Day: August 21, 2009

Looking for comedy shows at the FringeNYC?

Edinboro (or Edinburgh) might get all of the attention in Scotland each August for staging the largest fringe comedy festival in the world, which is just one reason why FringeNYC (the New York International Fringe Festival) tends to get overlooked (as I write this, the fest already is a week old!). But there are plenty of new, visiting and popular shows being staged each August in New York City, in case you want to check one of them out between now and Aug. 30. Times, dates and locations vary. Here are the shows that are listed under the Improv/Sketch/Stand-Up banner: A Fine Line America's Next Top Bottom: Cycle 5! Be A Man!!! Dominizuelan Presents: People in the City Hot Air Buffoons Jen & Angie The Meaning of Wife That doesn't necessarily cover all of them, however, because some comedians have their shows slated under solo. Such as W. Kamau Bell's "The W. Kamau Bell Curve" and Paul Thomas' "Comedogenic." Bell has come in from the San Francisco Bay Area, while Thomas is based in Chicago. Here is a promo for Bell's Curve show: This clip isn't from "Comedogenic" but is a fine diversion for a Friday, isn't it? Trial by Fire: The Making of a Chicago Stand-up from Paul Thomas on...

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E! televises “Comedians of Chelsea Lately” but doesn’t promote it?

Chelsea Handler's long-term relationship with E! has not only been good for her own career, but also has provided a boon to many aspiring stand-up comedians who live in Los Angeles. Handler's Chelsea Lately includes a nightly roundtable panel in which she dishes about the celebrinews of the day with three of her friends in comedy. She has given them an additional TV credit boost with this summer's Friday-night series, Comedians of Chelsea Lately, which she hosts with her sidekick Chuy. Tonight is the second week, featuring stand-up sets from Heather McDonald, John Caparulo and Whitney Cummings. Not that you would know that by going to, say, the E! network website. I tried looking for episode breakdowns and whatnot last week for the debut and came up empty. Certainly by now, they'd have something something, right? Here's what came up today when I entered "comedians of chelsea lately" in E!'s search bar: To be fair, to the far far right of this screengrab, you can see that they did have a video clip from last week's debut to view. And if you root around on the Chelsea Lately pages, you can find some additional short clips (also on Hulu). But this show is not considered an actual show, according to E! Which is saying something, considering this is E! Is that what that "Awful Truth" button is for? I...

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