Day: February 8, 2010

Four new HBO Funny or Die teasers! Drunk Jen Kirkman; Tim & Eric & Zach; and two more!

I'm very excited about the new HBO series collaborating with Funny or Die, who in turn is unleashing lots of great comedians to do their things on cable TV. Here are four new teaser trailers for sketches from the series Funny or Die Presents, which debuts at midnight Friday, Feb. 19. The first features the latest installment of "Drunk History," which won an award at the Sundance Film Festival and cast Will Ferrell and Don Cheadle to re-enact the drunken ramblings of Jen Kirkman. She really does look drunk, you guys! Roll it. And the second clip shows us a reunion of sorts, as Zach Galifianakis joins Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim in a bit called "Just 3 Boyz." Looks like someone really could use a horse massage? But wait. There's more! Here's a clip from the short film, "Designated Driver: Office Prank," that includes Rob Riggle, Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel. And there's a fourth clip. This is called "Hold Up," starring Ed Helms, Thomas Lennon, Malin Akerman, Rachael Harris, Huebel again, and Creed from The Office acting like Creed from The Office. "C'mon. It's open season on jive turkey." Perfect? From what I gathered from Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer, this one is his handiwork, and also includes Jerry Minor, Brandon Johnson, Ian Roberts, Rich Fulcher and Kate Walsh. Roll it and...

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Meet Me In New York: Mark Normand

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. The New Orleans Saints won the Super Bowl yesterday, and to celebrate, I bring you a look at another stand-up comedian making the transition from Bourbon Street to the Big Apple. Get to know the wry comedic stylings of Mark Normand. Name: Mark Normand Arrival date: Aug. 25, 2007 Arrived from: New Orleans, Louisiana (Go Saints!) When and where did you start performing comedy? The first time I ever did stand-up was in Lafayette, Louisiana, three hours from New Orleans. I was a waiter at a Mexican restaurant in college and a co-worker there did stand up and I thought he was the coolest guy in the world. He mentioned he was doing a spot one night in Lafayette and I asked if...

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Interview: Jamie Kilstein talks about Citizen Radio and being a political comedian

You may not have heard of Jamie Kilstein, but if you're politically active and like to laugh, perhaps you have heard Kilstein. The stand-up comedian co-hosts the online radio podcast Citizen Radio with Allison Kilkenny — they're presenting a live sold-out Citizen Radio broadcast tonight at the UCB Theatre in New York City with guests Janeane Garofalo, Matt Taibbi, Jeremy Scahill, and Jack Dishel. Here's a recent clip of Jamie Kilstein's stand-up, which garnered Retweets from Tim Minchin and Joe Rogan, about gay rights: But the first thing I wanted to know about Kilstein when we talked on Sunday was the source of his 609 area code. "I grew up in central Jersey," Kilstein said. "Right in between Princeton and Trenton." I know you're vegan, but do you still know and honor the Hoagie Haven? "When I was growing up, I was a stoner, and I was the opposite of a vegan. And the only thing I ate was the bacon cheesesteak. (Editor's Note: My personal favorite) A lot of times, people think people who are vegans are self-righteous and proselytizing. Yeah, I went all the way with the bacon. If you went down a little farther on Route 1 toward Rutgers, I started out at the Stress Factory in New Brunswick. (laughs) They had something called the grease trucks. I don't think Princeton would ever have something called...

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Object of Google’s Super Bowl ad affection is even more adorable in real life: Meet Michelle Vargas

One of the most popular Super Bowl ads last night was Google's spot that already had more than a million YouTube views before Sunday, in which an unidentified man enters a series of search queries involving trips to France and a French girl he meets, woos, weds and becomes a parent with in the end. Reverse spoiler alert! Google's own CEO, Eric Schmidt, was gushing about it yesterday. Did you not see the clip yet? See it now: Perhaps you're wondering whom the Googler was Googling? Before Paul McCartney can sing, "Michelle, ma belle," I can tell you that it's the darling young Michelle Vargas, whom I met last year at a My Damn Channel party — Vargas teams up with her comedy partner Grace Helbig for regular vlogs on My Damn Channel as well as YouTube as GraceNMichelle. Michelle wrote yesterday about her experience: "I also say ‚Äúallo?‚Äù and I giggle a lot. It‚Äôs all very subtle, but if you listen closely you can tell it‚Äôs me! I swearz!!! The commercial was done by some good friends of mine…I did voiceover as a favor to them, because the first recording they had didn‚Äôt sound right to them. I didn‚Äôt get paid, initially, but apparently I‚Äôm going to now! Wee!!!" And as she told me today, they're also planning a live show on Valentine's Day this coming Sunday at...

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