Month: September 2008

2008 SF Comedy Competition: Finalists

And here, ladies and gentlemen, are your five finalists competing this week for the title of the 2008 San Francisco Comedy Competition, including a veteran comedian/actor, the 2007 winner of the Andy Kaufman Award, a beatboxer from Boston by way of Portland, and two guys who prove that living in the Mountain West makes you have to be funny. In alphabetical order: Tyler Boeh (Boston, via Portland, Ore.), Derick Lengwenus (Wyoming), Leif Skyving (Idaho), Brent Weinbach (San Francisco), and Steve White (Las Vegas). Finals begin Tuesday in Mill Valley. Winner named Saturday in Brooks. Good luck, fellas! Clockwise from bottom: Boeh, Lengwenus, White, Skyving, Weinbach.Photo thanks to SFstandup.com and Stanovision...

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The Comedy Festival (Vegas) unveils full slate of headliners

Anyone who doubted whether TBS could or would pull together a full slate of A-level comedy talent for its first edition of The Comedy Festival in Las Vegas without HBO as a partner, well doubt no more. Over the weekend, TBS unveiled its first look at the official schedule for Nov. 20-22 at Caesars Palace, which includes Ellen DeGeneres, Jerry Seinfeld, Dane Cook, Katt Williams, Jim Breuer, Kids in the Hall, Russell Peters, Jim Norton, a roast of Cheech and Chong, David Alan Grier, Jeff Dunham, Laffapalooza hosted by Tracy Morgan, Andrew Dice Clay, Mike Epps, John Oliver, and Caliente Comedy with Gabriel Iglesias, Pablo Francisco and Anjelah Johnson. The network also says it’ll have 25 up-and-coming stand-up and sketch acts performing in a separate LOL Lounge. Full sked after the jump! Thursday, Nov. 20 TBS Special: "Ellen’s Even Bigger Really Big Show" in The Colosseum Katt Williams in The Colosseum Breuer Unleashed in the Palace Ballroom, with Pete Correale Friday, Nov. 21 Jerry Seinfeld in The Colosseum Dane Cook in The Colosseum TBS Special: "Cheech and Chong Celebrity Roast," in the Palace Ballroom David Alan Grier in the Palace Ballroom Kids in the Hall in the Augustus Ballroom Russell Peters and Friends in the Augustus Ballroom, with Tom Segura, Nick Thune, Dom Irerra Jim Norton in the Augustus Ballroom with Robert Kelly and Russ Meneve Saturday, Nov. 22...

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FOX cancels Do Not Disturb

And the first casualty of the 2008 fall TV season is…Do Not Disturb! The half-hour sitcom on FOX probably didn’t help its chances when the production team sent a letter to TV critics last week saying, in part, that they were sorry  "for being the perpetrators of such bad television." That ended up in Variety and everywhere else in the media! FOX confirmed the cancellation on Friday. The TV listings have the show’s star, Jerry O’Connell, appearing on Jay Leno on Tuesday night. Maybe not. Three episodes of Do Not Disturb have aired and are up on Hulu. Dare we watch them and discuss? Or should we obey the title and let it...

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MADtv #14.3

We haven’t forgotten about MADtv, which also aired its third new episode of the season on Saturday night, and really put a focus on new cast members Eric Price and Matt Braunger, having them open the show as guys wanting to live like Mad Men, which was fun and would have been more meta-fun if Crista Flanagan had reprised her actual Mad Men secretarial character! Coincidentally, on the same night SNL made repeated jokes about Facebook, MADtv had the social networking site in its sights, with Braunger playing an assistant to John McCain (Bobby Lee) trying to help him learn Facebook in a recurring sketch. Braunger also got his own segment portraying John Mayer, while Price got additional face time in a recurring sketch as a reporter covering the launch of a new iPhone, a shot at Tim Gunn, and played host of "Albania’s Got Talent." Also of note: Nicole Parker turned in more than passable interpretations of Dina Lohan, Kathy Griffin, Sharon Osbourne and Sarah Palin, in the latter character taking questions from the audience. Though it seems as though this show arrived late to the Palin parody sweepstakes. And oddly, at the end of the show, only six cast members were on hand to wave goodbyes?! Hmmm. The episode is not yet up on Hulu. Further...

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Review: Chris Rock’s “Kill the Messenger”

Chris Rock’s new HBO special, Kill the Messenger, began with a bold statement, displaying the breadth of his popularity on his current stand-up comedy tour: 8 countries, 4 continents, 554,781 fans. Filmed in three venues — Johannesburg, South Africa; London, England; and New York City’s Apollo in Harlem — Rock is telling the world, and in turn, us viewers, that he is a global comedian. What he has to say about race and gender politics, as well as American politics, translates around the world. How many other American stand-up comedians can make that kind of claim? Doing so in black-tie (Johannesburg), a crisp monochromatic suit (London) and a shiny leather jacket (Harlem), Rock and his production team can show just how well it translates, as well have fun with comedy remixes, repeating phrases up to three times. I’m surprised they didn’t also try to capture some footage from Bonnaroo, where Rock performed for 65,000 music fans this summer in Tennessee, to show even more how broad his appeal has become. You can see this special again tonight and later on the various HBO channels (and predictably, someone already has uploaded it in eight parts onto YouTube). I had seen Rock officially debut this tour set 10 months ago in Las Vegas, as well as an early run-through of premises and ideas last summer in NYC. Much has changed in...

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