Day: September 2, 2008

Gov. (and VP nominee) Sarah Palin’s vlogs

What do Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin from Alaska and New York City comedian Sara Benincasa have in common? Well, since the former’s 17-year-old daughter is pregnant and the latter worked for Planned Parenthood, you’d think not much. But put Benincasa’s hair in an updo, change her accent, and just like Palin, she becomes a "sexy piece of insanity." Ahem. Proving how fast the Internet works, Benincasa and her friends already have uploaded a series of fantasy vlogs for John McCain’s VP pick. For vlogs #2-4, click here, here or here. Benincasa told me more vlogs are on the way. Did you realize right away on Friday that you could pull off a Palin impersonation? "Oh, no. I didn’t think so," Benincasa told me. "I just wanted to eff around for fun. Diana Saez and I were just hanging out with our respective significant others at 1 in the morning, talking about how nutty Palin is. And we remembered that I had a camera, glasses, bobby pins and lip gloss. And voila!" "At the time, we wanted to make fun of the rumors that her daughter, Bristol, and actually given birth to her son, Trig," she said. "But then the story about Bristol being pregnant broke, after I edited the first one. And suddenly everyone was looking at the first one, so I cut three more. Just on...

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Interview: Kurt Braunohler

It can now truly be said that Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal are global comedy stars. They were toasts of the town in Montreal last summer at the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival, won the biggest award earlier this year in Melbourne, Australia, and were the only Americans nominated for the top prize at this summer’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. New Yorkers, of course, have come to know and love the majestic weirdness of Kurt and Kristen for years now. They headline Comix this weekend (Sept. 5-6) with Gabe & Jenny hosting and Shayna Ferm as an opening act. The duo of Kurt and Kristen (he’s from New Jersey, she’s from Colorado) teamed up more than four years ago when both Braunohler and Schaal were improvisers at the Peoples Improv Theater looking to host their own variety shows. Though they hadn’t performed together before, the chemistry, Braunohler said, was "pretty immediate!" Their initial show, Hot Tub, was a hit at the PIT and eventually moved to Pianos, then to Comix. "It was kind of amazing," he said. "Obviously, when you first start doing stuff, we were feeling each other out, but I think we just fell in love with performing with each other." It didn’t take audiences long to feel the same kind of love for the quirky duo. Their current show, "Double Down Hearts," takes scenes from...

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