Day: December 16, 2011

Ticket giveaway: See Stephen Merchant on his first stand-up tour to NYC

Stephen Merchant, whom you may well know as the co-creator with Ricky Gervais of both The Office and Extras, (as well as The Ricky Gervais Show and podcast, An Idiot Abroad and Life’s Too Short) is wrapping up his first major stand-up comedy tour with his first dates in the States. A small show at UCBeast on Sunday, Dec. 18, as well as a theatrical debut at Town Hall, on Tuesday, Dec. 20, already have sold out. Tickets do remain for the Wednesday, Dec. 21, show — but if you cannot pay for them, perhaps you could win one...

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Bill Hicks would have been 50 today; celebrating his comedic legacy

Bill Hicks died much too young at 32 in 1993. Today would have been his 50th birthday, and it’s easy to imagine him having much to say about both popular culture as well as the political climate of Occupy Wall Street and the GOP presidential field. Swap out Debbie Gibson and Tiffany for Taylor Swift on his track, “We Live In A World,” off of 1990’s Dangerous and his points still ring true about listening to teenage white girls. On the track, “Ding Dong,” Hicks points out that America is only threatened by people we’ve sold arms to. See:...

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Rory Scovel, “Dilation”

You never quite know what you’re going to find in a Rory Scovel performance, and he succeeds in bewildering the audiences at the San Francisco Punch Line where he recorded his new stand-up comedy CD, “Dilation,” earlier this year. Not that bewilderment is a bad thing to produce. Scovel likes to keep you guessing. Even in the first track, “hunger,” which isn’t really about hunger — all of the tracks listed aren’t what they appear to be, either — you can hear an audience member react to a Scovel punchline with one word: “What?” And halfway through the disc,...

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Louis CK opens up about the process in wide range of interviews, revelations

So rarely do you find out as much about a comedian’s process as we are this week with the release of Louis CK’s new stand-up special. Certainly, Louis CK is doing a lot of press to help promote it to the widest possible audience. But he’s also opening up and revealing some fascinating behind-the-scenes details. First he took to Reddit to answer questions from the message-boarders. Among the many questions was this little gem that he replied to. bluthru 1935 points 3 days ago* From watching your show and seeing some interviews, I’ve noticed that you’re self-taught and hands-on in many facets...

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