Day: September 19, 2008

Dane Cook Day in Boston

Did you know Wednesday was Dane Cook Day in Boston? Twas. Cook’s not part of the Boston Comedy Festival, even though Boston City Councilman John Tobin is a cofounder of the fest and was the guy pronouncing the day for Dane Cook in honor of his contributions to Boston comedy, and perhaps more pressing, filming his new movie, My Best Friend’s Girl, in the city. Local videoblogging king Steve Garfield was on the scene, and here is his brief interview with Cook (other streaming video reports from City Hall here and...

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“Jerry O’Hearn” asks SNL’s “Nicholas Fein” to “cease and desist”!

Political comedian "Jerry O’Hearn" asked Andy Daly to circulate this press release, and let’s help a guy out, right? Right. So here it is…in its entirety, reprinted from Daly’s post to the AST message boards: (related: Andy Daly’s new CD, Nine Sweaters, became available Sept. 9) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ATTORNEYS FOR COMEDIAN O’HEARN ISSUE CEASE AND DESIST ORDER AGAINST SNL’S FEHN Los Angeles –Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery but LA-based tell-it-like-it-is standup comic Jerry O’Hearn doesn’t sound flattered when he talks about a particular segment on this week’s season premier of Saturday Night Live. He’s so steamed in fact, that this laughing matter has now become a legal matter. The offending piece featured a political comedian named Nicholas Fehn whose material was immediately all too familiar to Mr. O’Hearn. And O’Hearn has some typically pointed words for Mr. Fehn. “I mean, this is really one of those things where you’re like ‘hey wait a minute. Excuse me!’ because I don’t know about you but as far as I’m concerned, it’s like ‘really?! Who said so?”, said O’Hearn in his usual take-no-prisoners style. “One minute I’m sitting there and it’s like ‘okay’ and the next minute I’m like ‘this type of thing is like you gotta be kidding me!”. Ouch!  Fehn can’t enjoy being skewered by a skillfully executed barrage of carefully chosen words like that. According...

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Video: Dave Hill as a Big Brother

So I’m in Boston all week, which means I missed the grand meeting of the minds when Steve Guttenberg appeared live last night on The Dave Hill Explosion (Best Week Ever documented it for posterity). Hill also likes to produce short videos, and here is a new one that has appeared on Super Deluxe. Yes, Super Deluxe. In this episode, Dave signs up to become a Big Brother. Sounds nice. Except when Stone and Stone show...

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Preview: 60th Primetime Emmy Awards (Comedy)

The 60th Primetime Emmy Awards get handed out on Sunday evening (broadcast on the ABC television network), and in the comedy categories, he academy tends to be, well, stubborn? The funniest people sometimes have to wait years for official Emmy recognition, but once they do, they get rewarded over and over and over again. Which makes making any predictions problematic. Instead, let’s take a look at the comedy categories up for grabs on Sunday and see who should win, shall we? Actually, let’s just look at the non-technical categories (sorry, directors) Outstanding Comedy Series: 30 Rock, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Entourage, The Office, Two and a Half Men. Why is Entourage on this list? Two and a Half Men might well be the most popular TV comedy in the ratings, but that does not make it outstanding in any respect. The Office has slipped a bit. Does anyone talk about Curb anymore? Which leaves 30 Rock as the critical fave. Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Alec Baldwin (30 Rock); Tony Shaloub (Monk); Lee Pace (Pushing Daisies); Steve Carell (The Office); Charlie Sheen (Two and a Half Men). Shaloub is one of those repeat Emmy winners we’re getting used to, but everyone who’s not talking about how crazy Baldwin is offstage mentions how funny he is on TV. I shan’t disagree here. Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or...

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

There’s an old saying that goes, if you can’t stand the heat, then don’t become a firefighter. Likewise, if you don’t like being judged, then please don’t become a stand-up comedian, because you’re judged immediately and continuously by every audience you see in the darkness under the glare of the spotlight. And certainly, obviously, do not enter a comedy competition, because that’s just inviting constructive criticism, and scores, and rankings. If you’ve read all of that, and still want to compete against other stand-up comedians in a truly arbitrary and subjective manner, then go for it! Did I mention you may face a cold 7 p.m. crowd? Or that your microphone may go out at any time, and perhaps several times, during your 8-minute set? Alrighty then! Let’s proceed with the first half of the semifinals in the 2008 Boston Comedy Festival contest! Semifinal #1, advancing to the Finals at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Cutler Majestic Theatre with the Smothers Brothers and qualifying for a share in $10,000 in prize money…Myq Kaplan and Joe List! As he did in the prelims, Kaplan proved his stage smarts by opening with callbacks to the other performers, and no one could deny him a chance to move up from 2007, when he was runner-up in this contest. As for List, wow, this guy has become so much more confident in his...

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