Author: Sean L. McCarthy

SNL with Amy Adams, Vampire Weekend

Let’s just say it. Saturday Night Live belongs to Amy Poehler. This weekend’s episode (third new show in a row, if you’re scoring at home) didn’t feature many memorable scenes, but Poehler managed to stand out throughout the 90 minutes. OK. The cold open. Once again, all about Poehler’s Hillary Clinton. This time, her 3 a.m. TV ad. And this time, they don’t even try to disguise their displeasure with Fred Armisen’s Obama, relegating him to taped voiceovers in a sketch that even after another viewing, I’m not sure which candidate they’re really lampooning. But I do know that they rely on Poehler to carry this sketch, and this show. In related news, Armisen finally updated his SNL backstage blog last week. Not much to say about him getting the Obama role. Amy Adams did well enough as host. During her monologue, Kristen Wiig joined her onstage for a song, which made me wonder aloud and type here…when did the folks from Studio 60 take over SNL? Their sisters premise showed up after the break. And. Yes. Moving on. Poehler was the only character trying to be funny in a couples therapy sketch as a Bulgarian mail-order wife looking for citizenship. A Digital Short that did, what exactly? Proved Jason Sudeikis has a mean left jab. A Bravo TV spoof that was a one-noter, but again, allowed Poehler to...

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The man behind AST

Ben Kharakh published an interview this weekend with Matt Belknap, aka isoS, aka the man who made A Special Thing. Read it. Fun fact not included in the interview: Belknap is an Emerson College product. They really are everywhere. And as you can read from this alumni bulletin, he graduated a year after Jen Kirkman. Fun...

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Follow-up on Aspen comedy, post-fest

In the wake of the departure of the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, comedy itself in Aspen has taken a dark turn. If that previous Aspen Times report on the Aspen Comedy Club’s woes wasn’t enough for you, then here’s the follow-up piece from Friday’s paper. Still full of damning he-said, he-said quotes. For those of you who wonder if it’s all fun and games in the comedy...

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A moment with du Bouchet

I never got to see the Giant Tuesday show at Rififi, but last night, I did get a moment to meet and speak with the comedy giant himself, Andres du Bouchet. That was nice. You know what else would be nice? Updating my site. I’ve got two show recaps just waiting to leap from the notepad to the keypad. Until then, enjoy this funny ad spoof, courtesy of Monsieur du...

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Live at Gotham: 2008 lineups!

Tapings begin tonight for Comedy Central’s 2008 season of Live at Gotham, all at Gotham Comedy Club tonight-Sunday. Find your favorites and root them on! Thursday, March 6th Show 1, Host: Jeff Dunham JR Brow, Erik Griffin, Jared Logan, Anjelah Johnson, Michael Palascak, Lenny Marcus Show 2, Host: Jim Norton Rob O’Reilly, Nate Bargatze, Erin Jackson, Mike Vecchione, Mo Mandel, Ryan Dalton Friday, March 7th Show 1, Host: Ralphie May Kevin Camia, James Smith, Brent Weinbach, Roger Hailes, Brad Williams, Baron Vaughn Show 2, Host: Tommy Davidson Bengt Washburn, Noe Gonzalez, Geoff Tate, Erin Judge, Raj Desai, Jon Dore Saturday, March 8th Show 1, Host: Kevin Hart Joe List, Vince Averill, Na’im Lynn, Matt McCarthy, Lucas Molondes, TJ Miller Show 2, Host: Rich Vos Ryan Sickler, Bob Biggerstaff, Hugh Moore, Chelsea Peretti, Hari Kondabolu, Mike DeStefano Sunday, March 9th Show 1, Host: DL Hughley Paul Ogata, Myq Kaplan, Josh Homer, Liz Miele, Shane Mauss, Theo Von Show 2, Host:  Daniel Tosh Matt Braunger, Hannibal Buress, Owen Benjamin, Mary Mack, Nigel Lawrence, Adam...

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