Day: March 11, 2009

Reggie Watts: Innovations in music and comedy

Reggie Watts has fronted a funky Seattle band (Maktub), been acknowledged for his brilliant brand of stand-up comedy (Andy Kaufman Award), and earlier this week, added the ECNY award for best musical comedy to his kudos. If you have seen Watts perform, you know he's doing something quite special. When I sat down with him in November 2007 at The Comedy Festival in Las Vegas, I told him that in launching The Comic's Comic that weekend, I was hoping to innovate comedy journalism much in the same way that he was innovating and rebranding our collective notion of musical comedy. He continues to inspire me to do that. Last month, I caught part of his performance at Liam McEneaney's Tell Your Friends show (Monday nights, free in the basement of Lolita bar in NYC's Lower East Side), and thought it'd be interesting to see how it looks to film someone filming Watts. So here that is. Experience Reggie Watts tonight at the Webster Hall...

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Russell Brand and Jimmy Fallon will Twitter Tweet on TV tonight

Russell Brand is tonight's first guest on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. That's not what got my attention. This did, though. Minutes ago, Fallon typed this into his Twitter feed: "Trying a Twitter experiment around 6:00pm eastern time. Should be fun. Check in around that time." In other words, while he is taping his show for tonight. And here is this video message from Brand yesterday about wanting more Twitter followers by tonight's taping. Ergo, there shall be two celebrities, on your television late tonight, talking Twitter and Tweeting. You have been warned. As I type this, Jimmy Fallon's Twitter had 267,862 followers, compared to 84,003 for Russell Brand's Twitter. Russell's twitter...

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“Sit Down, Shut Up” Promo Battle Comparison

FOX has launched a new series of promotions for the upcoming animated comedy, Sit Down, Shut Up, which debuts April 19 in the network's Sunday animation block. The promos play up the reunion of Arrested Development cast members Jason Bateman and Will Arnett, which is good for all of the people who loved that sitcom but also odd because FOX didn't really stand by that award-winning show, did it now? Also odd, the promos don't even really talk about what Sit Down, Shut Up is about. Does it matter? Answer: Of course it does…The comedy revolves around the teachers at a Florida high school. Here is a promotional video from a table read in 2008 that spells it all out, with a look at the cast that includes Henry Winkler, Cheri Oteri, Nick Kroll, Will Forte, Kenan Thompson and Tom Kenny. You'll note that during this clip, Maria Bamford plays the science teacher that Bateman's character has a crush on — since then, Bamford informed us in a previous Comic's Comic interview that she had been fired (though still retained for some minor voice parts), and we see she has been subsequently replaced by Kristen Chenowith. Coincidentally, Bamford shows up right at the midway point of the promo clip, thereby securing screengrab status for eternity on the YouTube. Would you have known it was Bamford if they didn't show...

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