Day: August 2, 2010

Last Comic Standing 7: The Final 5 revealed

And now, finally The Final 5 cylons, er, comedians in this seventh season of Last Comic Standing will be revealed and perform for your votes and $250,000 in cash and prizes from NBC. Oh, and almost just as importantly, as host Craig Robinson says up front, there's also the "Last Comic" theater tour. Oh, we're going to find out right away. Jonathan Thymius is your and our sixth-place finisher. Which means our Final 5 are Mike DeStefano, Myq Kaplan, Felipe Esparza, Tommy Johnigan and Roy Wood, Jr. They get to be on tour together "for the next 297 days," Robinson says. Wow. Just wow. Congrats, fellas! And by the way, for anyone who asked me before the season started (including at least one of the finalists),I pretty much nailed it on the head. Enough about me. It's about these five guys. Now time to go for the big prize… First up is Roy Wood Jr., who gets a full refresher video for us to see glimpses of his journey from the first audition to the finals. Fun fact: He was arrested at 19, and discovered comedy as a coping mechanism. That was 1998. This is tonight. And tonight, Wood also opens up about how excited his drunk uncle is, even though he keeps plugging the wrong NBC show. He says Mississippi residents think everyone hates black people, which, well,...

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Ansari, CK, Regan, Swardson, McHale, Cho, Hart, O’Donnell, Iglesias, Jobrani headline 2010 NYCF

The 2010 New York Comedy Festival won't be updating its website until Tuesday morning, but tickets will go on sale Wednesday for several of its headlining shows, which the festival announced tonight on its Facebook Fan page. You can figure out the headliners from my headline. Louis CK already had told me he was playing Carnegie Hall in November, so seeing him on the schedule isn't a surprise. Joel McHale playing Carnegie, however, is one. It'll be interesting to see what Rosie O'Donnell has to say for herself these days, whether Margaret Cho's show is all stand-up or a mix of comedy and music, and whether Carolla's shows at Carolines are more stand-up or podcasty. Here is the schedule as it stands. Carolines and the NYCF will unveil more shows and performers in September. The festival runs from Nov. 3-7, 2010. November 3 Comics to Watch at Carolines, 7PM Stand-Up for Heroes at Beacon Theater, 8PM November 4Kevin Hart at Beacon Theater, 7:30PM Louis CK at Carnegie Hall, 8PM Gabriel Iglesias at Town Hall, 8PM November 5 Joel McHale at Carnegie Hall, 7PM Margaret Cho at Beacon Theater, 8PM Luis Jimenez at Hammerstein Ballroom, 8PM Rosie O'Donnell at Town Hall, 8PM Adam Carolla at Carolines on Broadway, 7:30PM and 10PM November 6Aziz Ansari at Beacon Theater, 8PM Maz Jobrani at Town Hall, 8PM Brian Regan at Avery Fisher Hall, 8PM...

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Guess which one of these 1995 ads with Tina Fey is real and which one is a parody

I was about to write something about funny friends of mine who are in a new commercial, when the Internets opened up and unearthed this "oldie" from 1995, starring, as the admakers themselves put it: "a terrific young Second City cast member." They added: "It was her first commercial. She was very nice, very nervous, and very funny." (via Gawker.TV) Here's their clip of Tina Fey hawking Mutual Savings Bank. Or were they talking about this ad for...

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