Month: November 2008

Introducing Michaela Watkins

Want to see and hear a little more from one of the new Saturday Night Live cast members, Michaela Watkins? Sure you do! Here is Watkins, backstage with Fred Armisen after last weekend's show. If you cannot see Hulu (you foreigners, you), then try NBC's SNL...

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Andy Kindler: The Comic’s Comic interview

When I met Andy Kindler in Montreal this summer after his "State of the Industry" address, Kindler paused when he heard I'd named my site The Comic's Comic. Because, after all, when you think of the proverbial "comic's comic," don't you think of Kindler? Earlier: Watch our Montreal meeting on video. We talked again earlier this month, and Kindler pointed out that that video shows up among the top Google hits for Kindler. Huzzah! So I tried posing the question to him that I had posited earlier. "Posited…what is this, some egghead Website?!" Kindler replied. "Is this for physicists? What are you trying to pull here? You're messing with the comedy demographic." A full minute or two of riffing ensued before we got back to our inquiry: How would Kindler define a comic's comic (or, if you're that kind of person, a comedian's comedian). "I would think that anyone who's called a comic's comic is someone who is doing stuff, that is not, they say it's inside baseball. I have this joke about the book 'Ball Four,' but a lot of people didn't like it because it was too inside baseball." Zing! Kindler and I laugh. This happens a lot. "The other comics would, maybe because of their familiarity with comedy might laugh more at something than the typical audience member. But I've out comic comic'd The Comic's Comic....

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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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