Day: July 18, 2010

More than Just a Gala: Steve Martin’s Just For Laughs Montreal debut, with a surprise guest

In its 28th year, the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal has featured just about every big name in comedy. But Steve Martin, having "quit" stand-up comedy before JFL's debut, was not among them until last night, when he made his debut hosting two Gala-type showcases at the fest. (Photo by Montreal Gazette) Word on the street has put forward the idea that Martin, now 64, may in fact be making a return to comedy. Though I couldn't talk to him personally to confirm or deny that word, I do know that on his current banjo and bluegrass tour with The Steep Canyon Rangers (who also accompanied him in Montreal), Martin has been making audiences laugh with his banter between songs. And Martin has plenty of experience as a host, doing so three times at the Academy Awards. He pulled it off quite nicely last night, as well. He told the audience that hosting brought forth a lot of responsibility to be funny. "But then I remembered that my friends John Cleese and Marty Short hosted last year, and I thought, well, I'm funnier than those idiots," he joked. Martin then acknowledged that he had finally come to Just For Laughs, which he called "comedy mecca. And we all know how funny Mecca is." They played a highlight reel of Martin's greatest JFL moments, which, of course, amounted to...

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Before Last Comic Standing, Roy Wood Jr. had a certain sports bar in mind for this next joke

I've got to do a thing, and then another thing today, so before I get you all caught up on what you missed this weekend, how about I tell you about something else that you missed last week. On NBC's Last Comic Standing, I know a few people were confused about Roy Wood Jr.'s routine about the crazy people at sports bars. Well, what if I were to tell you that before performing this joke on network primetime television, Wood told this routine differently in the comedy clubs, with a wee bit more specificity to it? If you'd like to see that, then here that is, recorded earlier this year at Crackers Comedy Club in Indianapolis and brought to you courtesy of Rooftop Comedy, here is Roy Wood Jr. opening his set by joking about sports fans in sports bars, and one bar in particular, where he is not feeling good about the neighborhood. Roll...

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