Day: March 19, 2009

“Heckle U” with Owen Benjamin and Kirk Fox

CBS has debuted its online series, Heckle U, as the first night of March Madness opens. The series stars stand-ups Owen Benjamin and Kirk Fox as the kings of heckling. Benjamin's character, Chance, acknowledges that he "was raised by a dive bar." He met Darrell (Fox) in basketball tryouts in the seventh grade. Purple Nurples! Follow this documentary look at the fellas throughout the...

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Comedian testimonials for Jim Gaffigan

I'm slowly getting the feeling that Jim Gaffigan is hijacking my site to promote his new DVD and Comedy Central special, King Baby, and that it's working, thanks to his trip out to Los Angeles to enlist the help of Sarah Silverman, Todd Glass and Jimmy Dore. Here they talk about how "edgy" Jim Gaffigan's comedy is compared to everyone else in the stand-up game: And here Glass and Dore show what it must be like for Gaffigan to interact with fans who only know and love him for saying the words, "Hot...

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Daniel Tosh on freezing on “The Tonight Show”

In this new Gothamist interview to promote Daniel Tosh's gig Saturday at Town Hall, Tosh acknowledges that he froze mid-joke during his set last week on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. What happened? I forgot my material. But it was the worst time during my set too, because it was my last joke. So I was in the middle of it, and it was fine, and I just froze. And I just kept talking. You could tell I had no idea what I was saying, and thankfully they chopped like twenty seconds of me panicking out of the show.Did Jay say anything? Yeah, he came up to me and said “Hey, what happened?” And I just said “I don't know.” It was kinda weird, my timing was thrown off because people were clapping at a joke that I had never heard people clap at before. So I was thinking “why are they clapping here?” and before I know it my mind is just wandering. But they fixed it and everybody was none the wiser, unless you know the bit. But he couldn't have been nicer about it, and I've done the show many many times, so I'm not panicked that they're not going to have me back. You can watch his performance from March 12's show temporarily on Hulu (they only keep three week's worth of full episodes online), and...

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Two Girls For Five Bucks and The Ten Dollar Heartbreakers

It had been a few years since I last saw Cathleen Carr and Daiva Deupree (aka Two Girls For Five Bucks) perform live onstage in Boston, and when I heard they had re-staged their sketch show with a live band this month at Ars Nova in NYC, I wasn't sure how they'd incorporate a band into their act. Turns out they did so quite seamlessly. And as they told me after last night's show, they managed to rework their entire show to include the three-piece band, The Ten Dollar Heartbreakers, all in less than a month! Wow. If I hadn't known about their earlier stage incarnation, I would have thought Carr and Deupree had been working with musicians Vinny Commisso, Justin Levine and Matthew Stoulil for much much longer than that. Drummer Commisso and bass player Stoulil had previously backed Adira Amram in an Ars Nova show, and the theater wisely asked them and pianist Levine to see what more than a little musicality could add to the Two Girls show. Carr and Deupree have a well-established comedy dynamic going, with Carr playing the married woman who leads an otherwise stable (read: boring) life and debates whether she should have kids, while Deupree plays the more energetic and physical role as the forever single who feels as though her love life is pathetic. They've playfully compared themselves to the...

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Alicia Levy’s “Red Carpet Ride”

A disco-dancing mermaid. Kim Kardashian. An Eastern European who wants to join the Pussycat Dolls. Victoria "Posh" Beckham. Macy Gray. These are a few of Alicia Levy's favorite characters to play in her delightful half-hour "Red Carpet Ride," playing Thursdays this month at The PIT (People's Improv Theater). Levy displays an obvious love of both physical comedy and celebrity satire, combining them to manic effect through many uptempo routines and costume changes, and plenty of song and dance. She also offers a couple of videos for the audience, which I shan't spoil here. And YouTube has removed the audio portion of this promo clip, which makes for even more of a tease, don't you...

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