Day: December 15, 2008

Sightings: Seinfeld practices his Letterman set

One of the infinitely awesome things about stand-up comedy is that everyone, even the best and the biggest and the rich and famous among us, has to work at it to maintain a sufficient level of comedic excellence. Witness Jerry Seinfeld, who tapes tonight for Friday's Late Show with David Letterman and worked the New York City comedy clubs over the past week or two honing his routine with as much intent and focus and professionalism as if he were making his TV debut. I saw Seinfeld when he dropped in for a surprise 10-minute set at the Comedy Cellar, and Seinfeld stuck around for Louis CK's set (that's quite a show already!), then had to bolt for another club to work on the set some more. He'd also done Gotham at least once in the past couple of weeks. You can expect to hear him mine our global fascination with our Blackberrys, and possibly other topics, Friday on Letterman. But again, how great to see this. It really should inspire all comics to work harder on their...

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Trailer: The Awkward Kings of Comedy

You can now enjoy watching the trailer for the documentary film, The Awkward Kings of Comedy, featuring Victor Varnado, Eric Andre, Baron Vaughn, Hannibal Buress and Marina Franklin. "Comedy plus blackness, to the nerd power." You're welcome. UPDATED: Now with the actual trailer embedded after the...

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NY governor not happy with blind jokes on SNL

Note to selves: If you make blind jokes about a person, he or she may not see the humor in it (literally or figuratively), but know that someone will pass the jokes along to that person, and that person will not be amused. Even if that person is New York Gov. David Paterson. And even if that show is SNL. But he won't throw his shoes at you in protest. It must be...

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Online comedy contests for the holidays

Need money? Want to win money? Do you have access to the Internets? Then keep reading, because here are a couple of comedy contests that you can enter… Comedy.com hosts a "Santa Roast" contest, and all you need to do is weigh in with your best comment by Dec. 19 here and you could win $250. Or, if your idea of a prize is being featured in a fan-filled music video tribute to Flight of the Conchords, then go to Flight Lip Dub, download the official MP3 of "Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros," make a video of yourself lip-synching to it, and then upload it back up, and perhaps you could see yourself on HBO. Kristen Schaal shall explain it to you...

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