Day: March 26, 2013

Bringing Barbershop Back: Comedian Tom Shillue Sings with “The Ragtime Gals” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

As a comedian, Tom Shillue has several credits to his name, including The Daily Show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, the film Mystery Team, and multiple national TV commercials. Shillue is on tour with Jim Gaffigan this spring, and he’s also midway through an ambitious 12 CDs in 12 months release schedule — during which he also produces a monthly live show and weekly podcast called Funny Story. But Shillue also has another talent that’s served him quite well on TV, and specifically on Fallon. Shillue is front and center alongside Fallon and Fallon’s head writer, A.D. Miles, as...

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The Economics of Being a Stand-Up Comedian in the Midwest. Clarification: An Aspiring Comedian

A cautionary tale from Sean Dailey, an aspiring comedian in Grand Rapids, Mich., who began performing stand-up comedy in 2012. About a month ago, I drove to Detroit for a comedy competition. I was cocky coming off my biker bar win, and I had recently advanced to the semi-finals of the “Funniest Person in Grand Rapids” competition, the annual comedy tournament ’round these parts. I ended up getting smoked by a 21-year-old kid and lost out on $500. Not only that, factoring in gas ($49.10) and the two Bulleit bourbons ($19.96 with tip) I had before I went up,...

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Sleeping audience member gets wake-up call from Dutch improv group

From Zaandam, the Netherlands, comes this footage of a woman fast asleep during an improv comedy show. The troupe members — Tijl Beckand, Ruben van der Meer, Jamai Loman, Tygo Gernandt en Rick Paul van Mulligen — stops what they’re doing to strip down to their underwear, surround her, and attempt to wake her up through an audience singalong of “Happy Birthday.” That didn’t work. But the audience member does awaken shortly thereafter. Note that the video’s title, “Sleeping Beauty bij De Grote Improvisatieshow in Zaandam,” offers no Dutch translation for “Sleeping Beauty.” Roll the clip. (via Daily Picks...

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