Day: May 7, 2008

An open mic at Rififi?

Well, sure. Why not? The East Village comedy venue remains open, after all. And you actually bought into those closing rumors. Again. Didn’t you? Fret not. The joint once known for Cinema Classics and now known as Rififi continues to run a bar with friendly bartenders and a live performance space in the back with shows Tuesdays-Saturdays. And tonight, friend of many a comedy blog Mo Diggs will launch and host his own monthly open mic after Gelmania. He explains it’ll work like so: Show up at 10 p.m. to sign up for lottery for seven slots. First six to perform (5-minute sets) will be announced at 10:15. Show starts at 10:30. As Diggs brings the sixth person onstage, he’ll announce who gets the lucky seventh slot and "headlines" with a closing 10-minute set. Thus ensuring anyone leftover who wants to perform sticks...

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Heather Fink on Dr. Phil

FYI: Comedian Heather Fink will appear on today’s Dr. Phil (most markets, 3 p.m.) to confront one of Gawker’s favorite dating nightmares, Paul Janka. Fellow Gawker nightmare (their "Worst Person in the World") will be on the program, too. If that’s not enough, Janka also will be a guest on Fink’s live comedy show, Street Meat, on Monday, May 12, at the Cake Shop (152 Ludlow St., in the Lower East Side). Also on that bill: Brett Gelman, Cole Kazdin, Luke Cunningham, Esther Ku, Rick Shapiro and music from Forest...

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Video: John Mayer spoofs his songwriting process

More than a few people on the Internets have a difficult time figuring out one Mr. John Mayer because they see him make fun of celebrity and the tabloid press and the red carpets, and they wonder if he’s full of it, or more often, they don’t wonder that at all but simply deduce that he must be mocked for even attempting mockery. I’ve seen him up close (well not that close, but close enough) and have seen him interact with comedians I know and enjoy, and also have seen him go onstage and try his hand at stand-up. So I can see that he really does want to have fun with his fame, even if it must come at his own expense. And that makes him alright by me. Here is his latest video for Funny or Die, produced by Judd Apatow, and featuring Ian Roberts, JB Smoove, Kristen Bell. And it’s NSFW. Enjoy. Makin’ Music with John Mayer on...

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Video: Cat Chiropractor

Bobby Tisdale has a history of cat bites (the cats bite him, not the other way around!), so it’s curious to see him take on the role of Dr. Charlize Therond, Cat Chiropractor. Then again, here he is! First patient, brought to him courtesy of Zach Galifianakis. Enjoy. Cat Chiropractor Episode 1 with Zach Galifianakis on...

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