Month: April 2010

Myq Kaplan has a Comedy Central Presents and a CD, “Vegan Mind Meld.” Watch one, buy the other!

I’ve made little to no secret that I’ve been a fan of Myq Kaplan’s comedy for years, and I’m not just saying that because I have ridden in his car on trips between Boston and New York City when we both lived in the former, although I am just saying that in the interests of full disclosure, although I should probably also mention that I have been in his car at other times, too. If you’re a fan of Kaplan’s already, then perhaps I don’t need to explain further. Kaplan not only has earned a master’s degree in linguistics, but also has earned a mastery of the use of wordplay in stand-up comedy. As he has matured onstage, he has learned how to slow down his fast-paced wit so audiences can follow along and laugh at each and every nuanced turn of phrase, tag and callback — whether he’s telling you why “betwixt” is the gayest of the prepositions (which, of course, it is) to showing you why conventional wisdom arguments against gay marriage, drugs and civil rights aren’t necessarily wise. All of this shows up on his new CD, Vegan Mind Meld, recorded live last spring at Comix. And some of this will be on full display tonight when his half-hour Comedy Central Presents debuts. As someone who also enjoys playing with words, I have enjoyed pretty much...

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Colbert wasn’t the only one to pay tribute to OK Go’s Rube Goldberg machine in the past 24 hours

Before you can say May Day, May Day, you have to remember that there's still this last day in April, and it got started with not one but two tributes to OK Go's Rube Goldberg machine that made their music video for "This Too Shall Pass" watchable again and again and again. Stephen Colbert had the band on his The Colbert Report last night, and to kick off the show, he got Syyn Labs to create a customized Rube Goldberg machine to start the credits rolling. Short but sweet. Roll it! But he wasn't the only one with Rubes and Goldbergs and OKs and Gos on the brains. The Station went retro and reworked the lyrics to make you nostaglic for the game Mousetrap. Did you own that game? Did you enjoy owning that game? Roll the clip and find out. And because you need a third one to complete the rule of threes, here's an oldie but goodie from the fellas at Mythbusters. Roll...

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Keep your shirts on! Bob Bledsoe hosts a very informal chat with Josh Sussman and Kyle Kaplan

Did you see that guy take his shirt off for Rashida Jones last night as one of the "94 meetings" on Parks and Recreation and wonder, where and when can I see more of that guy? I'm here to help. That guy is comedian Bob Bledsoe (fun fact: I saw his very first stand-up performance a very long time ago when we both lived in Seattle), and he told his Facebook friends: "Rashida was totally into me. I wasn't sure I read her signals right, but I told her I wasn't interested just in case." If you'd like to see him interact with other actors from TV shows, this short video should more than suffice. It's the debut of his "Informal Chat with Bob Bledsoe," in which the comedian really didn't do his homework before talking to Josh Sussman (Glee, Wizards of Waverly Place) and Kyle Kaplan (10 Things I Hate About You). Note: Contains content that must be bleeped! Roll the...

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Meet Me In New York: Matt McCarthy

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 first time I encountered Matt McCarthy (pictured here by Anya Garrett), he was wildly ranting out of a giant book in a tiny room in Mo Pitkin's for a show he ran called "Max." I never learned if he named the show after a person named Max, but I did figure out that this McCarthy (no relation) took his comedy to the max, so to speak. And now you most certainly recognize him either as the "cable guy" from the Verizon TV ad campaign, or from his Front Page Film shorts with Pete Holmes and Oren Brimer. He also hosts AMC's "Action Pack" with fellow comedian Nick Stevens. You'll soon see him in a role in the new Will Ferrell film,...

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Rare species will gather at The Paley Center: Women who write for late-night TV

To everyone who thinks that late-night TV comedy is a man's man's world, well, you're not 100 percent correct. Just mostly correct. And if you want to know what it's like to be a woman who writes for a late-night talk-show, well, don't ask me (I'm no lady!), but you can ask these women — Allison Silverman, Ann Cohen, Jill Goodwin, Hallie Haglund and Meredith Scardino – when they gather for a panel on the topic May 13 at The Paley Center in New York City. Tickets are on sale...

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