Day: August 27, 2010

Meet Me In New York: Jesse Popp

What do they say about New York City: There are eight million stories, and sometimes it seems as though eight million of the people telling them think they're comedians? No, that's not it. It is a fact, though, that America's biggest city is also its biggest comedy mecca. Hollywood may be Hollywood, but New York City is where comedians are born funny, become funny or arrive to thrust their funny upon us. I think we should meet some of these people. This is a new recurring feature, a mini-profile of newcomers, up-and-comers and overcomers of New York's vibrant comedy scene. It's called Meet Me In New York. You can look around in the so-called alt or indie scene in New York City and ask just about any of the comedians who makes them laugh but doesn't get enough attention for it, and odds are they'll mention Jesse Popp. And that's even after he got profiled by The New York Times?!? Well, this cannot stand. More people should know who Jesse Popp is. So let's get to it. If you go to the big Big Terrific show tonight at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, you'll see Popp on the lineup. And if you go to Beauty Bar in the East Village on Sunday nights (free, 9 p.m.), then you'll see him there, too, since that's his weekly show. You can...

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Casting news: Paul Brittain, Taran Killam, Vanessa Bayer look set to join SNL for its 36th season

It's the end of August, which has become the silly season for Saturday Night Live, in which comedy fans obsess over every single detail of the casting of both on-air talent and writing staffers — helped, in part, by the show's insistence on keeping current employees mostly in the dark on their own rehiring — before the new season begins in earnest. But what does it say about SNL that fans care so much about even new writer hires? It says a lot to me about how the show is still very relevant and special among all TV comedies. We learned yesterday that Will Forte had decided to call it quits after eight seasons (I'll have more to say on this in a separate post). And the buzz buzz buzz has fueled rumors of multiple new hires to the cast for the 36th season, which debuts Sept. 25, 2010. Multiple sources are confirming up to three new additions so far to the cast. The first is Chicago-based improviser and sketch comedian Paul Brittain. Brittain is a performer and instructor at iO Chicago, appearing regularly onstage with house team Mike Helicopter and recurring shows Challenger and Jim Paul Jet Paul. He has performed in shows and theaters throughout Chicago, and starred in his own one-man show as "Sex Ed."  Brittain also had previous experience with NBC as part of the syndicated...

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How to see Louis CK’s “Hilarious” on the big screen on Sept. 8, 2010, and on EPIX thereafter

As I previously reported, Louis CK's stand-up concert film, Hilarious, which made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival this January, will get a one-night-only screening in several cities on Sept. 8, 2010, followed 10 days later with a TV debut on Sept. 18 on EPIX. Here are the cities and info: Austin: 7 p.m. screening at Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek, 13729 Research Blvd., Austin. Tickets go on sale on Friday, August 27, and are available through Boston: 7:30 p.m. screening at the Kendall Square Cinema, 1 Kendall Square, Boston. Tickets go on sale on Friday, August 27, and are available through the Kendall Square Cinema box office or online at Chicago: 7 p.m. screening at Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., Chicago. Tickets go on sale on Friday, August 27, and are available through Los Angeles: TBA New York City: 7:30 & 9:45 p.m. screenings at IFC Theater at Waverly, 323 Avenue of the Americas, New York City. Tickets go on sale on Friday, August 27, and are available at the IFC Theater Box Office or through Philadelphia: 7:30 p.m. screening at Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, September 1, and are available at the Prince Music Theater Box Office, the Trocadero Box Office or online at San Francisco: 7:30 p.m. screening at Embarcadero Center...

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