Author: Sean L. McCarthy

Brett Gelman’s “lil” New York lottery campaign?

Have you seen the new New York Lottery ads for Take 5, featuring the talking head of who appears to be Brett Gelman on a teeny tiny body? Now that’s cracked out! The 30-second TV spot is one thing, but here is a link to the lottery campaign, A Little Bit of Luck, where you can find much more zaniness. I asked Gelman about it last night at the ECNY Awards, and he replied, "Nah, that was Marlon Wayans." You can also download your own Desktop Lil’ Widget to have him tell you that night’s Take 5 numbers. UPDATED (12:25 a.m. Jan. 30): Gelman appeared on Tuesday’s Sweet show and told host Seth Herzog he wasn’t all that amused by getting introduced onstage as "A Little Bit of Luck." I think he was joking. Right? Look here at this photo of him on a bus stop poster on Sixth Avenue south of West 14th Street in New York City! Note the fact that it’s already "tagged." I’d post video of the ad, but all you need to do is watch the local TV news and you’re bound to see him. UPDATED WITH...

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2008 ECNY Awards

Over the years, I’ve witnessed some of the uglier facets of comedy contests as both a participant and as a judge. Last night, however, I saw the sunnier side at the ECNY Awards (please don’t call them the Emerging Comics of New York anymore) ceremony at Comix in New York City. Even before the showcase started, you could see something special happening. Comedians got dressed up. There was a red carpet. Small, to be sure, but still there and still red with correspondents talking to a camera in footage that presumably will wind up on the Internet. A very festive air. And so nice to see a scene — or at least a distinctly unique scene — come together in celebration of the art of comedy. Host Jon Friedman said they changed the name of the awards KFC-like to just ECNY to show they were rewarding all sorts of comedy, not just the emerging kind. At the same time, though, it would’ve been nice to really see all of New York comedy represented in the room. When the ceremony ended, several comedians had to turn around and go back to their table because they didn’t have their proper receipts on hand for the door guys. We spent the night in a traditional comedy club with traditional item minimums and rules, and yet we could’ve used a few more traditional...

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Last Comic Standing auditions begin Jan. 29

Get ready, because Tuesday marks the official start of season six of NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and Bill Bellamy returns to host. Here are the audition cities and dates: Tuesday, Jan. 29: Los Angeles, Hollywood Improv, with "talent scouts" Angela Kinsey and Oscar Nunez from The Office Feb. 7: New York City, Gotham Comedy Club, with "talent scouts" Richard Belzer and Steve Schirripa Feb. 14: Toronto, Yuk Yuk’s Feb. 19: Minneapolis, Acme Comedy Club Feb. 22: Houston, Houston Improv Feb. 26: Tempe, Ariz., Tempe Improv Feb. 29: San Francisco, Cobb’s Comedy Club March 3: Nashville, Zanies For more information and rules, visit NBC’s official show site. One thing you won’t see there is the unwritten rule of thumb that you really need a scheduled appointment if you want to have any chance of advancing. For most of those standing in line for hours upon hours, you’re just a face in the crowd. You may wow them. But most of the slots probably already will have been taken by professional comedians with agents and managers who got them around the line for a scheduled appointment. Talent scouts or no talent scouts. This is TV, remember. Don’t let me stop you, though. Unless you’re younger than 18. In which case, you’re too young, anyhow. Them’s the rules....

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Robby Roadsteamer goes acoustic

More than a few people today have arrived here looking for information on Robby Roadsteamer. Perhaps that’s because he has a Monday night acoustic residency at the All Asia in Cambridge, Mass., which I learned from reading my friend Nick Zaino’s recent interview with the musician/comedian in the Boston Globe. For more of Zaino’s writings, visit his blog, The Optimistic Curmudgeon. And for all things Roadsteamer, click...

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Nick DiPaolo on BlogTalkRadio

Nick DiPaolo went on the Opie & Anthony show this morning to promote his new Internet talk show on BlogTalkRadio. I caught the last 10 minutes or so. An interesting return to the airwaves for DiPaolo, who had a so-called "terrestrial" radio program based in NYC on 92.3 FM in those early post-Stern, Free FM, pre-K-Rock days when David Lee Roth held court in the mornings. Anyhow. Tangent over. DiPaolo loves to talk about politics and the issues of the day, and in this new format, he takes calls and also talks back to the Internet chatters on his site. Don’t know if he plans a regular weekday schedule or not. At the end of this afternoon’s show, which you can listen to in the archives (and also on iTunes), he did announce he’ll be back on the air for at 2 p.m. Tuesday and again at 2 p.m....

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