Day: June 1, 2011

Friars Club announces 10 finalists (plus alternates) for 2011 FrISC, to compete June 24-25 at UCB-NY

The Friars Club announced today the 10 finalists, plus alternates, who will compete for big cash prizes in the second annual Friars Club Improv & Sketch Competition [FrISC] Five groups made the cut in both improv and sketch categories, after a review by the Friars Club selection committee (disclosure: myself among them). They'll be competing live at the UCB Theatre in NYC on June 24-25, before a live audience and judges. The winners each receive $5,000 to make a short film to debut in October at the Friars Club Comedy Film Festival. Without further ado…the envelope please… FrISC Improv Finalists Big Black Car (NYC)Death By Roo Roo (NYC)Doppelganger (NYC)The Mantzoukas Brothers (NYC)Standards & Practices (Toronto)1st alternate: Middle Age Comeback (Chicago)2nd alternate: Brothers Hines (NYC) FrISC Sketch Finalists Onassis (NYC)Paulilu: The Paul Downs Syndrome (LA)Political Subversities (NYC)Somebody‚Äôs in the Doghouse (Boston/NYC)Stone Cold Fox (NYC)1st alternate: Oh, Brother! (LA)2nd alternate: BoF...

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Comedy Central extends its partnership with the New York Comedy Festival, sets 2011 dates

The New York Comedy Festival will continue to get nationwide exposure via Comedy Central, as the fest and the network announced a three-year extension of their partnership. The 2011 NYCF will take place from Nov. 9-13, 2011, with the lineup announced in August. Working together allows some of the NYCF shows, produced by Carolines on Broadway, to be streamed online at or broadcast on the cable network. The 2010 festival, for example, hosted Patrice Oneal's one-hour special, as well as live-streaming showcase for Quotes from the press release… From Mitch Fried, Comedy Central's senior v.p. of live entertainment: ‚ÄúThe relationship with the New York Comedy Festival for the past few years has been hugely successful. This strategic alliance affords both New York City-based companies the ability to showcase incredibly talented performers through a multitude of media opportunities.‚Äù From Caroline Hirsch, the Caroline of Carolines on Broadway comedy club: ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre thrilled to be extending and expanding our partnership with Comedy Central, and we‚Äôre looking forward to elevating the Festival and comedy to even greater heights over the next three years. New York is such a special place for comedy, and the festival has become one of the city‚Äôs most successful and highly anticipated events with Comedy Central.  This year‚Äôs festival promises to be a very special week for comedy throughout the...

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Can anyone get six-pack abs in 30 days? Mark Malkoff’s latest video challenge for My Damn Channel

Michael Sorrentino's nickname is a misnomer: Having a washboard stomach is not "The Situation." Having a gut is. Mark Malkoff didn't quite have a gut when he started his latest video challenge for My Damn Channel, but he did feel like most people who see people with six-pack abs and wonder: Could I have six-pack abs, too? Says Malkoff: "Men's magazines always have headlines reading, 'Get Six-Pack Abs in 30 days.' I wanted to see what a regular guy who doesn't work out would have to subject himself to in order to look like 'The Situation.'" See what happened, after the jump!    With help two to three times each day from a personal trainer, Robert Brace, Malkoff's workouts took him across New York City, and took 16.8 pounds off of his already slight frame. Spoiler...

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