Day: October 13, 2008

SNL planning new video-centric site

Remember way back when when Saturday Night Live and NBC got mad at fans for posting and redistributing videos from the show in a viral way like Lazy Sunday, then ultimately realized that they could benefit from viral video sharing, then last year began uploading and even promoting online video watching with ads during the show? Those were days. Now comes word, via ESPN’s Bill Simmons podcast interview with Seth Meyers and reported today by Broadcasting & Cable, that NBC, Lorne Michaels and company are talking, thinking and actively working toward a massive redo of SNL’s online presence, including all sorts of new bells and whistles. It’d most likely be somewhat akin to how Comedy Central made over its Web pages for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report. Of course, the big concerns during the talks are 1) should they have done this already to take advantage of the election year hubbub and resurgent TV ratings and popularity, and 2) how do they make money off the site? The answers are yes and when you figure that out, please let me know, thanks. Related: Here is how the SNL site looks right...

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Review: Violet Krumbein’s “Human Painkiller”

Dazzling. Startling. Laugh-out-loud hilarious. Violet Krumbein‘s one-woman romp is called Human Painkiller, and for good reason, because I’m not sure how anyone can still feel pain after a half-hour with Krumbein, unless you’re hurting from laughing so much. In black tights, sparkly gold miniskirt, fanny pack and tap shoes, Krumbein grabs your attention from the start and never lets go in a multi-character farce of outrageous proportions. Some may compare Krumbein with Gilda Radner. I think of her show more as though Radner got to play in Pee-Wee’s Playhouse. There’s a song-and-dance number about hating pills, several love interests, happy fun glove, flashbacks, sound cues and a downright dangerously silly sex scene. At one point, Krumbein declares: "It kills me that such a beautiful woman has such horrible mental problems." You’re meant to think of this as a moment of self-deprecation. And yet I don’t find anything wrong with her at all. Director Megan Neuringer said she didn’t exactly try to rein Krumbein in, but rather has worked with her in terms of structure so the audience "knows this is all deliberate." It’s not haphazard at all. It’s very deliberately absurd and funny. In a note to friends on Facebook, Krumbein warned: "the show is offensive to Russians, Jews, Gays, Old People, Activists, Health Aides, Rich People, Epileptics, sufferers of Von Willebrand Disease, Healers, and Inventors." More importantly, it’s...

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Emerging comics contest their emergence

While you wait to see if I’ll break down and break down the funniest reporter contest, let me first get you up to speed on the New York City Underground Comedy Festival’s "Emerging Comics Contest," in which comedians who are not yet well known compete to become better known as judges put their know-how to the test. I’m not even sure I know what that means, but then again, what does it mean for a comic to emerge? Does it mean he or she has matured or become ripe with age? Does it mean he or she is ready for more exposure? I can tell you that Reese Waters is emerging as a newer NYC comedian to watch, since he not only won this contest, made the finals in the ongoing So You Think You Can Roast challenge from the Friars Club and won the Carolines March Madness contest earlier this year. Runner-up Jamie Lee could be the next comedian to emerge from within the belly of the industry beast that is Comedy Central (and her day job as a publicist), so that’s some feat of emergence right there. Ed Murray finished third, which means, what, exactly? For now, he’s just merging? Until I find out the answers to those pressing questions, congrats to...

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