Day: May 28, 2014

Ben Kronberg on what you didn’t see on Last Comic Standing’s season 8 premiere, Roseanne and the #GoFuckYourselfBen meme

I knew Ben Kronberg was a bit of a loon the first time I met him, seven years ago in Colorado during the final HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen. Then again, we all went a bit loony that weekend in the snow-covered mountains. But you didn’t know Kronberg then. And despite his recent touring, his half-hour Comedy Central stand-up special last year, there’s a good chance you only made a first impression of him last Thursday night on your TV during NBC’s Last Comic Standing, a two-hour episode that made a highlight out of Kronberg. Perhaps not...

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How To Do Visual Comedy: An ode to the directorial work of Edgar Wright

Here’s a fun visual essay by Tony Zhou, uploaded to his Vimeo on Tuesday, in which he implores comedy filmmakers today to be more like director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, The World’s End). As he wrote: “If you love visual comedy, you gotta love Edgar Wright, one of the few filmmakers who is consistently finding humor through framing, camera movement, editing, goofy sound effects and music. This is an analysis and an appreciation of a director so awesome that Marvel had to fire him on a holiday. For educational purposes...

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Dustin’s Dojo audition on America’s Got Talent season 9

Howard Stern used his first and only touch of “The Golden Buzzer” to save an act on the ninth-season premiere of NBC’s America’s Got Talent. Stern’s save was a joke. Dustin’s Dojo is a joke act. A guy who says he learned karate at a pizza place in Pensacola (OK, I’ll give him the alliteration there) and has a masked sidekick, and it’s all played for laughs. Because really. There’s plenty more of this drummed up in 20 videos over the past nine months on Dustin’s Dojo YouTube channel. What? And yet, I cannot help but think that these...

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Dan Naturman’s audition for America’s Got Talent season 9

Last Comic Standing is back, and so is Dan Naturman — only this time, Naturman is finding his comedic success thanks to America’s Got Talent. A decade ago, Naturman infamously pitted the celebrity judges against the producers of Last Comic; the judges loved Naturman but claimed producers wouldn’t let him advance in season two of that show. Not-so-fast forward to 2014, and Tuesday night’s premiere of season nine of AGT. Naturman, now 44, easily won over all four judges with his first stand-up performance. Heidi Klum thought he was very likable. Naturman did, after all, include a tag in...

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