Day: May 15, 2010

Andy Kaufman wants you to watch Jim Carrey’s audition tape to play him in “Man on the Moon”

After I published my interview this week with Tony Clifton, Andy Kaufman sent me a message asking me to share with you Jim Carrey's audition tape that he submitted to get the part of Kaufman in the 1999 film, Man on the Moon. OK, so it was Andy Kaufman's Twitter handle who reached out to me, which could mean just about anything or anyone was responsible. But the audition footage is unmistakably real, and fascinating to watch, even before Carrey's amazing onscreen performance, how badly he wanted to play this part. Roll the clip! Related: Jim Carrey may be part of Tony Clifton's performance Sunday night at The Comedy Store to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of Comic Relief, and Tony Clifton talked to me all about...

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Did you receive a 2010 Rooftop Comedy Award nomination? Should you have?

Rooftop Comedy announced its slate of nominees for its annual awards, to be handed out the week of June 14 at the site's Aspen Comedy Festival. And I got one! No, that's not why I'm writing this. Especially since I doubt I'll win seeing as I don't have a longstanding business relationship with Rooftop. But awards are awards, and it truly is an honor to be recognized. You know that if you're on this list, and perhaps even more so if you're not. So let's see who they're recognizing! 2010 Rooftop Comedy Awards The Roofie: Goes to one comedian who stands out as an innovative performer and writer, with a unique voice and overwhelming commitment to the stand-up comedy stage. Magicians and puppet guys are not eligible. Nominees: W. Kamau Bell, Christian Finnegan, Todd Glass, Kyle Grooms, Chris Hardwick, Kathleen Madigan, Tig Notaro The Golden Shingle: Awarded to the most outstanding rising stand-up star. Nominees: Bob Biggerstaff, Marina Franklin, Moshe Kasher, Alex Koll, John Ramsey, Ryan Singer Good thing Koll, a Rooftop employee, got nominated. Otherwise that'd be an even more awkward day around the office. The Golden Brick: Awarded to the most hilarious rising comedic filmmaker. Nominees: Beef & Sage, Big Dog Eat Child, Big Game Hunters, Tim Harmston, John Ramsey The Silver Nails: Awarded to up-and-coming comics working at Rooftop's partner clubs, with eight winners chosen by...

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