Day: August 12, 2008

Reviewing Del Close Marathon 10

Only now unwinding from my second tour through the Upright Citizen Brigade’s Del Close Marathon, which ended Sunday night (though starting the tour after an all-nighter to Washington, D.C., and back probably contributed to the fatigue on my end), and wished, as I did last summer, that I had gotten to see more of the 150+ improv and variety shows that happened during DCM10. At least two video cameras captured some of the highlights, which I expect to see online one of these days at UCBComedy. The Marathon is crazy for improvisers and comedy fans alike, with shows running almost continuously (save for a couple of breaks to clean the theaters) at the UCB home in Chelsea and three nearby theaters from Friday afternoon to Sunday night. Comedians come from all over the country to participate, and even then, to fill all of those hours, the Marathon’s programmers schedule some completely off-the-wall shows. I cannot speak for the daytime shows from last weekend, but during the primetime and late-night hours, the atmosphere — hot, sweaty and reeking of alcoholic sweat — really favors the louder, crazier uptempo shows over the improv groups that actually try best to honor Del Close and his Harold long-form. It’s not a fault of the performers. But after you’ve seen "Gary Busey" prove he’s the smartest expert in the universe, it’s hard to pay...

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Dane Cook doesn’t like his new movie poster

Dane Cook wrote today about how much he does not like the new poster for his upcoming movie, My Best Friend’s Girl. He outlines all of the problems he has with it, and concludes: "Granted, one poster stinking up the joint isn’t the end of the world. Yet it sends the wrong message about our movie and I just wanted you to know, that I feel the pain. I really love the film and I know from past missteps marketing wise that the wrong poster sends the wrong audience into the theater." Now you really want to see the poster, don’t you? Well, here it is… Poster link at IMP...

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The Line on CSpot!

The funniest thing I’ve seen on Sony’s CSpot just so happens to have been filmed in my neighborhood this summer. Coincidence? Who cares. Just sit back and enjoy the online series, "The Line," featuring the crazed fans of the fictional movie FutureSpace, including Bill Hader, Joe Lo Truglio, Jon Glaser, Bobby Moynihan, Chris Gethard, with Jason Sudeikis as the cinema manager, Paul Scheer as "the spoiler," and more. Fun fact: The Cobble Hill Cinemas only charges $6.50 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Hooray! The season finale went up today. Directed by Seth Meyers. Written by Hader and Simon Rich. You can see all of "The Line" episodes here big and even in HD. But begin at the beginning, please: UPDATED: The New York Times wrote about it today, notes that Hader and Rich wrote the online series during last year’s strike, and also the Sony Pictures product placements. Ah, comedy meeting...

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Up all night at the DC Comedy Fest

Big weekends don’t begin on Fridays, but rather on Thursdays, so that’s how I found myself on a bus to Washington, District of Columbia, last week to arrive just in time for the kickoff of last weekend’s DC Comedyfest. Someone joked that night that D.C. really was hosting the Chicago and New York fest, due to all of the comedic talent arriving from those two cities, but I know I wasn’t the only person excited to see the all-local District of Comedy showcase, as a few other industry types joined me in the DC Improv’s lounge on Thursday night to check out some comedians we hadn’t seen before. How would we know at the time — how could we know? — that this show would prove more worthwhile than the official industry showcase that followed on the Improv’s mainstage later that night? But we’ll get to that soon enough. Jason Weems, from Baltimore, appeared on both the D.C. and industry showcases that night, performing essentially the same set twice, although he had the misfortune early in having to compete with a noisy waiter and an awkward atmosphere later. And, um, "scrotum meat?" OK. That’s a phrase that certainly sticks with you…hope you didn’t order the nachos. Also noticed his vocal delivery seemed to be influenced by Chappelle. Not that that’s a bad thing. He’s also all over that McCain...

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Iliza Shlesinger’s early webisodes

Iliza Shlesinger, your Last Comic Standing winner this summer, may be young, but that only means that she likely has taken part in more than a few online comedy video opportunities. So here she is in a couple of rants for Current TV, the cable/online venture started by Al Gore…Iliza hates to heart L.A. for its fitness and traffic: Shlesinger also starred in an online series for the late DotComedy, which, coincidentally or not, was an NBC operation. It includes an episode with her in a bubble bath. Just so you know. And, wow, there are a lot of videos that feature Shlesinger on YouTube. No,...

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