Day: November 12, 2013

Area Woman Mourns Ironic Death: Remembering The Onion’s newspaper days

Before there was the viral video, before the Internet meme, before the Tweet and ReTweet, the Huffington Post and the Colbert Bump, there was The Onion headline. (You remember headlines, right? They’re like Tweets, only way fewer than 140 characters.) The Onion headline, now shorthand for the outrageous (and steeped in, but not actually containing, truth) news story, was born out of The Onion, America’s Finest News Source, once just a satirical newspaper in a Midwestern college town. (You remember newspapers, right? It’s like a blog, only not as timely and with fewer pictures of cats.) And that newspaper,...

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Improv Everywhere’s “When Harry Met Sally” scene at Katz’s Deli

Don’t try this at home. Definitely don’t try this at Katz’s. Because it already has been done, and now it has been well done, the beef has been corned, all of the pastrami is hot and put on rye, and there’s no need for you to copycat a copycat when the cat’s in the cradle of the comedy belly. All of which is to say that this latest Improv Everywhere mission, the Billy Crystal tells Meg Ryan he knows a fake orgasm when he sees one whilst eating at Katz’s Deli in New York City scene from When Harry...

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Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel took their Crash Test audience on a bus tour to the homes of Los Angeles comedians and filmed it for Red Hour, Paramount

If you saw a large tour bus rolling along the streets of Los Angeles last weekend with the faces of Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel painted on its side, with them inside, then you got a first glimpse at their upcoming Crash Test stand-up special. As Scheer jokingly told his Twitter followers @PaulScheer early Monday morning: “.@robhuebel & I were cursed at, framed, attacked, lied to, painted, security checked & warned, and drugged. #crashtestbus @CrashTestShow” The truth is out there. How much of it can be revealed now? This much is true. Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel normally host their...

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Voting open for Comedy Central’s nine 2013 Up Next finalists

Here are your nine finalists from Comedy Central’s inaugural Up Next talent showcase contest: Tone Bell Chris Cubas Randy Liedtke Nimesh Patel Joe Pera Ali Siddiq Dave Thomason Aaron Weaver Jenny Zigrino They performed last week at Carolines on Broadway during the New York Comedy Festival‘s Comics To Watch showcase. And now it’s up to you to vote for a winner. Go to Comedy Central’s Up Next Voting page to watch the full show and/or highlights from the individual performances, then cast your vote. You can vote daily through Thursday, Nov. 14. The winner receives $2,500 and an appearance on a...

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Woman claiming to be “late” Andy Kaufman’s daughter upstages 2013 Andy Kaufman Awards

Last year’s special guest at the Andy Kaufman Awards was Tony Danza. This year? A 24-year-old woman claiming to be Andy’s daughter. Which is a neat party trick, considering Andy Kaufman died 29 years ago, in 1984. Trick or treat, you’re likely to get both from a Kaufmanesque performance. At least one Kaufman — Andy’s brother, Michael — was onstage Monday night to preside over the ninth annual Andy Kaufman Awards, held at Gotham Comedy Club in New York City. The myth that Kaufman may have faked his own death, and gone into hiding rather than succumb to cancer...

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