Author: Sean L. McCarthy

Why the WGA strike isn’t over yet

Here is a video, thanks to Nick Kroll and the writing of Seth MacFarlane, to explain why the writers and the studios remain at an impasse. Let’s hope the Directors Guild’s agreement provides a roadmap to compromise. Also featuring Kat Foster (Til Death) and strike-bearded Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother). Another example of Disposable Television. So to...

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Pre-sale ticket offer today!

Starting this afternoon, you can get your hands on tickets before anyone else for the Gerry Red Wilson Comedy Benefit show, to be held March 5 at Town Hall in NYC with performances by Dave Attell, Louis CK, Pete Correale, Nick DiPaolo, Greg Fitzsimmons, Artie Lange, Kevin Meaney and Jim Norton. That’s a heckuva lineup. Tickets for the general public go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. But you can get them now via The Comic’s Comic’s Comic’s Comic’s (wait, that’s too many comic’s) promotional Ticketmaster offer. Click here! This was Gerry Red Wilson. A member of the New York Friars Club, Wilson died Nov. 22, 1998 at the age of 37 from spinal meningitis. An aspiring TV and stand-up career cut far too short. A native New Yorker, Wilson graduated from Queens College and began teaching in the city’s public schools. On nights and weekends, he pursued a career in comedy. He got his first big TV break with ABC and the 1998 midseason replacement sitcom That’s Life, and had a development deal with FOX that he was working on another sitcom for when he contracted the disease that took his life. Seven comedy benefit shows have been held since then, raising more than $200,000 for organizations such as The Meningitis Association of America. Tickets for the March 5 show run from $44.25-$74.25. Donations also can be made...

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Live comedy at Sundance? Sweet!

This year’s Sundance Film Festival kicks off this weekend with live laughs, courtesy of Seth Herzog’s Sweet show. Well, actually it’s courtesy of Toyota and producer Adam Bauer. But that’s why they call it show business, right? As for the shows, if you’re in the vicinity of Park City, Utah, on Friday and/or Saturday, just head over to the Sidecar Lounge at 333 Main St. between 6:30 and 7 p.m. It’s not quite like being in the Slipper Room on the Lower East Side, but from what I gather, Herzog’s comedy showcase should be a lot of fun, because he’ll be joined by Saturday Night Live‘s Jason Sudeikis, David Wain (who cast Herzog and Sudeikis in his 2007 film The Ten, which screened at last year’s Sundance and came out on DVD this week), Nick Kroll and John Veiner. Oh, and there’s likely to be at least one big special surprise stand-up performer, too. Care to know more? Well, then, just sit back and let Seth Herzog and Jason Sudeikis explain part of their plans. Comedy at Sundance: Sweet!Uploaded by thecomicscomic I know, I know. The lighting. But I prefer working without all the bells and whistles of traditional videographers. Them and their flashes and microphones and whatnots. Just as I’ve been known to throw myself into situations as a print journalist, why not go gonzo in digital multimedia,...

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Two more videos: Erik; striking writers

I don’t know that I meant to post so many videos today, but they keep popping up on my computer and why wait until later what you can post now, right? First up, Erik Charles Nielsen. He performs at some of the non-mainstream, you might call them "alternative" rooms in the Los Angeles area, got his comedic start in Boston, got a comedic break in Aspen last year, and well, you have to realize that even though he’s technically acting in this sketch for Erik the Librarian, that the genius of Erik is that for everyone who doesn’t get him or doesn’t want to get him, there are plenty of other people (among them, comedians) who simply cannot stop laughing. Just watch the reaction from The Office‘s Mindy Kaling, for instance. Is Life Worth Living?Uploaded by erikthelibrarian The second clip comes from a new site called Big Think, where big thinkers come to express their big ideas, or something like that. Here we see three striking writers — Dan Goor, Colin Jost and Laura Krafft, talk about the ongoing WGA...

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UCB’s new comedy site,

Yeppers. The Upright Citizens Brigade, which already has online sites to check out schedules and performers at its New York City, Los Angeles and touring companies, launched its own original content video joke machine today. It’s Check it out! UPDATED: I just checked it out. Lots of fun stuff, links to ASSSCAT and Improv Everywhere vids, and thankfully, embed codes. Here’s a video I somehow hadn’t seen before now, but shows the madness prankster that is Rob Lathan in "Lost...

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