Day: March 15, 2011

Donald Trump gave me hair advice! #TrumpRoast

The Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump will air this evening. At the taping last week in New York City, they had Trump and the other performers walk a gold carpet to meet the assembled press. Was it gold instead of red to match Trump's hair, his skin color or his wealth? We may never know. Because I didn't ask. Anyhow. Being an independent online journalist has its advantages (getting invited to cover a Comedy Central Roast) and its disadvantages (usually placed at the very end of the line at a red-carpet, when celebrities are tired of posing for photos and answering the same dumb questions over and over from TV personalities). For Trump's roast, though, I had a key ally. Near me at the end of the line were a cameraman and reporter for the Golf Channel. Yes. The Golf Channel. Maybe not as prestigious as the TV tabloid shows, but in fact more so, because they air a series starring the Donald himself, Donald J. Trump's Fabulous World of Golf. Trump owns several golf courses, and they've been featured before on Celebrity Apprentice, and possibly again (spoiler?). Having those guys there meant that even if all of the other celebs passed me by, Trump himself would be within speaking distance. I knew I could get his attention for one question. Here it comes. Roll it!   Yes....

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Phil Hanley on Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

In case you missed it late Friday night, comedian Phil Hanley performed on Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Most comedians get a plug for an upcoming gig or CD/DVD when they appear on late-night TV, but Hanley got an extended plug (or should I say his upcoming gig's venue got it?) when Ferguson expounded upon the nomenclature of Go Bananas. As for Hanley's set, it's a nice reverse-psychology ego that he has going on here, and since his natural speaking voice is not far off from Anthony Jeselnik's, the reverse ego has an added humorous effect. Roll the clip!...

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Full list of winners from the 7th annual ECNY Awards

The 7th annual ECNY Awards were handed out last night in a standing-room-only reception at the 92Y Tribeca in New York City. "We couldn't be more proud of the winners,‚Äù said ECNY producer Carol Hartsell, who also works as editor of the Huffington Post Comedy vertical. ‚ÄúWith a record number of people voting online, coupled with our industry committee votes, we made sure that the absolute best comedians working in New York were honored tonight with an award shaped like a laughing donkey. You know, real classy like." Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal were the night's biggest winners, earning solo or shared honors in four separate categories, including best variety show, host, book and male stand-up. Here is the full list of winners:  Best Variety Show Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen  Best Improv Group Death By Roo Roo Best Website (Hey, I know that guy!) Best Host Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal Best Flyer of Postcard Design The Paul Downs Syndrome – Rylan Morrison Best Sketch Comedy Group Serious Lunch Best Technician Beowulf Jones Best Comedy Podcast Risk! True Tales, Boldly Told Best Book The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex ‚Äì Kristen Schaal and Rich Blomquist Best Comedic Video (Short or Series) ‚ÄúMarcel the Shell With Shoes On‚Äù ‚Äì Jenny Slate and Dean Fleischer-Camp Best Comedy Event The 12th Annual Del Close Marathon Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Tweeting @chrisgethard Best One Person Show ‚ÄúPrison Freaks‚Äù ‚Äì Shannon O‚ÄôNeill The Emerging Comic Award Paul W. Downs  Best Storyteller Tom Shillue  Best...

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