Day: December 5, 2008

David Crowe: Crooked Finger (Showtime)

David Crowe's new 75-minute stand-up special, Crooked Finger, debuted late last night on Showtime. If you missed it, don't fret, as the pay channel rebroadcasts Crowe's special again tonight and throughout the month on TV and On Demand. Except the special isn't exactly new?! No, really. Crowe's own site reveals he recorded his set at Seattle's Triple Door Theater way back in 2005, but if takes three years to get it sold to Showtime, at least it got sold, right? And Amazon.com says you cannot get the DVD there until February 2009! That said, let's bring you up to speed on David Crowe — Crowe has achieved a rare double-double, winning the Seattle comedy competition in 1995, and then taking the trophy the following year at San Francisco's monthlong comedy contest. I lived in Seattle then, and knew Crowe as one of the Pacific Northwest's top-rung headliners. Even if at first glance, he seems like just another unassuming balding white guy comic. Once onstage, though, Crowe gets the crowd's attention immediately and often through a series of routines that uses his many accents and act-outs to great effect. For reference, here's a clip of Crowe talking about bull riding for the Bob & Tom Comedy All-Stars show: He opens Crooked Finger with thoughts about being named after the Biblical David, and a joke about Boeing (a topic which, I...

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Video: Stella’s holiday party tips

Time Out NY's comedy editor Jane Borden welcomed two-thirds of Stella to her office the other day, and David Wain and Michael Showalter took over the break room so they could show off some of their tips for making a holiday party work despite the tough economic...

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Rob Corddry talks up Childrens Hospital

Only a few days before Childrens' Hospital, the new madcap online series spoof from Rob Corddry, debuts on theWB.com (all 10 episodes go online Monday, Dec. 8), so Corddry has opened up the floor for some general hospital questions. Yes, LA Weekly? Go ahead. What can you tell me about your character? I play Dr. Blake Downs. I actually play Cutter Spindel, the actor who plays Dr. Blake Downs. In one episode, my character, Cutter Spindel, acts, writes and directs a very special episode of Children's Hospital. He is a clown doctor. Episode Five is sort of his origin story. In this world, clowns are not unlike gays, a still marginalized faction of society who have to create their communities and really try to be who they are, which are clowns. This guy finds his way to a hospital and had, I imagine, a very successful early career, using only the healing power of laughter to save lives, but now he sort of lost his way, i.e., turned into a huge dick. There are rumors of a spinoff with my character, Dr. Blake Downs, M.D. CollegeHumor, did you have a question? Alrighty then…This show has a bunch of well-known people in it. Were they all looking for something like this or did you just start calling your famous friends until you had a full cast?[laughing] Yeah, everybody was totally...

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More comedians in Black Dynamite!

An eagle eye tells me that you can see comedian Baron Vaughn as Black Dynamite's brother in the upcoming feature film, Black Dynamite, which premieres at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Watch the R-rated "red band" trailer for Black Dynamite here. I believe Baron is "a mean dude" in this retro-Blaxploitation flick. The cast also features Arsenio Hall as Tasty Freeze, Nicole Sullivan as Patricia Nixon, Tommy Davidson as Cream Corn, and Phil Hughes as as Saheed. Further fun fact: This also is Ars Nova's first feature film as a production company. From the official trailer on YouTube: "This is the story of 1970s African-American action legend BLACK DYNAMITE. The Man killed his brother, pumped heroin into local orphanages, and flooded the ghetto with adulterated malt liquor. Black Dynamite was the one hero willing to fight him all the way from the blood-soaked city streets to the hallowed halls of the Honky...

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