Comedy treasure Pete Holmes is trying to do something fresh and different on TV. In the first 28 episodes of The Pete Holmes Show, some of it works, and some of it doesn’t; but there’s clear potential for Pete to develop into a late night giant. Root for him—not only because Pete has always been one of the nicest, funniest, and most talented guys in comedy, but because If he succeeds, TV will be richer for it. We’ll all be the richer for it.
The following are some highlights of the show, which aired in Fall 2013 Monday-Thursday at midnight and 1:30 am on TBS (following Conan O’Brien) and hopefully will be back in 2014:
Searching for Dave Chappelle
Jason Zinoman, who performs the invaluable service of reporting on comedy for The New York Times, has written this fascinating, meticulously researched, and thoughtful ebook based on scores of interviews with people who know Dave Chappelle and recent stand-up sets by Chappelle. It covers the special challenges of being a black comic, doing on-the-fly vs. tightly scripted material, when to battle with TV networks vs. not rocking the boat, and theories on why Chappelle left one of the most successful shows in TV history. All this and more is yours for a mere $2.99 in Searching for Dave Chappelle.
To refresh your memory on why Chappelle matters, some of his best sketches:
A Lesson in Comedy Technique from Patrick Stewart
A possibly stoned Patrick Stewart gives a lesson in comedy
to his 35-year-old singer-songwriter fiancée Sunny Ozell:
Something I’ve known for years is finally making it into the mainstream:
Pete Holmes is not only a comedy treasure, but one of our greatest comics ever. First Pete broke into Hollywood as a sitcom writer for NBC and FOX; then he started the highly popular podcast You Made It Weird; and now he’s going to have a show directly following Conan O’Brien midnight on TBS starting October 28, 2013. On top of all that, Pete recently did an hour-long special for Comedy Central, with an expanded version available on CD and DVD: Nice Try, The Devil. Some samples & classic bits:
Indie Comedy Movie of the Month:
The Exquisite Corpse Project
Megan Raye Manzi, the luminous and brilliantly talented actress starring in The Exquisite Corpse Project…
Olde English is a sharp group of sketch comics who performed together for years on both stage and video…but one day simply drifted apart. Then the director of the group, Ben Popik, suggested a project: Each member write 15 pages of a screenplay…while getting to see only the last five pages of the previous writer.
It’s a fun gimmick to create a marketing hook for the movie. Naturally, the results of the film made from the screenplay are mixed; but they’re not the crazy quilt you might expect.
A critical element that makes the latter work is phenomenally talented actress Megan Raye Manzi. While she has to play wildly different versions of her character in each 15-page sequence, she creates a solid underlying core that’s always compelling and emotionally believable, allowing us to care deeply about her character throughout. Manzi is the invaluable glue that holds the “fiction” part of this project together.
Further, the execution of the screenplay is only one side of the coin of this movie. The other major component is documentary footage of the members of the group interacting before, during, and after the project. The latter is handled so subtly and artfully by director Popik that what The Exquisite Corpse Project is really about didn’t sneak up on me until near the end—and then hit me in the head in a way that I’ll long remember.
In a nutshell, this is a transcendent story about creative relationships…and the nature of relationships in general. And that turns what in lesser hands would be a gimmicky comedy into a genuinely great film.
As an added bonus, at the 1:01 mark, Olde English member Raphael Bob-Waksberg gives the finest description you’re ever likely to hear of what it means to be a screenwriter in Hollywood.
You can watch the vibrant work of Ben Popik, Megan Raye Manzi, and the other very talented folks involved at your convenience, because this movie is available for download anytime for a mere $5 here. You can also check out the trailer here. Highly recommended.
And now promos.
Is there anything Louis C.K. can’t do better than anyone else?
Anthony Jeselnik is one of the quickest & sharpest comics alive, and he now has a national forum to show that off via The Jeselnik Offensive…where part of the joke is that behind Anthony’s sadist persona is one of the nicest guys in comedy. Tune in to Comedy Central every Tuesday at 10:30 pm to see Anthony find new ways to misdirect and delight you; and to share the wonderful company of such NYC comedy icons as Amy Schumer, Kristen Schaal, Aziz Ansari, and Nick Kroll.
Comedy Central’s Kroll Show is the finest sketch comedy series to grace television in years. Nick Kroll has created a pop culture-driven smorgasbord of brilliantly detailed and razor-sharp parodies. (For example, the above is the show’s representation of its male 18-35 target audience…)
Nick plays a broad range of characters, most of whom are self-absorbed, extreme, and hilarious. Another delight of the show is its featuring many stellar former and current talents of NYC’s comedy community, including Jenny Slate (above right), Jon Daly, John Mulaney, Jason Mantzoukas, Eugene Cordero…pretty much a who’s who of UCBT-NY stars over the past decade.
The first 8-episode season is over, but you can see Nick and his friends tear reality apart in these clips:
A rare combination of hilarious writing and ace musical skills make Nadia Quinn, Emily Tarver, Aaron Quinn, and
Rebecca Kaasa a band worth keeping an ear on. Here are some of the best songs (so far) from Summer and Eve:
Some of the funniest material on the Web can be found on Amazon,com pages,
thanks to the creativity of customers responding to randomly absurd products.
Here are some of the very best examples:
Funniest Movie Deaths
Eileen Kelly and her dogs (who are assholes); a dog who cares a bit too much…
…a suspect is interrogated; and a hippo is upstaged
Hi. How are you? I’m pretty good, mostly.
Thanks so much for asking.
I just wanted to thank you in advance for reading my book.
I typed it all by myself and I really hope you like it.
You seem nice,
From Introduction (Unabridged)
For those of you who might still be standing there reading this in a bookstore:
Look, I’m not going to tell you how to live your life or anything, but just as a suggestion, how about marching this bad boy up to the register?
Of course, if money is tight, you forgot your wallet, or you just don’t feel like parting with [insert really-high-but-completely-worthwhile price here], I say you slowly shut this book, tuck it under your arm, have a quick look around, and run, run as fast as you can for the exit. I’ll get my cut anyway, so don’t worry about me.
From Loving You Is Easy Because You Live Close to My Parents’ House
There I was, a 13-year-old boy still trying to piece his life back together after having his heart squashed all over the playground a year earlier, now totally about to make out with an actual girl for the first time in his entire life. Fortunately for me, Jenny had totally made out with someone before and guided me through the process, as I imagine most Thai prostitutes tend to do with their first-timers. As soon as we settled into one of the pleather-lined benches in the back of the sexy, sexy ski bus, Jenny wrapped her arms around my neck and shoved her tongue in my mouth, something I somehow never saw coming, not even after having seen Fast Times at Ridgemont High at my friend’s house that one night. Taking my cues from Jenny, I shoved my tongue in her mouth and I held on for dear life. My technique was crude, brash, and desperate—perhaps even more so than it is now. Fortunately for Jenny, exactly seven minutes later, I felt a tap on my shoulder. “Time’s up,” Maria said, looking down at us like a tired and impatient madam who’s seen it all. I politely peeled myself off Jenny and dizzily stood up. Having passed what felt like a major milestone in my life, I was both exhilarated and relieved, at once thrilled to have the whole thing over with while severely disappointed that an entire seven minutes could fly by quickly. “Thanks, Jenny, that was really fun,” I said before returning to ny seat. “And thank you, Maria, for making it all possible. You’re doing important work here.”
From As Of Now, I Am In Control Here
Sometimes I managed to turn the otherwise cringe-worthy into fun. Swapping out a urine sample for apple juice and then pretending to accidentally drink it in front of my supervisor was a trademark move I remain especially proud of. Once the rumor that I was a pee drinker spread throughout the shelter, it gave me a mystique I really enjoyed.
Toward the end of each shift I’d poke my head into each of the shelter’s sixty or so rooms to make sure every resident was in and accounted for by the 10:00 o’clock curfew. As a result I regularly barged in on one guy who, like clockwork, would be perched on the edge of his bed masturbating like he was in some sort of contest, no matter how many times I knocked first. I could never tell whether I was hurting or helping his mission by walking in on him like that, but regardless it was hard not to admire his joie de vivre. You can take away a man’s home, and maybe even a little bit of his pride and dignity while you’re at it. But, dammit, you can’t stop him from living.
From On Manliness
If you get in at least one knife fight in your lifetime, no one will ever question your manhood again. Just ask one of the Sharks or Jets from West Side Story. Those guys sang and danced around like a pack of raging queens 90% of the time, but when they broke out those knives there was no question about it—these were real men. Men with a keen interest in choreography, but men just the same.
From Tasteful Nudes
I respected that she played by her own rules. But it also occurred to me that, given the close proximity of our fellow diners, everyone around us was now likely under the impression that I had arranged to meet a prostitute for lunch. “Wait a minute,” I thought after considering things for a moment. “I did arrange to meet a prostitute for lunch.” The 15-year-old in me giggled to himself in a bizarre mixture of mild embarrassment and full-tilt excitement that only a manchild can truly understand. But a moment later, horror set in. “Oh my gosh!” I thought. “Did she want to meet me for lunch just so she could proposition me?” I had never been so conflicted in my entire life: On the one hand, I was insulted that she might think I was the kind of guy who’d be willing to pay for sex. But on the other hand, I was completely flattered that she might think I could afford to spend $4,000 on it.
“But you’re so nice and pretty, ma’am!” I wanted to blurt out. “Why would you do that sort of thing?”
“I want to quit a lot of the time,” she told me, “but the money is so good.”
When I thought about the hourly rates for my own work, I couldn’t disagree. Clearly she had a better agent than I did.
From Rocking Me, Rocking You
Barry White was a singer/songwriter and producer who combined R&B, soul, funk, and disco into a sound that made people want to have sex, usually with him. He is perhaps the only person capable of singing the words “take off that brassiere, my dear” with confidence, authority, and not even a hint of irony, which was great for him, and for a lot of other people too.
From Witness the Fitness
I made the gym’s elliptical machine my bitch a couple of times a week like clockwork for several months and largely credit it for helping me achieve the just slightly less doughy look I was totally going for. The only thing I don’t like about it is at the end when it gives you a “workout summary.” Instead of giving me a bunch of numbers I don’t understand, I wish it would instead make me feel good about myself by telling me how bangable I am or something. Or maybe it could just be straight with me for a change. Just once I’d like to see it say, “Look, Dave, clearly you had a lot to drink last night. But don’t worry, no one is judging you. There’s only so many hours of the day you can sit around in your underwear before you start to feel like having eight or ten drinks and then maybe eating a pint of ice cream and staying up until 2:00 am looking at pictures of largely unattainable women on the Internet. In fact, if you factor in all of that stuff, the fact that you even showed up here today is pretty impressive. Now go hit the showers, you gorgeous and totally unpathetic man!” The technology to make that sort of thing possible is probably decades away, but I can still dream.
From The Time I Went to Prison
About a week before my Sing Sing prison debut, when the reality of my situation finally kicked in, I didn’t find it quite as funny anymore. Instead, it seemed more like some sort of horrible prank I was inexplicably about to play on myself. Suddenly all I could think about were the innumerable ways my show could go horribly wrong. I saw myself bombing, with microphone feedback filling the airspace where I’d hoped laughter would go. A lone inmate would approach the stage, slow-clapping at me before removing a shank from his waistband and driving it straight through my ribs, causing the inmates to laugh for the first time of the night. Then he’d call all his friends over to take turns shanking me, playing soccer with my head, calling me names, and having sex with my face. In the week leading up to the show, I watched this movie in my mind repeatedly. Sometimes I’d see it from the perspective of those cable television prison shows. “An auditorium full of furious and violent felons is no laughing matter,” the narrator would say. “Funnyman Dave Hill found out the hard way…”
From Big In Japan
I had expected Tokyo to be the Japanese equivalent of New York City. In fact, as we approached the city limits, I almost felt like we were coming home. But I soon realized that comparing Tokyo to New York is a total insult. To Tokyo, that is. In fact, if Tokyo and New York were in prison together, New York would be Tokyo’s bitch, with Tokyo buying New York for a carton of cigarettes and having intercourse with its face for weeks on end just to show it who’s boss. I mean that, of course, in the nicest of ways. It’s just that Tokyo has so much to offer. It’s like New York times ten but still crammed into the same amount of space and then popped into the microwave at full heat for ten minutes. You must go.
Over the course of the tour, I’d become increasingly fascinated with Japanese toilets, you might even say obsessed…This time I saw another button, which had a silhouette of a woman on it. “The lady-parts button,” I presumed. It felt like forbidden territory. I know I’m not a lady and I wasn’t even sure how the electronic eye would assess the situation. And I certainly didn’t want to confuse the technology. But then I just thought “When am I going to start living my life?” I closed my eyes again, took another deep breath, threw in the sign of the cross for good measure, and pressed the lady-parts button. Another jet stream came out, only this time it hit me in what some people, including me, like to call the taint. Like most people, I had spent my whole life trying to avoid letting exactly this sort of thing ever happen to me. But once it did, I couldn’t imagine how I managed to go all those years without being blasted in the taint with water every single day of life. It was intoxicating. So then I started hitting the taint button as fast as it would let me. Then I went back to the butt button. Then I went back to the taint button. Then I went back to the butt button. And then I went back to the taint button again. And again.
After about two hours of this, I felt as if I were floating over my own body as I looked down on it. I’m also pretty sure I saw that bright light that people who’ve had near-death experiences always talk about. And I was about to go back for more when John burst into my room screaming “Come on, we gotta go rock the fuck out of Tokyo!” Ripped from another dimension, I pulled up my pants, marched out of there with my head held high, and rocked the fuck out of Tokyo with a cleaner ass and taint area than anyone who’s ever rocked the fuck out of Tokyo before.
To buy Dave’s book—which you should do immediately—please click here.
NYC’s Greatest Storytellers, Part 1
TJ Miller is slowly developing into one of the finest comedic film actors,
sketch comedy performers, and lightning-quick improvisors in the business—
part Bill Murray, part Zach Galifianakis, part The Mask, and mostly pure TJM.
If you haven’t checked out TJ lately, please click the links below…
and keep an eye on this talent with the potential for comedy superstardom.
Todd Bieber, the wonderfully innovative Director of Content & Production for UCBComedy.com, helms two of the best theatrical shows at UCB. One is Commercial Interruption, which is an autobiographical one-man show that’s smart and hysterical and you should rush out to see. The other is Animated Stories, in which Todd hosts some of NYC’s finest comics to tell tales on stage…which he then has some of NYC’s finest animators turn into cartoons. Four of the best of these follow, along with some choice animated stand-up sets:
Being Funny About
Comedy genius Chris Gethard recently wrote a brave and insightful essay on his dealing with depression; please read it by clicking here.
In tribute to Chris’ words, here are a few comedy videos about feeling low:
John Mulaney is one of finest stand-ups in the country, offering hilarious on-target observations crafted with the artistry of a poet and the playfulness of a young brat. John’s also one of the most beloved guys in comedy, thanks to his remaining steadfastly down-to-earth throughout his increasing success as a staff writer for Comedy Central and Saturday Night Live, and his new Comedy Central hour-long special. The latter is coming at the end of January in CD and DVD versions under the title New in Town, which you can—and should—buy by clicking here and/or here.
In the Bedroom
Pete Holmes has one of the most lightning-fast and hilarious comedic minds in the country. Pete combines the organic energy of improv with the precision of a great wordsmith and split-second timing of a world-class performer. Pete’s razor-sharp observations have warmed up audiences forThe Daily Show; lit up such shows as Conan O’Brien, VH1’s Best Week Ever, and Comedy Central’s Premium Blend & John Oliver’s NY Stand-Up; and illuminated the cartoon sections of such magazines as The New Yorker. Pete’s also the co-creator of the hilarious Front Page Films, and most recently has been a staff writer for two network sitcoms. A 6’6″ teddy bear, Pete has the accessibility of a Ray Romano—and is genuinely one of the nicest guys in show biz—but can also be as surreal and silly as a young Steve Martin. Please check out the videos above to enjoy this genius comic’s range; and then buy his just-released CD Impregnated with Wonder, which reviewers—including me—are calling one of the very best comedy albums of the year.
Louis C.K., Zach Galifianakis, Richard Pryor…even the giants have had to deal with hecklers:
Louis C.K. (audio only)
George Carlin (audio only)
Eddie Izzard (audio only)
Laura Grey’s &
Laura Grey & Jennifer Grace: Adorably perverse
In the golden age of radio, the finest writers and voice actors in the country would craft mini-plays that thoroughly engaged your imagination using only sound. The productions covered every genre, but they were especially effective for SF/fantasy/horror tales—because the special effects budgets were limited only by what they could lead you to create within your mind’s eye.
Stellar writer/comics Laura Grey and Jennifer Grace understand the power of sound-based plays; and in the best episodes of their new iTunes podcast Horrorgasm, they create stories that resurrect old timely radio…and garnish them with wry, modern comedic twists. (Think Futurama, only focused on horror and with your eyes closed…)
Below are some of the best shows Laura & Jennifer have crafted to date. There are few better ways to celebrate the coming of Halloween than listening to these quirky gems:
The Homunculady: Not for every taste. But if you’re open to feminist horror, this is genius.
Nun with a Gun: “She’s a nun with a gun. Good God, that sister’s packin’! It’s the Lord’s ammunition—and it’s Satan she’s attackin’!”
Rupert: Men shouldn’t play with dolls.
The unsinkable Mamrie Hart offers a transformative drink for Harry Potter fans…
…gives good advice to daughters on Mother’s Day….
…makes a tough choice among past lovers...
…and goes tit-for-tat with Katy Peary
A large reason the New York comedy community has thrived over the past five years—and expanded into TV series and movies nationwide—was the consistently caring, thoughtful, brilliant work of UCBT-NY’s Artistic Director Anthony King. As indicated by the photos above, Anthony achieved a rare balance between being relaxed & creative, and acting as a disciplined administrator who maintained high standards for all.
Anthony quietly resigned from UCBT in August to take a staff writing job on an NBC sitcom, and I hope he achieves enormous success in LA. Meanwhile, his impact on comedy history can hardly be overstated. As a small tribute, here are some of the more memorable comedy videos Anthony created as a writer and/or performer.
Excerpt from one of many improv shows Anthony & other stars performed on the road:
Improv events Anthony co-wrote—and in the first one, also co-starred in:
Installment of a series Anthony co-wrote that sets Craigslist ads to music:
Self-explanatory; co-written & co-starring Anthony:
Web series Anthony co-wrote & co-starred in about odd officers:
Anthony’s parting words on August 31, 2011 after leaving UCBT-NY:
Chris Gethard laughed…
…and he made a dream come true. And now he has his own weekly TV series: The Chris Gethard Show
The magical SketchFest NYC 2011 ran June 8-11 at UCBT. You can get a sense of the wonderful sketch troupes that participated by watching these videos:
Jane Borden and
Jane Borden, treasured Comedy Editor of Time Out New York, has written a bestselling book…
…and so has beloved comic Demetri Martin
Michael Showalter has a new bestselling book. To buy it, pleases click here.
What’s better than a video that makes us laugh? A video that simultaneously turns our perceptions of the world upside-down. A great example is Louis C.K.’s new show on FX, which he writes, directs, edits, and stars in—and is one of the most daring, original, and hilarious series to ever grace prime time TV. Check out how Louis messes with our heads; and also explore the strange worlds of other stellar comics, including Zach Galifianakis, Dave Hill, Pete Holmes, and Lenny Bruce in these…
Stand-Up Comic Oddball Shorts
As demonstrated above, live-action shorts can be awesome. But for thoroughly standing your world on its head, there’s nothing as effective as animation—in which anything can happen, creating a state of lucid dreaming. Check out these favorite journeys into the weird and hysterical:
Animated & Children’s Oddball Shorts
If you don’t happen to know your Betty Boop, please click the links below to play three 1930s cartoon gems. Each one starts out slowly, but please be patient and watch all the way through…and then observe what happens to your mind after experiencing these black & white dreams.
The following was shot for this UK children show’s 1979 Christmas party– and is the funniest children’s TV episode, ever…
This last one isn’t animated; but its cartoonish quality will soon become apparent:
For more, visit kate-mckinnon.tumblr.com
John Oliver—God bless him—has created a series that represents the top stand-up comedy scene far better than anything else on TV. John is a genius stand-up, but also humble enough to listen and learn…and to appreciate the talents of such peers as Maria Bamford, Marc Maron, Kristen Schaal, Nick Kroll, Pete Holmes, Janeane Garofalo, Eugene Mirman, Brian Posehn, Hannibal Buress, Matt McCarthy, and other brilliant talents. Watching John’s show on Comedy Central is highly recommended; and so is checking out the following links to some of its finest bits to date:
The radiant, insightful, and hilarious Elna Baker has been one of the brightest lights in the NYC comedy and storytelling scenes for years. This month Elna put her many adventures between covers..and created an instant monster bestseller.
Elna held a wonderful book release party for her memoir The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance at The PowerHouse Arena in Brooklyn on October 15, 2009. Here’s a portion of the Q&A session:
Q: Do you think there’s more desperation for finding a mate in or out of the Mormon circle?
Elna: I think the desperation manifests in different ways. In Mormonism there’s a different kind of pressure, because there are a lot more Mormon women than there are Mormon men. And you are taught that to get to the highest level of Mormonism, you need to be married to another Mormon. So it can be pretty cutthroat. (audience laughter)
Q: How do you think the Mormon community is going to react to your book?
Elna: That’s the thing I’m most afraid of. It’s interesting to do something you haven’t seen done before, because you don’t know what will happen to you for doing it. People have written books about being Mormon after they have left the Mormon faith. And people have written books about being Mormon within the Mormon faith for other Mormons that are, you know, sold in Utah and present a sort of soft-focus version of love and happiness and family. My book deals with doubt and questioning, and figuring out in your 20s what you want to do on your own, and it does it in a way that I think a lot of Mormons will really appreciate, and a lot of Mormons will really be upset about. So we’ll see…
Q: Elna, I’ve always known you as a storyteller on stage. What was it like to transition from performing live to writing a book?
Elna: I had all these scripts from shows I’d done that I thought I could just cut and paste; but turns out it doesn’t work that way at all. (audience laughter) It didn’t jump off the page, I needed to do a lot of thinking about my material. And I learned a lot from that.
I was doing a great deal of performing, and then got the opportunity to write. So I stepped out of the limelight, and spent two years mostly alone, writing. I’d experienced a lot of stuff very quickly in my life and had never taken the time to really process it. So in those two years I retired from being alive, and processed it.
I always thought of myself as someone who spoke stories. The great thing about writing all those stories down is that now there’s this book, and I can just sort of drop it on someone’s desk and say “These are things that I think about.” And I don’t have to talk anymore. (audience laughter)
To buy Elna’s book The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance—which sold out every copy in the store less than halfway through her release party, and has been a mega-bestseller on Amazon.com since the day of its publication—please click here.
See also this article, which nails it
For more Zach videos, please click here.
Reggie Watts is a musical improv comedy genius—a scary talented vocalist, beatboxer, and musician whose unique skills will likely amaze you. Reggie won the 2009 ECNY Award for Best Musical Comedy Act and the 2007 Andy Kaufman Award; is a cast member of the new Electric Company; and recently delivered a bravura performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. To learn more, please visit ReggieWatts.com; please explore his album Pot Cookies; and please check out these videos of Reggie showing what he can do:
and Aziz Ansari
Conan O’Brien is moving up to NBC’s Tonight Show, and so March 3rd, 2009 was the debut of his replacement: Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Taking over from a comedy genius like Conan is daunting—but the same was true when Conan replaced David Letterman back on September 13, 1993. There were some bumps then, but Conan ultimately more than rose to the occasion; and here’s hoping Jimmy does too. His show’s writing staff includes genius stand-up & rising starAnthony Jeselnik (HBO, Comedy Central), and creepily hilarious comedic actor AD Miles (Human Giant, Conan O’Brien, Dog Bites Man, Reno 911). Behind the awkwardness, Jimmy is a powerful talent and quick learner—as was demonstrated beautifully by the dance-off with Cameron Diaz. The nerves showed at times during the first week (a low point was Jimmy mock-snoring when Billy Crudup tried to provide a few seconds of information about Watchmen; honestly, it’s okay to let people say intelligent things now and then…). But tune in to watch Mr. Fallon grow and, over time, make his own special mark as a Late Night host.
Pete Holmes has one of the most lightning-fast and hilarious comedic minds in the country. Pete combines the organic energy of improv with the precision of a great wordsmith and split-second timing of a world-class performer. Pete’s razor-sharp observations have warmed up audiences forThe Daily Show, lit up such such series as VH1’s Best Week Ever and Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, and illuminated the cartoon sections of such magazines as The New Yorker. A 6’6″ teddy bear, Pete has the accessibility of a Ray Romano—and is genuinely one of the nicest guys in show biz—but can also be as surreal and silly as a young Steve Martin. Please check out the videos above to enjoy this genius comic’s range; and then catch this rising star live on stage as often as possible.
Anthony Jeselnik (being lauded above by Robin Williams) is just starting to became famous, but I believe he’ll prove to be one of the sharpest & funniest stand-ups, writers, and overall performers in comedy history. There’s nothing better than seeing Anthony live on stage, but in the meantime please enjoy these videos; look for his work as staff writer on NBC’s upcoming NYC replacement for Conan O’Brien’s show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon; and keep an eye out for repeats of Anthony’s Comedy Central Presents half-hour special, which debuted January 16, 2009.
On November 20th, following the traditional cute pardoning of a single turkey, Sarah Palin decided to conduct an interview while the other non-pardoned turkeys are being slaughtered directly behind her. The resulting disconnect between her words (about her “values and convictions,” the political process being “brutal,” etc.) and what’s happening mere feet away—not to mention the interviewer asking a question about state programs “being on the chopping block”—is one of the the most surreal and hilarious political interviews, ever.
(Note: After this blew up into a national story, Governor Palin said she didn’t know what was going on in the background. Observers find this tough to swallow. My own perspective is that it’s hard to say which is funnier: her being oblivious, or being utterly insensitive, to the carnage. Please judge for yourself; and either way, enjoy.)
For a slightly sanitized version, please click here.
For the complete gruesome version, please click here.
Unique treasure comedic actress Violet Krumbein
Sarah Silverman: I’m F*cking Matt Damon
(A video “reward” Sarah created to air on her then-boyfriend Jimmy Kimmel’s Fifth Anniverary Show—and which reportedly led to them breaking up…)
(news article about why you should tune into new episodes of Late Show with David Letterman starting 1/2/08)
(New York Times article about these comedy genius writer/performers also returning to the air, but sans writing staffs)
Funny, filthy, graceful, seething, and always artful, Jessica Delfino is a rare treasure: a stellar comic who employs the voice of an angel to sing lyrics that would make a sailor blush. At times she tries too hard on the latter, going for shock over substance; but more often Jessica hits the right notes via marvelous songs such as I Wanna Be Famous, Don’t Rape Me, and Only a Stranger’s C*ck. Not for every taste; but if you’re open to a different kind of comedy, this imaginative and beautifully packaged combination CD/DVD is a steal at $10 plus $2.99 shipping. To check out some of its tracks, and to then order multiple copies for yourself and your more unusual friends, please click here. Please also visit Jessica’s Myspace page by clicking here; check out her music videos (directly above) by clicking here; and keep an eye on this promising rising star.
Album of the Month: Jessica Delfino’s I Wanna Be Famous
(The lovely and super-talented Amanda Congdon’s split with her producer Andrew Baron has been the focus of the biggest soap opera to hit the Web since Microsoft vs. Google. If this drama has somehow slipped by you, these clips cover the highlights.)
(comedian Judson Laipply dances through several musical generations—in just six minutes)
(actual deposition conducted in April 2006 by famed Texas attorney Joe Jamail)
(the secret Brokeback trilogy)
(Jewish comic Sacha Baron Cohen—a.k.a. Borat and Ali G—shines a light on anti-semitism)