Author: Sean L. McCarthy

The “Carolines on GMA Now” series on ABC

In case you haven’t been following the Internets, ABC News recently struck up a partnership with its Times Square neighbor, Carolines, for a weekly interview/performance segment called Carolines on GMA Now. Club owner Caroline Hirsch also takes part in the segments and often has her own questions for the comedians. It appears as part of the magically mysterious third hour of Good Morning America, which doesn’t appear on the regular ABC television network, but rather on some digital cable systems, mobile phone networks and definitely online. ABC doesn’t like to offer embedded video, so instead, we’ve got links to share. The mix includes both headliners working the club that weekend (natural cross-promotion) as well as up-and-coming New York-based stand-ups. Sometimes there’s a performance in the ABC studio with a small audience (that’s a tough room!). Sometimes not. Last week’s segment had a rather revealing interview with Mike DeStefano. Previous segments:Tommy DavidsonSusie EssmanGilbert GottfriedJulian McCulloughKevin PollakColin QuinnRobert SchimmelReese Waters “We’re thrilled to be teaming up with ABC News’ ‘Good Morning America NOW’ on this new program,” Hirsch said in the official press release earlier this spring. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase our lively and entertaining programming on ABC News NOW — across all of its platforms — broadband, cable and...

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Zach Galifianakis interviews Michael Showalter

This is as indie rock as indie rock gets. Right? I have so many other things to be writing about right now, and yet, all I want to write about is this new Zach Galifianakis interview with Michael Showalter, er, I mean, Widge. Money quote for me: "It really started with I don’t want to be working at Cartoon Network anymore." Thank you, New York magazine....

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Reality Bites Back: This summer’s other comedian competition

Only one day before the debut of season six of NBC’s Last Comic Standing, but right now, somewhere in this country (most likely Southern California), several comedians are competing in a spoof of all of the other "reality" TV shows. It’s tentatively called Reality Bites Back, coming to Comedy Central on July 17 (same night as the return of The Gong Show with Dave Attell). It’s a real competition modeled after parodies of actual "reality" TV contests. As the show’s initial online home says, it’ll include competitions such as "Are You Smarter Than A Monkey?," "So You Think You Can Dive!," "Almost American Gladiators" and "The Amazing Disgrace." Michael Ian Black is hosting. Competitors include Donnell Rawlings, Kyle Cease and Theo Von. Von, as you may recall, first came to our collective attention on MTV’s The Real World. More importantly, though, there are seven other comedians taking part in this show. Do you know anyone competing? Please tell us! UPDATED: You can see who’s in it from this preview...

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Memorial Day Weekend comedy listings

Another holiday weekend approaches, and regardless of how high gas prices will get by then, you still might find yourself in a different city for Memorial Day weekend, and wherever you are, you’ll definitely find yourself in need of a laugh. With that, check out my updated club listings for comedy venues around the country. Even Gallagher has work this weekend (Spoiler alert! He’ll be in New Brunswick, NJ, at the Stress...

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Dueling Obama/Clinton videos on SNL, Super Deluxe

Hey, know how that presidential campaign between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nod is so fierce? Hey, know how those NBA Playoffs commercials splitting face time and voice time for competing players looks and sounds so neat? Wouldn’t it be nice if someone had the idea to make a video like that about Obama and Clinton? Would it be nicer if two someones had that idea? Here is the video from Team Tiger Awesome that went up on Super Deluxe on May 14: Here is the video that appeared on Saturday Night Live on May 17: Of course, you haven’t heard or read much about these two videos being similar because, well, it’s so parallel thinking I’m surprised I haven’t seen it everywhere (and if it was on MADtv last weekend, that wouldn’t shock me, either, except I keep forgetting about MADtv, which is another issue, entirely). Not another issue, entirely: Everyone already has seemed to have forgotten about Super Deluxe. Including Super Deluxe. By the way, the entire episode of last weekend’s MADtv appears after the jump. In case you’d forgotten,...

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