Author: Sean L. McCarthy

Tim Minchin returns to NYC for extended run

Remember when Tim Minchin told me in November how much he loved his first visit to New York City and would love to return in 2008 for an extended run and write a new show? Well. Minchin will make good on that, starting Monday. He’ll perform a 90-minute show at New World Stages, Mondays-Saturdays, from March 3 through April 12. Info...

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Review: Todd Barry, “From Heaven”

Todd Barry’s third comedy CD, "From Heaven," comes out next Tuesday. Perhaps you’ve heard that. But you’re wondering more. What’s on the CD? Is it funny? Should I buy it? All good questions, yes. First, though, how about making sure you’re in the know. For those who haven’t heard or seen Todd Barry, you may need to hear/see him a few times to get used to his delivery. Barry’s onstage voice and his regular speaking voice force you to pay attention to what he’s saying, lacking the typical changes in volume and inflection that would normally act as listening cues. That said, it also, at least in his live sets recently, helps play into his humor. Barry does not have the voice of a braggard, yet he’s often telling audiences he’s the best comedian they’ve ever seen. One joke on the CD has Barry going to the zoo to see panda bears but loving the prairie dogs more, then realizing that’s how audiences must feel when they see Barry as the opening act for another comic. Talk like that might make you think that "From Heaven," really could be subtitled, "From the Mouth of Todd." On this CD, though, hearing him and laughing along with him are not at issue. The crowd at the Comedy Studio in Cambridge, Mass., where Barry recorded these sets last year, laughed loud and...

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David Steinberg hired by Interview mag

Women’s Wear Daily reported today that Interview magazine has hired David Steinberg to be its comedy editor. Why didn’t I know this job was even open? At any rate. Last I’d seen of Steinberg, he was on the TV interviewing stand-up comedians for the TV Land show Sit Down Comedy, so I guess those interviews made sense for Interview. That said, Steinberg’s online home news page is a year old. What have you done for us lately? Get to...

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Paul Scheer’s success impedes Human Giant tour

Developing: Paul Scheer of Human Giant writes to announce that he has gotten a part "in the new Jack Black/Michael Cera film Year One and due to a scheduling conflict, we must change/cancel some tour dates." What’s that mean? The guys report that, for now, it means…and I’m quoting them here: San Francisco – Rob and Aziz will do the show without Paul. Portland – CANCELLED Seattle – CANCELLED Cambridge – Being rescheduled for April hopefully… DC – Being rescheduled for April hopefully… Philadelphia – Being rescheduled for April hopefully… Williamsburg – Being rescheduled for April hopefully… NY (Paley Center/Museum of TV and Radio) – Being rescheduled for April hopefully… ALL SXSW SHOWS – Good to...

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