Day: July 23, 2008

Montreal 2008: News, notes, highlights, quotes

It’s time for one last look around the 2008 Montreal Just For Laughs festival, which Variety reports raked in $10 million (which is about the same in Canadian as it is in U.S. dollars these days!) this July. Which means this final recap must begin with the guy who buzzed about the festival… Doug Stanhope, who set up his Slamdance to their Sundance, aka Just For Spite festival with shows Friday and Saturday at Club Chaos, told me on Saturday night that he’d been offered a paltry $1,100 to perform 10 nights of one-man shows at the fest (or as he added, less than what he earned during his first trip to Montreal’s JFL), which prompted his fury. Much of the buzz about Stanhope during the fest itself centered around two incidents, both of which Stanhope wrote about online. He first aired his grievances on Wednesday via, then on Friday night, after getting kicked out of a JFL venue by fest organizer Bruce Hills, Stanhope went to his MySpace to fill us in on the details. Most pleasant surprise in a one-man show: Patrice Oneal. Here’s a guy who seems so in your face and so not safe for work that, well, that’s how his career even began in Boston, challenging another comedian. And he has made his name on the club circuit as that guy who won’t...

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Live at Gotham: With Rich Vos, Chelsea Peretti, Hari Kondabolu, Bob Biggerstaff, Mike DeStefano, Hugh Moore, Ryan Sickler

So, while in Montreal, I completely forgot to set my DVR to record last Friday’s edition of Live at Gotham. Sorry! So I, like you, must make do with Internet videos. Here are two routines from Chelsea Peretti that she performed as part of the New Faces in Montreal at Just For Laughs. The other stand-ups from this episode (Bob Biggerstaff, Hari Kondabolu, Mike DeStefano, Hugh Moore and Ryan Sickler) get clips, too, after the jump. Enjoy! Bob Biggerstaff: Hari Kondabolu: Mike DeStefano: Hugh Moore: Ryan...

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New Obama song: When the Voting Gets Tough

After we all saw the deliriously delicious sight of political parody band Detroit Octane perform "Barack Obama-Sistable" on TV for Conan O’Brien, we wondered — OK, maybe just a few wondered — what could possibly follow that up? Well, lead singer Keith Garrity has produced a solo effort that combines his love of political parody with his equal passion for the catalog of Billy Ocean. Hence, Detroit Ocean. And this song for Obama, "When the Voting Gets Tough." Enjoy. When the Votin’ Gets ToughUploaded by...

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Adam Sandler, Tenacious D honor The Who

While I was in Montreal gallivanting in comedic circles, you may have stayed at home to watch the VH1 Rock Honors for The Who last week. If you did, or even if you didn’t, you may be amused to see the comedians-turned-musicians tune in and turn out in support, including Adam Sandler with his tribute lyrics to the tune of "Magic Bus," and Tenacious D with a version of "Squeeze Box." Either way, enjoy! <p>&lt;p&gt;&amp;lt;a href=&amp;quot;;quot; target=&amp;quot;_blank&amp;quot;&amp;gt;Adam Sandler – Magic Bus Tribute Live From Rock Honors&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&lt;/p&gt;</p> Adam Sandler – Magic Bus Tribute Live From Rock Honors <p>&lt;p&gt;&amp;lt;a href=&amp;quot;;quot; target=&amp;quot;_blank&amp;quot;&amp;gt;Tenacious D – Squeeze Box Tribute Live From Rock Honors&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&lt;/p&gt;</p> Tenacious D – Squeeze Box Tribute Live From Rock...

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