Month: November 2011

This year’s comedians nominated for the 54th annual Grammys in 2012

Seth MacFarlane is up for two Grammy Awards, but only one of them is for something funny. Steve Martin’s banjo found honors. And the South Park fellas are getting closer to EGOT status. What else is new? How about these comedians among the nominees for the 54th Grammy Awards, to be held Feb. 12, 2012, and telecast on CBS. Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album Music Is Better Than Words, Seth MacFarlane [Universal Republic]. He’s up against Tony Bennett’s “Duets II,” Susan Boyle’s “The Gift,” Harry Connick Jr.’s “In Concert on Broadway,” and Barbra Streisand’s “What Matters Most — Barbra Streisand Sings...

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DVD review: Patrice Oneal, “Elephant in the Room”

Patrice O’Neal embodied and espoused brutal honesty. And in his first, and regrettably only full special released during his lifetime, Oneal addressed the “Elephant in the Room” as one of the best comedy CD/DVDs of 2011. Oneal had been tagged with too many unfair labels by critics and detractors over recent years because of his brutal honesty. But this comedian wasn’t afraid — not to call things as he saw them, but rather, to call things as they were. Right off the bat during his taping last November in NYC during the New York Comedy Festival, he delayed his planned...

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RIP Patrice Oneal, 1969-2011

Patrice Oneal, who suffered a stroke in October, has died. He was 41. Oneal was one of the funniest comedians anyone has known in recent years, although his propensity for telling the truth often burned bridges within the community. He recently appeared on Comedy Central’s Roast of Charlie Sheen. Hopefully his full performance — edited heavily for the initial broadcast — will surface now. Oneal was a regular guest on the Opie and Anthony program on regular and satellite radio. Opie posted to his Twitter followers today: “Yes it’s true that our pal Patrice O’Neal has passed away. The...

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Mike Baldwin wins 2011 Seattle International Comedy Competition

Thanksgiving weekend traditionally brings the monthlong Seattle International Comedy Competition to a close, and this year’s contest brought victory to Kansas City stand-up Mike Baldwin. Baldwin previously had made it to the finals of the 2007 San Francisco competition. Baldwin wins $5,000 plus a $1,000 advance toward a recording contract with Uproar Entertainment. The final results from this weekend: Mike Baldwin Rodney Sherwood Rick Kunkler Patrick Keane Mrs. Hughes Sherwood had emerged out of comedy retirement to compete this month. Seattle contest talent director Peter Greyy had this to say, meanwhile, about Baldwin’s win: “In what was an extremely...

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Mike Birbiglia to launch 2012 tour for “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend”

How was your Thanksgiving weekend? Good? Good. Mike Birbiglia entered his holiday season knowing that he’ll spend at least the first half of 2012 on the road touring his latest one-man show, “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend.” Birbiglia workshopped the show — which covers his relationships with women, his attitude toward marriage and a fateful accident (different from what happened to him in Sleepwalk With Me, but still compelling and harrowing) — throughout 2010 and played to rave reviews in New York City earlier this spring and summer. Related reading from my site about My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend. Announcing the first 20...

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