Month: December 2008

Sneak peek: Season 2, Flight of the Conchords (HBO)

Flight of the Conchords won't return to HBO for a second season until January 2009, which seems so much more than a month from now. It seems like an entire year, which is technically true but not so it's silly. Here comes help, as Funny or Die will have the exclusive pre-premiere of the first new episode, debuting at noon Eastern (9 a.m. Pacific) on Dec. 17 and available for online viewing through Dec. 21. You might want to be checking the Funny or Die FOTC page...

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Tommy Savitt wins 2008 Seattle comedy competition

Tommy Savitt, an L.A.-based stand-up and native of Brooklyn, NY, spent the month in Western Washington clubs, theaters and casinos, telling jokes night after night against dozens of competitors, and won the 2008 Seattle International Stand-Up Comedy Competition for his efforts. Savitt won $5,000, a record contract with Uproar Entertainment, and will stick around for a "victory tour" of gigs Dec. 5-6 at Laughs in Kirkland, Dec. 11-13 at the Comedy Underground in Seattle, and Dec. 31 at the Everett Theatre in Everett. Savitt previously made the finals in the Seattle contest in 2004, and won the Boston Comedy Festival's contest in 2007 — which makes for the second guy to make the coast-to-coast double (Dwight Slade won Boston this year, and Seattle in 2001). UPDATED: Make that at least the third guy, as Tom Cotter won Seattle in 1994, then Boston a decade later in 2004! (Thanks, Gabe, Seattle winner 2004, Boston winner…2009?) This year's runners-up in Seattle: 2) Nate Jackson from Olympia, WA ($2,000); 3) Todd Johnson from Preston, ID ($1,500); 4) Justin Rupple from Issaquah, WA ($1,300); 5) Lars Callieou of Edmonton, Alberta...

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A new blog for Boston Comedy

Allow me to reintroduce you to a friend and fellow colleague in the trenches of comedy journalism, Nick A. Zaino III. You may have seen his name in my blogroll as The Optimistic Curmudgeon. But those of you in the Boston area, comedians and comedy fans alike, have seen his byline for the better part of a decade in newsprint, the past several years freelancing a weekly Comedy Notes column for the Boston Globe. Well, the Globe, much like newspapers across the country, has slashed its newsroom payrolls and coverage and Nick's column seems to be yet another casualty. So Nick has joined the online fray with a new blog to contain all of his Boston comedy coverage supposedly no longer fit for print, the aptly-named Boston Comedy. Please check it out, and tell Nick I sent...

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