Month: February 2012

Friars Club to honor Jerry Lewis on his 86th birthday with public celebration

Is The Friars Club getting soft? Nah. Instead of doing a roast, the Friars has announced they’re going to be celebrating Jerry Lewis on his 86th birthday with a public party, tribute and screening at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. When Lewis turns 86 on March 16, 2012, he’ll sit down at 92Y for a screening of scenes from the new documentary┬áMethod to the Madness of Jerry Lewis, a talk with friends — with audience Q&A — followed by an afterparty at the Friars Club. Tickets to the 92Y Jerry Lewis event are $29....

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Patrice O’Neal’s “Mr. P” debuts at #35 on Billboard album charts

Patrice O’Neal’s posthumous comedy CD, Mr. P, debuted last week at #35 on the Billboard 200 album charts. That’s the best bow for a comedian since last year’s Alpacolypse by “Weird” Al Yankovic, and the highest chart position for a stand-up comedian in several years. It remained the top-selling comedy album in its second week. That’s also great news for O’Neal’s surviving family, as all of the proceeds from the sale of Mr. P go to help them. Buy Patrice O’Neal’s Mr. P on iTunes. Read my review...

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On Conan, Jay Larson jokes plungers, etiquette, bands

Some comedians lose their regional accents when they go Hollywood. Some play them up more.┬áJay Larson’s Massachusetts accent is subtle and not mentioned (except I just did so!). Mentioned: Buying a plunger, basic etiquette lessons, and the differences between being in “the” band and being in “a” band. And a rare plug for the Toledo Funny Bone. Hello, Toledo! Roll...

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Comedy Central pays tribute to Bernie Mac with “I Ain’t Scared of You”

“Let me explain something to you about the Mac man. I love who I am. I love what I have become. And most of all, I have nothing but respect for those who have followed me. I don’t do things for dollars and cents. I owe my craft to my fans and those who have followed me all of these years. See. It’s not what you do, it’s how you do it. It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it. I’m a comedian. People know me as Bernie Mac.” That quote opens the documentary, “I Ain’t Scared...

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