Author: Sean L. McCarthy

Reese Waters on GMA ABC News Now

Reese Waters, who won the Carolines March Comedy Madness competition earlier this month, gets part of his prize last week with an interview on Good Morning America NOW (read: online) courtesy of Lee Woodruff (wife of Bob and co-host of an all-star special at last year’s New York Comedy Festival) and Caroline Hirsch (the Caroline of Carolines!), plus a performance. The sharing/embed buttons don’t seem to work right now. If I (or you) can figure it out, you’ll see the video directly here. Until then, click here for the direct link to Waters’ interview and...

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CD/DVD review: Robert Kelly, Just the Tip

New this week on CD and DVD, Robert Kelly presents Just the Tip. Before we get to the review, here is a very appropriate promo provided by Kelly himself, with Comedy Central’s Anne Harris. It’s an especially apt look at what you’re going to get on the DVD disc, which features a 43-minute documentary behind the scenes in the "making of the CD." So you see plenty of Kelly’s funny friends trash talking him and his idea to his face, including Dane Cook, Colin Quinn, Jim Norton, Keith Robinson, Al Del Bene and Jay Davis. Yes. That Jay Davis. Though the CD claims it was taped in July 2007, much of the DVD footage comes from 2006, when Kelly was fresh off of HBO’s Tourgasm and brought Davis along as his opener because of that. On the CD, most of his jokes he says he’s 36, but in the middle he sometimes says he’s 35. For further evidence, you can see my newspaper byline from the Boston Herald about Kelly’s Comedy Connection tapings at the 37:40 mark (fun fact!). Click here for unpublished parts of my interview with Kelly then (which includes predictions from Kelly about what’ll be on the disc!). Anyhow. The "making of" video succeeds in bringing the atmosphere of the Comedy Cellar table out into the daylight and everyday life, revealing that these comedians really are...

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CCP highlights: Shaun Majumder

Shaun Majumder, co-starring in FOX midseason replacement sitcom Unhitched, closed out the 12th season of Comedy Central Presents on Friday night. Here are two highlights from his half-hour...

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Review: Kumail Nanjiani, “Unpronounceable”

Kumail Nanjiani’s one-man show, Unpronounceable, plays at 8 p.m. April 11 and April 25 at the UCB Theatre in New York City. (Tickets: $8. Info) Some reviews of Kumail Nanjiani’s one-man show (which debuted in Chicago under the direction of Paul Provenza, and has moved with him to New York City), while very positive, nevertheless make short shrift of his work by suggesting this is where Nanjiani has relegated all of his jokes about being a Pakistani Muslim. This is far from a dumping ground or a hiding place for hack jokes or stereotypical material that somehow don’t belong in stand-up comedy. Far from it. It’s a very personal and quite poignant work, punctuated by powerful punchlines. (Photo by TheeErin from 8/24/2007 performance in Chicago)Growing up in Karachi, Pakistan, Kumail Nanjiani begins at the beginning, explaining his daily rituals and how he first questioned the Koran at age 8. His family followed strict religious traditions, though juxtaposed by the idea that the children would learn English through Hollywood movies. Nanjiani jokes that this was justified as a sort of vaccination, just enough knowledge of Western culture to ultimately resist it. The going wasn’t going to be easy. His dad facing very real threats of terrorism, kidnapping and death because his profession as a Shiite doctor made him a valuable asset in the ongoing battles between Sunnis and Shiites. Nanjiani...

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