Day: August 14, 2009

Greg Giraldo’s “Midlife Vices,” previewed and reviewed

I don't know how it took so long for us to get an hourlong stand-up special from Greg Giraldo, but my wait and yours has ended, as Giraldo's "Midlife Vices" makes its broadcast debut on Sunday, Aug. 16 (with repeats Aug. 17 and Sept. 1) on Comedy Central. I just watched the full 66-minute version (Comedy Central will edit about a third of it out to fit ads into its hour), and it's great stuff. At Comedy Central's celebrity roasts, comedians like to rib Giraldo for seemingly only getting work at the roasts, but watching "Midlife Vices," you'll discover why the cable network makes sure to save him a seat. Said it before, but will repeat it here: Giraldo has a knack for blending serious political commentary with outrageous social material and finding the hard-hitting joke. Take this clip, in which he explains how quickly New York City bounced back after 9/11: In anyone else's hands, a bit about our energy policy and dependancy upon corn and foreign oil might make audiences yawn or rile them up, but Giraldo heads south, literally, to Brazil for a funnier way to make the point. Sometimes vulgar, sometimes crass, but always on point. He'll explain why the drinking age should be 40 instead of 21 ("later on is when you need the chemicals!"), why people who say they're not racist are usually going to...

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Gearing up for Del Close Marathon 11 #dcm11

All good staycations must come to an end, or ultimately be replaced by another staycation, which is how and why several hundred people are expected to spend this weekend where? In the basement underneath a grocery store in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City, sweating in cramped quarters with limited to no wireless access, laughing uproariously day and night as the Upright Citizens Brigade hosts the 11th Del Close Marathon. What's the best way to enjoy the DCM? Everyone has a theory. Keith Huang, noted lover and photographer of improvised comedy in NYC, asked several comedians for their tips (some gave funny answers, some answered sincerely). Sharilyn Johnson, who blogs about comedy from Toronto, makes the trip and has provided some advance coverage this time around. The Onion's Decider page tried to map out one potential itinerary for you, too. Although, of course, that battle plan fails to take into consideration the very real threat that one Rob Riggle will not be attending any of the shows he's scheduled to be in. Wha? Riggle wrote on his Twitter feed on Aug. 12 that he would miss DCM11 because he's filming a new movie. "Only missed two before; both because of war. Now, filming a movie." Riggle did manage to find the time this week, however, to fly to Las Vegas and back to attend a red-carpet premiere of another movie...

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