Day: November 24, 2008

Cheech & Chong: Reunited & Roasted

Before I get to my review of Cheech & Chong: Roasted, the TV show that'll air on TBS at 10 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30 — and the TV taping over the weekend at Caesars Palace was a mess from start to finish thanks to production snafus, delays, and some awful attempts at roasting — let's meet our roast victims, Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong, the pioneering stoner comics of the 1970s who have reunited after many years apart. So yes, they're happy to be together again and touring with a live show. But what about the roast, which is sure to test the TBS editing crew? Things I learned from watching the TV taping of Cheech & Chong: Roasted… 1) Wilmer Valderrama cannot roast. Even with a TelePrompter, Valderrama (who worked with Chong on That 70s Show, or rather, the other way around) had difficulty delivering the simplest punchlines. After a break, Greg Giraldo seemed to offer him a sheet of his leftover jokes. But a few "Yo Momma" quips from Valderrama also failed to hit their targets. 2) Brad Garrett dealt with all of the delays — the one-hour show took two hours to tape — and the constant hecklers with equal amounts of poise and humor. When someone in the audience shouted, "Turn up the sound!" during the first minutes, Garrett replied: "Turn up the sound? This...

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Andrew Dice Clay rocks and rolls Las Vegas

The first time I ever heard Andrew “Dice” Clay, his words were spoken by a teenager — one of my high-school classmates was cracking up the lunch table with Dice’s ribald versions of our childhood nursery rhymes. It was the late 1980s, and Dice quickly rose to the top of the comedy kingdom, playing sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden. A lot has changed since then. But the Dice man is back on the road, working clubs and performing stand-up. When I met up with him before his show Saturday night in Vegas for The Comedy Festival, I wasn’t sure what to expect. He still has a big ego. Can you blame him? Or, rather, would you want him to be less assured of himself? In this brief interview, he tells me why he’s still in the game after two decades of ups and downs. That said, I could not help but wonder if his jacket had had a run-in with the Bedazzler. A couple of minutes later, the crowd in the Palace Ballroom began chanting for their headliner. “Dice! Dice! Dice!” And off he went, into the fray once...

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2008 Seattle Comedy Competition: Finalists

Here are your five finalists for the 2008 Seattle Comedy Competition, in alphabetical order: Lars Callieou, Edmonton, Alberta Nate Jackson, Lacey, WA Todd Johnson, Boise, ID Justin Rupple, Issaquah, WA Tommy Savitt, Los Angeles, CA They already have earned at least $1,250 each, with the winner on Nov. 30 earning $5,000 and a record deal with Uproar Entertainment. Murv Seymour just barely missed the cut. Follow along on the Seattle Comedy Competition...

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SNL #34.9 with Tim McGraw, Ludacris and T-Pain

While I was off in Las Vegas for a comedy fest, staying at the Monte Carlo resort and casino, the kids at Saturday Night Live put on a James Bond sketch in a casino in Monte Carlo. Coincidence? So nice to see The Comic's Comic is still in your hearts and minds, SNL. But are you in ours? Let's get to recapping to find out if SNL still has the buzz come Monday morning…(videos available for viewing either on Hulu or the SNL NBC site)… Our cold open is definitely most cold, as C-SPAN is covering the Congressional hearing on bailing out the auto industry. More wonky than funny. Unless you're one of the reps (Barney Frank, Carolyn Maloney, Walter Jones, Gregory Meeks, Peter King) or one of the Big Three auto CEOS, because you got to see yourselves portrayed by Fred Armisen, Casey Wilson, Bill Hader, Kenan Thompson, Bobby Moynihan, Will Forte, Darrell Hammond and Jason Sudeikis, respectively. No video up on Hulu, because really, they're doing you a favor. Detroit needs to make "gayer cars"? Roll the credits, already! Country music star Tim McGraw is our host, and sporting his black cowboy hat, he says that in this era of change, "anything is possible," including putting him on the same show with Ludacris and T-Pain. So McGraw has a message for the hip-hop fans tuning in, explaining...

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