Day: October 11, 2011

Ozomatli backs Gabriel Iglesias’ Comedy Central stand-up series, records music video, “Hey, It’s Fluffy!”

Gabriel Iglesias is hosting a new stand-up comedy showcase series on Comedy Central this fall — Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand-Up Revolution premiered last Thursday at 10 p.m. Eastern/Pacific — and he has the Grammy-winning band Ozomatli performing in it as his house band. Nice get, Fluffy! Oh, right. He’s fluffy. And Ozomatli even wrote Iglesias his own theme song. Here’s the new music video for, “Hey, It’s Fluffy!” Roll the clip! The track should be up soon on iTunes. Browse around Iglesias’s artist profile for more doses of funny...

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Can Kickstarter sustain an independent comedy venue in NYC? Luca Lounge makes its case

The East Village and Lower East Side have provided a home for the independent comedy scene in New York City since before I moved here. Luna Lounge. Rififi. Mo Pitkin’s. All since closed. The Slipper Room is under construction. There are venues such as Pianos or Lolita Bar that host comedy in addition to music. The UCBeast is the latest to give the area a full-time try in comedy, although the Upright Citizens Brigade is becoming large enough now that it’s much closer to a mainstream comedy club than it is an “alt” or “indie” venue. And then there’s...

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Comedians advice for new stand-up comedians: From the Laugh Factory

A lot of aspiring comedians ask me for advice on getting into the business, and I remember from my own experiences in Seattle, those early days and nights when I would hope for a chance to corner each weekend’s headliners at the Comedy Underground and Giggles for some one-on-one conversation and advice. But those were the old days. Now we have YouTube, and the Laugh Factory in Hollywood can just ask a bunch of their regular comedians on your behalf. Featured here is words of comedic wisdom from Harland Williams, Deon Cole, Elon Gold, Darren Carter, Jim Tavare and others. But...

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Tracy Morgan tries to explain his homophobic jokes to David Letterman

Tracy Morgan was on last night’s Late Show with David Letterman, and Letterman being Letterman, he wanted to ask Morgan about what happened this summer in Tennessee when Morgan flew back to apologize to an audience member because of a joke in which Morgan suggested he’d kill his own son if he found out he were gay. Caught up now? OK. Let’s roll the clip. Letterman says he’s on Morgan’s side, and as comedians, it is important to stand up for each other and our right to free speech, even if the words coming out of someone’s mouth are...

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Comedians to dissect “Guy Code” for MTV2 in new weekly series

MTV Networks has announced the launch of a new talk show that will gather comedians, athletes and “pop culture entertainers” to discuss how men behave in MTV2’s Guy Code — premiering at 11 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15. Regular segments will include celebrities talking about what makes for a “Good Ass Night,” and profiles of guys who have landed the “Best Job Ever.” Talent on the show includes comedians Andrew Schulz, Dan St. Germain, Dean Edwards, Donnell Rawlings, Jordan Carlos and Lil Duval, plus models April Rose and Melanie Iglesias. Vinny Guadagnino from MTV’s Jersey Shore will make special guest appearances on the...

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