Day: June 16, 2014

Last Comic Standing’s “Comic Comeback” gives eliminated comedians a second chance in online face-offs, votes

The semifinal rounds of Last Comic Standing‘s season 8 may be coming to a close this week on the TV, but online, you still have more than a rooting chance for the other eliminated stand-up comedians who didn’t make the cut in the eyes of the judges on your NBC station. It’s a new twist called Comic Comeback. Since viewers at home aren’t dialing, texting or clicking votes each week for the 10 finalists (or even the other semifinalists), this is the show’s compromise to you. How does it work? Here’s J.B. Smoove with a quick video explainer: In...

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My Pod Week: Week ending 6/15/14

Mike Flinn (@realmikeflinn) isn’t just a podcast producer and engineer; he’s also an avid fan of the form. “My Pod Week” recaps and reviews the many varied comedy podcasts Flinn listened to or attended live tapings of during the previous week. Enjoy! BERTCAST (Episode #79 Ms. Pat & ME) “Someone said, ‘Ask her about the time she got her nipple shot off.’” “That was a drug deal.” Today, Bert Kreischer is the host of Trip Flip, Wednesday nights on the Travel Channel and has a new book out, “Life of the Party: Stories of a Perpetual Man-Child.” In 1997, Rolling...

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Remembering “Jimmy Mack” James McNair

You could know James McNair in Peekskill, N.Y., as an upstanding resident, and hear others call him “Jimmy Mack” without ever really knowing why. You might have crossed paths with “Jimmy Mack” without ever knowing his real name was James McNair, or that he was a longtime friend of Tracy Morgan. But if you had met Jimmy Mack, then you would have known him as a caring godfather as much as he ever was an uncle or a father to his two children, a pillar of his Uptown Comedy Club community to Morgan, and of his civic community in...

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Alan Davies new “As Yet Untitled” series essentially is The Green Room with Paul Provenza in everything but name

Alan Davies, the British comedian, host sidekick of QI and star of Jonathan Creek, heads up a new chat show this evening across the pond in the U.K. that purposefully has no title until the end of each episode, when he asks his comedian guests to come up with one with him. Everything before that on As Yet Untitled on the Dave channel, however, looks and sounds rather familiar to comedy fans who remember the recent two seasons of Showtime’s The Green Room with Paul Provenza. Here’s a look at Davies and his version: And here is Davies describing...

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