Day: March 14, 2008

Tommy Tiernan: Something Mental

Already a big deal in Ireland, Tommy Tiernan is making his formal debut in the American marketplace this week with the CD/DVD release of Something Mental. A condensed version of his performance airs on Comedy Central tonight at 11 p.m. The New York Times reviewer writes: The most surprising moment in the show may be when he dives into a segment about his children. “This foulmouthed crazy man has kids?” you may find yourself saying. It’s a concept more jarring than any of his jokes. Ahem. As opposed to all the other "foulmouthed crazy man" comedians with kids? Anyhow. Tiernan’s November 2007 release, OK, Baby, sold more than 100,000 copies in five weeks in Ireland. When he appeared on David Letterman’s show last month, they let him have eight minutes. That’s fairly extraordinary considering most stand-ups are lucky to get half that. In that appearance, Tiernan talked about his kids and the differences between men and women in a way that suggested he had a Cosby-like storytelling nature about him. In Something Mental, we wait 42 minutes to hear the first of those bits (the set is 67 minutes in all) and get to hear Tiernan swear quite a bit (because he’s an Irishman forced to speak the English language) and offer his viewpoints on drinking, the Pope, fitness, the Olympics, Jesus and religions, the Eskimos and more. He’s...

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Doug Stanhope at Carolines

Here’s something you don’t see every weekend: Doug Stanhope performing in a mainstream comedy club. Stanhope is at Carolines in midtown Manhattan through Sunday. His rolling tour of bars and dives also detours back into the comedy clubs at Go Bananas in Cincinnati March 28-30. Blasts from the past: My recap of his show in a bar in Somerville, Mass., two years ago. My interview with him six years ago, just after his Aspen festival...

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YouTube’s Sketchies II: The top 20

YouTube has announced its 20 semifinalists in his second Sketchies sketch comedy contest. Voting ends March 19 to whittle it down to the top 10 in the running for $25,000 in cash, $15,000 worth of production gear and an opportunity to meet with UTA Online Agents. See them all and vote...

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