Day: May 27, 2011

From the archives of Mitch Hedberg: A relaunched site with his written notebooks, clips and more

If you haven't visited the website for the late, great Mitch Hedberg recently, then today would be a perfect day to do so. Recently relaunched by his widow, comedian Lynn Shawcroft, the Mitch Hedberg site boasts a wealth of information — not just old stuff, but also previously unreleased video clips, jokes and views of handwritten pages from his personal joke notebooks. Here's one such joke: How to get to space. Build a ladder, don‚Äôt stop until you can jump off and not fall down. -MH Coincidentally, Sirius XM satellite radio is celebrating Hedberg this weekend. Today on Sirius XM Raw Dog Ch. 99, the channel will present an exclusive concert from the Mitch Hedberg personal archives. Air times: 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Friday, May 27; 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday, May 28. Then, on STORYTIME WITH Mark Says Hi! : Tribute to Mitch Hedberg, "It‚Äôs a very special hour as Mitch‚Äôs wife Lynn, his friends comedians Doug Stanhope, Mike Birbiglia and Rob Cantrell open up Mitch‚Äôs personal notebook‚Ķtake a look inside‚Ķand a loving look back at the late great Mitch Hedberg." Air times: 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, May 27; 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. Saturday, May 28. Clips after the jump! Watch Shawcroft open up about Mitch, as Doug Stanhope notes he got cut out of Mitch's feature film, Los Enchilados, and how Stanhope and...

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Eugene Mirman vs. Time Warner Cable

Eugene Mirman has a history of troubles with Time Warner Cable, mostly dealing with moving and having it installed at the proper date and time. You know how that goes. I'd certainly have something to say, but I haven't had any issues with TWC and I'm moving this weekend, so why start now? Right? Right. But Mirman decided the only way to get Time Warner Cable to hear his complaints about their service would be to take out full-page ads in the local papers. Not the Times, nor the Post, nor the Daily News. But it's in this week's editions of the New York Press and Greenpoint Gazette if you want to pick up your collectible copy of this open letter in print. You also can see and hear Mirman talk about the letter in this clip from earlier this week, when Mirman performed live for listeners of Studio 360. Roll it....

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Apply to be Pauly Shore’s personal assistant if you’re nuts (about him)

Being a personal assistant to a famous person is almost like being famous yourself, except more crazy and less fun. You find yourself in impossibly weird situations and having to do all of the busywork that results from it. But what do I know? I've never been a personal assistant to a celebrity. I do know people who have been personal assistants. And I once talked to Sean Combs (he's still going by Puffy Puff Daddy P. Diddy Diddy, right?) on the phone about his decision in 2007 to ask anyone and everyone to apply to become his personal assistant. And now Pauly Shore wants you to be his. Assistant, that is. TMZ has the application. Read it carefully. Turns out you need to be a fan of the Weasel, know his movies, and perhaps more importantly, know people in the business. If Pauly's starpower is anything like it was the last time I was in close personal contact with him, in 2004, then you'll also find yourself in some impossibly weird...

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Amy Poehler’s speech at Harvard College Class Day 2011: “You can’t do it alone”

Boston College graduate Amy Poehler delivered the Class Day speech to Harvard's senior class of 2011 on Wednesday, and it was just the right touch of sincerity and humor. About halfway through it, she begins to detail some very specific advice she learned from her improv comedy classes in Chicago (and later Saturday Night Live). But her overall theme is this: "You can't do it alone." How true that is. Even if you're pursuing a career as a stand-up comedian. You can't do it alone. You need the support of friends, family and loved ones to get through this crazy, mixed-up world. But why hear me tell you this, when Harvard uploaded Poehler's speech. Roll the clip....

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