Day: May 4, 2010

Tribeca Talks: James Franco’s SNL documentary, with Will Forte, Kenan Thompson and Jenny Slate

Funny thing about gossip: They rely on spies instead of attending actual events that are open to the press and reporting on them. I had to laugh when I saw this New York Daily News gossip item about James Franco, which alleged that Franco's reps got in the way of a person who asked "some dicey questions" at the panel following the Tribeca Film Festival screening of his SNL documentary, Saturday Night. Where were Franco's reps? When did the crowd get uncomfortable? I'm confused, because I was standing in the room. So were plenty of other reporters who stuck around for a second panel Q&A. Here, for instance, is the report from Dave Itzkoff of the New York Times on the SNL panel. So here is some additional real footage from the panel, in which Franco talks about the process of documenting a week in the life of SNL, followed by reactions from cast members Will Forte, Kenan Thompson and Jenny Slate. Roll the...

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Where will you be June 10-13, 2010: Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival or SketchFest NYC?

Someone told me the other day that Portland's Bridgetown Comedy Festival was so much fun, he wondered why more cities don't also have their own fests so we can do this year-round across the country? Well, we're closer to that point than he thinks. In fact, we have times during the year in which we even have competing comedy festivals. Such is the case next month, when June 10-13 finds a group of stand-up comedians (pro and college ranks) heading to Aspen for the Rooftop Comedy Festival, while sketch groups convene in New York City for SketchFest NYC. It's times like this when you wish you could be in two places at once. Rooftop's performer list is top-lined by Marc Maron and Michael Ian Black among the 30 stand-ups, and also includes improv by Theme Park (who also did Bridgetown) and the National College Comedy Competition. SketchFest NYC, meanwhile, returns to the UCB Theatre for its sixth edition with three nights of shows and 30 sketch groups. Its featured shows include a presentation from former SNL writer Tom Davis, who'll bring his memoir to life onstage with special guests, performances from Murderfist, Fearsome presents Grease 3: Threase, Elephant Larry, FUCT, and videos from Backpack Picnic, Front Page Films and...

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Maz Jobrani jokes at Carolines about bomb scare a few blocks away in Times Square

When an SUV loaded with explosives shut down Times Square on Saturday night, Iranian-American comedian Maz Jobrani was headlining a few blocks north at Carolines on Broadway. He sent out a notice to his Twitter followers early Sunday morning: "1 show left in NY Sun nt. Times Square was closed 2nt near the club b/c of a bomb scare …wasn't me! I swear!" After all, Jobrani's tour and recent DVD is called "Brown and Friendly." He managed to joke about the incident at Carolines before his weekend stint was out. Roll the...

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