Day: June 9, 2010

Last Comic Standing 7 is selling tickets to see its finalists on tour, before we even know who they are

If you're one of the 10 finalists in season seven of NBC's Last Comic Standing, and you know who you are (as do I and other comedy sleuths, though the final 10 won't be revealed for a couple of weeks yet), and if you feel good about your chances on making the final five or so, then perhaps you want to start keeping fall and winter dates open on your schedule. Because Ticketmaster already is selling tickets to the next NBC's Last Comic Live Tour?! Dates include Sept. 10 at the Warfield in San Francisco, Sept. 11 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, Sept. 12 at the Grove in Anaheim, Calif., Sept. 19 in San Diego, Oct. 1 at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston, Oct. 2 at the Theatre at Westbury, N.Y., Oct. 8 in Waukegan, Ill., Oct. 14 at the Nokia Theatre Times Square in New York City, Oct. 16 in Glenside, Penn., Oct. 22 in Portland, Ore., and all the way to Jan. 14, 2011 in Englewood, N.J. Now, sure, people buy tickets all the time for a comedy club to "go see comedy" without knowing who the headliner is, but this is on another level...

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Comedy Central will hassle the Hoff on Aug. 15 as David Hasselhoff agrees to be roasted, toasted

This just in the mailbag: Comedy Central has announced that David Hasselhoff will be the network's 2010 roast of honor, as comedians will trot out their best Baywatch, drunken cheeseburger, Knight Rider and German singing jokes this summer. The special will air on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010. Manufactured quotes? Sure thing! Cut, paste, presto… ‚ÄúI‚Äôm honored that Comedy Central is going to get ‚ÄòHoff‚Äô on me,‚Äù said David Hasselhoff. ‚ÄúI have always been a major fan of Roasts, dating back to the days of the ‚ÄòDean Martin Celebrity Roasts.‚Äô Laughter is the best medicine. Bring it on! I‚Äôm ready to take the heat.‚Äù ‚ÄúDavid Hasselhoff is a worldwide celebrity who has and continues to entertain audiences around the globe," said Elizabeth Porter, senior vice president, specials and talent for Comedy Central. "By the end of this year's Roast, this pop culture icon will surely see that no slow motion run or life preserver can save...

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Jon Lajoie writes a pop song about pop songs

Summer music Wednesday continues here in this corner of the Internet, and also wherever you live, unless you live in the Southern Hemisphere, because then it's much much closer to winter where you are. Now that I've explained seasonal differences, how about letting Jon Lajoie explain how the music industry manufacturers and markets popular music to the kids (and adults who think like kids)? Alrighty! It's Lajoie's new song, "Pop Song." And yes, that's Lajoie in all of the roles. Except for the hot girl. I think. Roll...

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How to write a hip-hop hit? Sample another hit

Here's a little message that you may already have known, but never quite as clearly or as melodious as when Tom McCaffrey, Carolyn Castiglia and Mara Herron drop rhymes over the strains of the Oasis song, "Wonderwall." They're letting hip-hoppers know they're onto their game. Roll...

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Doogie Horner fights to win over the crowd and judges on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”

Doogie Horner may not be featured on NBC's Last Comic Standing this summer, but overnight, he became a TV sensation on the same network — at least if Howie Mandel and the producers of America's Got Talent have anything to say about it. Horner (who made my November 2009 list of funniest comedians working in Philadelphia) performed on Tuesday night's episode of the NYC auditions, and the Philadelphia stand-up comedian met with a hostile crowd. How hostile? They started booing him Apollo-style immediately after his first one-liner. Of course, it didn't help (at least as the show was edited) that, as host Nick Cannon said, forty other supposed stand-up comedians had taken the stage and bombed. But Horner, perhaps remembering what Bill Burr had done when he met with a barbaric audience in Philly four years ago, decided to lash right back into the crowd. Mandel loved it. So did Sharon Osbourne, and Horner got passed through to Vegas over the objections of Piers Morgan. This clip doesn't show what happened next, as producers played the theme from "Rocky" — a great touch since Horner is from Philly — then had cameras follow him outside the theater to interact with the audience some more. When I get that clip, I'll share it. Here's what they have for us for now. Roll it! On a side note, I don't know...

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