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Monday
Jul182005

The UCBT is having the Best Week Ever

This week is as much a celebration of improv and Del Close as it is a celebration of the establishment of The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and all its progeny. It is difficult to imagine what New York's comedic landscape was like before the UCBT's arrival, because it has since installed itself as a vital nerve center for the community. The quality of shows at the theatre this week is testament to the legacy it continues to build. Take a look at this weekend's Del Close Marathon schedule. If you click around on some of the odder sounding groups, you might be surprised to see the caliber of talent involved. And what's more exciting is, the bigger the names on the bill the chances are more likely that equally enormous surprise guests will show up. Where else in this town can you surround yourself with CELEBRITY GENIUSES all for less than the price of the three burritos you normally consume whenever you go to Chipotle? You feel that in the air? It's not humidity--it's electricity.

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Friday
Jul152005

The Weekend News Sting

The Weekend News Sting is a collection of news bits or memoranda overheard, sent in, or seen somewhere during the course of the week. --Bobby Tisdale hosted last week's Whitest Kids U Know show at Pianos. The 'Kids liked him so much, they're bringing Bobby back this Sunday. --via Thom Edison --The Conologue reports that Slovin & Allen have resigned from their writing duties at SNL. Someone on the Conologue's comments board alleges this was the week SNL made all its hiring and firing decisions. So far, the news has been tight on cast changes. Related: We asked SNL superfan, Lauren, if she knows anything and she writes, "I haven't heard much, except for one source saying that they've been hearing that Parnell and Tina--who most people assume will definitely not be coming back--will be coming back." Image Hosted by ImageShack.us --This guy says he's running to replace Conan at Late Night. --via Jesse --Erin Keating, a longtime producer of the fantastic shows at PSNBC, has decided to pursue a different career. Erin was one of the first people to be really nice to The Apiary, and is probably a pleasure to work with. Did you hear that POTENTIAL EMPLOYERS? Good luck in the future, Erin! --Metro, The Official Newspaper of The Apiary, had an article in today's NY edition in which arts reporter, Dorothy Robinson, dines out with the Hunky Newcomer, Eli Newell. What'd she have to eat? Sausage, naturally. --photo & caption via Metro

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Friday
Jul152005

Inside With: Giulia Rozzi

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usStoryteller and standup, Giulia Rozzi, can be seen around town in Mortified, a bi-coastal showcase involving people reading their most private and secret diary entries and hallway notes they scribbled as a teen. The beautiful and talented Giulia dropped by The Apiary to somehow explain her reasoning for doing such a mortifying thing. Could you tell us a little bit about the origins of Mortified and share what it is that motivates you to dredge up your awkward teenage years in public? The show was created by Dave Nadelberg in LA and I was in the debut cast. I think most of our teenage selves wrote diaries, poems, notes, etc. in the hopes that secretly someone would find it, read it, and understand our woes, so I was thrilled to have a venue to share my teenage drama. What is so amazing about the show is that anyone can be in it, not just comics or actors, but anyone who has mortifying material from their youth. Everyone can relate to the show. Most people have a favorite reader whom they personally feel connected to through their piece. Seeing the show inspires people to go home and dig up their own teenage diary, notes, etc which is an experience in itself; it gets people to revisit their past, seeing how far they've come in life and possibly how similar they have remained. Pretty therapeutic I think. Where are you from? What other gigs do you have going on, Giulia? I came to NYC last February after doing stand up at the Comedy Store in LA for 3 1/2 years and improv at Improv Olympic (I'm from Boston and I missed the East Coast). I still dabble in stand up (Comedy Social, Chicks n' Giggles, $1 Room) and have enjoyed how much alternative comedy NYC has to offer. I do readings, produce Brutal Honesty, improv when I can find people to play with, a solo show "Stupid Foriengers"--which is on a rewrite hiatus right now--and other stuff. Mortified NYC is this Sunday, July 17th, 8PM @ The Magnet Theatre - $10 Brutal Honesty, a similarly structured storytelling style show, is 9PM Wednesday, July 20th at Otto's Shrunken Head, 14th Street (btw Aves A & B) - FREE!

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Thursday
Jul142005

Last Weekend to See The Hollow Men

Caught the British sketch comedy troupe, The Hollow Men, yesterday in a theatre production by the SEMINAL WestBeth Entertainment group which, notably, is the production company behind Amy Sedaris et. al's Wigfield and the original staging of Hedwig & The Angry Inch. If you wanted to see The Hollow Men, this weekend is your last chance. Notes from the performance: --The crowd was an interesting mix of traditional theatre goers (read: the elderly), families, and beer guzzling British women. Not exactly the same plethora one would find at The PIT or UCB. Can this culture gap be bridged in our lifetimes?? --The Hollow Men's Dave Armand, who is undoubtedly a student of the dramatic arts, went from TOTALLY PALLID to TOTALLY SWEATY during his interpretive miming of Natalie Imbruglia's "Torn." See the famous internet video of this here! --SPOTTED: Dan and Doug from The Wicked Wicked Hammerkatz, casing out the competition. Speaking of Hammerkatz, one should point out that their AWARD WINNING ensemble show, ...And Other Reasons to Cry guarantees twice the excitement of The Hollow Men but for a scant portion of the price. Gelf Magazine talks to The Hollow Men "The Hollow Men," by T.S. Eliot

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Thursday
Jul142005

CollegeHumor.com and Paramount to Develop Film

College Humor and Paramount Pictures' Alphaville studio have struck a DEVELOPMENT deal to bring their brand from the computer screen to the silver screen. Click here to read the article in Variety No word on what the movie will be about yet... it's still in development! The New Yorker goes inside with College Humor Alphaville consorts with another leading internet superforce.

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Thursday
Jul142005

Darryl Strawberry Absent Once Again at DARRYL

Darryl Strawberry was, once again, a No call/No show at last night's performance of DARRYL at the UCB Theater. As reported last week, Chris Gethard was accosted by a belligerent lawyer who demanded the show be STRIKED immediately without possibility for revival. In the interim since, Chris had claimed that the legal fuss had piqued the interest of the REAL Darryl Strawberry and that there was a possibility that he intended to come and watch the show. Alas, he did not. Perhaps, drawing from his pasttimes suggested in the performance, Darryl was at home smoking crack out of an apple or kicking Mookie Wilson's pregnant wife in the stomach. Darryl (center) with teammates. Chris points out that there was in fact a dude in the front row taking notes. It did not appear to The Apiary that he was writing on a LEGAL PAD. Therefore, Chris may be able to eke out a few more shows before Strawberry's sharks file a complaint in state court.

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Wednesday
Jul132005

The Post-Gothamist Follow Up with Dave Rubin

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usYesterday, Gothamist published an interview with stand up comedian and co-founder of The Comedy Company, Dave Rubin. In it, Dave slugs Jay Leno in the gut and rails against the current state of traditional stand up. The Apiary follows up with Dave to find out if he really meant all those things about The Tonight Show. Read the Gothamist interview here! Is there anything you said to Gothamist that you would like to have phrased differently? I wouldn't say anything differently. Part of the problem with comedy is everyone is afraid to say their opinions. Call me old-school but I'm pretty sure comedians are supposed to share their thoughts... In your interview you said you interned at The Daily Show, can you share a bit more on that experience? I did the internship in the fall of 1999, just 6 months or so after Jon had taken over for Craig Kilborne. I busted my ass as an intern, because I really wanted to work there after, but nothing opened up. However, as I said in the interview, watching Jon do warmup, just casually talk to the crowd before the show, really influenced how I do stand up. Also, I made sure to talk to Jon at every chance I could and I think he liked having a young kid around there who was into stand up. He actually promised to watch a tape of mine but the internship ended before we had time to sit down. His two words, "Don't stop", really are the best advice you can get or give. The internship itself was pretty much just fetching stuff and kissing butt. I don't even remember how I got the initial connection for the internship but I do know that I was already out of college and faked a letter from Binghamton University so that they would let me do it. Is there anything else you want to tell the internet? Lemme say that I totally respect David Letterman because you can see there is still a real person there, and even more importantly he's still funny. He shows that you don't have to sell out just to make it. And yea, I'll do the Tonight Show if they call me tommorrow. I've got integrity but I ain't stupid.

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Wednesday
Jul132005

David Cross' Anti-Fur Campaign Revisited

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us This is probably ancient news to some, but the Google Ads bar we added to the left reminds us of some neat links, like this one to PETA's anti-fur campaign featuring David Cross. From the video: PETA: What would you say to Lenny Kravitz if you saw him wearing fur? David Cross: "Regardless of whether Lenny Kravitz was wearing fur or not, I would say 'You Suck! Let's go outside.' And then I'll have like a hundred people there waiting to beat his ass. Then I'll skin him alive and wear him to a rabbit fur farm..."

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