Day: August 29, 2013

Documentary short is a throwback to “The First Days of The Second City”

Here’s a short documentary for your Throwback Thursday needs, no matter what day it may be. Improv Legends has put together several minutes of interview footage with founders and early participants in The Second City improv and sketch comedy company in Chicago — including the late Bernie Sahlins and the late Joyce Sloane, plus Valerie Harper, Paul Sand and Sheldon Patinkin. Sahlins and Sloane talk about from the early days through the first 50 years of Second City shows, the cast used improvisation techniques to formulate sketch showcases, and also offered free improv shows so the audience could be...

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Jay Pharoah flips Kanye West’s “I Am A God” into “I Am A Dog” for this Above Average music video

In Kanye West’s world, he growls “I Am A God.” In our comedy world, that script is flipped, and Saturday Night Live‘s Jay Pharoah impersonates Yeezus with a dash of Wilfred in this music video parody, “I Am A Dog.” The video is from Above Average, the webseries production shingle headed by SNL’s Lorne Michaels. So it all comes full woof for your woofers. For those of you wondering why this couldn’t wait for an appearance on TV and SNL itself, the season premiere is still five weeks away. Do you know how long five weeks is in Internet...

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72 Hours with Marc Maron, Matt Braunger and Brendon Walsh at the Vancouver Comedy Festival: A photo essay by Leigh Righton

“Marc Maron, Brendon Walsh and Matt Braunger all performed at the Festival, and I had the opportunity to follow and photograph them over the course of three days, on and off stage. Throughout this series, I had to embrace the unpredictable – lighting was often terrible, moments were fleeting and my subjects were on the move. My goal was to provide a rare and intimate glimpse into their lives as they navigated their hectic festival schedules during the evenings, and endured long hours of downtime during the day.” Leigh Righton writes about spending the weekend with three comedians during...

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Natasha Leggero roasts Jay Leno on The Tonight Show

“Jay, why is it when you’re not working, you’re always dressed like you’re on death row at Shawshank?” — Natasha Leggero, roasting Jay Leno on The Tonight Show, Aug. 28, 2013 Leggero is part of the Comedy Central Roast of James Franco, premiering Labor Day. Roll the clip. Speaking of the #FrancoRoast, here’s Leggero telling Leno about that, which helps set up the above...

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