Day: November 25, 2009

Meet Me In New York: Damien Lemon

What do they say about New York City: There are eight million stories, and sometimes it seems as though eight million of the people telling them think they're comedians? No, that's not it. It is a fact, though, that America's biggest city is also its biggest comedy mecca. Hollywood may be Hollywood, but New York City is where comedians are born funny, become funny or arrive to thrust their funny upon us. I think we should meet some of these people. This is a new recurring feature, a mini-profile of newcomers, up-and-comers and overcomers of New York's vibrant comedy scene. It's called Meet Me In New York. Perhaps you're heading home for the holiday weekend? Sounds about as good a time to bring "Meet Me In New York" home for the holidays, too, by profiling a native New Yorker. Plenty of aspiring comedians move to the big city seeking fame and fortune. What about those of us who grew up right in the thick of it? Meet Damien Lemon (on Twitter, on Tumblr, on MySpace, photo by Aviva Klein). He presents a stand-up showcase every Wednesday night at the Laugh Lounge in the Lower East Side. And Lemon has a clever voice himself. Learn a little bit more about him now. Name: Damien Lemon Arrival date: Since birth Arrived from: The womb, but I represent New York When and where...

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Grammy Hall of Fame welcomes George Carlin’s “Class Clown”

George Carlin's 1972 album, "Class Clown," will be inducted next year into the Grammy Hall of Fame, according to the Los Angeles Times. Grammy Hall of Fame? Is that like the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame? Not exactly. The Grammys reserve their Hall of Fame Awards for recordings at least 25 years old judged by a special committee to have "lasting qualitative or historical significance." Plenty of music giants on that list already, but the comedy pickings are slim. How slim? When Carlin's "Class Clown" gets inducted in 2010, it'll join these other comedy titles in the Grammy Hall of Fame:  THE BUTTON-DOWN MIND OF BOB NEWHARTBob NewhartWarner Bros. (1960)Comedy (Album)Inducted 2007 COCKTAILS FOR TWOSpike Jones And His City SlickersRCA Victor (1945)Comedy (Single) Inducted 1995  STAN FREBERG PRESENTS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICAStan FrebergCapitol (1961)Comedy (Album)Inducted 1999 2000 AND THIRTEENCarl Reiner & Mel BrooksWarner Bros. (1973)Comedy (Album)Inducted 1999 That's it. No Bill Cosby — despite him dominating the Grammys for six years in a row to close out the 1960s — no Richard Pryor (also a multiple Grammy winner), no Steve Martin. Then again, the Grammys long have been accused of being late to the party in acknowledging great recordings, so why should their Hall of Fame be any less surprising in that...

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