Day: October 9, 2012

Demetri Martin on his preferred audiences for stand-up comedy

Demetri Martin recorded two versions of his new special, Standup Comedian — a DVD in February at NYU’s Skirball Center, and a CD in April at Acme Comedy Club in Minneapolis. Both were released via Comedy Central Records on Oct. 2. Before that, Martin hopped on the phone to talk with The Comic’s Comic about the CD and DVD, as well as his upcoming second book, screenplays in progress, and the audiences he prefers to perform to best. If you go to, you can download bonus video and audio tracks, check out exclusive bundles and more. But before you...

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Review: Demetri Martin, “Standup Comedian” [CD]

Telling a good joke is difficult. I don’t mean the kind of joke where you get to develop a story with characters and emotions and your opinions and reflection. I’m talking the kind of joke where you say a thing that is just an observation and follow it up with a thing that is funny. Setup. Punchline. If you’re thinking it isn’t too difficult, go ahead and think about the last time you tried to tell a joke to a group of people. Oh, it was embarrassing, wasn’t it? I bet you stumbled and forgot a detail and ended...

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Tony Baker wins 2012 San Francisco Comedy Competition

In what appeared to a hotly-contested five-way battle in the finals, Tony Baker emerged as the champion of the 37th annual San Francisco Comedy Competition. Tony Baker, born in Michigan and raised in Chicago, makes his comedy base in Los Angeles. The SFCC Facebook page said four finalists still had a shot of winning it all on the final night Saturday, but said of the winning Baker: “With a “smooth jazz” delivery complimenting self-effacing material on such topics as his humiliation at the hands of his children as well as a fear of ghosts, muggers and even clowns, the...

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Big Bird appears in official ad for President Barack Obama

After Mitt Romney singled him out during the first presidential debate with Barack Obama, Big Bird has been making the rounds in a way this Sesame Street Muppet character has not seen in ages. First a slot on the Weekend Update desk of Saturday Night Live. And now this. President Obama has put out a new campaign ad pointing out that Romney is avoiding all of the real enemies on Wall Street and around the world, while focusing on Big Bird instead. The 8-foot-2 bird — voiced by long-time puppeteer Caroll Spinney since 1969 — has a speaking role...

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