Day: October 28, 2010

12 finalists named for 2010 New York’s Funniest Stand-Up

After last night's semifinal action, we now know who's still in the running to be named "New York's Funniest Stand-Up."* And they are… Nick CobbLeah BonnemaJustin SilverJoe MachiAdrienne IapalucciSam MorrilNate BargatzeJoe ListMike RecineAdam NewmanHarrison GreenbaumJoe Larson Who will emerge victorious? You'll have to attend the finals, at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at Carolines to find out. Or just wait and read it here. But you should go and see for yourself! It's all part of the New York Comedy Festival. Fun times. *That's funniest of comedians who entered the competition. Obviously. Past winners include Wil Sylvince, Julian McCullough and Myq...

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Dana Carvey with David Letterman, voicing Robin Williams and Jay Leno, while Williams is on Leno

File this under odd occurrences. Last night in late-night TV, Dana Carvey was a guest on Late Show with David Letterman and did all sorts of voices, reminiscing about "Chopping Broccoli" and Johnny Carson, and impersonating several celebrities. Carvey also impersonated both Jay Leno and Robin Williams, and after he jumped around the set pretending to be Williams, acknowledged that if you had changed the channel just then, you might have been seeing Williams do his thing himself on Leno's show. Shhh. Don't tell anyone. But roll the clip! (The Williams bit starts at 9:11, btw) And if you'd like to see what Williams had to tell Leno, you can watch that here.   Carvey is a guest tonight on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. And oddly enough, last night, another famous impersonator was on Fallon, as Rich Little was showing off his Johnny Carson. Wild. Wacky. Stuff. Now if Carvey pretends to be Little tonight, I won't know what to...

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The PIT’s secret new theater plans REVEALED?

The PIT, aka The People's Improv Theater, is NYC's other renowned place for famous and soon-to-be famous improvisers and sketch players to hone their comedic chops. And The PIT is on the move. I already told you the where back in August: The PIT is moving into the Algonquin Theater space on East 24th Street between Park and Lexington. Now there's this: The PIT's owner, Ali Farahnakian, drew up a blueprint for what's in store. I'll be in the Hologram Room if you need me. Take a...

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Happy OXI Day from Mr. Panos! But who is Mr. Panos? It’s all Greek to me. Yannis Pappas explains

It's the 70th anniversary of OXI Day, the day when the Greeks rejected an ultimatum from Italian dictator Benito Mussolini on Oct. 28, 1940. I know this thanks, in part, to Mr. Panos. Who is Mr. Panos? Roll the clip!   Mr. Panos, in fact, is the brainchild of New York City stand-up comedian and filmmaker Yannis Pappas. He has produced more than 20 "Mr. Panos" videos, with some generating hundreds of thousands of YouTube views. Before I can say "it's all Greek to me," I decided instead to let Pappas explain his creation. Is he based on anyone you know? The character is based a little on my mother, a little on my friend from college and my observations of some of the darker side and the stereotypes of Greek Culture.  I have met many Greeks who remind me of Mr. Panos so he is really a combination of many people I have met throughout my life. Unfortunately, the prevalence of his mentality has been in the shadows for a long time and has kind of now become known to the world due to the crash of the Greek economy and all the corruption that was exposed to the world. I decided to create the character when I was at my mother's house and I saw these two huge Greek flags that she received at a Greek event....

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A week before Conan debuts on TBS, watch Conan O’Brien warm-up with “Show Zero” online Nov. 1

Pretty soon, we won't have to deal with any news about promotional items concerning Conan O'Brien's second return to late-night TV. But this is an item worth sharing. On Nov. 1, one week before Conan debuts on TBS, O'Brien, Andy Richter and the band will perform a full warm-up show online with celebrity guests and all. They're calling it "Show Zero," and you'll be able to watch the hourlong sneak peek at Conan at 11 p.m. Eastern/10 p.m. Central/9 p.m. Mountain/8 p.m. Pacific on Nov. 1, 2010. The show will be simulcast in three places: Team Coco's home page, its YouTube page and its Facebook page. Roll the tease…...

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