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Wednesday
Jun152005

Look Who Stopped By!: It's Aziz Ansari!

What a relief--Aziz is doing all right. Aziz Ansari just stopped by The Apiary to gab about what he's been up to the last 15 days or so. Read what he has to say below! You can catch Aziz every Saturday at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in his one man show Aziz Ansari Punched a Wall. --I'm working on a Channel 102 pilot with a very funny fellow, who is it? If I revealed the secret, it would be... inconsiderate! (hint...) --ImprovEverywhere's Charlie Todd is convinced that because of all the Aziz Ansari coverage on theapiary.org, that it is run by none other than Aziz Ansari, which i think is an awesome theory. --Uh, something else... everything works better in threes... oh if you come by Invite Them Up tonight, you can see one of my favorite bits that we've done at Crash Test, me and Rob Huebel's presentation about our talent mgt. company Shutterbugs. also there tonight - Cracked Out and Michelle Billoon.

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Wednesday
Jun152005

15 Days Without Aziz Ansari

It's been 15 DAYS since The Apiary last saw the words AZIZ ANSARI on our page. We hope he's okay! Wish he would call or check in every once in a while. Makes us so worried--him gallivanting around this dangerous city at all hours of the late afternoon. All sorts of crazies out there! We wonder if he's prepared an acceptance speech if he wins the upcoming ECNY Award for Best Male Comedian. We wonder if he's really joined the church of $cientolo&y...

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Tuesday
Jun142005

The Baxter is screening at Rockefeller Center for FREE

At the Tribeca Film Festival, The Baxter, by Michael Showalter, sold out each of its screenings during the presale. If you missed spending 10 dollars to see The Baxter then, now is your chance to spend 0 dollars. Wednesday, June 15th @ Rockefeller Center (between 49th and 50th, off 5th Ave) Films start at 9:00 PM, seating opens at 6. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission is FREE. Michael Showalter will be on hand as will the rest of the Stella guys. Start making your I <3 Michael Ian Black puffy paint posters for this awesome MIDTOWN event. Gothamist has a nice interview up with Michael Showalter. Gothamist also tossed out a NICER link to a ton of Stella vids ProductShopNYC shares his thoughts and focus group statistics on the Stella pilot

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Monday
Jun132005

Lisa Loeb w/ Comedian Sara Schaefer Friday

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Currently, she's obsessed with Movie Star/VH1 spokesperson/Champion, Judah Friedlander, aka this guy: Image Hosted by ImageShack.us The Apiary tracked down the busy Sara Schaefer and desperately pleaded with her for niblets of exclusive teasers about her ultra fun talk show TONIGHT at Juvie Hall: She responded: "I am going to try to convince Judah to speak to me in the 'nerd' voice from his character in American Splendor. Also, there will be a sex tape shown...whose sex tape? You'll have to come to find out! There will also be a dance sequence a la Makin' The Band 3. Curtis Eller, our musical guest, plays banjo and is amazing." Sara Schaefer is Obsessed with You, praised highly by NEWSPAPERS, is @ 8:00PM. Bring 8 dollars.

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Friday
Jun102005

Andy Horwitz from AndyForMayor.org Speaks to The Apiary

Cultural activist and blogger, Andy Horwitz, is running for Mayor of the city of New York and he wants YOUR vote. This Sunday at Galapagos in Brooklyn, Andy teams up with ALL STARS Bob Powers, Jon Friedman, and Michelle Collins for a FREE night of comedy and signature gathering in order to put his name on the mayoral ballot. The Apiary asked Andy to describe The Blog Party and to tell us, that if he were to become Mayor, what he intends to do for the comedy community in NYC. Thanks for inviting me here today. I'm always delighted to meet my constituents and speak to them directly. You ask me about the Blog Party. The Blog Party is not so much a political party as it is a project, a state of mind and, um, a bunch of parties. People have said to me, "Andy, isn't The Blog Party kind of a stupid idea?" And I say "Yes, yes, it is a stupid idea. If democracy is a stupid idea." Having slowly ruined my life one day at a time online since 2000, I have seen the changes that blogs have wrought, both for good and evil. But mostly for good. I think it's great that anybody with time, inclination and access to the Internet can make their opinions known to the whole world. I think its even better that people can easily find other people with common interests and senses of humor and build connections both online and off. I think politics and public life should have that same level of transparency, immediacy and involvement. Like the poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti once wrote, "Everyone wears some kind of underwear!" Blogs let us use our cell phones to snap pictures of our leaders in their underwear (or without any) and post them for the whole world to see within minutes! Now that's good comedy. Comedy is the great leveler. The Internet – and blogging – has been a big boon for comedy. Not because the Internet has given every stand-up in the universe a chance to promote their shows online but because it's opened up new ways to be funny. Just like the early days of television brought sophisticated humor to the general public, the Internet has created the context for a whole new brand of conceptual, sometimes literate, comedy. From "Black People Love Us" to "Girls Are Pretty" and beyond, the web is now part of the feedback loop of jokes within jokes about reality about jokes. Dude. It's trippy. Now, I'm not going to offer comedians a living wage or a union. Struggle is good and what doesn't kill you makes you funnier. If elected mayor I will do nothing to make your life tangibly better, though my staff is working on a plan for a Voyeur Dorm Subsidized Housing Project for Itinerant Comics. But if elected I promise to provide excellent fodder for your routines. I promise sex scandals and drunken escapades. I promise embarrassing Freudian slips on my weekly radio show. I will be your Marion Barry. I will be the dancing monkey to your organ grinder. I promise to have character. Or at least be a character. And as my lovely wife Rachel is fond of saying, "Character IS Policy." Thanks for giving me this chance to speak to the comedic community and I look forward to meeting you all in person on Sunday. Mayorally Yours, Andy www.andyformayor.org Read Andy's Blog!

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Thursday
Jun092005

Recap: SketchFest NYC - Opening Night - 6/9/05

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Hypnagogia - 7PM Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Image Hosted by ImageShack.us A central theme in Hypnagogia's performance was the struggle with and the acceptance of new technology in our lives. Whether it comes in the form of a lifeworn robot drinking gin alone while listening to his saddening answering machine messages or a revisionist take on Thomas Edison's first phonograph recordings, society assimilates technology with all its marvels and its shortfalls. The actors interfaced with videos and weaved post modernist performance art with comedy and wonderment. Hypnagogia's unique set owes more to the theatre of Bertolt Brecht or Erwin Piscator than it does that of Saturday Night Live. Becky & Noelle - 8PM Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Knock Knock. --Who's there? I am. --I am who? Do we ever really know the answer to that? Two young ladies dressed as conservative Russian women come on stage and pose that question. They lose the costumes and take to various instruments on the set--an old keyboard, an accordian, a lumberjack's saw. Becky & Noelle break into song and dance and sing tunes with titles like "Kurt Loder Sexual Swingset" and verses like "Horsebutt, horsebutt chicken and cheese!" It culminated in an ominous scene in which they both were holding Lemon Meringue pies. An older audience member in the front row jumped up when she thought she might become the target of the pie. Killing My Lobster - 9PM Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Image Hosted by ImageShack.us San Francisco's Killing My Lobster was the first sold out show of the evening and the first performance of standardized sketch comedy of SketchFest. Color coordinated and brimming with mature confidence, they went into their bits and had the crowd in stitches. One of the highlights was an absurdist spelling bee in which a geeky student had to spell the word XYCERRIPTILINNN. Its definition had something to do with the "heir to the crystals of Damron." Another big laugh came from a poetry slam of Missed Connection posts on Craigslist. KML distributed nice little fridge magnets before the show too--that was a bonus. Madame Funnypants - 10PM Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Negin Farsid and Alex Zalben delivered probably the most accessible set of the night. It was fast, it was smart without getting too weird, and it was kinetic. Their sketches frequently explored relationships between people from different lifestyles--An Upper Middle Class guy from Park Slope meets a Middle Class girl from Astoria, a regular joe falls in love with a fundamentalist burqa-clad Islamist, or two congressional reps from Wyoming coming together despite a sordid history of political differences (a sketch that would surely win big amongst a D.C. crowd). The above picture is of Negin and an evil baby. Fearsome - 11PM Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Fearsome started out the show with a thinly veiled "self esteem boosting" song called "Come on me!" and continued with their sexually infused sketches like Dino Gyno - which is exactly what it sounds like, the Matchmaker Cabbie, and a neat scene in which the action gets rewinded and the scene takes alternate endings. Whitest Kids U Know - 12AM Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Always great. Always on. In the above picture, two kids are playing a make believe game called Motorcycle Mamas despite the fact the kid in the back just wants to play Sega. The Whitest Kids have a great short video of a couple who wants to get pregnant and they're awaiting the results of the pregnancy test and we find out she peed on his iPod Shuffle. Oops!

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Thursday
Jun092005

Bex Schwartz on MSNBC @ 5PM EST

Bex Schwartz, VH1's most charming and ubiquitous writer/producer, is going to be a featured pop culture expert on MSNBC's "Connected: Coast to Coast" Today, 6/9 at 5pm (Eastern Standard Time). This is your ONE opportunity to see Bex on this FREE program because it is LIVE and NOT TAPED and shown over and over and over. Connected is hosted by right wing slagatron Monica Crowley and stem cell lover, Ron Reagan Jr. Monica Crowley helps the nation cope with the loss of Everybody Loves Raymond

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Wednesday
Jun082005

They're Just Like Us: Brian Stack seen WALKING!

Late Night w/ Conan O'Brien writer and all around nice-guy, Brian Stack, was spotted this morning WALKING EAST with A BAG on 42nd St in front of Grand Central. Hey Brian! The Late Night Studio is THE OTHER WAY! Hahahaa. They're Just Like Us! The Conologue has a Conan related C/V on Brian Stack Brian has been seen a few weeks ago, filling in with The Goofaround Gang at UCB. The Gang's final show is this Monday!

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