Day: August 1, 2013

Review: Patrice O’Neal, “Unreleased” CD

Crowd work, in the hands of a lesser comic, is a crutch to kill time while making the audience feel like it’s part of the act. In the hands of an insult comic, the crowd serves a slightly more vital yet just as gimmicky role. Who are you? What do you do for a living? Something something haha look at you. Patrice O’Neal was no insult comic. He was a giant who made most other headliners feel like lesser comics in his presence. And to him, the audience on any given night in the comedy club he inhabited would...

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Could a comedian ever win America’s Got Talent? (Again?)

The host of NBC’s America’s Got Talent, Nick Cannon, performs stand-up comedy. One of the show’s judges, Howie Mandel, got his big break in show business as a stand-up comedian. But could a comedian ever win AGT? Before you say Terry Fator, remember this: Fator, listed among the biggest-earning comedians in America, is a ventriloquist. He won the second season of America’s Got Talent, in 2007, earning the $1 million prize, and taking that to the bank along with a mega-million multi-year deal with The Mirage in Las Vegas. He sings. He speaks through puppets. He’s a showman. All...

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Movie trailer, “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa”

Just when you thought it was safe to go out in America without running into a Jackass… It’s Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa. The feature film from Paramount and MTV Films deviates from the script by having a script, with Johnny Knoxville playing senior citizen Irving Zisman in disguise, taken for a road trip across America by his “grandson” as he takes unsuspecting Americans for a ride. Hijinks ensue. As you’ll see from the trailer, it’s as if Jackass took a page from Borat. USA! USA! Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa arrives in a cinema near you on Oct. 25, 2013....

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