Author: Sean L. McCarthy

Comic Strip Marathon: Post #6 Go Long

Five hours down, and yet, that’s really only one-tenth of the way home. The wall behind me hums and vibrates against my back, gently soothing (plus) yet also making me feel dangerously sleepy (minus minus!). The audience is thinning and shuffling. Some customers just moved from the back to the front. I’ve heard from Jim David and Dean Edwards, who reminded us all that "this is the first time a comedy club has told comedians you can go longer." Kevin Brennan is making Ku LOL very loudly and often, so much so that he wonders if it’s a fake laugh. "I’ll take it!" Brennan said. Not to worry. Ku’s laugh may be loud, but it’s real and sincere. Earlier in his set, though, Brennan yells at the crowd. "Just relax…we’re trying to set a record, not have a good show!" Interesting point. My body feels like it’s in a Sharper Image chair. I’m hearing voices. Is that Gollum as a woman? No, it’s Al Ducharme. Some dude brought a pillow. Why didn’t I think of...

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Comic Strip Marathon: Post #5 LOLs!

Jeffrey Ross explained a porn joke to one of the young Aussie lasses in the front row and made her snort Long Island Ice Tea out of her nose. Fist bump! "If I do it a second time, do I get my own record?" Ross asked. We’ll have to look that up. Judah Friedlander, hilarious for 24 straight minutes, and right out of the gate, told us: "I just saw the worst movie ever. ‘The Charlie Sheen Story,’ starring Emilio...

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Comic Strip Marathon: Post #4 Hour 3 of 50

Judy Gold gets dismayed by all of the foreigners in the crowd, but only because it’s making her work harder for her crowd work. She plows through nevertheless. Gold tells a joke about seeing an Asian baby…with Asian parents…as comedian Esther Ku (as seen on this year’s Last Comic Standing) approaches my corner. Kismet! Two brothers sit down and please Gold by telling her they’re from Short Hills, NJ. They please me when they say they heard about this show from Time Out magazine. Bing bong! Stephenson vows to host the entire 50 hours. Will we both make it for the duration? Jeffrey Ross is taping an hourlong Comedy Central special this Saturday at The Borgata in Atlantic City (and my friends at Comedy Central Insider inform us that you can save $15 online by using the promo code ROASTMASTER), so he’ll be ready to shoulder the load for a while as we approach the three-hour mark in this adventure. He opens with a solid zinger. "How about a hand for all of the comedians who won’t be showing up…Chris Rock (audience laughs)…Jerry Seinfeld (more laughs)." But he hits a roadblock trying to engage the Guinness record watcher/verifier in the audience. Instead, the Guinness guy says, "On with the show!" To which Ross replies, "OK, well I guess I’ll just f$%& myself, then." He does, however, get on with...

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Comic Strip Marathon: Post #3 Scotch, please!

The energy in the room is hot. Thank Joe Matarese and Wali Collins for that. They knocked down 46 minutes between them talking about relationships and explaining New York City to the out-of-towners in the crowd. I’m mostly focused on how that first Red Bull is still hitting me. And now the 10 o’clock hour is going strong with Chuck Nice, who you may know best as host of The Sizzler segment on VH1’s Best Week Ever. "Welcome to the comedy gang bang!" Nice exclaims. He jokes that to get through these days and nights, we’ll need a lot of meth. Really, though, he just wants some liquor. He wonders if he can order an Amstel Light from the stage. Yes. Yes, he can. "Can I get a scotch, too?" he asks. He might as well, as a black guy, he says he must have a scotch, too. "It’s like peanut butter without the jelly!" As I type this, Nice is bumping and jumping and screaming onstage, describing the loud girl in a group you see out at night. The audience is liking this. It is 10:14 p.m., so far into what could be my own best week ever. Time will...

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Comic Strip Marathon: Post #2 Gregg Rogell

8:48 p.m. Stephenson introduces the first comedian to the stage. It’s Gregg Rogell: "It’s good to be here. I was a little late today…I got hit by a crane." Too soon? Nope. Just right. Especially in this neighborhood. But then Rogell makes a joke about Hillary Clinton not leaving the presidential campaign…that joke is about to expire in...

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