Day: April 4, 2013

“Road Comics,” a documentary that looks at headliners in the middle

Living only about a mile away from a comedy club in Bloomington, University of Indiana professor Susan Seizer loved seeing live stand-up comedy shows but wondered why the performers she enjoyed so much weren’t enjoying so much attention on the national stage. So she made a movie about them. Directed by Robert A. Clift and Hillary Demmon, Road Comics: Big Work on Small Stages follows three of Seizer’s favorite stand-ups who make Bloomington a regular stop on their headlining tours across the great swath of the United States of America between New York City and Los Angeles. Through footage...

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“They weren’t offended. They hired me.” Ana Gasteyer Tweets her way to Weight Watchers ad campaign

Social media allows comedians to share idle thoughts, observations and wisecracks with the world immediately, instead of writing them down in a notebook to dig up later onstage. Flight delays and other airport mishaps. Down time between takes on set. The oddities of hotel room service. Food courts. Jury duty. It’s all fodder for comedy. Often, the comedian looks to Twitter to make light of the situation; sometimes, to curry favor with a company that’s done them wrong; rarely, to compliment a company without compensation. Even rarer is the case where a performer Tweets first, becomes a company’s spokesperson...

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