Day: January 28, 2009

President Obama impersonators: The first 7 days

In the first week of life under President Barack Obama, we already have two strong impersonations to consider. Alphacat, aka Iman Crosson, has earned more than a million views for his Obama parody of Beyonce's "Single Ladies" on YouTube, and he just uploaded this to Funny Or Die yesterday. New York magazine caught up with him last month. Beyonce- Single Ladies SPOOF – watch more funny videos Jordan Peele, meanwhile, continues to push his Obama forward even though he's still no longer on MADtv. Then again, pretty soon, no one will be on MADtv. Something about how the light reflects off his head makes the hair seem a little too gray for current Obama, though. But I quibble. Enjoy. Obama Reads Bush's Letter – watch more funny...

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The rise of 12 Angry Mascots

Comedians in New York City have a way of turning their offstage obsessions into onstage talk shows. Just check out the Comic Book Club on Tuesday nights at The PIT for a weekly meeting of the minds among comedians Justin Tyler, Pete LePage, and Alex Zalben learning more from professional comic book artists, or Game Bros. Live at the UCB Theatre in which Thomas Middleditch and Kumail Nanjiani get fellow performers to discuss their love and strategies on video games. Now comes 12 Angry Mascots, a sports-based comedy-variety talk show by Scott Rogowsky (writer, The Onion News Network) and Neil Janowitz (writer, ESPN The Magazine). They first attempted 12 Angry Mascots as a "Spank" show at the UCB in September, and return tonight for what they hope is a regular run at The Cell Theatre at Ninth Avenue and West 23rd Street. Tonight's special guest is Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Fernando Perez, who made his rookie debut as a September call-up during the Rays magical run last fall. There also will be stand-up comedy from Greg Johnson, sketches from Matt Mayer and Laura Lane, videos and more. Here's a video from the "Super Bowl Writers Room" featuring Connie Renda, Tom McCaffrey, Adam Newman, Zach Norton, Trevor Williams, Rogowsky and Janowitz. After the jump, Rogowsky answers a couple of questions. Where did the idea to mix sports and comedy in...

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Mark your calendars: Carolines fund-raisers

Carolines comedy club in Times Square has started 2009 with quite an all-star, fund-raising bang. Please mark your calendars thusly: Louis CK performs a full 70-minute set tonight, with Ted Alexandro opening, in a special performance to raise money for P.S. 3, the elementary school his daughters attend. Info here. And on Feb. 3, an all-star lineup including David Cross, Zach Galifianakis, Janeane Garofalo, Demetri Martin, John Oliver and Paul F. Tompkins and other surprise guests will gather for "Stand-Ups give BAC," a fund-raiser for the Brooklyn Autism Center. Advance tickets ($100-$150) can be purchased at or at the door with cash or check. The cost includes two beverages and is tax-deductible, with all proceeds going to the...

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Bonnie Hunt’s “Idol” audition as Kim Zolciak

This clip arrived in my inbox earlier this week, and I can safely say that this shows a different side of Bonnie Hunt than I think we've seen from her in quite some time. Buttoned-up she is not today. On her daytime talker today, you'll get to see Hunt "audition" for American Idol pretending to be Kim Zolciak, one of the Real Housewives of Atlanta. Is that something you'd like to see? If I told you that Hunt shows off some impressive cleavage, would that change your mind? Then click...

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VH1’s Best Week Ever reveals (almost) all in Best Evening Ever

In case you missed it, John Hodgman moderated a highly amusing panel and performance last night at the 92YTribeca by the folks at VH1's newly revamped Best Week Ever with Paul F. Tompkins, including not only PFT but also Doug Benson, Chuck Nice, executive producer Sean Johnson and writer/producer Caissie St. Onge. Hodgman and Tompkins have begun an equally compelling comedy sideshow in 2009 on Twitter, where the two comedians carry on a continuous conversation as @Hodgman and @Twitterkins — in between moments of online oneupsmanship, they managed to pose for a photo, which they naturally posted last night on TwitPic. PFT told me after the show that Hodgman turned him onto the 140-characters-or-less mode of communication with friends and fans, and that he realizes that their "private" dialogue is, in essence, another type of performance. But you clicked on this post looking for details, details, details about Best Week Ever, didn't you? Alrighty then. Let's do this thing. Before that, actually, this side note of news for PFT fans. Mr. Tompkins said he'll be recording his next comedy disc on March 14 at the Lakeshore Theatre in Chicago, so if you'd like to bear witness to that, you shall plan your Ides of March Eve accordingly. Tompkins and Janeane Garofalo also will host a monthly comedy showcase at the 92YTribeca in NYC. OK. Now to matters concerning the...

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