Day: June 28, 2010

Last Comic Standing 7: The semifinals, Part One

Someone decided it was hot enough in here to buy some ice cream treats, stay home, and get giggly with it tonight. OK. Fine. It was so hot in NYC today that my brain obviously isn't working, so maybe the mush of the TV will make everything right in the world again. Either that, or Craig Robinson and a kitty cat will tell me it's time for the first part of the semifinals of season seven of NBC's Last Comic Standing. Finally we're getting somewhere. UPDATED: Now with video clips! Are you ready for your first semifinalist, Myq Kaplan? I put the comma in the wrong place there, because he is more than ready, he is already done because this was a taped performance. Don't call in with your votes just yet. Kaplan is feeling bookish this evening, telling us about books, movies, and movies about books. Kaplan also is the first, at least if we're presuming they haven't edited the placement here, to have to deal with the hyped-up live audience at the Alex Theater in Glendale, Calif. Judges Andy Kindler, Natasha Leggero and Andy Kindler all have nice things to say about Myq Kaplan. Kindler says Kaplan "absolutely killed" which means he lost the pool? "I can't think of a funnier line in comedy than Brad Pitt is in this book." And we're getting judges notes, as...

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Listen to Marc Maron be an a$$hole while accusing Dane Cook of being an a$$hole: WTF!

On today's new edition of Marc Maron's WTF podcast, Maron sits down with Dane Cook — and Cook apparently has video footage of this, which may or may not see daylight, too — you get to hear Maron be an asshole while accusing Cook of being an asshole. It makes for an interesting listen. Both guys seem to have an agenda. Both guys seem to have an understanding of the other person that fits while at the same time doesn't fit. In between bits of verbal sparring, you get to hear Cook talk about his childhood and school life, his father's alcoholism, and about his outlook on life. Happy ending? Listen to the whole thing (including Maron's opening monologue about his battles with nicotine): Marc Maron interviews Dane Cook on WTF...

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Ben Bailey, Ellen DeGeneres, Clean House come up big with wins at 2010 Daytime Emmys

If it ain't broke, don't fix it, right? That's the lesson you might seem to get from the Daytime Emmys, which handed out awards over the weekend to a lot of the same shows they did last year. Ellen DeGeneres won for outstanding talk show (entertainment division). Ben Bailey's Cash Cab on the Discovery Channel once again won for outstanding game show, but this time around, Bailey himself also grabbed the individual prize for game show host! Clean House on the Style Network, with comedian co-hosts Niecy Nash, Matt Iseman and Trish Suhr, won for outstanding special class...

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The Stepfathers and Harvard Sailing Team win $10,000 each in inaugural Friars Club competition

If you think watching stand-up comedians compete for money is something, then what's it like watching improv groups compete for big cash money? Well, let me tell you: It's very intriguing! Some groups really rose to the challenge over the weekend in the inaugural Friars Club Improv + Sketch Competition, and The Stepfathers walked away with the $10,000 prize on Friday night; Harvard Sailing Team followed suit with the $10,000 prize in the sketch finals on Saturday. Both groups will use their winnings to film shorts that will debut in September at the Friars Club Film Festival. Coincidence or merely a fun fact: Both winning groups have regular performance slots Fridays in New York City. You can catch The Stepfathers at 9 p.m. Fridays at the UCB, and Harvard Sailing Team at 9:30 p.m. Fridays at The...

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