Day: December 22, 2011

Ready or not, Long Island City’s Hunters Point now has two full-time comedy clubs

Over the past few years, Rebecca A. Trent has built up The Creek and The Cave into a welcoming home for indie comedy one stop off the 7 train into Queens. Derrick Comedy — whose members, Donald Glover, DC Pierson and Dominic Dierkes, have since gone Hollywood for fame and fortune — hosted a weekly show at The Creek. Current inhabitants include Pat Dixon, Nick Turner, Mark Normand, Team Submarine and Murderfist. And last spring, the black-box venue played host to Montreal’s Just For Laughs favorite audition showcases. And yet, despite this hot but still under-the-radar status — such...

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Millions to miss out on Funny or Die’s “Billy on the Street” due to Time Warner Cable spat with MSG

The new TV show from Funny or Die that’s part game show, part hilarious spontaneous prank show on unsuspecting pedestrians — aka Billy on the Street — will debut tonight on Fuse. The cable network has spread advertising throughout New York City. And yet, most New Yorkers won’t get to see the series premiere tonight. That’s because Time Warner Cable, by far the dominant cable player in NYC, dropped Fuse earlier this month as part of a larger dispute with the cable channel’s owners, Madison Square Garden. Fuse’s studios/offices are located across the street from the Garden along Seventh...

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The Tim Minchin “Woody Allen Jesus” song that ITV’s Jonathan Ross Show wouldn’t show you

Tim Minchin is one of my favorite comedians, let alone one of my favorite comedians who is equally brilliant as a musical comedian and a musician. Minchin was supposed to be on the telly Friday night in the UK on ITV’s broadcast of The Jonathan Ross Show. Ross and the producers had asked him to write a special Christmas song just for the show. The song Minchin wrote and performed, “Woody Allen Jesus,” compares Christ to the living comedian, and even jokingly suggests that a comparison can be made between Christ and Minchin himself. But Minchin told fans today...

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Louis CK tells Fallon about earning $1 million in 10 days, and how he’s giving most of it away

The Louis CK comedy train keeps chugging along and picking up more fans along the way as 2011 comes to a close. This is a different train from the Dane Train, mind you. Anyhow. I’m dumb. Louis CK is smart. His new stand-up special, Live at the Beacon Theater, has earned more than $1 million for him within the first 10 days of him putting it on sale exclusively on his site. Actually, CK told Jimmy Fallon last night on Late Night that he already has sold more than 220,000 copies at $5 each (although PayPal does take a...

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