Day: January 8, 2012

SNL #37.11 RECAP: Host Charles Barkley, musical guest Kelly Clarkson

Every time Charles Barkley hosts Saturday Night Live, an angel gets his wings. No. That’s not right. Every time Barkley hosts SNL, NBC programs a big football game on Saturday that inevitably goes late, thereby ruining East Coast DVRs of viewers who spend their Saturday nights out on the town. By the looks of the many cast and crew from SNL that I saw Thursday night at IFC’s Portlandia party, nothing to worry about this week. Or was there? Certainly, the thought of another televised Republican presidential candidate debate that same night — what’s weirder: That these debates keep...

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Bootlegging live stand-up comedy: Who are these videos for, anyhow?

As mobile phones have become more mobile, and equipped with smaller and more powerful video cameras, fans attending live shows have decided that they want to take these cameraphones out of their pockets and hold them up to record the action. But why? Before I attempt to answer my own question, a pause to reflect on the latest reason for asking it. A few nights ago, comedian/actor/famous person Patton Oswalt dropped in for an unannounced set at Odd Thursdays, a free weekly comedy show in Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles. Oswalt worked out some brand-new and very personal...

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