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Tuesday
Jul052005

Conan Enjoys Relaxing Weekend in Los Angeles

Hmmm.... Conan O'Brien just said on tonight's show that he was in LA over the weekend. What was he doing there? The Apiary used to think it would be silly for Conan to leave NYC when he makes the switch to The Tonight Show in a few years. Conan is fed most of his great acting talent through the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. Additionally, the Late Night studio is 2 floors below SNL, which makes for convenient cross promotion and funny guests in a pinch in case someone cancels. However, LA has been slowly draining some of NYC's brightest comedic minds over the last 3 years. The opening of UCBT-LA, is testament to the actualization of the west coast's pulsating comedy contingent. So with much trepidation, we ask, was Conan CONFERENCING WITH NETWORK EXECUTIVES IN LA?

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Thursday
Jun302005

WeirDass - Best. Improv. Ever.

Today's post is brought to you by guest writer Kate Spencer of katelikesyou.com. Image Hosted by ImageShack.us It's every improviser/comedy nerd's dream: find the greatest improv partner in the world... and marry them. Comedy's cutest couple (okay, tied with Amy Poehler and Will Arnett), Stephanie Weir (MAD TV) and her dreamy, blue eyed husband Bob Dassie, (Baby Wants Candy, Dasariski) have done just that; and tonight at UCB, they'll take a suggestion and get all matrimonial on your ass in their two-person improvised show, WeirDass. In anticipation of tonight's epic improv event, I challenged some of your favorite improvisers, comedians, and variety show hosts with this burning question: Why is WEIRDASS the best improv show you've ever seen? Rachael Mason ((J)only (B)only): Totally fluid, nothing is ever dropped, every single thing is brought back and put into a new context, plus brilliant acting and character work. Justin "SweetChatty" Purnell (School Night): I think it's just that they have these incredibly truthful moments... I hate to say it's the acting, but they really do draw you in. They're just so damn honest. Erin Rose Foley (Nice Squad!): Because they truly try to make each other look good. That kind of support is often talked about and rarely achieved. The trust is tangible. Charlie Todd (Reuben Williams, Improv Everywhere): They play wonderfully real characters and subtle, amazing moments. Pat Baer (Tuscadero; 2005 ECNY Best Technician): Trust. Either of them can go ANYWHERE and the other is right there. If that doesn't motivate you to haul ass to Chelsea to be blown away, maybe this will: Have you seen WEIRDASS yet? Aziz Ansari (Punched a Wall): No I haven't. I think I'm seeing it on Friday, though I hear nothing but the best. WeirDass is appearing tonight only at the UCB Theatre at 8:PM.

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Thursday
Jun302005

The Royal We - Final Performance Tonight!

Tonight is your last chance to see The Royal We and their current HIGH IMPACT sketch show, Be All That You Can Buy. It's at the Juvie Hall! Image Hosted by ImageShack.us The Apiary asked Will Nunziata of The Royal We, "When will The Royal We return?" He responded, "It's not like we're going anywhere. We're doing an improv set for the Del Close Marathon in July. We have a couple gigs in August. Our new sketch show should be up in the fall. It takes us about 2 months of heavy duty "writing" to come up with a show complete with at least 2 songs and a throughline. then we run the show for as long as we can." CHECK THIS OUT! Courtesy of Will, The Apiary IS GIVING AWAY 2 passes for YOU and 1 guest to tonight's 8PM performance!!! If you would like to see the show, email theapiary@gmail.com with the subject "THE ROYAL WE FOR FREE." The tix, a 20 dollar value, are available until we announce a winner! UPDATE: The tickets are GONE!

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Thursday
Jun302005

Opening Night with the Manhattan Comedy Collective

Last night was the official premiere of the Manhattan Comedy Collective at Juvie Hall. The evening was split into 3 Acts; members of the collective and featured guests performed 10 minute sets, one after another from 7 to 11. Some of the highlights: --A man with an ENORMOUS CAMERA was in the front row during the performances, crouching and gettin' the shots. When asked, "Are you with the press?" He replied, "I'm with the N.Y. Daily News. We're doing a story on alternative comedy." --After a blistering improv rap set, Freestyle Love Supreme received a standing ovation. Beatbox whiz Chris Sullivan told The Apiary they're excited about the future--they have a TIGHT SLOT at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Also, FLS is doing a show TONIGHT at Ars Nova and you can see a nice write up about them in this week's NY edition of The Onion. Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Haseena (left) of TaDa! Telegrams sings for Manhattan Comedy Collective artistic director, Stacy Mayer. Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Freestyle Love Supreme

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Wednesday
Jun292005

Gelf Scores Interview with The Hollow Men

Keith at Gelf Magazine just posted a SWEET AND PROBING interview with scorching British sketch comedy troupe, The Hollow Men. http://www.gelfmagazine.com/mt/archives/home_again.html The Hollow Men are in New York for the next few weeks putting on a stage show at The Village Theatre. We hear Keith also has an extra ticket to tonight's show. Email him for info!! keith@gelfmagazine.com

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Wednesday
Jun292005

Did Stella Live Up to the Hype?

After a month long publicity blitz, Stella premiered on Comedy Central last night. Here is a random sampling of opinions taken from reviews, blogs, and message boards. Turn it up! "Stellaaaa!" "Possibility to be a cult classic." "Friggin' rocks" It's aiiight. "it's strange in it's own way, but funny otherwise" "I can't decide if I hate it or just think it's gay" "Indescribably bizarre" Turn it off! "Armed to the teeth with unrealistic jokes" "Even drugs don't make this funny" "I was unimpressed" What do you think??

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Tuesday
Jun282005

Who is Andy Milonakis?

There seems to be a lot of confusion on the internet right now because people know Andy Milonakis as "that guy from the internet," but everyone's mixing him up with someone else! Is Andy Milonakis this dude? Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Nope! This is just some crazy retard. Oh! Andy's that internet guy who is always eating corn. Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Still wrong! That's a different internet SUPERSTAR named Thighmaster! What about this one? Image Hosted by ImageShack.us After much research, it turns out the fabled Star Wars Kid is NOT Andy Milonakis. Is he this guy? Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Not quite, dummy! That's internet quasi-celebrity Jason Mulgrew. Him? Image Hosted by ImageShack.us You're not even guessing now! That's Anderson Cooper. What about this? Image Hosted by ImageShack.us That's not Andy Milonakis! That's a copy of Bad Street Brawler for the Nintendo--one of the worst video games ever made! Well, I can't find a decent picture, but is Andy Milonakis actually The Man Show Boy? We've all thought the same thing. However, they are two different people! I give up. You were so close! If you really want to know who he is, go here!

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Tuesday
Jun282005

IRC Torn Apart By Jealousy, Written Words

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us As the rest of the world slowly comes to terms with Andy Milonakis' true age, some dudes on The Improv Resource Center have taken the Andy Milonakis discourse to other levels--like sharing personal negative opinions on Andy's new MTV show under the false pretense of a deeper deconstruction and then directing said opinions straight at the guy. One thing lead to another and then someone tangentially interjected:

This is like going into the plugs forum and telling someone their improv group sucks balls. It's really not cool to do, no matter what you think...and trust me, there are plenty of terrible improv groups that plug shows here.
...which made more people upset. Anyways, there's an old saying we used to use in high school whenever fights would break out at our parties. It was, "RESPECT THE HOUSE." The IRC is not the forum for revealing who the worst improv group is. The Apiary is! Just kidding... In other Andy news, apparently, MTV owns Andy and all of his videos now. You used to be able to get them at Angry Naked Pat, but not any more. There was another site that sprung up recently, but that doesn't seem to be working at the current time either.

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