Day: October 24, 2008

Weekend TV reminder: PFT on BWE; DL on CNN; SNL!

Before you head off for the weekend and whatever your plans may be, you should set your TV recording devices for the following new comedy programs this weekend:1) The new and improved Best Week Ever with Paul F. Tompkins debuts tonight at 11 p.m. on VH1 2) The fourth and final episode of HBO’s Down & Dirty with Jim Norton premieres tonight at midnight, with Joe DeRosa, Russ Meneve, Ari Shaffir and Patrice Oneal performing3) The new D.L. Hughley Breaks the News debuts Saturday at 10 p.m. on CNN4) Another new edition of Saturday Night Live this Saturday at 11:30 p.m. on NBC, with Jon Hamm (Mad Men‘s Don Draper) hosting, Coldplay playing, and a rumored return to the show by Maya Rudolph Here’s Hughley talking about his new CNN show: "D.L. HUGHLEY BREAKS THE NEWS" on CNNUploaded by...

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The Wassup Guys: Where are they now?

Even the "Wassup!" guys from the old Bud TV ads have gotten political (even though this video notes at the end that it no way reflects the opinions of the Anheuser-Busch companies, which of course, have a direct link to Cindy McCain’s wealth). It’s their version of answering the question, Are you better off now than you were eight years ago? Enjoy: Wassup 2008Uploaded by...

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Semifinalists: 2008 New York’s Funniest Stand-Up

Here are your 32 semifinalists, listed in no particular order (so don’t expect this to be your slot in the lineup), for the 2008 competition to find New York’s Funniest Stand-Up, part of the New York Comedy Festival. Five comedians advance from each group to the finals, Nov. 5, at Carolines. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at Stand-Up NYHost: Maureen Langan 1. Julian McCullough 2. Lee Camp 3. Nate Bargatze 4. Pat Dixon (did not perform) 5. Josh Spear 6. Carmen Lynch 7. Esther Ku 8. Vince August 9. Helen Hong 10. Stone & Stone 11. David Baker 12. Damien Lemon 13. Ryan Reiss 14. Vidur Kapur 15. Reese Waters 16. DC Benny (did not perform) Also Jonathan Powley (moved from first semi) The second bracket of semifinalists are… Wednesday, Oct. 29, at Stand-Up NY Host: Maureen Langan 1. Mike Vecchione 2. Dustin Chafin 3. Geno Bisconte 4. Eric Lyden 5. Taylor Williamson 6. Liz Miele 7. Thomas Dale 8. Jason Good 9. Myq Kaplan 10. Jermaine Fowler 11. Rory Scovel 12. Jordan Carlos 13. Hailey Boyle 14. Tara Berlind 15. Fariaz Rabbani 16. Jonathan Powley (moved to first...

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Know Your Online Comedy: Dylan P. Gadino, Punchline Magazine

As much as I’d like to think I’m a shining beacon leading you out of the darkness when it comes to covering comedy, well, I am, but I’m not the only one who cares enough about comedy to cover it. Which is why I’m extending my coverage of the comedy business to my colleagues, letting you know a little bit more about them and what makes them tick-tock their way to the funny beat. First up, Dylan P. Gadino, founder of Punchline Magazine. Google tells us Gadino graduated from Elizabethtown College and works as research chief for Life & Style Weekly magazine across the Hudson River in New Jersey. But what else can we learn about Gadino, who recently celebrated the third anniversary of his Punchline Magazine site with a live show at Comix (highlights up today on his site)? Let’s begin the interrogation! Just who do you think you are, anyway? (In other words, tell me a little bit about yourself that I cannot already figure out from reading your Facebook profile, including this photo!) I’m 31. I’m 5’8”. I was born, raised and reside in North Jersey, about 10 minutes from Manhattan. I’ve been married for three years and I’m expecting my first kid in November. I enjoy stand-up comedy a lot. What were you doing three years and a couple of months ago, before you decided...

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Friars Club, Tom Cruise, roast Matt Lauer

I knew I should have gone to today’s Friars Club Roast of Matt Lauer! I’d seen Jeffrey Ross try out some of his roast jokes earlier this week at Seth Herzog’s Sweet show at The Slipper Room, but reluctantly didn’t ask Ross to get me into the roast. Argh. Ross wasn’t roastmaster general on this lunch, ceding that honor to Lauer’s Today Show colleague, Al Roker. But. I missed seeing Tom Cruise make a surprise visit to the dais. As the gossipy tabloids reveal, Cruise joked that he and Lauer actually were good friends with altered pics. OK! Magazine relays Lauer’s retorts, which were pretty witty: "Come on, Tom… Stay. We can get a booster seat!" And when he realized Tom wasn’t returning, he added, "Oh, guess his spaceship has to leave." Nancy O’Dell from Access Hollywood also jotted down some of the barbs Lauer received from Katie Couric, Meredith Vieira and others. (Photo courtesy of NBC) If it’s glib you’re looking for, Entertainment Tonight‘s Mary Hart interviewed Lauer right before the roast. UPDATED: The Village Voice’s editor wrote down more raunchy roast lines. And here’s my friend Mandy Stadtmiller from the New York Post getting lots of quotes from the red...

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