Day: February 26, 2015

Scenes from a 1995 TV pilot starring Del Close, Amy Poehler and Matt Dwyer: RVTV

Before Parks and Recreation, before SNL, before the Upright Citizens Brigade set up shop in New York City, Amy Poehler was a fresh-faced college grad studying with the rogue improv mastermind Del Close and performing with The Second City. In 1995, Poehler and Close starred together in a pilot called RVTV, along with fellow Second City performer Matt Dwyer. The Second City archives unearthed these scenes from the previously unreleased pilot earlier this week. Dwyer, who now hosts the podcast, “Conversations with Matt Dwyer,” on the Feral Audio podcast network, told Splitsider (which then showed up as an addendum...

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How I Used Twitter to Spy on My Fans, by Iliza Shlesinger

When Iliza Shlesinger released her latest stand-up special, Freezing Hot, on Netflix a month ago, the former Last Comic Standing winner decided to employ Twitter hashtags as fleeting graphics onscreen alongside her routines. Sure, she’d like to be a trending topic as much as the next comedian. But she had deeper motives than that in play, as she explains in this essay, “How I Used Twitter to Spy on My Fans.” This essay originally appeared on The Huffington Post and is republished here with permission from Shlesinger. But first, a trailer clip from Iliza Shlesinger: Freezing Hot, on Netflix....

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Kurt Braunohler on Late Night with Seth Meyers

Kurt Braunohler began his stand-up performance on Wednesday’s Late Night with Seth Meyers by revealing a facet of his sexual behavior, which might scare off potential girlfriends and wives except for the fact that he just scored himself a new wife. So never you mind about that. On the other hand, Braunohler’s arguments for and against chopsticks may have you rethinking the way you handle food from the plate to your mouth. Spooning: It’s for everybody! Roll the...

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Andrew Santino on Conan

Anyone thrown by Andrew Santino‘s overgrown fiery hairdo on ABC’s short-lived sitcom experiment, Mixology, will be relieved to see Santino in his more natural state as he performed stand-up comedy on Wednesday’s Conan. Then again, you’ll now have a new worry as Santino clearly cannot go a week without drinking, as he explains at the beginning of his set. Other pressing matters in Santino’s world: Wondering why we’re told to wear clothes to sleep, and the confusing nature of French as spoken and written by the fine people of Montreal. Roll the...

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Melissa Rauch performed “Tits and Ass” from Chorus Line when she was 8 #tbt

Melissa Rauch stars in a raunchy new movie that premiered last month at the Sundance Film Festival. But the supporting player from CBS hit The Big Bang Theory and former VH1 Best Week Ever talking head revealed to Conan last night that she was prematurely raunchy. Sort of. Turns out when she was 8, Rauch’s parents let her watch A Chorus Line, and then she learned all of the lines to what could have been her “torch song.” She performed it in the family basement, but the parents wouldn’t let her take her talents to the school talent show....

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