Day: November 23, 2010

[Sponsored Post] Connected Comedy’s Tips of the Week

Connected Comedy is an advertiser on The Comic's Comic that provides help for comedians and other comedy creators to get more exposure for themselves and their work. You can check out its ad on the sidebar, with a form to subscribe to its newsletter, on Twitter @ConnectComedy, or on Facebook. Here are Connected Comedy's tips of the week: 5 Ways To Get A Functional Personal Website Without Spending A Fortune Would You Rather Be The Comedy Store Or The Improv? 5 Things Twitter's Trending Topics Can Teach You About How To Create Viral Content How To Use The Web To Advance Your Writing Career Buzzfeed Founder Jonah Peretti Explains Why Things Go Viral...

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Check out these clips from the cutting-room floor of stand-up documentary “I Am Comic”

Comedian filmmaker Jordan Brady has put a few bonus clips from his documentary I Am Comic up on Vimeo in recent days. If you'd like to see Tommy Davidson practice kabuki, then get your kicks. Here are two other clips that may have more intrinsic value for your comedy needs. In this first one, comedians Chris Spencer and Neal Brennan talk about the pros and cons of earning a living writing jokes that you know from more famous comedians.   This other clip includes outtakes from an interview with Chris Hardwick.   I Am Comic is available on DVD and digital...

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Watch Jay Pharoah on Late Show with David Letterman

Jay Pharoah is a very confident young man. And yet he is still a young man. Both of those things were plainly evident as Pharoah became one of the quickest SNL hires to get a sit-down with David Letterman on last night's Late Show. If you were hoping to learn more about Pharoah, you'll leave this clip not knowing more than you maybe already knew, especially if you're a loyal reader of this site. Pharoah opened big with an absurd gag on Letterman, then showed his youth by getting thrown off by Dave's next sincere question. He does voices, and we heard him do his big ones — Eddie Murphy, Denzel Washington, Will Smith, President Barack Obama — and we also heard him do a little bit of Lorne Michaels as he recounted his audition process this summer. Remember: He's just a featured player in his rookie season. Vanessa Bayer has a great recurring sketch, Paul Brittain and Taran Killam are still hoping to get some real screen time on SNL, and here is Pharoah doing panel with Letterman! So while you get all excited hearing Pharoah do two lines as Obama, and wonder if this shot across the bow will convince Lorne to put him in coach instead of Fred Armisen, just remember the real highlight is the fact that Pharoah was on Letterman already to begin with....

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[Corrected] UCB East expects to be open in the East Village by Feb. 5, 2011, if not sooner (or maybe not!)

More than a few people have wondered when the performance space next to Two Boots Pizza on Avenue A in the East Village would open for business as the Upright Citizens Brigade's UCB East (or UC Beast, as Ian Roberts jokingly suggested at the start of this summer's Del Close Marathon). Well, now we seem to have a date more certain. Students in the upcoming sold-out Improv 401 Harold workshop are told they'll have a student performance at the UCB East at 153 E. 3rd St., on Feb. 5, 2011, followed by another on March 12, 2011. Students in an upcoming Improv 301 class also will get to test out the space on March 12. UPDATED! Correction/clarification: Anthony King, the UCB-NY's artistic director, emailed The Comic's Comic with regrettable news. "The person who lists the classes on our site mistakenly listed them at the new space," King said. No word on when UCBEast will officially actually open for business. I'll be sure to let you all know when the place isn't merely a dream, but in fact a...

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Lessons in timing! Funny or Die’s cameltoe ad with Kelly Brook revealed days after SNL’s ad spoof

In a season in which multiple blogs have accused SNL of lifting sketch ideas from other shows and sites, here is evidence that parallel thinking goes both ways, parallel speaking. Funny or Die has a new "exclusive" video today of British hottie Kelly Brook advertising a product to help the ladies overcome cameltoe and triumph in a slightly NSFW way.   Of course, SNL did an ad spoof on this same exact thing, with a slightly different product, a couple of nights ago.   It's not as if nobody had thought of the idea before. Years ago, San Francisco sketch group Kasper Hauser put out a spoof ad themselves about cameltoe, albeit for men?! Strange but true. Just another gentle reminder that in comedy, the most important rule is...

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