Day: October 22, 2012

Darrell Hammond or Jason Sudeikis: Chris Matthews on his SNL impersonators

Chris Matthews of MSNBC appeared onstage in a bit for Comedy Central’s 2012 edition of “Night of Too Many Stars” to raise money for programs helping children with autism. Matthews “debated” Bill O’Reilly from FOX News as both men sucked on helium balloons. Before the event’s taping, I asked Matthews his opinions on political comedy, live-Tweeting of debates, and of course, how he felt about the two guys on Saturday Night Live who have impersonated Matthews on TV: Darrell Hammond and Jason Sudeikis. Who do you think he preferred? Whom do you prefer? What’s the difference between who and...

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Eddie Pepitone is “The Bitter Buddha” [documentary review]

We here may be called The Comic’s Comic. But what does that title even mean? And who embodies it? The given standard holds that a “comic’s comic” literally is a comedian beloved by fellow comedians; often also by critics; and sometimes in this current generation, by the so-called “comedy nerds” — but not necessarily by the mainstream or public at-large. In The Bitter Buddha, a new documentary directed by Steven Feinartz, we quickly learn through a series of testimonials from famous comedians and comedic actors that Eddie Pepitone has earned “the comic’s comic” label. The film opens first with...

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Meet Me In New York: Gina Brillon

What do they say about New York City: There are eight million stories, and sometimes it seems as though eight million of the people telling them think they’re comedians? No, that’s not it. It is a fact, though, that America’s biggest city is also its biggest comedy mecca. Hollywood may be Hollywood, but New York City is where comedians are born funny, become funny or arrive to thrust their funny upon us. I think we should meet some of these people. This is a recurring feature, a mini-profile of newcomers, up-and-comers and overcomers of New York’s vibrant comedy scene....

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Romney = R-Money in NSFW animated FOX ADHD music video, “Where Do You Hide Your Money”

Did you know that if you rearranged the letters in Mitt Romney’s last name, you’d find out his secret hip-hop identity was R-Money?! Fun fact. Or just a happy coincidence that the kids at FOX’s new ADHD unit latched onto to craft this NSFW animated music video, “Where You Hide Your Money.” Hey, that beat and chorus sounds familiar…it’s ODB! Wait a second. What if the folks at FOX were trying to drop a subtle hint that Romney is an Old Dirty Bastard??? Nah. Couldn’t be. Roll the clip. I told you it was Not Safe For Work, right?...

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Michael Che is “The Realest Candidate”

Still undecided about the 2012 elections? Maybe you need a hip-hop mogul to jazz up the Republican Party’s platform. Enter Michael Che, “The Realest Candidate,” the latest webseries from Above Average. This time, Che (who wrote and created this series) plays himself as a Republican strategist who also happens to be big enough in hip-hop to also be a vodka entrepreneur. Of course. Che has opinions on creating jobs — vodka companies! Government-controlled health care? Stop snitching! Foreign policy? Put ’em on a mixtape. Gay marriage. Grape rape? In the first episode, Che appears on a cable-news talking-head show,...

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