Day: September 21, 2010

Colin Quinn’s “Long Story Short” gets promoted, will return for fall/winter Broadway engagement

In case you missed it when it was off-Broadway, you now have a chance to see Colin Quinn's "Long Story Short" on an even bigger stage this fall as he'll get a limited 11-run engagement in November, with previews starting Oct. 22. Producers announced the move today. Quinn will be returning to the Helen Hayes Theater, where he previously performed a 1998 one-man show called "Colin Quinn: An Irish Wake." He told the New York Times' Dave Itzkoff today:  ‚ÄúI‚Äôm quietly becoming New York‚Äôs premiere actor. People don‚Äôt understand. They have me pigeon-holed as a comedian. I‚Äôm like Elaine Stritch.‚Äù Quinn's show is directed by Jerry Seinfeld. Previously: Seinfeld and Quinn talk about Long Story Short in video...

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2010 San Francisco competition: Auggie Smith almost runs the table in Week One; Week Two begins tonight

The San Francisco International Comedy Competition is underway for its 35th year, and Auggie Smith — who finished runner-up in 2001 — dominated again in the first week of preliminaries, outright winning four of the six nights. Week two begins tonight at Sonoma State. For a quick recap, here were the participants in Week One for 2010: Chris Bennett, Tempe, AZDaniel Carroll, New YorkSolomon Georgio, SeattleVahe Hova, Walnut Creek, CAJonny Loquasto, Los AngelesJay Montepare, Los AngelesToby Muresianu, San FranciscoPatrick Nye, ChicagoSammy Obeid, Fremont, CARob O‚ÄôReilly, New YorkSean Ottey, TacomaMarc Patrick, Las VegasLizzy Pilcher, SeattleMarianne Sierk, Los AngelesAuggie Smith, PortlandInsane Wayne, Stockton Moving on to the semis from this group, in alphabetical order: Solomon Georgio, Marc Patrick, Marianne Sierk, Auggie Smith and Insane Wayne. And Week Two's contestants: Mo Alexander, MemphisCharlie Ballard, OaklandTony Dijamco, L.A.Dustin Kaufman, Kansas CitySusanna Lee, PortlandJoel Lindley, L.ABradley Lum, San FranciscoSteve Monroe, Los AngelesNancy Reed, SeattleNile Seguin, TorontoEric Shorts, IndianapolisKurt Swann, San DiegoAllen Trieu, Grand RapidsJohnny Watson, New YorkCameron Zaninni, San FranciscoJoe Zimmerman, Ashville, NC Follow SFStandup and the San Francisco contest site for daily...

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Billy Gardell takes the lead in new Monday-night CBS sitcom “Mike and Molly”

It's not exactly the rebirth of the stand-up-based-sitcom, but Mike and Molly is a definite step up in the right direction for Billy Gardell. Gardell, who had recurring roles previously as a supporting character in such series as My Name is Earl and Yes, Dear, takes the lead in Mike and Molly, which debuted last night as the new entry in the CBS Monday-night lineup. In case you missed it: CBS has the full Mike and Molly pilot available to view on the show site. Daniel Fienberg over at has an interesting take on the notion of laughing at versus laughing with, in his review of the pilot. I'm not sure how much of this actually applies to Mike and Molly the series as it does the pilot episode, which naturally (or as natural as Hollywood ever is) paints the broadest strokes possible to attract the widest possible audience. So, yes, the stars who would-be a couple are fat guy and fat woman — a mild triumph over the sitcom cliche of fat guy with skinny attractive woman — and there are plenty of fat jokes to be had in the debut. But, take the table pratfall. To me, that cliche moment isn't really about the fall (which essentially happens off-camera), but about the sight gag afterward, which has nothing to do with Gardell's (er, Officer Biggs') weight. Fienberg...

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Bruno Mars books musical date on SNL, gets booked for felony cocaine. Now SNL fans really get nostalgic.

Which really came first, though? Las Vegas police confirmed Sunday that officers arrested singer Bruno Mars after Hard Rock hotel/casino security found him in possession with cocaine. NBC confirmed Monday that Bruno Mars would be the musical guest on SNL on Oct. 9, paired with host Jane Lynch. Fans of SNL who long for the original wild and crazy days of the 1970s must be feeling extra nostalgic, eh? Although to be thematically more accurate, wouldn't it be better to have the singer on cocaine performing on the show with the award-winning actor who plays a meth dealer (Bryan Cranston, hosting Oct. 2, with Kanye West)? It's always about...

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