Day: July 11, 2008

Live at Gotham: TJ Miller

You know Variety just named TJ Miller as one of its 10 comics to watch in 2008, and then I referenced a joke Miller has about ketchup bottles? Well, you are in luck, my fine readers, because Miller is featured on tonight’s edition of Live at Gotham on Comedy Central. And here is the bit I’m talking about. Do you agree with me or with Miller? I won’t be upset if you take his side. After all, "I live in a fanciful world where logic doesn’t exist!" Also, this is a great time to remind you that I was at this very TV taping this spring and have exclusive behind-the-scenes video and info from this episode’s comedians, including Matt McCarthy, Joe List, Na’im Lynn, Vince Averill and Lucas Molandes. More videos forthcoming later tonight. The show itself airs at 10 p.m....

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Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch, 2008

Variety magazine named its "10 Comics to Watch" for 2008 and wrote up profiles on each of them this week. Their choices? Read what they have to say about Russell Brand, Brandon T. Jackson, Anthony Jeselnik, Jon LaJoie, Ralphie May, TJ Miller, Jay Phillips, John Mulaney, Paul Rust, Casey Wilson. Let’s assess. John Mulaney, I’ve had the privilege to see him several times since moving to New York City, and every time, he slays. This kid, and really, he’s still only four years out of college (the same time I finally dipped my toes into professional stand-up comedy) and already so masterful and such a stage presence, it’s amazing. He’s a writer for Demetri Martin’s upcoming Comedy Central sketch show, and he’ll tape his own half-hour Comedy Central Presents at the end of the summer. Big fan of Mulaney, I am. Not that I’m a comedy Yoda just yet. Anthony Jeselnik is a great joke writer. Sometimes a bit dark (a bit?). But yes, keep an eye on this fella. Also getting his Comedy Central Presents this year. Time Out London named Russell Brand U.K. Comedian of the Year, and he chewed up the scenery in his movie debut this year in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and I’ll have much more to say about Brand next week when we meet up in Montreal. Casey Wilson, well, already has a big...

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Charlyne Yi answers Fred Armisen’s reply to her SNL audition video

Don’t you just love when people you’ve seen on the big screen (that’s movies, not your plasma TV, silly) start to have a public dialogue over the small screens of your computer (unless you have a very large monitor, and then you should invite me over to watch it with you, please and thank you)? Yes. Yes, you do. Charlyne Yi recently uploaded her unique audition video for Saturday Night Live, and earlier this week, SNL’s own Fred Armisen posted a video response. And today, Yi posted a video watching and replying in kind. Watch and learn. Here’s Fred. And here’s...

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The Office Webisodes: Take Two

Through my friendly cohorts over at Entertainment Weekly‘s PopWatch blog, we learned that NBC debuted its new series of summer mini-Webisodes for its sitcom The Office late yesterday. I agree with Gary that the first two-minute clip isn’t exactly the strongest intro, although I did enjoy Oscar’s impersonation of Kevin. The more intriguing thing to remember is that these Webisodes last year were one of the things mentioned during the Writers Guild strike as extra "unpaid" work, and if you had forgotten about that, the Screen Actors Guild might be all too happy to remind you by potentially throwing a wrench into this coming year’s programming. Anyhow. So, now that the writers will see a share of the revenues from these extra online programs, will they be better? Here’s the first Office Webisode of "Kevin’s Loan," followed by a preview teaser of where the storyline is heading… Related: Full episodes and other online-only clips of The Office are on...

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HBO: TCA news, air dates for Rock, Gervais, Down & Dirty, Little Britain

This week’s TCA (TV Critics Association) press tour saw some news come out of HBO yesterday, with several new comedy series and specials planned. To wit: Ricky Gervais is taping his shows next week (July 14-16) at the WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden for his first American stand-up TV special, to air in November. Tickets still available!Chris Rock will have a new 90-minute special airing Sept. 27.The following night, Sept. 28, sees the American debut of British sketch comics Little Britain as well as the new stand-up comedy showcase Down & Dirty with Jim Norton. UPDATED: Norton’s show now debuts on Oct....

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