Day: February 23, 2011

SketchFest NYC announces dates, location for 2011: June 9-11 at UCB Theatre

SketchFest NYC announced today that it would return to the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre for its seventh annual celebration of sketch comedy, with performances, panels and more to come from June 9-11, 2011. "We're very happy to host SketchFest NYC again this year,‚Äù said UCB Artistic Director Anthony King. ‚ÄúLike the swallows of San Juan Capistrano, we have no idea where the sketch groups go all year, but each June they find their way back. And we're always thrilled to have them build their dirt nests at the UCB Theatre." ‚ÄúWe‚Äôve had great success holding the Festival at UCB the past few years, so we‚Äôre extremely excited to return for year seven,‚Äù added SketchFest NYC Executive Producer Alex Zalben. ‚ÄúLike the Harry Potter movies, in Year Seven‚Ķ The End Begins Here. No, wait, that‚Äôs not right.‚Äù SketchFest NYC is sponsored by The Onion, The Sound of Young America, and UCB Comedy, with more sponsors to be announced. For information on being part of SketchFest NYC, either as a performer, sponsor or volunteer, please check the festival...

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Norm MacDonald resurfaces overnight on Twitter, then vows not to return until he has 40,000 followers

Eleven months after his "first actual Tweet," comedian Norm MacDonald resurfaced overnight on Twitter with a flurry of messages, jokes and non-sequiturs. He apologized for his spelling. And then he vanished into the night, writing: Norm had 36,508 Twitter followers as of this writing. How long will it take to get him back with 40,000? And will he bring @RealTracyMorgan back with him? Where did you go, Tracy? Where did you...

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Free tickets available to Spider-Man musical in NYC? Yes, for “The Spidey Project” March 14 at The PIT

By now, you don't need to live in New York City to know about the massive, over-budget, accident-prone, much-delayed, multi-million-dollar Spider-Man musical on Broadway called Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. With direction by Julie Taymor, music from U2, it has been stalled in previews for weeks, and an "official" "Opening Night" delayed now until March 15. So what if you don't have a few hundred dollars to spend on a ticket, especially when you're not sure if the show will be any good? Enter Justin Moran. Earlier this month, he decided to launch his own "Spiderman Smackdown" by announcing his intention to write, rehearse and stage his own musical based on Spidey, all with a budget of $0. And he'll open a day before the Broadway musical does. Let him explain it in his first video:   ‚ÄúHow important is $65 million in making good theatre?‚Äù jokes Moran. ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre going to develop a story, write a complete musical score and script, design sets and costumes, cast, rehearse, advertise and ultimately mount the production on March 14, 2011 at the The People‚Äôs Improv Theatre in NYC.‚Äù Moran has found not only a space in The PIT, but also collaborators: Jon Roufaeal on the story and book; composers Adam Podd (Pope! The Musical!, ImgineOcean) and Doug Katsaros (Broadway's Aida; Grammy nominated Footloose; TV's The Tick) to write and arrange the score....

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Larry King’s stand-up comedy tour. Who does he think he is, Glenn Beck?

Larry King has announced dates and times for a stand-up comedy tour. Who does he think he is, Glenn Beck or something? Wait. Hold on. My sources are telling me that Glenn Beck actually did mount his own stand-up comedy tour. Who does Glenn Beck think he is anyway, Keith Olbermann? Wait. Hold on. That actually might have made some sense. I think we could all see Olbermann telling jokes, because he used to seem quite adept at the quips, didn't he? But this Larry King stand-up comedy thing? It's not news to me, since I told you King was going to do stand-up comedy back in December when King was packing up shop at CNN, and showed you that he already was doing something resembling stand-up for years. So where and when can you see the 77-year-old chatter make the funny-hahas? Don't everybody log onto all at once now. Here are the dates for Larry King: Standing Up Torrington, CT (April 14 at the Time Warner Theatre)Wilkes-Barre, PA (April 15 at the Kirby Center for the Performing Arts)Westbury, NY (April 16 at the Theatre at Westbury)Baltimore, MD (May 13 at the Hippodrome)Atlantic City, NJ (May 14 at the Music Box)Reno, NV (June 10 at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino)Las Vegas, NV (June 11 at the Mirage Hotel) King also will include audience Q&As during each...

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