Day: June 15, 2010

Meet Me In New York: Ryan Hamilton

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. When I first became aware of Ryan Hamilton, he was a cross between Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock, because he told me and the audience so. When I learned he had grown up in Idaho, I, as an Idaho resident for two prime years of my life, felt he was OK in my book. Now let me share him with your book. He has updated his website just in time for you to see him here, or perhaps on the NBC television network's Last Comic Standing. Here's two scoops of knowledge on Ryan Hamilton. Name: Ryan Hamilton Arrival date: October 2007 Arrived from: Salt Lake City, UT, but I'm originally from Idaho. When and where did you start performing comedy? 2001 in...

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The Laugh Factory opens its doors for 26th year for at-risk kids of its Charity Comedy Camp

Jamie Masada and The Laugh Factory have been operating a Charity Comedy Camp for at-risk kids for the past quarter-century, and on Saturday, they're opening the doors again for underprivileged kids from 9-16 who live near Los Angeles to audition and potentially learn stand-up from the pros. It's a free camp. Previous counselors Bob Saget, Dane Cook, Chris Tucker, Shawn Wayans, Paul Rodriguez, Jamie Foxx, & Rob Schneider are featured in this trailer: More info? Auditions will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 19 at the club. The camp takes place over the next 8-10 weeks in the summer. Please RSVP and call or email with any questions! 323.656.1336×1 comedycamp@laughfactory.com This is Dane Cook's 12th year working with the camp, and you can see him talk about it with TV Guide in this clip from two summers ago. Roll...

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Ellen DeGeneres took over local TV news to promote “Somewhat Special Special” at JFL Chicago

It's not that unusual for your local TV news to be a little more carefree in the morning hours and take plenty of minutes away from delivering the news to entertain and delight you. But when Ellen DeGeneres comes to your town, she gets upgraded to your main evening news. Such was the case last night as Ellen already is in Chicago working on and promoting her "Somewhat Special Special" on Wednesday — her second annual televised variety show from Just For Laughs Chicago. The folks at NBC 5 in Chicago pretty much let Ellen be Ellen and said the news can come later. Here's the footage: Ellen's Somewhat Special Special will include The Catwalk Acrobats, Dominic Lacasse, James Galea, Matrix Ping Pong and DJ Nick Cannon. It tapes Wednesday at The Chicago Theatre and airs June 27 on...

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