Day: November 21, 2009

John Mayer compares stand-up comedy to songwriting (VIDEO)

On my flight home to New York City, Virgin America carried the Fuse network which rebroadcast John Mayer's live concert from the Beacon Theatre, followed by an interview with the musician, Twitter fan and sometime stand-up comedian. There's shots of him onstage at the Comedy Cellar in his music video for "Who Says" as well as footage of his friend, Australian stand-up James Smith — who also got an on-camera shout-out from Mayer during the NYC concert. Let's take a quick look at that, shall we? Anyhow. During the Fuse interview, Mayer talks about going onstage as a comedian and how writing for that is similar/different to songwriting. Thought you'd be curious to see what he has to say about that. Roll the...

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Going Hollywood: Meet James Adomian

I first encountered James Adomian before I knew he was James Adomian. At the time, he was playing Gary Busey in a show during the Upright Citizen Brigade's Del Close Marathon in New York City. And he was hysterical. I later saw him pull off a Frank Caliendo impersonation, which is quite meta-tastic. You can see James Adomian's Funny or Die videos or his UCBT-LA profile/videos for plenty of evidence of his talent. If I were putting together a sketch comedy show on TV, I'd cast him in a New York or Hollywood minute. As my brief sojourn into the heart of darkness that is Hollywood, Calif., capital of Business Show, comes to a close this weekend, I thought I'd share a little bit more of James Adomian with you. During my week exploring the Los Angeles comedy scene, I saw Adomian follow Eddie Pepitone onstage at Largo by impersonating Pepitone, along with Lewis Black, Paul Giamatti and more; the next night, he blew away the audience at the Unknown Theatre with a grizzled comedian character named Manny Berg who was so good, one of my hosts didn't even know that it was Adomian. So, this week, instead of presenting you with a "Meet Me In New York" profile, I put the questions to James Adomian for this installment, called "Going Hollywood." Name: James Adomian Arrival date: August 1989 Arrived from:...

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