Day: June 21, 2013

Del Close describes the birth of the Harold improv structure in this 1986 cable access video

We’re one week away from the 15th annual Del Close Marathon, the weekend celebration of Del Close and improvisational comedy thrown by the Upright Citizens Brigade that welcomes hundreds of groups from around the world to New York City. 2013’s #DCM15 will put on 420 shows on seven stages over 56 straight hours. But go back to Chicago. Go back 27 years to 1986. There you’ll find this cable access video profile of Close and “the Harold” form of improv, which he describes and then was leading young comedians in at a place called CrossCurrents Cabaret. This finds Close...

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Zach Sherwin performs “Grit & Grin” on FX’s Totally Biased

Whether you know him as Zach Sherwin or as his former alter-ego, MC Mr. Napkins, you’ll be impressed by the feat he pulls off here in this performance on FX’s Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. For “Grit & Grin,” Sherwin raps the lyrics while doing just that. Grinning. With grit. Enjoy! That’s Joshua Silverstein providing the beatbox backing. Roll the...

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Matt Morales on Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

Matt Morales is a San Francisco-based comedian, but as he told the audience last night on Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, he’s still a Louisiana guy. A Louisiana guy in California with car problems, bus problems, but not man problems nor woman problems. He does have a problem, though, with the idea that marriage proposals need to be a big deal. Let him explain. Roll the...

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Gene Wilder looks back on his career in 92Y talk

Think of Gene Wilder and you think of his many memorable movie roles, from 1971’s Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory through to Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Silver Streak, Stir Crazy, and maybe even The Woman in Red, but definitely going back even farther to Bonnie and Clyde and The Producers. But that’s also led to our biggest misperception of him. “What a comic, what a funny guy — all that stuff. And I’m not. I’m really not. Except in a comedy, in films. But, I make my wife laugh once or twice in the house. But nothing special. But when...

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Chris DiStefano’s debut on Late Show with David Letterman

Perhaps you’ve seen Chris DiStefano before on your TV this year dispensing advice to the teens via MTV2’s Guy Code or MTV’s Girl Code. Last night, DiStefano made his network television debut performing stand-up on Late Show with David Letterman. Here we learn a little more about his background, his father and his father’s friends and their dubious business practices. All up and down the East Coast. Specifically. Also a bit about his cousin. Would you like to see it? Tell me no. Roll the...

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