Author: Sean L. McCarthy

Whitest Kids season 2 debuts tonight on IFC

The Whitest Kids U’Know make their second-season splash at 11 p.m. tonight on IFC, followed by a half-hour highlights package from their first season back on FUSE. The IFC promos make much of the fact that the Whitest Kids can now be seen uncensored, and tonight’s episode certainly reminds you of that early and often, from the opening scene (fun fact: that really is all Sam, and if you pay attention, you can even see him pulling out his, er, um, package). Trevor celebrates pot smoking in "The Dinosaur Rap." There’s plenty of cussing, playing with racial stereotypes, and things that kids certainly should not try duplicating at home. The Whitest Kids stopped by the Greg Johnson and Larry Murphy show Friday at Rififi to preview two of the sketches (the rap video and a sketch involving bizarre notes from a director for a movie murder scene). The final version of tonight’s episode whips through 10 scenes in 22:45, so some jokes almost fly past. A mouth-farting sketch that goes on a bit too long was the finale in the draft debut, but the final version adds another sketch displaying the power of proper eyewear. Here’s one brief sketch from tonight that features the always-hilarious Jenny Slate. Meet the Whitest Kids in this behind the scenes promo: Related: The Whitest Kids on...

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New York’s Last Comics Standing

Is season six set up to be the year for the duo? Both God’s Pottery and Stone & Stone advanced last night out of New York City’s Last Comic Standing auditions and performance showcase. I’ll have much more to say on this, but wanted to get the main news out now. Only six acts made it from Friday’s callbacks to the showcase, including the duos above, D.C. comic Chris White, Costaki Economopoulos, Michelle Buteau, and the man who first brought truth to LCS, Dan Naturman. Those who got through callbacks Thursday had included Dan Curry, Jon Fisch, Angry Bob, Tom Simmons, Esther Ku, Louis Ramey, Josh Sneed, and D.C.’s Aparna Nancherla. Reportedly joining the duos in the next round of competition will be Naturman, Ku, Ramey and Aparna. I believe that list is missing one performer. Do you know who that...

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Behind the CCP: Nick Thune

Two things to remember when you watch the debut tonight of Nick Thune’s half-hour Comedy Central Presents. 1) See that "bird" that flaps around in the camping background? That bird prompted three, count ’em, three reshoots just so they could get it on camera. Was it worth it? 2) Thune’s closer had a little help, if you know what I mean. And if you don’t know what I mean, that’s fine by me. I don’t mind being vague today. Interviews with Thune after the...

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Behind the CCP: My First Time

Michael Showalter hosts tonight’s special Comedy Central Presents: My First Time, which explores the early jokey jokes and stand-up starts of Showalter, Michael Ian Black, Mike Birbiglia and Bonnie McFarlane. Here, let Showalter explain it. During the taping back in August, Showalter explained to the audience that this show wouldn’t be about comedians losing their virginity, although they would talk about losing their onstage virginity, so to speak. Coincidentally, an off-Broadway show a few blocks west of the Comedy Central tapings in fact was called My First Time and in fact did have actors reading monologues about people losing their virginity, in fact. So any confusion could be expected. Showalter apparently finished fourth in a four-person comedy contest in his youth, and recounted his highway sign joke that he thought would win it all. Birbiglia reminisced at length about the second time he’d ever tried stand-up, leaving his Georgetown campus for a Virginia bar called Fat Tuesdays. When he arrived, he discovered they expected him to perform for a half-hour. "I was thinking, man, I only have 11 minutes of comedy, so…yeah!" Other tidbits: He had six topics written on note cards to help him remember his material. They said Teletubbies, Cookie Monster, Who Wants to Be A Millionaire, The A-Team, Stick Insects, and Slash. He was so nervous he threw up on the sidewalk. Not now. Then. Looking...

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