Month: March 2010

If you see New York comedians acting even weirder this week, then they’re probably playing Assassins

When I heard that a group of NYC-based comedians were playing Assassins, I instantly flashed back to the 1980s. We played a variation of this game in high school. Much mischief fun. No, this isn't based on the 1995 movie with Sylvester Stallone and Antonio Banderas. How dare you make such an assumption! But if you're like me and think of Anthony Edwards…well…Gotcha! Good luck to all of the participants (many of whom seem to be UCBers). This all goes back even further, to a 1982 movie that starred Robert Carradine and Linda Hamilton called T.A.G: The Assassination Game. Let's roll a clip from that to get nostalgic, shall...

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Comedy Central, The Comedy Store and more prep for Austin, SXSW 2010

It's March (March!), which means we're only a couple of weeks away from South by Southwest — SXSW — the annual music festival in Austin that has become so much more than a music festival. Which means they've got comedy programming on the schedule again for 2010, with showcases planned by Comedy Central to promote its new series Ugly Americans and a movie version of Drawn Together, a St. Patrick's Day double-bill from Hollywood club The Comedy Store (see the flyer), and several nights of stand-up at Esther's Follies. Check out this list of 2010 SXSW comedy performers: Andi Smith, Andy Ritchie, Ben Kronberg, Big Jay Oakerson, Brian Posehn, Chelsea Peretti, Dan Boulger, Eugene Mirman, Hannibal Buress, Hari Kondabolu, Howard Kremer, Jimmie Roulette, Joe Mande, Kevin Avery, Kristen Schaal, Kurt Braunohler, Kyle Kinane, Lucas Molandes, Margaret Cho, Maria Bamford, Matt Braunger, Natasha Leggero, Nick Thune, Parry Gripp, Pete Holmes, Rob Delaney, Scott Aukerman, Tig Notaro, Todd Barry. Meanwhile, over at Austin's Cap City Comedy Club, they've got Thea Vidale headlining March 12-13, with Myq Kaplan from March 17-20. One of these days, I'm going to have to go to SXSW. Could these days be this month? If someone has a floor for me to sleep on, then maybe. Just...

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SNL #35.15 with Jennifer Lopez

NBC sports reporter Mary Carillo filed a report Saturday night during Winter Olympics coverage that purported to talk up the Canadian heritage in comedy, but ended up falling short of whatever mark it was aiming for — what was it aiming for, anyhow? Carillo went all the way to 30 Rock to talk to Lorne Michaels, after all, and also apparently all the way to Montreal to cover Just For Laughs, although just for B-roll and a couple of minutes of interviews with Martin Short and Caroline Rhea? Hmmm. Carillo put more effort into her puff piece on trying to be a Mountie than she did for this slam-dunk assignment. At least it gave Bob Costas two chances to remind viewers that SNL was on tonight with a fresh episode. Well, a new episode. Let's not get ahead of ourselves. Let's hope instead that the SNL team wasn't too distracted by the Olympics themselves… Quincy Jones (Kenan Thompson) opened this episode, introducing the all-star song "We Are The World 3" to address the disaster which is and was the 2010 remake of "We Are The World," which featured "randos" such as Nipsy Hustle. Nice reference! Jennifer Lopez herself opened the song as Rihanna (or some variation of her), Kristen Wiig showed off her singing chops as Gwen Stefani, and a collection of characters soon followed. I have to say,...

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