Day: June 17, 2015

Things That are More Likely to Ruin Stand-Up Comedy Than “Political Correctness”

By Will Weldon 1. Popular Youtube acts with no live performance experience getting booked on big shows 2. The marginalization of not-white performers into “specialty acts”, thus segregating important new voices away from mainstream communities that could use the infusion of newness 3. Audience members ever-increasing ability to record/stream performances without the performer knowing, thus ruining jokes that are works in progress, or presenting them out of the necessary context for the joke(s) to work 4. Local media not knowing how to cover stand-up in a way that will interest readers/viewers and entice them into going to see comedy...

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Owen Smith shot his 2015 stand-up special using just 10 iPhones: “Good Luck Everybody”

Owen Smith bought 10 iPhones, filmed a stand-up hour with them, and then returned the phones the next day at the Apple Store. True story. “The best iPhone comedy special of all time,” according to Chris Rock in a testimonial quote on Smith’s page. Also the first iPhone comedy special, as far as we know. We’ll have to check the records…in the meantime, “Good Luck Everybody.” That’s the title for Smith’s newest hour, recorded at Mi’s Westside Comedy Theater in Santa Monica, Calif. Smith bought 10 iPhones for the recording — and hilariously returns them to an Apple Store the...

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Wally Glenn auditions as Pyro Boy for America’s Got Talent 2015

Strapping fireworks to your body and jumping up, down and around while they shoot into the air might not be considered high comedy, but if you’ve ever performed in the San Francisco or Seattle comedy competitions, then you probably have met or encountered Wally Glenn. Glenn has been the longtime web guru behind both operations and for a time also crunched the numbers for comedians’ scores. He also performs at Burning Man and elsewhere as Pyro Boy. It’s in this capacity that Glenn showed up on this week’s “Extreme” edition of auditions for NBC’s America’s Got Talent. Judge Howard...

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Uzeyer Novruzov’s audition for America’s Got Talent 2015

Uzeyer Novruzov said he was channelling the spirit of the late great Charlie Chaplin for his audition on season 10 of NBC’s America’s Got Talent. But his stunt work up and down and atop a freestanding ladder certainly looked more like something Buster Keaton would have pulled off in one of his classic silent films. At any rate. Uzeyer also goes by the moniker FreeLadderMan online. So there’s that. Roll the...

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