Day: November 12, 2008

Ticket giveaway! Judah Friedlander’s Bad Art Auction, and Xiu Xiu

Want to attend Judah Friedlander’s "Bad Art Auction" for New York Cares, catch a concert with Xiu Xiu and enjoy some free/cheap drinks next week? You can do all of this, thanks to New York magazine and The Comic’s Comic. I’ve got two pairs of tickets to the Nov. 19 party at Le Poisson Rouge to give away. Ages 21 and older, send me an email, put "Bad Art Auction tix" in the subject line and tell me the worst piece of art you’ve ever owned. Tiebreaker bonus if you have a photo of yourself with said "art" piece. If you want to buy tickets, you can do that, too, via, and win yourself an hour of free vodka, and a raffle for a new Gibson guitar and Saucony sneaks. I was going to shoot a promotional tease with Judah for the event, but the party people beat me to it! Note: Contains NSFW language, possibly NSFAnywhere...

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Two more reasons to turn on SNL: Abby Elliott and Michaela Watkins join the cast!

The Comic’s Comic has learned that Lorne Michaels didn’t wait too long to figure out how to replace Amy Poehler’s presence in the cast of Saturday Night Live, hiring not one but two new female cast members: Abby Elliott and Michaela Watkins. They should make their debuts this Saturday night, a show already begging to be an awesome blossom of funny and fierce thanks to host Paul Rudd and musical guest Beyonce. About our newbies! Abby Elliott (pictured at left) is 21, and if the Internets are to be believed, the daughter of the illustriously eccentric comedic actor Chris Elliott (and granddaughter of the Bob in Bob & Ray), so that already makes her a welcome addition to SNL. She has voiced "hipster girl" on a couple of episodes of King of the Hill. She also was among the sketch comedy players of The Midnight Show at the UCB Theatre in Los Angeles, and has a couple of 2006 videos on the YouTube displaying her abilities to channel Kirsten Dunst and Angelina Jolie. I’m sensing some youthful exuberance… Michaela Watkins already has been appearing on your TV set this fall in primetime as "Lucy" on The New Adventures of Old Christine (more credits at IMDB). Watkins also comes from the main company of The Groundlings in Los Angeles, which has sent many past alums on to stardom at SNL....

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