Day: June 13, 2016

Adrienne Truscott’s “Asking For It” still, after all these years

Adrienne Truscott won multiple awards when she took her one-woman show about rape jokes to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, including honors for “Comic Originality” and the prestigious Panel Prize. That was August 2013. Some three years later, the summer of 2016 finds Truscott doing “Adrienne Truscott’s Asking For It: A One-Lady Rape About Comedy Starring Her Pussy and Little Else!” twice more back here in New York City (where she already had made a name for herself as one of The Wau Wau Sisters burlesque duo) at Joe’s Pub, perhaps for the final time tonight(?). As Truscott explained during Saturday night’s...

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Bill Murray to receive 2016 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

The Kennedy Center announced today that it’ll award Bill Murray the 2016 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Said Murray in a statement: “I believe Mark Twain has rolled over in his grave so much for so long, that this news won’t disturb his peace.” And from Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter: “His unique brand of humor seems to defy time itself — always remaining relevant and relatable to new audiences — much like our award’s namesake.” Murray graduated from Second City to Saturday Night Live in 1977, and became a fan favorite on the big-screen through Meatballs, Caddyshack, Stripes,...

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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s declaration of love: His Best Score acceptance speech for “Hamilton” at the Tony Awards

Lin-Manuel Miranda and his improvised comedy hip-hop group Freestyle Love Supreme have scaled even greater heights on Broadway, first with Miranda’s semi-autobiographical In The Heights, and now with the transcendent musical Hamilton. Miranda’s co-conspirator in creating Freestyle Love Supreme, Thomas Kail, directs Hamilton. And Christopher Jackson (C-Jack in FLS) plays George Washington in Hamilton. When Miranda accepted his Tony Award for Best Score last night, he joked that he’d gotten too old to freestyle. So he wrote a sonnet instead. A declaration of love. Written especially for this moment in time. My wife’s the reason anything gets done She...

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Eddie Vedder and Judd Apatow sing a duet to Garry Shandling using Shandling’s own words, at Bonnaroo

Judd Apatow and Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder were equally full of surprises this weekend at the Bonnaroo music and comedy festival in Tennessee. Apatow introduced Vedder as the surprise guest on his comedy showcase, and then informed the audience that Vedder had written a song in tribute to Apatow’s late mentor in comedy, Garry Shandling, using Shandling’s own words. But Vedder also had a surprise for Apatow and the crowd. As Apatow explained: “It’s a combination of his journals and jokes, and then today, I said, ‘OK, let’s listen to the song,’ and then he said, ‘No. You’re singing...

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Episode #97: Greg Giraldo biographer Matt Balaker

Matt Balaker is writing a book about Greg Giraldo; scratch that, he’s writing THE book on Greg Giraldo, as there hasn’t been a proper biography about the outrageously witty stand-up comedian since he died in 2010 at the age of only 44. Balaker, a comedian himself, has interviewed more than 25 people close to Giraldo – from his former managers, friends, comedians, and his widowed ex-wife – and successfully received Kickstarter funding to finish the Greg Giraldo Book, along with a co-author Wayne Jones. Balaker sat down with me to explain how he got involved in this project, what...

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