Month: July 2009

Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival has a partial 2009 lineup, seeks sponsors

Eugene Mirman is ready to host his second annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival this coming Sept. 17-20, 2009, in Brooklyn. As you can see, he's already got some great talent lined up to perform, and if its anything like last year — which included canvas bags and laminates to make you feel like it was a real comedy fest, which it was — then you should mark your calendars, and then when your calendar hits these days, then you should go to the festival. Among some of the themed shows on the program, Mirman has announced: "Why Talented People Create Such Terrible Shows,‚Äù ‚ÄúI‚Äôll Be Famous In Five Years (or a Copy Writer),‚Äù ‚ÄúThe Comedians of Law & Order,‚Äù a reunion of the former East Village comedy staple ‚ÄúInvite Them Up,‚Äù and many more, including an opening night super-gala featuring the world‚Äôs first cardboard VIP room." If you'd like to help out, and by help, contribute money, food and other fun things, then Mirman wants to hear from you. Just follow the instructions in the ad pictured...

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Paul Mecurio’s “Got No Game,” an HBO online sports comedy series

Every Friday from now through Sept. 4, Paul Mecurio will be wading into the murky waters of sport and satirizing it weekly online for HBO in his new series, Got No Game. Today's premiere sends Mecurio to Las Vegas for a behind-the-scenes look at boxing, talking to cutmen, famed ring announcer Michael Buffer, and ringside commentator Jim Lampley. Future episodes will include a look at football referees, and a spoof about an "Interracial Summit on Athletics" in which the races divvy up the sports. If it sounds a little bit like The Daily Show gone athletic, well, there's good reason for that. I talked to Mecurio today about his new series. But first, let's roll a clip! How'd you pitch HBO on doing sports comedy online? "I had done a sports comedy show, almost like a presentation pilot that they had seen a while ago," he said. In talking to Ross Greenburg, president of HBO Sports, Mecurio said "he liked what I did" and helped make it happen. How did your previous experience with The Daily Show come into play here?"Being a writer on that show, and performing…part of that, you almost end up doing a little bit of producing on segments too…just being around a TV show…understanding how TV has to be made is great on-the-job training. That and I learned from Jon (Stewart) how to do a...

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If it’s sunny, All Points West this weekend

Hey, if you're reading this and are near the New Jersey part of New York City, then perhaps you already are enjoying the comedy portion of this year's All Points West festival. If not, then here are some details about said comedy tent at Liberty State Park in Jersey City. I already feel like I'm missing it, because, technically, I am. There's also a ton of great musical acts lined up for all three days and nights, so check it out if you can. The comedy tent is open from 1:30-4:30 p.m., hosted by CollegeHumor. Friday: Bo Burnham, Baron Vaughn, Eugene Mirman, MC Mr. Napkins, Jake & Amir, Arj Barker Saturday: Jim Jeffries, Stuckey & Murray, Judah Friedlander, John Mulaney, Tim & Eric Sunday: Todd Barry, Freestyle Love Supreme, Christian Finnegan, Pete Holmes, Janeane...

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Live at Gotham’s 2009 lineups, ticket info

Comedy Central will tape its fourth season of Live at Gotham in August. That's good news, not just for comedy fans who want to see some new stand-up comedians, but also, and perhaps more importantly, for the up-and-coming performers getting their first Comedy Central credits. Would you like to know who these comics are? Would you like to see the tapings live and for free? If you're going to be in New York City during the tapings (Aug. 6-9, 2009), then that's a possibility. From my friends in comedy blogging at Comedy Central Insider, here are the instructions to get tickets to see Live at Gotham live in person: PLEASE NOTE YOU MUST LIVE IN THE NYC AREA AND BE 21 YEARS OR OLDER TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR TICKETS. There will be no drink minimum at the club that night (drinks are available for purchase during the show) and as always tickets are complimentary for this event. Email gotham@broadwayvideo.com with the following information in both the subject line and body of your email: 1) GOTHAM, 2) Your full name, 3) Your email address, 4) Your phone number(s), 5) Which show or shows you can attend. If you can attend any of the shows put "ANY SHOW," 6) Note that you can get a maxmium of 2 tickets. Example: GOTHAM/Chris Rock/rocksthejoke@comedy.com/(212) 555-1212 /ANY SHOW/2 tickets. Also note that you cannot...

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10 Movies So Bad, They’re Funny: Is “Troll 2” really the Best Worst Movie?!

Of the thousands of feature films produced every year, there are many that aim squarely for our collective funny bones. Some hit the target, such as this year's The Hangover. Others miss the mark, for one reason or another, and don't get widespread appeal (Land of the Lost; I Love You, Beth Cooper; Miss March). But every so often, a film comes along that — whether it's a casing of trying too hard, or clearly not trying hard enough — fails on all levels in a way that actually makes you want to watch it over and over again. Usually, these were not meant to be comedies. It just "worked" out that way. Here in New York City, Rooftop Films is "celebrating" the awfulness that was Troll 2 with two nights of special screenings in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Tonight, they screen the actual 1990 "horror" movie, Troll 2; and Friday, they'll screen the documentary Best Worst Movie, which explored the fandom that has sprung up around the film and tracked down the people who were a part of Troll 2 in the first place. But is Troll 2 really the "best worst movie" ever made? That's something that we can readily debate. Let's meet some of the other contenders… The Room (2003): Lindsay Robertson (late of Videogum, always at Lindsayism) has made quite the argument for Tommy Wiseau's opus, and you can the Videogum's...

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