Day: September 15, 2008

Blogging the 2008 Boston Comedy Festival (prelims 1-2)

I’m back in Boston this week for the 2008 Boston Comedy Festival, which began last night and runs through Saturday, culminating in awards honoring The Smothers Brothers for 50 years together in comedy, local Steve Sweeney for his contribution to Boston comedy, and of course, the ninth annual winner of the Boston comedy contest. Because if you look at the schedule, the contest dominates the framework of this fest. Festival head Jim McCue has tweaked the format for the contest this year, allowing four comics to advance each night to a semifinal round, as opposed to two comics in previous years. That seems much fairer, considering some of these brackets are stacked and in past years, picking only two out of 12 to advance could seem quite arbitrary. McCue asked me to judge the first two rounds of preliminary action last night, so instead of dishing my own personal opinion on each and every stand-up who took the stage, let’s take a look at who advanced from Prelims 1-2 and offer insight into why they had that something extra to get them into the semis. Prelim 1 winners: Sean Sullivan, J-L Cauvin, Patrick Bulger, David Foster. Sullivan didn’t let his physical size become too cliche in terms of fat jokes, instead turning the audience’s impression into laughs by talking about his fiancee, a clever way of replying to all...

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2008 SF Comedy Competition: Week One winners

And now, the five comedians advancing from the first week of preliminary competition in and around San Francisco this year are…1) Tyler Boeh, 2) Brent Weinbach, 3) Murv Seymour, 4) Jose Sarduy, 5) Dax Jordan Week Two of the San Francisco Comedy Competition begins...

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2008 Creative Arts Emmy Award winners

The 2008 Creative Arts Emmy Awards got handed out over the weekend (telecast airs Sept. 20 on E!), and here are your TV comedy winners this year in the technical categories as well as the special one-time only categories that won’t make the main Emmys telecast on Sept. 21. 30 Rock: Casting for a Comedy Series; Guest Actor in a Comedy Series (Tim Conway); Sound Mixing (half-hour)Californication: Cinematography (half-hour)Chuck: Stunt CoordinationDesperate Housewives: Guest Actress in a Comedy Series (Kathryn Joosten)How I Met Your Mother: Art Direction (multicamera series)Jimmy Kimmel Live: Original Music & Lyrics ("I’m F***ing Matt Damon"); Picture Editing of Clip PackagesKathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List: Reality ProgramPushing Daisies: Picture Editing for Comedy SeriesSaturday Night Live: Hairstyling for multicamera series or special (Tina Fey host)The Simpsons: Animated Program (less than one hour), for "Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind" South Park: Animated Program (one hour or more), for "Imaginationland"Tracey Ullman’s State of the Union: Makeup for single camera series You can see the full list of nominees and winners...

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