Day: October 5, 2008

Steve White wins 2008 SF Comedy Competition

Steve White won the 2008 San Francisco Comedy Competition, which ended Saturday night. White returned to stand-up after several years of acting. Here are the overall results and a note from producer Jon Fox, wholly reblogged from the fine friends at 1. Steve White 2. Derick Lengwenus 3. Tyler Boeh 4. Brent Weinbach 5. Leif Skyving Here is a final report from Jon Fox, producer of the competition (his thoughts, not mine): Having taken a few years off from performing after achieving film roles in "Coming to America," "Do the Right Thing," and several other Spike Lee movies, Steve White re-established himself as a major comedic presence by winning the 33rd Annual San Francisco Stand-Up Comedy Competition Saturday night at Cache Creek Casino. White recently moved from Las Vegas to Hollywood to reinvigorate his career. Impressionist Derick Lengwenus gave White a run for the money before ultimately finishing second. He will attempt to parlay the notoriety connected with his impressive finish by moving from Wyoming to Chicago in the near future.  Third place went to sound effects specialist Tyler Boeh from Boston who finished strong with his best performance the last night of the event at Cache Creek Casino. Fourth place went to "Experimental Comedian" Brent Weinbach of San Francisco who actually placed first in the first two final round shows in the Bay Area but was challenged...

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SNL #34.4 with Anne Hathaway, The Killers

With four consecutive live shows to begin the fall season in 2008, you might have expected this week’s Saturday Night Live to slip a little bit. Or perhaps they’d save the best for last? Instead, we learned that the show should have absolutely no problem with its new mission for October, producing half-hour election specials. On this week’s show alone, they gobbled up 19 minutes (a TV half-hour is 22 minutes minus ads) on the opening VP debate sketch and the government bailout. Although during one of the ad breaks, they advertised Thursday Night Live under a slightly different title: Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday. So it’ll be SNL’s version of The Daily Show? Either way, they should be up to the challenge. Also, the final half-hour provided some of the oddest, funniest collection of sketches I’ve seen from this crew in a while. So…let’s get to recapping! The cold open obviously took on Thursday’s Vice Presidential debate, with Tina Fey returning yet again for Sarah Palin duties, Jason Sudeikis inhabiting the role of Joe Biden, and Queen Latifah in the cameo role of PBS moderator Gwen Ifill. Nice casting choice of Latifah. Makes you wonder if SNL and Lorne Michaels might be thinking of a new way of casting and producing the show — looking outside the box, as it were, or outside the cast anytime they...

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