Month: September 2009

Face it: Seth Herzog’s Night of Fun is happening

Presented without comment? No, comment. Seth Herzog, who warms up audiences for NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and hosts the long-running "Sweet" showcase at The Slipper Room, will take the stage to present Seth Herzog's Night of Fun at Comix tonight. Jordan Carlos will open. Some of Herzog's talented and famous friends will interrupt his silliness with more silliness. And other things that I do not know about. I just posted this because he asked nicely many times, and also, look at that face! That ink will wash off,...

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Boston Comedy Festival 2009 results, prelims 7 & 8

The Boston Comedy Festival's 2009 stand-up contest completed its preliminary-round action on Wednesday night. Did your favorite comedian make it to the semis, which will be held Thursday and Friday? That depends. I don't know who your favorite is/was, but I do know who advanced from the final two prelim rounds. From prelim 7: Tony Boswell, Ryan Hamilton, Mehran, Anton L. Shuford From prelim 8: Danny Bevins, Alycia Cooper, Dave McDonough, Paul...

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Watch 71 minutes of Marc Maron’s stand-up, and also a podcast: WTF! (That’s the title)

Marc Maron has an acute awareness about himself and is unafraid to share that onstage. If you've seen Maron perform stand-up, then you already know that. If you haven't, then do we have an opportunity for you. Here is a full, 71-minute performance Marc Maron gave at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Hollywood last month. In it, he confronts the state of his career, his one-man show he staged this year, his personal demons, and he engages the audience throughout. It's quite something to watch, especially since you hardly get the chance to see stand-up videos this long on the Internets. I checked with Maron this afternoon, and he's more than happy to share this and let you into his world. (Thanks also to comedian Troy Conrad for filming this) Standup – Marc Maron from Troy Conrad on Vimeo. In related news, Marc Maron launched a new podcast series yesterday. It's called WTF with Marc Maron. His first guest was Jeffrey Ross, and you can hear them talk about how far back they go in comedy, roasting, the Friars Club and more. Click here to listen in a new...

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Boston Comedy Festival 2009 results, prelims 5 & 6

Want to know who moved on from Tuesday night's preliminary rounds of the stand-up contest for the 2009 Boston Comedy Festival? Well, here you go (and according to this news, apparently some comedians I know, and some comedians I don't know but know are funny, also did not advance to the semis, not to take anything away from the comedians I know who are funny and did advance! get it? got it? good!): From prelim 5: Tim Kaelin, Kelly MacFarland, Karen Rontkowski, Auggie Smith From prelim 6: Orlando Baxter, Harrison Greenbaum, Matthew Lumpkin, Daniel St....

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Saturday Night Live hires! Jenny Slate and Nasim Pedrad join the SNL cast

The 35th season of NBC's Saturday Night Live reportedly will add to its female cast, with knowledgeable folk filling me in on two new hires in Jenny Slate and Nasim Pedrad! SNL staff began work this week for the 35th season, which kicks off with Weekend Update Thursdays on Sept. 17, and the first full SNL set for Sept. 26. Although actress Megan Fox has told the media that she'll host that season premiere, there has been no official press release from the Peacock Network to confirm that or the new additions to the cast, who should help relieve the pressure on Kristen Wiig to carry the female load, as she seemed to do during the second half of season 34 after Amy Poehler's departure (note: NBC has confirmed that Poehler will return to the anchor desk for the first two Weekend Update Thursday shows, Sept. 17 and 24, and help promote her own sitcom, Parks and Recreation). Anyhow. Yes. No other cast additions or subtractions have been made official just yet. And for the record (for whatever that's worth these Internet days), I was first last November with news about SNL adding Michaela Watkins and Abby Elliott to the cast. They're still there. But you wanted to know about the new cast members? Alrighty then! JENNY SLATE I know and adore Jenny Slate, and have even shared the...

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