Day: April 7, 2010

How about a freestyle hip-hop beatbox, piano and ukulele cover of “Empire State of Mind”?

Because you never know when you're going to get a 92-degree day in New York City in the first week of April (spoiler alert: it's happening right now), why not celebrate with something a little different. Like a freestyle beatbox, piano and ukulele hip-hop rendition of Empire State of Mind. Move over Jay-Z and Alicia Keys. After a few minutes of solo beatbox work, Shockwave (aka Chris Sullivan) is joined by one of his Freestyle Love Supreme mates Arthur Lewis on the keys, while Jon Braman provides the uke and the personal verses. Roll that...

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Meet Me In New York: Victor Varnado

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. Victor Varnado (photographed by Rafael Fuchs) is many things. Yes, he is a black albino and he'll be the first to joke about that. Varnado also is a talented comedian, actor and filmmaker. You may have seen him on Conan, or perhaps Julien Donkey-Boy, End of Days, The Adventures of Pluto Nash, or My Name is Earl. And he is the brains behind the camera and sometimes in front of it, helming the stand-up documentary film, The Awkward Comedy Show, which debuts on TV April 9 on Comedy Central, and comes out later this year on DVD. (See my early review, when it was called the Awkward Kings of Comedy) But before all of that. He was just another comedian moving to New York City to...

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How much would you pay for a 3-D burrito?

Everything old is new again, as history and trends repeat themselves with this "new" fad called 3-D movies. Remember when this happened in the 1950s? Of course you don't. You're on the Internet, which means you're so young, you don't even remember the 1980s. But Avatar taught Hollywood that if you gussy up your movie with big splashy 3-D, you can charge twice as much for your tickets, and therefore, that much more profit. Profit! That's what movies are all about. Profit. Good job, Hollywood. So now every movie, even ones shot in 2-D and therefore not even supposed to be viewed with special glasses (unless your eyesight is horrible and you wear prescription special glasses) are charging that much more for "3-D" effect. We're looking at you, Clash of the Titans. Just like when cinemas added "IMAX" screens that weren't actually IMAX. Good grief, Charlie Brown. Anyhow. Here's a new video that exemplifies this nonsense, thanks to Landline TV, burritos and comedians....

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“Dinner for Schmucks” trailer: Which ones are the schmucks, again?

What happens when you take a French film, get Andy Borowitz to adapt a contemporary American screenplay for it, have Jay Roach direct it, and cast Paul Rudd and Steve Carell as the leads, with Rudd playing that "Paul Rudd" character and Carell playing that shades of "Michael Scott" character? It's called Dinner for Schmucks, and it hits a cinema near you this July. The plot is pretty straightforward, if you read the title and know what a schmuck is. Do you know what a schmuck is? Do Zach Galifianakis and Jeff Dunham both count equally as schmucks? This trailer also features Kristen Schaal, Andrea Savage, Larry Wilmore and Ron Livingston. That should be more than a satisfactory amount of information before you watch the darned clip. So watch the darned...

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