Day: June 10, 2009

Sierra Mist’s “Funny Breaks” videos

Sierra Mist has made a name for itself as a comedy supporter for the past few years, both in casting stand-up and sketch talents in its TV commercials, and also sponsoring comedy festivals and contests around the nation. Now they've backed a few comedic talents for a series of videos called "Funny Breaks" on the YouTube. Here's MC Mr. Napkins, aka Zach Sherwin, who showcases his way with words in this video for "Spelling Bee." Chris "Shockwave" Sullivan offered "Free Beats" to people in NYC's Union Square Park. You may recognize some of his Freestyle Love Supreme cohorts, Reggie Watts, Soce and others. More? Yes, more! After the jump… Lil Rel in a road trip featuring "Uncle Jimmy," who has his own way of negotiating: Seaton Smith created this sports news spoof, "Pimpin Referee": Mike Rose gets into the pharmaceutical drug business with "Includia": Joe Schiappa created a news report sketch about a lawsuit between two courtroom sketch artists: And finally, Julie Klausner offers astrological tips in...

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Army Sgt. Benari Poulten: Stephen Colbert’s comedy liasion in Iraq

Sometimes you find your life as a stand-up and sketch comedian in New York City interrupted when your other life as a soldier in the U.S. Army orders you to report for duty, and you find yourself sent to Baghdad, Iraq for the better part of a year. Puts a crimp in the comedy. Until Stephen Colbert shows up to tape a week's worth of shows with and for the troops. "Five years in New York and I had to go all the way to Iraq to make it into Colbert's writers' room." — Sgt. First Class Benari Poulten As he wrote when he added this photo of himself with Colbert on his Facebook page on Monday: Mission Accomplished. We've already introduced you to Sgt. First Class Benari Poulten, who has been serving in Iraq with the Army's communications office. Which put him in a perfect spot for connecting with Comedy Central's crew from The Colbert Report. Poulten wrote to me this afternoon: "I got to hang out with him and his writers and staff in the production/writers' room for a day and half. And see the rehearsals and the first two tapings. Awesome guy. And the writers were all cool – I was afraid that once we established the whole New York comedy scene connection, they'd be like, 'Aw, no, get this dude outta here!' But they were amazingly cool...

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RIP Michael Roof, aka “Chicken”

Michael Roof, a comedian known as "Chicken" who co-starred in the two XXX action movies, and had acting roles in both Black Hawk Down and The Dukes of Hazzard movie, died earlier this week. He was only 32. This sad news came to me from two knowledgeable sources overnight, both of whom alleged that Roof had taken his own life. Friends of Roof also began offering their condolences Tuesday afternoon and evening on Michael Roof's MySpace page. UPDATED: A viewing and funeral are being planned in Roof's hometown of Dunnellon, Fla. The police report from Gwinnett County in Georgia confirmed that Roof did commit suicide Tuesday morning. Services will be held this weekend, with a viewing from 6-8 p.m. Friday, funeral at 10 a.m. Saturday at Roberts Funeral Home, 19939 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Dunnellon, Fla. Here's what I can tell you with certainty… Michael "Chicken" Roof had a wife and children. He got his nickname "Chicken" during college and started out his comedy career in Atlanta. After making his mark at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, he got cast in the WB sketch comedy show, Hype. But he got more notice as an actor, getting roles in the real-life war movie, Black Hawk Down, as well as a recurring role as the weapons nerd agent in the two XXX films. In fact, he gets more speaking lines in the trailer...

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