Day: October 17, 2008

Mike Birbiglia tonight: On Conan, Off-Broadway

Mike Birbiglia has a busy afternoon and evening planned for his Friday, Oct. 17. Not only will he perform stand-up and do his first panel chat on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, but he’ll also open his Off-Broadway show, Sleepwalk With Me, which begins previews tonight at the Bleecker Street Theatre. Here is his message to the masses: Related: My friend Nick A. Zaino III followed Birbiglia around NYC earlier this month watching him promote the show, and filed this report for the Boston...

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Sarah Palin on SNL this weekend?!

Mere hours after Obama and McCain made jokey jokes at a fancy dinner that had global television reach, word comes down that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin — you know, the lady who might be (vice) president — will appear on this weekend’s Saturday Night Live. The AP gets confirmation but no details. But Palin herself apparently said in a radio interview today…"I haven’t seen a script — not at all. They haven’t even hinted about what that script is going to say," said Palin. "But you know, I just want to be there to show Americans that we will rise above the political shots that we take because we’re in this serious business for serious challenges that are facing the good American people right now. That’s why we’re campaigning hard. That’s why we’re working hard." (via ABC News) Seriously? The smart money would have had Palin play Tina Fey in a digital short spoofing Fey’s American Express ads with Martin Scorsese, since Fred Armisen has played Scorsese before. They still may do that, or go live with such a premise. But if Palin thinks this will show she’s "in this serious business," and yet not looking at a script the day beforehand…this could be fun. Related: Listen to Sarah Palin’s radio interview with Neal Boortz. No...

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Details magazine gets manly tips from Gabe & Max

We all know that Gabriel Delahaye and Max Silvestri are manly men who already have taught us how to harness the power of the Internet. So of course, Details magazine, always looking to teach the men a thing or two about manliness, have tapped Gabe & Max to provide man style tips. So here they...

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SNL’s Weekend Update Thursday #1.2

If Thursday night’s second weekly edition of SNL’s Weekend Update Thursday seemed a little too quick and easy, well, then you saw what I saw, but let’s try to give them a break since they’re also trying to mount a full 90-minute edition of SNL on Saturday. And if that’s not up to snuff, then, well, we’ll just have to wonder why they tried doing two new live episodes in one week. That said…let’s get to the recap. The cold open spent 10 minutes on Wednesday night’s final presidential debate, with Fred Armisen as Obama, Darrell Hammond as McCain, and former SNL’er Chris Parnell returning again to play the moderator, this time CBS Washington bureau chief Bob Schieffer. In those 10 minutes, Hammond managed to mention "Joe the plumber" 17 times. He also captured the manic eye blinking. And revealed that Joe had a magical budget-cutting plunger, and lived in a cigar box under McCain’s bed alongside his imaginary friend, Simon, who is a unicorn. Alrighty then. What else? Most of the cast got the night off, but Kristen Wiig appeared as that "crazy lady from the McCain rally" who now not only thought Obama is an Arab, but also "cavorts with terriers," will change the White House into a pyramid and many other outlandishly false assumptions. So, yeah, the show made no attempt to hide its leanings for...

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Obama, McCain trade jokes at Al Smith dinner

Would you believe that less not quite 24 hours after the final presidential debate of this 2008 election campaign, both Democratic Sen. Barack Obama and Republican Sen. John McCain would don fancy white-tie tuxedo and tails and tell jokes in New York City last night for the annual Al Smith dinner? And yet, they did. In a scenario such as this, the ability of these candidates to tell jokes is as much a function of their writing teams as it is their individual senses of humor. That said, I’ll post both videos and let you judge for yourselves how they’re feeling about the upcoming election and who you think should be our next president. Although I think it’s amusing to point out that the major Obama clip comes from MSNBC while the major McCain clip comes from FOX News. The Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation roast raises money for underprivileged children and honors the first Catholic man to get a major party nomination for president. Smith lost to Herbert Hoover in 1928. Coincidences? Ahem. Let’s get to the attempts at humor, shall we? Obama:...

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