Day: June 7, 2011

Watch Melissa Villasenor’s audition for NBC’s America’s Got Talent 2011

Melissa Villasenor, a "new face" in Montreal last summer who also has auditioned for Saturday Night Live, got a chance to showcase several of her celebrity impersonations on another NBC series, America's Got Talent. Here is Villasenor on tonight's episode from the Seattle auditions, in which she calmly breaks out her best Barbara Walters, Natalie Portman, Miley Cyrus, Kathy Griffin, Christina Aguilera. She did done good! The crowd and the judges loved her. "I don't think that you will be working in retail much longer," judge Sharon Osbourne said. Roll the clip.   Villasenor is one of a half-dozen comedians who reportedly made it through to the Las Vegas rounds this season on the televised talent search. Here is the official NBC.com highlight reel:...

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9th LA Improv Comedy Festival brings plenty of big names to the iO West stage

The ninth annual Los Angeles Improv Comedy Festival started last night at iO West, and it's attracted plenty of big names in comedy and improvisation. Joel McHale — who was a star of Seattle's TheatreSports before moving to L.A. — performed last night. Drew Carey is on the bill tonight with Armando. The Office's Angela Kinsey and Kate Flannery, plus Private Practice's Kate Walsh, sit in on Wednesday. Community's Danny Pudi, Jim Rash and Yvette Nicole Brown do it up on Thursday. Broken Lizard heightens the yes-anding on Friday. On Saturday, Jeffrey Tambor will receive the Del Close Lifetime Achievement Award, while Charna Halpern will be on hand to present the Del Close Advancement of Improvisation Award to Beer Shark Mice, and Adam Scott will show up to accept the Chris Farley Award. So many opportunities to catch fun improv comedy. So don't block this suggestion. If you're in Los Angeles this week, just go. Buy a ticket. Sit down. Listen. Watch....

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Can’t make it to Bonnaroo? Jon Benjamin to host live show online from the fest Sunday for Comedy Central

The hot hippie music and comedy festival that is Bonnaroo starts on Thursday in the fields of Tennessee, but if you cannot make it there this year, then you still can enjoy at least one night of comedy from wherever you also enjoy an Internet connection. Comedy Central will have Jon Benjamin host the "Comedy Central Live @Bonnaroo Comedy Tent" from 6 to 9 p.m. EDT Sunday, June 12, 2011. The lineup includes: Lewis Black, Hannibal Buress, Donald Glover, JB Smoove, Ted Alexandro, Craig Baldo, Bill Bailey, Nate Bargatze, Cheech Marin, Ralphie May, Tim Minchin, Eugene Mirman, Tig Notaro, Henry Rollins, and Henson Alternative's "Stuffed And Unstrung" How to watch: comedycentral.com/bonnaroo How to follow on Twitter: @ComedyCentral and...

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Abbi Crutchfield and Luke Thayer play The Newlywed Game

Plenty of comedians have performed on game shows, and plenty of comedians have married other comedians, but few are the comedy couples who have appeared on TV game shows together. Count Abbi Crutchfield and Luke Thayer as one of those couples. They taped an episode of The Newlywed Game for GSN last week. While they cannot say how they did, nor when the episode will air, Crutchfield did share a few behind-the-scenes details and a pic she took with host Sherri Shepherd. Crutchfield writes: About a month ago a comedian friend of ours who works in the casting department for the show told us we should audition before the season ended. On the day of the shoot we sat in the green room and met a handful of other couples who didn't know anything about what would happen on the show. Most everyone kept to themselves but after several hours in a room with strangers you experience Crowded Sitcom Elevator syndrome, where you all start bonding not knowing when you'll be called to stop. Then someone has a baby. We went on with two of the couples from the green room. There was a warm-up comic keeping the crowd energized. They applauded for us and we took turns answering questions. Sherri Shepherd was a great host, and although she had been shooting all day, she stayed late to take pics...

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Triumph the Insult Comic Dog poops on Congressman Anthony Weiner at Spike’s Guys Choice Awards

In case you missed it, and of course you missed it, because were you really watching Spike's "Guys Choice Awards 2011" last weekend? No. But if you had, you would have seen Triumph the Insult Comic Dog metaphorically pooping on Congressman Anthony Weiner — who, at the time of the awards show taping, still was categorically denying having sent lewd and/or incriminating photos of himself to female followers on Twitter and Facebook. Now that we know the truth, let's go back in time and watch Triumph's take on Weiner. So to speak. Roll it!...

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