Day: March 11, 2010

Everything you knew about improv comedy was wrong? Watch this “How-To” tape from “1986”

You think you know improvisational comedy? You studied with Del Close and the UCB? Well, forget that. Learn this. Or just sit back and laugh, as this team upends the rules of improv, so you can "Improv Yourself" in this how-to that imagines what some poor saps may have purchased circa 1986. Roll the clip! Featuring: Michael McLendon, Scott Narver, Nadia Osman, Sandeep Parikh, Robin Thorsen and Mike Wolfson. Directed by Gabe Uhr. Written/produced by Uhr and Matt...

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Conan O’Brien will emcee two nights at Bonnaroo! See which other comedians will be there in 2010

Conan O'Brien confirmed this morning that he and Team Coco will be touring North America this spring — more on that in a later post — but even more awesome is the news that the tour joins up with the annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee this June.  Bonnaroo announced today that O'Brien will perform, as well as emcee a stage for two nights of the fest, which takes place June 10-13. Also hitting the comedy stages at 2010 Bonnaroo: Jeffrey Ross Roasts Bonnaroo, did someone say Human Giant, because Aziz Ansari, Paul Scheer & Rob Huebel, oh, also Nick Kroll, Margaret Cho, Greg Giraldo, Bo Burnham, Doug Benson, John Roberts, Baron Vaughn, and Chelsea Peretti. Sounds like fun, doesn't it? More than slightly related: Tenacious D, Steve Martin and his banjo, and They Might Be Giants are among the musical acts slated. Check out the full Bonnaroo lineup...

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Do you have Dave? If so, watch Eugene Mirman and Phill Jupitus participate in a Comedy Exchange

Here in the States, we have Comedy Central. In Britain, they have Dave. See how we're the same and yet so different? Actually, they have a U.K. version of Comedy Central, too. So why don't we have our own Dave? Or do we, and he is in hiding. So many questions. If you'd like answers, here is one: On March 19, you can turn on Dave and watch a stand-up comedy special called Comedy Exchange, in which Eugene Mirman left Brooklyn for Britain, while Phill Jupitus traded places with him and came here. How did their acts translate to the other's audiences? As Mirman explained today on his site: "He performs in weird little places in Brooklyn, while I perform in London and Edinburgh. I talk about pedophiles on the radio and he mentions Cape Cod. That sort of thing." Here's a...

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