Day: November 3, 2008

Election Eve laughs in NYC

It’s the last night to make jokes about Obama, McCain, Biden and Palin before it all gets a little too real for all of us, and for comedians, also perhaps outdated. Election Day is Nov. 4, 2008. So tonight, plenty of opportunities in New York City exist to see some live comedy that tackles and gets all of those political/election jokes out once more — you can get detailed info off of my Google calendar on the right-hand sidebar of this home page — including Comedy Central’s Indecision2008.com showcase at Crash Mansion, a special edition of Lizz Winstead’s Shoot the Messenger at 45 Bleecker, a whole mess of comedians performing 3-minutes each at The Slipper Room, Liam McEneaney’s "Tell Your Friends" in Lolita bar’s basement, a special "Joe the Plumber" night of comedy at The PIT, and a full night of special shows at the UCB Theatre including the "Palin Family All-Star Revue." If you’re still undecided, what are you waiting for?!?! Get out and laugh tonight, then vote on Tuesday. Thank...

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The View: SNL vs. MADtv

For all of the heightened awareness of Saturday Night Live this fall, you’d think that perhaps the media or viewers likewise would tune in to see how MADtv is spoofing current affairs. But, ah, ha, no. You would be wrong. Both SNL and MADtv spoofed the women of ABC’s The View on Saturday night, but when The View convened for "Hot Topics" this morning, they didn’t even mention MADtv. It’s as if it didn’t air at all. Talk about a snub. Not that the folks at FOX are trying to get heard or mentioned — as I type this on Monday afternoon, they still hadn’t posted their episode online at Hulu. Most of the gripes this morning centered not on how SNL mocked them, but rather about how they left out co-hosts Barbara Walters and Sherri Shepherd, with Walters adding later, perhaps it’s for the best not to ask for further mockery. They had SNL head writer Seth Meyers on the show Monday, too, and talked to him about SNL’s politics. But the fact that both SNL and MADtv parodied the same thing on the same night gives us a chance to compare apples to apples, so to speak. So. How did they break it down and try to make it funny? SNL: Put men in female roles, Kenan Thompson (Whoopi) and Fred Armisen (Joy), which can be looked...

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NY Daily News spotlights comedy/politics in advance of New York Comedy Festival

One of my newspaper alma maters, the New York Daily News, devoted much of its Sunday features section to comedy, thanks in part to this week’s New York Comedy Festival, but also to how much comedy has impacted politics this campaign season. There’s a story from Caroline Waxler about how comedians might react to an Obama presidency, brief interviews with fest headliners Sarah Silverman, Tracy Morgan and Carlos Mencia, a profile roundup of the 11 finalists in the New York’s Funniest Stand-Up contest, and a look-back at some quotes from Bernie Mac, who appears posthumously in the new movies Madagascar 2 and Soul...

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Ricky Gervais in NYC to promote HBO special

Ricky Gervais is in New York City this week to promote his upcoming first HBO special, Out of England: The Stand-Up Special, which debuts Nov. 15. Among the known things on his schedule: Gervais will present the Top Ten tonight on the Late Show with David Letterman; he joins the New York Comedy Festival’s fund-raiser "Stand-Up for Heroes," on Wednesday at Town Hall; he’ll be presenting a preview of his HBO special and taking questions from the audience in a special panel with The Paley Center For Media on Thursday; and Friday he sits in on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. If you make it into the audience for the Paley Center panel/preview, you might want to read HBO’s own interview with Gervais first before asking your question. Updated: Gervais also recorded an episode of Bravo’s Inside the Actors Studio on Sunday...

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