Day: March 18, 2008

Hot tubs: Always funny?

Does a hot tub automatically make any interview funnier? Apparently so. And I’m not the only one to think so. Super Deluxe is the latest to co-opt the concept with the debut today of Bathing with Bierko, with Craig Bierko in the tub talking up John Malkovich. This may not come as a surprise to anyone who has seen Tub Talk with Sara B., which can be, well, NSFW. It’s been on, after all. It did come as a surprise to Sara Benincasa, however, who sent me this missive: "Here is my official statement on this heinous act: "’Tub Talk with Sara B.’ fan Ryan Grim’s eagle eyes have alerted me to perhaps the greatest act of creative skullduggery since Esau wore Jacob’s robes to eff with Isaac’s sense of smell and steal the sacred birthright: an Internet bathtub talk show on SuperDeluxe entitled "Bathing with Bierko," hosted by one Craig Bierko. This rape of my web video vision shall not go unpunished! Bierko must prepare to feel my wrath! Cursory Wikipedia research indicates that Bierko has romanced such actresses as Meg Ryan and Charlize Theron. I have romanced a variety of drunken unknown bitter actormedians. Also, I don’t have a Wikipedia entry. The point? Bierko’s playing with fire here, and his Oscar-bait girlfriends had best get out the way, lest they get burned. This isn’t over, Craig...

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The Onion lets Todd Barry edit his own interview

Todd Barry conducted a phone interview with The Onion, then got to read the results and add his own comments. Example, please? This one’s for you, Todd. AVC: You consider anything fair game for comedy, but what wouldn’t you put in your act? TB: There are certain things that are probably too mean. I don’t particularly like fat jokes. Those kind of bother me. But I guess what I was trying to say is, if I said I would never laugh at this, you could probably dig around and find a situation where I did laugh. I try not to be a hypocrite with that one. I find when there’s a controversy about someone saying something offensive, I usually take the angle of, "Well, I don’t know if that was offensive; it just wasn’t funny." I generally don’t gasp, "Oh my God!" I think people have been getting raked over the coals lately. [An incredibly controversial answer. The kind of answer that will get picked up by various wire services and take both of us to the next level....

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