Day: October 20, 2014

Saturday Night Live promotes Leslie Jones to featured player in the cast

After making a couple of appearances on the Weekend Update desk already in 2014 and cameos in two other sketches this season, Leslie Jones earned herself an upgrade! Saturday Night Live announced tonight that Jones had been promoted from writer to featured player in the cast. Congrats, Leslie! It's official I'm a cast member!!! Get ready! Get ready!! @nbcsnl — Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) October 20, 2014 Jones joined SNL in January as a writer as show creator Lorne Michaels looked to diffuse criticism that his cast and writing staffs lacked diversity, specifically among black women. Jones had auditioned over...

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Lenny Marcus on Late Show with David Letterman

Lenny Marcus performed Friday night for his third time as a stand-up comedian on Late Show with David Letterman, and the third time actually is charming if you watched the portion of the show before Marcus appeared onstage. As soon as Marcus switches gears in this set to mock vegans, the audience immediately reacts. That’s because actress Jessica Chastain had been teaching Letterman all about her vegan lifestyle. Didn’t stop Marcus. Or you don’t suppose it inspired that portion of his set, do you? Vegan cupcakes, for the win. By the way, all three of his Late Show appearances...

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Kabir Singh wins 2014 San Francisco Comedy Competition

If not for the San Francisco Giants returning to the World Series, I might not have remembered to check up on the annual San Francisco Comedy Competition. It’s not as if the Bay Area’s once-prestigious monthlong comedy contest even wants us to know who won, or who even competed. The San Francisco Comedy Competition website is of little help updating us. Facebook or bust? Kabir Singh still gets the prize money for winning, though. Congrats Kabeezy! Singh, a Fremont resident, beat out fellow local Kurt Weitzmann as well as interlopers Lars Callieou, Dan Gabriel and John McClellan. This year’s...

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My Pod Week: Week ending 10/19/14

Mike Flinn (@realmikeflinn) isn’t just a podcast producer and engineer; he’s also an avid fan of the form. “My Pod Week” recaps and reviews the many varied comedy podcasts Flinn listened to or attended live tapings of during the previous week. Enjoy! BABY GENIUSES (Ep. 74- Pat Cassels/Eliza Skinner) “Do you not like movies?” “I think I might not like movies.” Emily Heller has just seen Ghostbusters for the first time. Co-host Lisa Hanawalt grew up watching good flicks with her older brother and is shaken by Emily’s admission. “It’s such a bad feeling that I have right now.”...

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Jay Leno is the Richard Nixon of comedy

Jay Leno struck this pose Sunday night while accepting the 2014 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In doing so, Leno evoked the classic imagery of former President Richard M. Nixon, flashing the double V-for-Victory peace signs and declaring “I am not a crook.” Joke pose or not, considering Leno’s own career ambitions and how he coveted a prestigious post so much that it tainted his reputation, will he go down in history as the Richard Nixon of comedy?...

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