Day: August 7, 2013

North American comedians at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013

Another August, another onslaught of comedians converged upon Edinburgh, all vying for the attention of Scots and the comedy fans who come there each summer for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. And here is this year’s crop of North American acts making hey, hay and ha-has across the pond: Abigoliah Schamuan: “Abigoliah Schamaun: Subtle” (through Aug. 25, at Just the Tonic at Caves) Adam Strauss: “Adam Strauss: The Mushroom Cure” (through Aug. 25, at Underbelly Cowgate) Adrienne Truscott’s Asking for It: A One-Lady Rape About Comedy Starring Her Pussy and Little Else!  (through Aug. 26, at Heroes @ Bob’s Bookshop) Al Lubel...

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How To Hire a Comedian For Your Private Function or Party

Grandma Kashian’s guide to Hiring a Comedian for your function By Jackie Kashian Andy showed me this article about some comic who did an LA County Sheriff’s Luncheon for “600 or 700 people.” : http://www.salon.com/2013/07/26/sheriffs_department_in_hot_water_over_race_jokes/ Andy suggested that, since people DO NOT KNOW how to book comedians at professional and business events that I write up a quick reference guide. I laughed and laughed. It’s hard to get people to read my contract when they’re paying me. But, sure… here’s some basics. Let’s start with “What the comic will Need” to go on stage with a happy outlook: 1....

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Jim Meskimen’s quarterfinal performance on America’s Got Talent 2013

For his quarterfinal appearance/performance on America’s Got Talent, Jim Meskimen took a page out of 2012 runner up Tom Cotter’s playbook and invited the judges and the audience into his act — asking them to help decide which jokes he’d tell. In Meskimen’s case, as a celebrity impersonator, he put a slew of famous names on the big screen behind him and had each of the four judges pick from those names on live TV to direct his performance. As an added bonus, he began by asking judge Howie Mandel to pick a different name from history to serve...

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Steve Martin presents “Conan’s Top 10” List in oddly sincere tribute to Letterman

With all of the late-night TV talk once again centered on NBC, sometimes Conan O’Brien and David Letterman can feel like odd men out. The comedy thing that binds them together, at least last night, was Steve Martin. In an odd, sincere tribute to Letterman, Tuesday night’s Conan featured a Top 10 List read by Martin but interrupted by O’Brien. Because that was the list for the night: Top 10 Things Conan Will Say To Ruin This Top 10 List. Even the band gets into the act. Roll the clip! Top 10 Things Conan Will Say To Ruin This...

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