Day: October 3, 2008

Comedy on TV this weekend

Sure, most everyone is talking politics and Wall Street, but the news also makes it a great time for comedy, and there’s plenty of new stand-up and sketch comedy on TV this weekend, with the debut tonight at midnight of Down and Dirty with Jim Norton on HBO, Louis C.K.’s brilliantly brutal new hourlong special, Chewed Up, at 11 p.m. Saturday on Showtime, a special all-politics edition of MADtv on FOX, and the fourth consecutive new episode of Saturday Night Live on NBC. You can count on me to break down the best and worst moments of it all right...

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The 2008 NYC Underground Comedy Festival

The 2008 edition of New York City’s Underground Comedy Festival begins tonight and continues through Oct. 12 in several venues around Manhattan. Highlights on Sunday include a private event, Comedy Fights Cancer, for patients at Memorial Sloan Kettering in the afternoon, the highly self-important New York’s Funniest Reporter show at Gotham Comedy Club on Sunday night (featuring defending champion The Comic’s Comic and headlined by Adam Ferrara). Among other shows of interest:Oct. 8 — Auditions for Late Show with David Letterman at Gotham; the fifth Emerging Comics Contest, featuring Matt Daly, Joe Fernandes, Warren B. Hall, Jamie Lee, Dave Lester, Phil Mazo, Ed Murray, Reese Waters, Tim Warner and Angel Yau, at Laugh Lounge; and ventriloquist Taylor Mason delivering family-friendly comedy at Ha!Oct. 8-9 — The Headblade Comedy Tour, featuring bald-headed comedy from Alzono Bodden, John Henton, Robert Kelly, Charlie Viracola and Scott Channon, at Gotham. You can check out the full schedule...

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Dan Aykroyd and the search for Crystal Head Vodka, or the craziest lead-in for Ghostbusters 3?

This may or may not be the craziest commercial product tie-in to this year’s Indiana Jones movie, or it may be the shrewdest way to get people thinking about Ghostbusters 3, but either way, Dan Akyroyd’s infomercial pitch for Crystal Head Vodka will make you pause several times and wonder, is he being serious? Is this a real product? Which means, kudos. Related: Bill Murray has some advice for the folks pursuing a third Ghostbusters movie. He talks about it at the 5-minute mark of this 7-minute...

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