Day: November 3, 2010

Christine O’Donnell’s Election Day surprise, courtesy of Marg Delahunty (minus the courtesy)

When Delaware's GOP "Tea Party" U.S. Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell went to cast her vote yesterday on Election day, probably the last thing she expected was  a visit from the Canadian press. Er. Make that fake press. O'Donnell likely had no idea she was being ambushed by Marg Delahunty, aka Mary Walsh, of Canada's This Hour Has 22 Minutes. Sadly, if you told O'Donnell the title of the show, she might start believing it was a fact. "The Canadian press are saying you're so dense, that light bends around you. Do you have any reaction to that?" Well, do you?...

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Julian McCullough sits down for a video interview in this installment of The Comic’s Comic at Comix with The Laugh Button

My friends at The Laugh Button and The Syndicate threw a special midnight show at CMJ last month with Comedy Central, and asked if I'd like to chat with some of the comedians. I said sure. We set up shop in the basement of Comix, dreamed up the impossibly creative title "The Comic's Comic at Comix," and invited the comedians into our lair. Let's welcome Julian McCullough into the lair now, and since McCullough has experience conducting interviews for Comedy Central's Jokes.com, I decided to get reflective in episode three, asking him for advice on making this series even more magical. Did you know Julian McCullough was named New York's Funniest Stand-Up in its 2008 contest? True story. Maybe some of his magic will rub off on me. Hopefully that's all that rubs off…roll the clip!   Would you like to see more interviews like this, or perhaps even better than this? You're in luck! We've got more to come. If you'd like to get involved, let me or my friends at The Laugh Button know. Related: See more clips from Julian McCullough's Comedy Central Presents and more at...

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Jim Gaffigan to join Brian Cox, Chris Noth, Jason Patric and Kiefer Sutherland in 2011 Broadway play

In case you missed it during the flood of Election Day headlines and status updates, we learned yesterday that stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan will be part of a high-profile ensemble reviving the Tony-winning play, "That Championship Season," when it returns to Broadway in March 2011. Gaffigan will play George Sikowski, the player who became the town's unpopular mayor. The rest of the cast includes Brian Cox, Chris Noth, Jason Patric and Kiefer Sutherland. "That Championship Season" won the Tony Award for best play and the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1973 during its original run. It's beginning to look more and more like if you want to see your favorite stand-up comedian next spring, you'll be doing so in a dramatic turn on Broadway. Gaffigan is the third stand-up to be recently hired for a spring 2011 Broadway production. Chris Rock and Robin Williams are the others. And Dane Cook reportedly is considering a Broadway offer, too. Will there be others? Stay...

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Greg Behrendt reminds Dane Cook that the “chicken situation” is one of Behrendt’s classic bits

In the latest episode of Walking The Room, a podcast with comedians Greg Behrendt and Dave Anthony, they spend the first 15 minutes talking about Dane Cook and my recent interview with him. Why would they do that? Because before my chat with Cook began in a restaurant, Cook asked the waiter to bring him a "chicken situation." A chicken situation? That sounded all-too-familiar to Behrendt, because, well, that's a bit he tells on his 2005 CD and DVD, "Greg Behrendt is Uncool." Roll the clip! Oh, wait. Embedding not allowed. Click to view: Greg Behrendt, "Chicken Situation." Listen: Episode 23 of Walking The Room with Greg Behrendt and Dave Anthony. Hmmm. So. There's that. When Cook and I sat down to talk, it seemed to me that Cook's interaction with the waiter was merely one of those things Hollywood types do when they're rich and famous and feel like they should be able to have whatever they want, no matter what's actually on a menu. I didn't think he was trying to steal Behrendt's bit. Borrow it, maybe? Because I don't think he expected me to include it in my profile. For Behrendt, of course, it's not only personal but also professional. Because "chicken situation" is his...

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Harrison Greenbaum wins 2010 Andy Kaufman Award

Harrison Greenbaum won the 2010 Andy Kaufman Award after a live competition last night at Gotham Comedy Club in New York City. The award, created by the father of the late Andy Kaufman, "honors Andy Kaufman's creative spirit while simultaneously shining a spotlight on promising performers with the potential to impact the evolving culture of comedy." Past winners are Suzanne Whang, Kristen Schaal, Reggie Watts, Brent Weinbach and Blaine Kneece. I profiled Harrison Greenbaum earlier this year. Last night, after winning, Greenbaum told me: "I'm still in shock.  Andy was (and continues to be) such a huge influence on me that to be recognized by his family and friends, as well as industry professionals, as embodying Andy's spirit is just mind-boggling.  I just feel so ecstatic and honored right now." This was his submission video, which also represented the set he performed in the competition:  ...

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