Day: December 11, 2009

Meet Me In New York: Mike Vecchione

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. Mike Vecchione has appeared on Comedy Central's Live at Gotham and has come tantalizingly close to winning New York's Funniest Stand-Up contest the past two years, this year taking home the "People's Choice" award, which (fun fact?) did not include cash or an actual award. He looks like a Staten Island police officer and isn't afraid to joke about that, or anything really, as his act sounds as though he is a chosen disciple of the Comedy Church of Dave Attell, Latter-Day Sinners. In a good way, obviously. In fact, Vecchione also has served our nation as a teacher! Now it's time for you to learn something about him. Name: Michael Vecchione Arrival date: December 2003Arrived from: PhiladelphiaWhen and where did you...

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Beer With Shakes: Derrick comedy’s magical “Mystery Team” movie tour

With all of the talk this week about YouTube's "Fred" getting his very own feature film, I wanted to make sure you didn't forget that there already is an actually funny movie starring, written, directed and fully produced by Derrick, the formerly NYC-based sketch group that recently relocated to Hollywood. So, time for another peek with the makers of Mystery Team. Don't let the shaky camera work fool you. It's just the debut of the web series that's going to sweep the nation, "Beer With Shakes." Very literal, this one. Not for me, but for my guests. I sat down with three-fifths of Derrick comedy in between screenings of their debut feature film, Mystery Team, in NYC. It's playing at the Quad Cinema here for another week. And if you see it twice, you'll get your name on the movie's DVD plus a sword?! Yes. A sword. Nearby at Stand (I'll have to go back to try their burgers and shakes, which both looked tasty!), DC Pierson, Dominic Dierkes and Meggie McFadden enjoyed some beers with their shakes while they talked to me about their nomadic experience marketing and screening their comedy film in city after city around America. It's coming soon to Albuquerque, Chicago, Los Angeles and maybe a city near you! Click to demand Mystery Team in your city. It works. It really works. And now, the debut...

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New Muppets Christmas video! Ringing of the Bells

It's a well-established fact (at least in The Comic's Comic's household) that the best Christmas special and album of all-time is John Denver and The Muppets: A Christmas Together. The worst, btw, is the Star Wars Holiday Special. No debate. But we're here to talk Muppets. Because it has been 30 years since Denver and the Muppets made magical Christmas harmonies together that provided holiday cheer, and today, the Muppets are back at it with this brand-new music video, "Ringing of the Bells." Enjoy! And if you prefer a more modern Muppet/Human Christmas duet, here is Andrea Bocelli and The Muppets singing "Jingle Bells." I like it, but for my holiday Muppet cheer, I'll still take John Denver FTW. After the jump, the late John Denver with many of the Muppets singing the "12 Days of...

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