Day: March 19, 2012

Review: “Stevie TV” on VH1

Stevie Ryan has a compelling screen presence and an ability to impersonate many of today’s pop stars and celebutards that populate the basic cable landscape, so her transition to TV with Stevie TV on Vh1 makes sense. Three episodes into its first season, it’s also apparent that Ryan and co-creators Dan Levy and James Kirkland are trying to keep it topical with at least one segment each week that addresses a current pop-culture headline. Here’s a sizzle reel of Stevie Ryan and her impersonations, which include Kim Kardashian, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Drita from Mob Wives, Audrina Patridge, Kendra...

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Key & Peele present “McFerrin vs. Winslow”

The first season of Key & Peele has been such a delight that it’s not surprising that Comedy Central quickly renewed the sketch comedy series for a second season. Actually, perhaps that is surprising, considering Comedy Central’s recent track record on sketch. Check out this sketch from last week’s episode. I’d like to imagine the writer conjuring up the screenplay for a “mouth noise” battle between Bobby McFerrin and Michael Winslow, and then seeing the reactions from the cast and crew during the initial table read. Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele impressively pull this one off (as they have...

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King Supernuts and Shockwave “Battle the World”

What’s a one-sided freestyle rap battle look like? It looks something like this. King Supernuts (Victor Varnado) and Shockwave (Chris Sullivan) took to the streets of New York City and took on anyone and everyone whose paths they crossed. No contest! Varnado and Sullivan do host an actual freestyle comedy rap battle each month at UCBeast called The BEATdown. The next show is April 7, 2012. In the meantime… Roll the...

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Lewis Black, “In God We Rust”

If the Republican presidential field, the inaction of Congress and the European debt crisis makes you suspect that Lewis Black might go off on a bit of a rant, well, your suspicions would be well-founded but misplaced. Because that’s not what has Black’s attention in In God We Rust, the comedian’s second special for EPIX, which debuted over the weekend. Instead, he wants anyone who still might not know of him or his comedy what they’re in for, how he felt about playing a gig in Wendover, Nev., his contempt for Valentine’s Day (he previously has taken on Halloween...

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