Day: March 17, 2011

Pick your “Boston Movie” trailer parody: All-star celebrity mashup or homegrown original?

It's St. Patrick's Day, so obviously that makes some people think more about Boston than usual, because of its larger Irish and Irish-American population (full disclosure: The McCarthy side of my family settled in Lynn (sing it if you know it)). Funny or Die posted a special St. Patrick's Day-timed movie mashup trailer for what it called "Boston Movie," tying together the plots and characters from Good Will Hunting, The Departed, The Fighter, The Town and Fever Pitch.   But you know who also had put together a video called Boston Movie? Boston-based sketch and improv group Improv Asylum, that's who. Except they used their own actors to weave in every potential cliche from The Hub.   Which one do you prefer? Or is it comparing apples and oranges? And if so, how do you like them apples and...

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Remember when: Fred Armisen’s prank interview with Janeane Garofalo at SXSW 1998

Before Fred Armisen was a star on Saturday Night Live and Portlandia, he was filming shorts for HBO as "Fred." Before that, he played drums in a Chicago band called Trenchmouth. And in between? Step back into your hot tub time machines to 1998, when Armisen visited Austin for the SXSW festival to produce his own guide to music, performing and conducting interviews in several fake accents to unsuspecting musicians, panelists and even comedians. Take Janeane Garofalo, for example. She was at SXSW in 1998 to file reports for MTV. Let's see what happens when Armisen asks her silly questions. Thanks to Stereogum for saving these videos from the dustbins of electronic history....

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“It Gets Better,” the March Madness edition?

Every year, we see a new slew of March Madness comedy videos. Sketch comedy video guys The Guys From The Internet decided to take something that's not at all about sports, the "It Gets Better" video project telling lesbian, gay, bi, trans and other bullied teens that they can overcome the bullying and persecution, and applying it to the NCAA men's basketball tournament. Because this year's March Madness expanded to include 68 teams and started way back on Tuesday, obvs. Hoops. Of course, it only really gets better if you filled out your brackets properly. Roll it!   Too soon. (It might not get better if my bracket gets busted.) (spoiler alert: I forgot to fill out a bracket) (Go...

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Steve Martin explains the Twitter genius of @SteveMartinToGo to David Letterman

Steve Martin appeared on Late Show with David Letterman last night, and while he had an enjoyable story to share about having Sir Paul McCartney sing on one of his new bluegrass songs, Letterman also wanted to know what Martin gets out of using Twitter. So Martin explained himself. If you're not following him already, he's @SteveMartinToGo. If you are following him, then you know that he's just as likely to spin a tall tale about tourism as he is to offer a quip or reply to a fan. Roll the clip!...

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Meet Me In New York: Team Submarine

What do they say about New York City: There are eight million stories, and sometimes it seems as though eight million of the people telling them think they're comedians? No, that's not it. It is a fact, though, that America's biggest city is also its biggest comedy mecca. Hollywood may be Hollywood, but New York City is where comedians are born funny, become funny or arrive to thrust their funny upon us. I think we should meet some of these people. This is a new recurring feature, a mini-profile of newcomers, up-and-comers and overcomers of New York's vibrant comedy scene. It's called Meet Me In New York. Two-man comedy can be a tricky thing to pull off, especially if the two men are not brothers, or do not possess an obvious physical dynamic (a la Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello). Team Submarine manages the feat quite well, though. Nate Fernald and Steve O'Brien, pictured here with friends in ICP makeup by David Angelo, are New Englanders who met in Chicago and formed Team Submarine before moving to NYC. David Cross and Bob Odenkirk asked them to open for them when they reunited for live sketch comedy at the Just For Laughs Chicago festival. And starting this Saturday, Team Submarine will host a monthly show at the Creek and the Cave in Long Island City. Let's get to know them...

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