night, they invite an audience member onstage to sit on a stool and write notes and other topics on a whiteboard. Each night, too, includes a mystery celebrity guest. Last night, director Jason Reitman got talked into singing with Stiles and Proops (though they let Reitman off the hook after a couple of lines). Fellow Whose Liner Colin Mochrie also happened to be in the audience last night, and sure enough, he got beckoned down to chat for a bit. Did you know that Canadian TV (CTV) had Mochrie host Are You Smarter Than A Canadian Fifth-Grader? It only lasted five episodes. "They were worried too many people would win," Mochrie said. Since Mochrie was hosting the equivalent of Jeff Foxworthy’s show in the States, Stiles tried to goad Mochrie into telling some "You know you’re a Newfie" jokes. Newfie,...

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