Month: June 2013

Rhetoric with a melody: Owen Benjamin talks comedy, music, and his CD/DVD, “High Five Til It Hurts”

Owen Benjamin‘s new special, which debuts on Comedy Central tonight and comes out in a combined CD/DVD package on July 2, finds him walking the streets of Austin, Texas, high-fiving strangers. It’s the opening for “High Five Til It Hurts.” Why Austin? “It’s such a cool city. It’s the combination of middle America and the coast at the same time. Chicago has that quality, too,” Benjamin told The Comic’s Comic this week. “I like the coastal open-mindedness, and the values of middle America.” Then, picking a venue to record the special means finding just the right combination of elements, too....

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Bo Burnham on the end of MTV’s “Zach Stone is Gonna be Famous”

Zach Stone isn’t going to be famous enough for a second season, but Bo Burnham, the star of the MTV sitcom, already is well on his way to bigger fame. Burnham is from a generation growing up with the idea that everyone can be famous and everyone will be if they just share enough of their personal lives with enough people. His series, Zach Stone is Gonna Be Famous, played with his demographic’s expectations about fame. And he’s also just as comfortable communicating with his fans, who have found him via YouTube, Comedy Central or the road, about his...

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Watch “Never Before, Never Again: Behind the scenes of ASSSSCAT” at the UCB Theatre

Just in time for the 15th annual Del Close Marathon, here’s an inside behind-the-scenes look at the Upright Citizens Brigade’s signature long-form improv show and form, “ASSSSCAT.” The long-running UCB ASSSSCAT show, which helps close out DCM and packs the theaters in New York City (and now Los Angeles, too) on a weekly basis, brings in guests (oftentimes celebrities) to tell monologues which the UCB then uses as inspiration for improvised scenes. This new UCB in-house documentary talks with Amy Poehler, Horatio Sanz, Chris Gethard, Bobby Moynihan, Zach Woods and more about the show, with clips from vintage performances dating...

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Jerry Seinfeld talks comedy for 90 minutes with Howard Stern

Just listen to this interview Jerry Seinfeld gave to Howard Stern on Stern’s SiriusXM program on Wednesday morning. It’s upward of 90 minutes of pure comedy talk. And it’s gold. Stern really zeroes in everything comedy regarding Seinfeld, from his history with NBC, to his relationships with Johnny Carson, Jay Leno and David Letterman, and the minutia about Seinfeld’s bits, his episodes of Seinfeld and so much more. Stern said he enjoys asking musicians about coming up with hit songs. “Comedy is the same thing, and even harder,” Stern said. What makes it work, though, is how much Seinfeld respects...

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Jim McDonald on Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

Do you remember Agent Duncan from the 1992 Wesley Snipes movie, Passenger 57? If so, then this man needs no further introduction. For everyone else, here is comedian Jim McDonald, performing on last night’s episode of Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. In this set, McDonald discusses spending the night in a haunted hotel in London, flying British Airways, dating while broke, and the state of the current knighthood. Also, spoiler alert: Pearl Harbor! Roll the...

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