Author: Sean L. McCarthy

The Creek and The Cave: Full-time comedy in May

As people bemoan the evolution of the East Village and Lower East and wonder, where can independent-minded comedians and comedy fans congregate, have you considered Long Island City? Of course you haven’t. But several comedians are making a go of it at The Creek and The Cave, which already had a weekly comedy night on Wednesdays (Kingdom of Heaven hosted by Timmy Williams and John F. O’Donnell), will expand to Tuesdays-Saturdays in May at 10-93 Jackson Avenue (in between the 7 and the G, and on the B61 route). The co-conspirators are pictured here by Matt Ruby. And here is the proposed schedule… Tuesdays: The Jerk Practice Presents Evenings With Tuesday8 p.m. (free) Hans Freiwald, Casey van Heel, Justin Lang, Mitch Rose and Henning Koczy perform conceptual sketch comedy. Sean Patton hosts with special guests and new videos. Wednesdays: The Kingdom of Heaven8 p.m. (free) John F. O’Donnell and Timmy Williams (The Whitest Kids U’ Know) present up-and-coming stand-ups. Thursdays: The Matt and Katina Show(Every other Thursday: 5/8, 5/22, 6/5, 6/19, 7/3, 7/17, 7/31, 8/14, 8/28) 8 p.m. (free) Matt McCarthy & Katina Corrao reunite for a night of sketches, songs and more. Off Topic(Every other Thursday: 5/15, 5/29, 6/12, 6/26, 7/10, 7/24, 8/7, 8/21) 8 p.m. (free) John Knefel and Mike Drucker host stand-up, plus four comedians debating what’s new in the world. Fridays: The Adam & Trevor...

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Dov Davidoff on his CD, The Point Is…

Today marks the release of Dov Davidoff’s first CD, "The Point Is…" on Comedy Central Records. Davidoff, who grew up in New Jersey and currently makes his home in Los Angeles, took a few minutes last week to talk with The Comic’s Comic about the CD. Dov Davidoff recorded the set live in October at the Comedy Works in Denver. "It’s just a really good club and good acoustics. It’s the closest thing I’ve seen to the Comedy Cellar. It’s a much bigger room but it has a much similar vibe. It’s a good room," he said. The press kits and standard bios for him always mention upfront that he grew up with a "world-traveling hippie mother" who was a psychologist and a father with a junkyard. That obviously had an impact on his comedic outlook, which live or on CD, tends to sound like a man observing how crazy the world is, sometimes deciding to fight crazy with crazy. As he says in his act, "two crazy people cancel each other out." "It was huge," he said of his parents’ impact. "Because dealing with that world made me so uncomfortable that I had to develop psychological defense mechanisms, so there you go." The energetic persona and voice he carries onstage, though, sharply contrasts with his calm demeanor over the phone with me. "It was never a choice," he...

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Seinfeld joins all-star Gotham benefit Thursday

Tom Papa frequently opens for Jerry Seinfeld on his nationwide theater tour dates, and Seinfeld is returning the favor this Thursday night by performing at a fund-raiser show Papa is throwing at Gotham Comedy Club for his sister’s charity, City Green. Papa explains via MySpace bulletin today: "A little background on the show… I’ve got a sister and she runs a charity called "City Green" that builds gardens in wasted urban spaces. Brings the community together, makes people happy, real do-gooder stuff! But I’m a do-gooder too and I’m putting on a fund raising show for her at the Gotham Comedy Club next Thursday, April 24th at 8pm. All proceeds go to her charity." What more do you need to know? Right. The lineup, in addition to Seinfeld and Papa, includes Jeff Garlin, Colin Quinn, Kevin Brennan and Keith Robinson. It’s a $40 cover and two-drink minimum. Get your tickets before they’re...

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The art of performing unannounced

This piece in the Sunday Times (UK) offers an intriguing look at how London comedy clubs allow famous comedians to perform "anonymously," at least on the listed bill, as mystery guests so audiences don’t get their expectations out of whack. Comedians talk about trying to get ready for a new tour and shaking off the rust (as Chris Rock did, acknowledging to me last summer and fall before his current tour), about how they approach surprise club dates differently from theaters, and how to deal with audience expectations. Here’s one of several good quotes from the article: “It’s about managing expectations,” says the comedian and TV host Dara O’Briain. “If you’ve been away from the circuit, you’re not match fit. And you never know if something’s funny till you say it out loud – the amount of stuff for this tour I’ve had to ditch when I found it wasn’t as funny as it had been in my head.” O’Briain did a dozen club nights of varying degrees of hairiness as he got ready for his current show. “Once the tour starts, you’ve got to be ready,” he says. “No one pays £20 to be on your side as you work through some stuff.” The situation, of course, is not unique to London. The article even describes one comedian watching Rock work out new material at the Comedy Cellar...

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Video: Goodnight, OJ

Anya Garrett shot and edited this offstage look at Livia Scott’s one-woman show, Goodnight, OJ, adapted from actual letters people wrote to OJ Simpson while he was in jail awaiting prosecution for double homicide in 1994. Scott’s stage show returns to the UCB Theatre tonight at 9:30 p.m. (also May 7). After the jump, an earlier onstage video version of the same letter adapted above, from a 2007 performance at the...

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