Day: September 29, 2010

RIP: Greg Giraldo, 1965-2010

With a heavy heart, the sad and shocking news is true: Greg Giraldo died Wednesday at the age of 44. Giraldo had been hospitalized since Saturday evening in New Jersey after an accidental overdose of prescription medication — he was halfway through a four-night run at the Stress Factory in New Brunswick, N.J. A statement from the family and funeral arrangements, along with planned tributes and funds, are pending. Giraldo's management, The Collective, issued a statement this evening: The Collective mourns the passing of our great friend and colleague Greg Giraldo. As you may know, Greg was the father of three young children and genius comedic talent who was revered, admired and loved by our comedy community. Comedy fans knew Giraldo as much more than the guy who torched celebrities and fellow stand-ups at Comedy Central's annual Roasts, or the third judge this summer on NBC's seventh season of Last Comic Standing. He was one of our best social critics, delivering biting commentary in comedy clubs across the country. The fan who shot footage of Giraldo last Friday night at the Stress Factory, the night before his overdose, wrote to me: "After the show, he met his fans by the bar. I got a picture with him, and he also signed my "Midlife Vices" DVD. He was an awesome guy!" His peers also knew him as an awesome guy...

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Tim Heidecker as Brett Gelman’s comedy coach (as seen and heard at Comedy Death-Ray)

"I thought the whole point of this was to get the small part in the big Hollywood comedy movie." — Tim Heidecker, questioning Brett Gelman about why he was still hosting "shit shows" such as Comedy Death-Ray, in a surprise walk-on appearance as Gelman's "comedy coach" at Comedy Death-Ray on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010, at the UCB Theatre in Hollywood. Related: You also can hear Gelman talk about comedy and hip-hop on the podcast Hype...

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Dane Cook tells Jimmy Kimmel what he did on hiatus between comedy tours, and he told me even more

Last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Dane Cook stopped by to talk about his summer, and the things he has done to occupy his time in between massive stand-up comedy tours of U.S. arenas and theaters. He starts another tour this weekend in L.A. at the Greek Theatre. Here's a clip of Cook on Kimmel. The previous night, Cook sat down to dinner with me in West Hollywood and dished for a full hour about where his thought process is right about now. I'll post it as soon as I can set aside enough time to decipher and transcribe the recording off of my iPhone. In the meantime, please allow Cook to tease our latest interview and even turn the Flip cam on me. Note to self: I need to remember to look more Hollywood when I'm in Hollywood. Roll...

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2010 San Francisco competition: Who’s in the semis?

Week Two of the prelims ended over the weekend, and the semifinals have begun in the 35th annual San Francisco International Comedy Competition. Who is still in the running? After a car accident sidelined comedian Marc Patrick (!?!), whom we presume is OK otherwise (!?!) — these are your 10 semifinalists competing this week. A winner will be crowned Oct. 9. Tony Djamco, Los Angeles Solomon Georgio, Seattle Steve Monroe, Los Angels Sammy Obeid, Fremont Nancy Reed, Austin Nile Seguin, Toronto Marianne Sierk, Los Angeles Auggie Smith, Portland Kurt Swann, San Diego Insane Wayne,...

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David Letterman advises Jon Stewart and everyone not to dine and dash on Oprah, or else she’ll hate you

So now the truth can be told? Amid laughing along with Jon Stewart about his recent appearance on Oprah Winfrey's "final" season, David Letterman disclosed the real reason Oprah had been giving him the cold shoulder for years upon years. Turns out she doesn't enjoy "a little horseplay." And by horseplay, he meant a little practical joke he pulled when they were both vacationing on a fancy island and dined at the same fancy restaurant. Or maybe the restaurant wasn't fancy. Sounded fancy, though. You be the judge. Oh, celebrities. They're just like us! Roll...

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