Day: August 21, 2008

So that’s where I remember seeing Craig Robinson

Seeing Craig Robinson in Montreal this summer at the keyboard, something about it looked very familiar, even though I couldn’t place it at the time. This was the guy from The Office and Judd Apatow productions Knocked Up and Pineapple Express, on the keyboards? I knew it made sense somehow. So, thanks to my friends in comedy at The Sound of Young America for reminding me of this: Craig Robinson was Chucky in this hilarious very very NSFW musical sketch with Jerry Minor as L. Witherspoon in HBO’s Sketch Pad 2, a collection of live sketch comedy acts from 2003 that I have seen a few times over the years and laughed every time....

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When Human Giant meets The Hills

If you follow the comings and goings of Human Giant (and since it’s the best sketch comedy show on TV these days, you really should be), then you may have noticed this week that the guys went crazy blogging about their attendance at the after-party Monday night for the latest season premiere of MTV faux-reality melodrama, The Hills. In fact, they even used their photos to create a tabloid romance shomance for their own director, Jason Woliner, via their Tumblrs. You can relive the magic moments on the blogs of Paul Scheer, Aziz Ansari and Rob Huebel, that includes this photo: So I had to ask Paul Scheer more about this odd pairing. I mean, yes, they’re both on the MTV, but why were they at this afterparty together, exactly? Scheer not only replies, but offers up a great cameotastic teaser for Season 3 of Human Giant on MTV: It was really funny because we totally didn’t belong at that party. The only people that were there, was the cast of THE HILLS, their immediate family, the executives that worked on the show and of course Joe Francis. So I’m sure most of the cast, were like who are these guys but assumed we must have been important enough to get to hang in their makeshift green room. Heidi and Spencer did however know who we were and they...

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Comedians working the FringeNYC 2008

Speaking of fringe festivals, these also are the final few days for the FringeNYC, which is more theatrical in nature than about the stand-up comedy. But that’s not stopping some comedians I know from taking part. Jena Friedman just moved to New York City from Chicago and brought the musical parody she wrote with her, along with a cast of Second City alums. It’s called The Refugee Girls Revue, and here, we see said girls flyering for their show outside the object of their satire, the American Girls store. Dave Hill plays the token male in this musical. Shows on Friday and Saturday. Also, if you love I Eat Pandas, then you’ll be thrilled to learn that Glennis McMurray and Eliza Skinner are starring in a scripted musical this week. It’s Gem! A Truly Outrageous Parody! And you can still experience it live tonight and Saturday at The Barrow Street Theatre. Other comedy efforts at the FringeNYC of which I have been made aware include Desiree Burch’s 52-Man Pickup, Chicago sketch group PennyBear, Fancy Guts & Ghosts — a two-woman production out of Seattle, Houston’s Choose Your Own Play with 80 different endings, and countless shows that have not been brought to my attention. If you have time, check one out! Especially one of the first two I...

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Kurt & Kristen nominated for Edinburgh’s top prize

Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunohler made the shortlist yesterday for the if.comedy prize (still better known as the Perriers) from the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The other nominees are Irishman David O’Doherty, Welshman Rhod Gilbert and Englishman Russell Kane, with the winner announced Saturday at midnight. But what about the critical reviews for the duo? The Guardian says: "The pair’s relationship makes for wonderfully impish comedy, and after only three quarters of an hour, it’s hard to accept the end of the affair." The Scotsman called them "the classic odd couple." The List highlighted their "delightful silliness and delicious, cream-filled comedy gestures." Chortle, interestingly, has not reviewed them yet. Nor did ThreeWeeks, at least not as of last night (updated: they say the Double Down Hearts scenes presented "the weakest moments in an otherwise entertaining hour"). Nor had Fest Mag. Hmmm. Metro wasn’t as hot on them. Odds? From the Guardian today: The bookmakers have made Gilbert 5/4 favourite, with O’Doherty at 2/1, Kane at 7/2 and Schaal and Braunohler at 6/1. A spokesman provocatively said: "We’ve written off the Americans. They couldn’t hold a candle to the Welshman." The winner of the £8,000 top prize will be announced on...

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