Day: March 5, 2011

Hell Gigs: J Chris Newberg plays to audience of four at Cleveland State University

You know how people sometimes glamorize the life of a touring stand-up comedian? Yeah. Well. Not always. Sometimes you have to endure some hell gigs. This is what faced J Chris Newberg last night when he played the student center ballroom at Cleveland State University. Four people. Six if you count the tech guy and the other guy standing (who appeared to be merely supervising?). Newberg titled this video "Smallest Comedy Crowd Ever?" I think I've seen smaller, but Newberg teases there'll be another video to come. Roll it!   I wonder how well Kyle Cease and Steve Hofstetter drew in that room last month? Maybe they'll fill us in on this cushy comedy...

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Jerry Seinfeld dissects his most recent performance on The Tonight Show, with Jay Leno

Jerry Seinfeld stopped by The Tonight Show on Thursday night to perform stand-up comedy and do panel with Jay Leno. In his brief stand-up set, Seinfeld talks about the absurdity of caffeinated alcoholic beverages, the people who "work" in coffeeshops, and the ads for sleep medications. It's all connected. Roll the clip!   Afterward, Seinfeld caught up with comedian Jimmy Brogan (who used to be the head monologue writer for the Tonight Show), and later also with Leno. Among the things we learn in this clip: How playing to a Tonight Show audience is different from a club, and how it impacts the jokes and tags you use; that Brogan and Seinfeld both started at the Comic Strip Live in NYC in the mid-1970s; that Seinfeld's first Tonight Show performance was 30 years ago; that Leno borrowed that hideous green suit for his own first appearance for Johnny Carson in 1977; and that Leno unbuttons his shirts too far....

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