Day: October 30, 2008

David Alan Grier begs: “Be cool, black people!”

With less than a week to go before Election Day, David Alan Grier used his platform as host of the new Comedy Central program, Chocolate News, to beg black people to be cool and not blow it for Barack Obama. It’s a tricky thing, playing off ugly stereotypes whilst also mocking them. Does Grier pull it off here? Watch and weigh...

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Results, second semi: 2008 New York’s Funniest Stand-Up

There was a tie! We don’t know what that means, other than the fact that six more stand-up comedians made it into the finals of the 2008 New York’s Funniest Stand-Up contest, instead of five, and they are: D.C. Benny, Geno Bisconte, Hailey Boyle, Jordan Carlos, Myq Kaplan and Mike Vecchione They join the other semi’s "winners," Nate Bargatze, Esther Ku, Julian McCullough, Reese Waters, and Stone & Stone in the finals, to be contested Nov. 5 at Carolines as part of the New York Comedy Festival. My notes: Amid a ton of distractions in my personal life that are not the least bit comedic (well, I suppose in time, tragedy will equal comedy), I managed to see most of the second semifinal, and got to Stand-Up NY just as a run of solid performances had the crowd (half house) rolling. So I missed the winning sets of Geno Bisconte and D.C. Benny. Although did anyone really doubt that D.C. Benny would make the finals, considering how long he has been part of the city’s comedy scene? Of those I saw who didn’t advance, I thought Jermaine Fowler and Liz Miele made strong cases for themselves, while Taylor Williamson showed promise. One of the things Williamson has learned already about living in NYC: "Just because you’re homeless does’t mean you can’t have cats." Also: Pretty women on the subway...

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