Day: December 7, 2009

Kurt Braunohler helps you survive the holidays with new shows, videos

Just in time for the holidays, comedian Kurt Braunohler unveils a four-week comedy showcase, a new one-man show, and a series of videos for Comedy Central? We speak the truth! Braunohler's stand-up showcase, "The Inevitable," kicks off tonight at Union Pool in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and runs Mondays through Dec. 28. His one-man show, "Autumn at the Chuckle Shack," will be at the UCB Theatre on two Wednesdays, Dec. 9 and Dec. 23. He describes it as "lots of things, including: birds, libraries, toilets, bar fights, guitars, and yelling. And how I looked like a lesbian when I was 12 years old." And his "Holiday Survival Guide" includes four videos for Comedy Central and Southern Comfort. Here's one of Braunohler talking cookies with Scrooge. Roll...

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See Todd Barry on his New England tour, or bid to have him call you at Comedy Death-Ray in L.A.!

Todd Barry is launching a four-city tour of New England this week, just in time for the holidays. That's why, isn't it, Todd? Here's what he told me: "I got an offer to do the Allston club, so I just told my booking agent to 'run wild' and book some other stuff around it. I probably didn't phrase it that way, but you get the idea. I'm pretty excited about the tour, because all the cities are just a few hours apart, so I can do some of my famous "after-show partying," and then sleep late, before conquering the next town." Dec. 10, Allston, MA - Great ScottDec. 11, Northampton, MA - Iron HorseDec. 12, New Haven, CT – Cafe NineDec. 13, Providence, RI - Jerky's Bar If you cannot catch those shows, and you happen to live in or near Los Angeles and would like to both see the Comedy Death-Ray Nativity Pageant on Dec. 15 AND receive a phone call from Barry live onstage, then you can bid on that very thing on Ebay. Bidding ends Dec....

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Watch the trailer for Kids In The Hall’s “Death Comes To Town”

Coming to Canada's CBC-TV on Jan. 12, 2010 (and America when????), it's the new eight-part miniseries from beloved comedy troupe Kids In The Hall, Death Comes to Town. A trailer went up recently on the CBC site, but here's something more to chew on, thanks to Funny or Die. Roll it! Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town – watch more funny videos Related: Get more behind-the-scenes footage and intel on the KITH Facebook fan...

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Truth in advertising? Robin Williams, “Weapons of Self-Destruction” (HBO), in review

After reading David Itzkoff's recent New York Times profile on Robin Williams, the comedian's latest HBO stand-up special, Weapons of Self-Destruction, came off as a bit of a letdown when it debuted last night. I wished Williams had left in more of the darker, personal material that Itzkoff saw on his tour. Instead, after the first few minutes onstage at DAR Constitution Hall in D.C., in which Williams opened with topical material (Oprah "quitting" her talk-show) and crowd work with latecomers in the audience, he veered into well-worn joke territory. How well-worn? He told the joke about the difference between redneck divorce and tornados/hurricanes — "someone's losing a trailer!" — and then hacked on about the naming of hurricanes. About 15 minutes in, though, he did start talking about his personal life — he had open heart surgery earlier in the year (which, non-fun-fact, my mom experienced on Election Day 2008, never forget!) — and that seemed much more compelling. From an introductory joke about getting an angiogram — "Who knew the way to a man's heart was through his groin?" — into noting that he was taking the same medication that Michael Jackson had been taking for fun, you thought you were getting something more. Of course, then he told Clinton jokes (in a bit about someone just now waking up from a 10-year-long medication), and after some...

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