Day: July 27, 2009

Aziz Ansari’s “Raaaaaaaandy” documentary (part 3)

Ready to see what happens when Raaaaaaaandy, Aziz Ansari's caricature of a stand-up comedian for Judd Apatow's Funny People, gets serious? Here's the third part of the behind-the-scenes documentary, in which Ansari's movie comedian films a TV pilot, learns about tragedies and also goes on some sexual discoveries with porn star Jenna Haze. Raaaaaaaandy – Part 3 (Funny People) from Aziz...

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16 Talking Points From Montreal’s Just For Laughs Fest, 2009

As I sit here, living off of the boissons gratis of the 24-hour Subway restaurant and paying for temporary WiFi access in Montreal's Trudeau airport terminal, I realize that my initial plan to bring you a full slate of reviews from Montreal's Just For Laughs festival today might not come to fruition. Something about spending most of the afternoon trying to get a flight to New York City, then boarding a flight that takes off, and almost makes it there only to circle back and land in Canada, forcing you and your fellow passengers to pass through Customs even though you just left (the Customs agent had a quizzical view of the situation, as well), then spending the rest of the evening and into the morning hoping that the skies have cleared and airports reopened — it all leaves me tres fatigue, as the French write. At least for a few hours, though, I was sitting in a chair in the sky! With that nod to Louis CK, who put on two of the best shows (and hottest tickets) during the fest, I do want to share some initial thoughts about Montreal's annual celebration of comedy, and how it fared this summer. More in-depth reviews of the shows I saw will get published once I'm back home in New York City, to be sure. But first, a few thoughts,...

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