Day: September 26, 2011

Thomas Lennon shines as host of “The Vote Off”

Today’s chosen one video from Funny or Die certainly holds reason to remain optimistic about Chris Kelly’s new gig as a writer at Saturday Night Live, because the concept of “The Vote Off” is brilliant. A reality competition that strips away all of the glitz, glamour or gimmicks and goes straight to the votes. With an unsuspecting group of tourists lured back to the FoD offices. All hosted by Thomas Lennon, who improvises well with his strangers. Nice cameo by Arsenio Hall, too. Yes, it’s 11 minutes long, but because of the structure of the competition, it doesn’t lag...

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Three new videos from Weird Al: “Polka Face,” “Party in the CIA” & “Canadian Idiot”

The hourlong “Weird” Al Yankovic special is coming around the corner when she comes, which is this Saturday, Oct. 1, on Comedy Central. “Weird Al” Yankovic Live! – The Alpocalypse Tour is his first TV special since 1999?!? So roll out the barrels of preview videos. This animated ditty, “Polka Face,” is actually a medley of accordion-driven versions of songs by Justin Bieber, Ke$ha, Britney Spears, P!nk, Lady Antebellum, Katy Perry and of course, Lady Gaga. Roll the clip! Here is his send-up of Miley Cyrus with “Party in the CIA.” And here is Green Day gone north of the border with...

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Today in parallel thinking: 7 sketch comedy videos honoring a dying man’s last request

A new season of SNL also brings other comedians out of the woodwork to say, “Hey, I did that comedy sketch first!” When it’s an absurd topic, you might have a case to make. When it’s the idea that a dying soldier would have terrible choices for his last request to a comrade, well, before you can say Lycos, I went ahead and Googled it. And what do you know? Several comedians and sketch groups already done gone and went there and did that, so Saturday Night Live probably didn’t steal your idea so much as not care that...

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New York magazine’s oral history of the Upright Citizens Brigade

Over the summer, Gary Rudoren (co-author of Comedy By The Numbers) told me he had a brilliant idea for another comedy book. Rudoren wanted to publish an oral history of the Upright Citizens Brigade. But he said he was too busy for it. Turns out I was too busy to get around to it myself, freelance writer Brian Raftery beat us both to it, publishing an oral history with upward of 50 famous and should-be famous comedians connected to the UCB in various capacities. It’s published in this week’s edition of New York magazine. “And…scene.” Of course it’s pretty...

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Matt Stone and Trey Parker receive the 60 Minutes profile treatment

Just in time for new episodes of the 15th anniversary of South Park, creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker received the full-on profile by 60 Minutes. Here’s the segment that aired Sunday night on CBS. If you prefer reading, then you can read the 60 Minutes piece on Matt and Trey. And here are some bonus video extras. Why tackle the Mormons on Broadway? Talking with the cast of The Book of Mormon: Deciphering the boys of South Park: Other dates to circle or otherwise mark your calendar for if you’re a fan of Matt and Trey and South...

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