Month: April 2012

Listen: Comedians deconstruct the “Humor Code” at Bridgetown fest

University of Colorado psychology professor Peter McGraw and Denver-based journalist Joel Warner are trying to unlock the formula to funny — what makes something universally funny? — or as they’re calling it, the Humor Code. They’ve explored the impact of Mad Men drinking on an actual NYC ad agency team to see if everything seemed funnier as they got drunker — “the more you drink, the funnier we become,” the old stand-up MC adage goes. Here are some of the more NSFW Venn diagrams their drunken advertising subjects produced. They’ve hit up Hollywood, or more specifically the TV studios...

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The Lucas Brothers make their network TV debut on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Successful stand-up comedy duos are rare; rarer, still, are comedy duos who are identical twins. The Sklars probably are best-known among today’s acts. Stone & Stone perform regularly here in New York City. And now here come The Lucas Brothers, from High Point, N.C. Keith and Kenny Lucas now make the rounds in NYC’s comedy scene, as well as gigs around the country. Last night was their biggest gig to date: A network TV debut on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Their low-key style and easy give-and-take as they recount stories and tell jokes makes it easy to go...

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Watch and compare the two different live episodes of 30 Rock, 2012 edition

NBC let 30 Rock go meta last night, as its second time doing double-duty live shows (one for the Eastern and Central time zones, and one for the West Coast) found the fake show-within-a-show debating the merits of continuing with live shows for TGS. That allowed Kenneth the NBC Page (Jack McBrayer) to throw back to flashbacks to great past moments in live TV history. And that allowed the cast to don all sorts of 1950s-era costumes to send up the live TV shows and ideas of yesteryear. Oh, to do anything on live television. 30 Rock‘s typical format...

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Connecticut restaurant creates limited-edition Birbig Burger for Mike Birbiglia tour

Earlier today, Mike Birbiglia declared: “I am obviously a culinary genius.” What, pray tell, had the stand-up comedian and storyteller done with food this time? Certainly something involving pizza, considering how much he talks about the pies onstage and off. If you guessed pizza, then you were very very very close. How about a pepperoni pizza on a burger? From May 1-3, 2012, Station Eats in New Caanan and Stamford, Conn., will make and sell customers The Birbig Burger (not The Birbigs Burger? hmmm). As the restaurant proclaimed: “Mike’s created an awesome burger for Station Eats: The Birbig Burger...

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Comedy Central to air Bonnaroo special on June 23, 2012

In 2011, Comedy Central presented a live online look-in at the comedy tent from the Bonnaroo festival. This summer,  the cable channel will package the best stand-up comedy from Bonnaroo for an hour-long special, to premiere June 23, 2012. The announced lineup for Bonnaroo 2012 so far includes Aziz Ansari, Steven Wright, Marc Maron, Brian Posehn, Reggie Watts, “World Champion” Judah Friedlander, Rhys Darby, Colin Hay, Garfunkel & Oates, Amy Schumer, Pete Holmes, Rory Scovel, Mike O’Connell, Ali Wong and Kyle Kinane. Who will make the cut for Comedy Central? Tune in to Comedy Central Live at Bonnaroo (working...

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