Month: September 2012

Apologizing for a joke: Gilbert Gottfried repents for his Japan tsunami Tweet

Gilbert Gottfried has enjoyed a long career in comedy by telling dirty jokes and offending people. Last year, however, Gottfried apologized for a joke he wrote on Twitter that made light of the tsunami that devastated Japan. It was his first apology over a joke. He explained his thought process to 92YTribeca’s Rabbi-In-Residence Dan Ain earlier this year.¬†Which the folks at the 92nd Street Y uploaded online this week to honor the grand Jewish tradition of repenting and apologizing during the high holidays from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur. So, with that in mind, roll the...

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SNL’s latest “Fox & Friends” spoof vs. “Fox & Friends” latest goof, Obama meets Pirate edition

The kids over at Saturday Night Live have a running gag sketch about the FOX News morning program, Fox & Friends, and its propensity for making up the news, lying about it, then being forced to make corrections for its goofs later in the day. In SNL’s parallel parody universe, these corrections show up in a quickly-moving scroll onscreen. You’ll have to pause your TV or streaming online video to catch all of the one-liner throwaway jokes added to each sketch. Here are the corrections from the Sept. 20, 2012, SNL Weekend Update Thursday “Fox and Friends” sketch! That’s...

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Tig Notaro’s very special interview with Conan; “Live” Largo CD available online

Pneumonia. C. diff. Death. Break-ups. Breast cancer. Let’s joke about it. How about not? Let’s type about it, and step aside so Tig Notaro herself can joke about the paths her life has taken over the past several months, as she sat down to recount her personal travails last night on Conan. No spoilers. We shut up so you can listen up. Roll the clip! The show Notaro referenced — performed at Largo in August — will be available for $5 via Louis CK’s website. It’s called “Tig Notaro: Live.” Am I pronouncing that right? Are you? And this...

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Andy Borowitz to host two “News Quiz USA” episodes for BBC Radio 4 in October 2012

After running a trial episode in March of its American adaptation of “News Quiz,” BBC Radio 4 is moving forward with at least two more episodes in October to bring American comedic sensibilities to the upcoming U.S. elections across the pond for British audiences. Andy Borowitz will host the two new episodes of News Quiz USA, to tape before live studio audiences at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City, on Oct. 4 and Oct. 25. They’ll air on BBC Radio 4 on 8 Oct. and 29 Oct. (see how I wrote those dates backward so as...

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“We Made This Movie” provides late-night TV crossover for Arthur Meyer on David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon

New York City comedy fans — particularly those who make their second homes at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatres — might have gone bonkers last night seeing that Arthur Meyer was a guest on Late Show with David Letterman. Arthur Meyer was part of the recently late but always great sketch group Pangea 3000, has performed with Two Fun Men and directs current UCB “Maude” house sketch team Fambly. Meyer also is familiar to NBC late-night viewers as “Booner the Page” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, where he’s also one of the show’s writers. So how does a...

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