Day: October 15, 2008

The Obama Girls of Comedy Tour

As the first Hysterical Festival celebrates women in comedy by putting on multiple shows in New York City this weekend, a group of NYC-based female comedians are getting ready to spread their comedy around the country. Why? Because they’re The Obama Girls of Comedy (not to be confused with the "Obama Girl"), and they want the nation to know that they’re women who tell jokes and support Obama for President, that’s why. Who are they? Susannah Perlman, Carolyn Castiglia, Claudia Cogan, Calise Hawkins, and Giulia Rozzi. And where can you see them? Tour dates after the jump… 2008 TOUR Thursday, Oct. 16 @8pm North By Northwest 7165 Germantown Ave. Philadelphia, PA 215-248-1000 EXT 0 TIX $15 ADV/$20 DOOR (profits go to the Obama Campaign) Friday, Oct. 17th 2 Shows @8pm and 10pm Slapsticks Comedy Loft Above the Royal Place Restaurant 2660 Library Road Pittsburgh, PA Comedy Club: 412-920-5653 Restaurant: 412-882-8000 TIX $15 ADV /$20 DOOR (profits go to the Obama Campaign) Saturday Oct. 18 2 Shows @8pm and 10pm Bear’s Place Bar 1316 E. 3rd St. Bloomington, IN 812-339-3460 TIX $10 Sunday, Oct. 19th @8pm The Know Theatre 1120 Jackson Street Cincinnati, OH 45202 513.300.KNOW TIX: $12 Monday, Oct. 20 @8pm Wiley’s Comedy Niteclub 101 Pine St. Dayton, OH 937-224-JOKE TIX $10 Tuesday, Oct. 21 @8pm The Allentown Brew Works 812 W. Hamilton Street...

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VH1’s Best Week Ever revamp

Paul F. Tompkins had alerted all of his Los Angeles area fans that he’d be leaving the West Coast for a year due to the show business. We learned he’d be hosting a new version of VH1’s Best Week Ever. But what would that mean, exactly? The weekly recap mockery of pop culture didn’t have a host before, but rather a seemingly endlessly rotating cast of comedians offering their best quips of the moment. So now we know. This week, PFT began hosting a 3.5-minute nightly edition at 11 p.m. Monday-Thursday of Best Day Ever. And in a press release, VH1 offers these details of Best Week Ever with Paul F. Tompkins, which debuts at 11 p.m. Oct. 24. The cast: Doug Benson, Mike Britt, comic duo Frangela (Angela V Shelton and Frances Callier) Christian Finnegan, Greg Fitzsimmons, Nick Kroll, Chuck Nice, Melissa Rauch and Jessica St. Clair. And some of the cast will tour colleges together this fall. From the press release: "For almost five years, Best Week Ever has been a destination for anyone who loves pop culture and comedy. By adding a guide like Paul, a comic with a truly unique voice, we’ll be better able to expand our coverage and make the show even stronger," said Jim Ackerman, Senior Vice President of Development, VH1. In today’s NYT on BWE with PFT, our new host notes...

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CD Review: Tom McCaffrey, “Lou Diamond Phillips?”

Tom McCaffrey’s first full-length comedy CD, Lou Diamond Phillips?, was recorded on 4/20 at Pianos in New York City and opens with a bit about doing drugs. Despite that coincidence, you don’t need to be a stoner to enjoy McCaffrey’s observational humor and sometimes low, lazy drawl, which includes an odd verbal tic, right? Right? In fact, if you enjoy Todd Barry, you’ll probably also enjoy how McCaffrey smartly takes a small observation and turns it by finding an outrageous counterpoint. Case in point: His take on when someone says they’ve heard a life-changing song. First McCaffrey notes how the people who say this never changed because of the song. You never hear, he says: "I used to work in a deli. Now I’m a Navy Seal, all thanks to Gloria Estefan’s ‘Rhythm is Gonna Get You.’" Then he finds the more outrageous example, with lyrics dispensing medical diagnoses. "Hey man, you heard that song, Steve Johnson’s ‘HIV Positive’? They’ll be like, yeah, yeah…that song changed my life. My life is totally different ever since they released that. I thought it was a weird way for the doctor to break the news to me. But my doctor is Dr. Dre, so…I knew that going in. That’s what you get when you go to the hippest doctor in the world…" McCaffrey also pokes fun at people being afraid of ghosts...

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D.L. Hughley gets Saturday night CNN talk-show

CNN has announced it’s giving D.L. Hughley his own hourlong platform on the cable news network at 10 p.m. (Eastern) Saturdays, beginning Oct. 25, with repeats on Sundays. The show, as yet untitled, will tape before a live audience in New York City and feature Hughley and a panel of guests riffing on news, culture and issues of the day. (Variety) Essentially, it’ll be a lot like HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher. Hughley proved insightful and witty as a frequent guest on Maher’s show, and certainly has a kinder and more likeable persona than Maher, as well as a different racial and cultural background to draw upon, growing up African-American in Los Angeles, and being married with three kids. Hughley’s previous late-night talker effort on Comedy Central, Weekends at the D.L., featured him sitting with his friends talking on sofas and drinking red wine. I’ll certainly tune in to see how he does on...

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