Day: November 30, 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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