Day: November 15, 2010

Audience member receives Heimlich maneuver during Jamie Kaler’s stand-up, Kaler lives to tell about it

Comedians love to talk about "killing" onstage, but Jamie Kaler took it to another level earlier this month in Ohio at the Columbus Funny Bone, when a female audience member celebrating her 40th birthday apparently began to choke during his set. Other audience members rushed forward and performed the Heimlich maneuver on her, and escorted her away. All while Kaler stood onstage, examined the situation, then awkwardly commented on it with a brag. Roll the clip!   Chris Hardwick points out that Kaler described this incident later on a podcast called Road Stories. BTW, during the podcast, Hardwick suggests Kaler not putting this clip on YouTube. Fun fact! You can listen to it here (fast-forward to 17:55 for Kaler to begin talking about what happened halfway through his 8 p.m. Saturday show — "nobody laughs," he says, before describing how he added a half-hour to get the crowd back, including a callback to the choking for his closer!):...

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Comical Radio expands lineup with five new talk/comedy radio podcasts throughout the week

Comical Radio, which airs Fridays on WBMB 87.9 FM in Manhattan and also streams live online via WBMB, Cringe Humor Radio and elsewhere, has expanded its comedy/talk podcast schedule with five new shows throughout the week. Here's the new, updated schedule (all times Eastern): Monday: 5:30 to 7 p.m., "Hangin with Danny Lobell and the Crew," featuring Danny Lobell, Chris Iacono, Myka Fox, and David Kasten. Monday: 7 to 8 p.m., "Myka Fox:  Attorney at Social Law," with Fox and sidekick Thomas Giglio working out their differences on-air. Tuesday: 3 to 5 p.m., "Live from Grandma's Basement," hosted by Chris Iacono and Warren Holstein, talking conspiracies and political news. Thursday: 10 a.m. to Noon, "Too Much Information with Dan & Dan." Dan Naturman, Danny Lobell, and Justy Dodge entertain guests from all aspects of showbiz ranging from Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson from "Little House On The Prairie") to Jim Davis (creator of "Garfield") and everyone in between. Also includes comedy bits and prank calls. Thursday: Noon to 1 p.m., "Fixing Joe," hosted by Joe Matarese and Danny Lobell. Veteran headlining comedian Matarese discusses his problems in his career and love life, taking advice from guests with the hopes of "fixing" himself. Every week, prominent comedians, members of Joe's family, and people from his past appear on the show to discuss a plan of action to make Joe's life easier and more fulfilling....

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NBC goes all-sitcom Thursdays in January 2011, moves “The Marriage Ref” return to Sundays in March

NBC just released its midseason schedule for January through May 2011, and it's going back to comedy at 10 p.m., but just on Thursdays, and no, it doesn't involve Jay Leno. Instead, NBC will hope to re-establish its "Must-See TV" moniker by going back-to-back sitcoms for all three hours on Thursdays in January. The new Thursday lineup: 8 p.m., Community; 8:30 p.m., Perfect Couples; 9 p.m. The Office; 9:30 p.m. Parks and Recreation; 10 p.m., 30 Rock; 10:30 p.m., Outsourced Note what this does. 1) It puts The Office and Parks and Rec together in an hour for the first time, which was supposed to happen all along. 2) It puts 30 Rock into 10 p.m. where it'll compete not with other broader comedies, but with The Mentalist on CBS, Private Practice on ABC, and local news on FOX. Also of note in comedy, NBC isn't putting Jerry Seinfeld and Tom Papa's The Marriage Ref in that 10 p.m. Thursday slot for its second season, instead shipping it to a better fit with family audiences at 8 p.m. Sundays, starting in March...

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In review: Colin Quinn in “Long Story Short” on Broadway

A lot has changed in Colin Quinn's latest one-man show since I first saw him workshop it under a different name ("The Fall of it All") months ago in the basement lounge of Gotham Comedy Club. Inside the Helen Hayes Theatre, "Long Story Short" now boasts a set design resembling a Greco-Roman amphitheater, with a giant monitor screen that can illuminate and animate the empires of our past. Musical notes and quick black-outs break up the show into multiple vignettes, each one giving Quinn a chance to tackle a particular empire, how it rose and why it fell. But the biggest difference between what Quinn began with and what he presents now for a limited engagement on Broadway is jokes. Lots and lots of jokes. That's perhaps the one thing that lets you know that Jerry Seinfeld had a hand in the production as Quinn's director. Opening Night audience members got to see Seinfeld onstage to take a bow with Quinn. But it's his unseen guidance which allows Quinn to tighten up his message, to pack and pepper his 75-minute with as many jokes as a monologue about how our very world around us today is crumbling could allow. Because that's a difficult message for audiences to hear. Just as the Greeks, the Romans and the Brits saw their hold over the world slip out of their grasps, so...

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Watch the entire telecast from PBS of Tina Fey’s ceremony honoring her with the Mark Twain Prize

In case you missed it last night, PBS has thankfully put the entire telecast online from The Kennedy Center's honoring of Tina Fey with the Mark Twain Prize. Among the highlights: Alec Baldwin pretending to be a resurrected Mark Twain; Lorne Michaels' heartfelt speech about Fey; and Fey's acceptance speech, in which she hoped that "women are achieving at a rate these days to a point where we can stop counting what number they are things." Watch the whole thing here:   Others who appeared onstage to testify to Fey's work as a humorist included Fred Armisen, Steve Carell, Jimmy Fallon, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Hudson, Jane Krakowski, Steve Martin, Seth Meyers, Tracy Morgan, Amy Poehler and Betty White. At 40, Fey is by far the youngest to win the Mark Twain Prize. Which means it's certainly not the lifetime achievement award that it has been since the Kennedy Center began bestowing annually in 1998. No, Fey is at the peak of her comedic powers. Which is also a nice thing to honor. A humorist at his or her peak. Of course, it's also a bit awkward to have a 90-minute telecast that has much in the way of clips to show from the previous century, which was all of 10 years ago. Don't worry, Betty White. As you joked onstage, perhaps they'll get around to you just yet. Recipients of...

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