Day: June 18, 2008

Great American Comedy Festival hits Nebraska

The inaugural Great American Comedy Festival got under way last night with an amateur stand-up contest in Norfolk, Neb., hometown to the late Johnny Carson. Eddie Brill, David Letterman’s comedy guy, is coordinating the effort, and we all know how Letterman felt about his late-night TV mentor. Robert Klein is set to perform Saturday night along with Brill and the winner of the following… There’s also a competition featuring 24 comics from around the country, with $5,000 going to the winner. Participating: Jesse Joyce, Vince Maranto, Micah Sherman, Matt Braunger, Roy Wood Jr., Erin Jackson, Joe DeRosa, Chuck Bartell, Chris Coccia, Deacon Gray, Robert Mac, Jamie Lissow, David Powell, Paul Varghese, Drake Witham, Myq Kaplan, Joe Klocek, Shane Mauss, Tapan Trivedi, Jim McDonald, Dan Boulger, Marianne Sierk, James Smith and Darryl Lenox. They’ll be split into four groups, with two of each six advancing to the finals, all needing to deliver TV-friendly sets. Each night also features a late show hosted by David...

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Big benefit comedy show tonight in NYC

Almost missed this entirely somehow…but tonight, as in an hour from now, doors open at 7 p.m. at the Knitting Factory in NYC, there’s a comedy benefit for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society featuring Todd Barry, Eugene Mirman, Leo Allen, John Mulaney, Max Silvestri, Seth Herzog, Andy Blitz, Daniel Dratch, Mike Birbiglia, Jim Gaffigan and more? Get out of town. No, stay in the city and head on over and donate $20 to the cause. Here’s a...

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Live at Gotham: Liz Miele

Rumor has it that Liz Miele began telling jokes right out of the womb. Fact is she waited until she was all of 16 before her first live stand-up gig, which was at the Comedy Cellar. Ahem. Miele just turned 22. And this Friday, you can see her on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham. Here’s a clip. Updated with a clip of Miele talking about a creepy...

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Mary Mack on Last Comic Standing

Hooray for Hulu, because NBC has posted some of the comedians from Last Comic Standing completely unedited, which means not only do we get to enjoy Mary Mack‘s showcase performance, but we also get to see and hear Mack talk about some weirdness that apparently happened during the showcase....

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2008 Mark Twain Prize: George Carlin

The Kennedy Center has announced it will award its 11th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor to George Carlin. "The Kennedy Center is pleased to present George Carlin with The Mark Twain Prize," said Kennedy Center Chairman Stephen A. Schwarzman. "In his lengthy career as a comedian, writer, and actor, George Carlin has not only made us laugh, but he makes us think. His influence on the next generation of comics has been far-reaching." Tickets go on sale Aug. 11, for the event to be held Nov. 10 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. It’ll air on PBS next February. Related press: Washington...

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