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Tuesday
May242005

The Swarm--How will they stay together?

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us As reported Friday, Andy Secunda--one of the members of NYC improv supergroup, The Swarm--got his pilot picked up by UPN. Allow us to SPECULATE... T.V. is made in LA > which means Andy will be heading for the sunny west coast > which means we wonder what kinds of items will be at his moving sale > which means COULD THIS BREAK UP THE SWARM?! Founding member of The Swarm and UCB fixture, Sean Conroy, left town last year for LA. Street chatter puts the REMAINING number of active founding members at 2... Could this be the end of an era?

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Monday
May232005

About the Brooklyn Comedy Company

The Brooklyn Comedy Company is often seen around town producing FREE shows with NO DRINK MINIMUMS featuring TALENTED stand-ups. Is there anything better? The Apiary chatted with Dafina McMillan, the PR Director of the BCCo to find out the secrets of their business model:

We stay in business because of people like Elon James White (founder of BcCo) who has the heart and dedication to produce quality comedy events, all while not exploiting audiences. With sponsorships and corporate events, for example, BcCo can continue to produce A-list shows at inexpensive costs to the audience.
Much like most weeknights at Rififi, the BCCo produces FREE, low-key/no-strings shows that would please both seasoned comedy consumers and comedy cringers. Here is the BCCo's truncated mission statement:
The mission of The Brooklyn Comedy Company is to create high quality comedic entertainment for audiences while nurturing talented up and comers as well as providing space for professionals to continue to hone their craft free of the hindrances of the normal comedy clubs polices and politics.
They're doing a free one tonight, see The Weekly Buzzer for more info.

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Friday
May202005

Love, Inc.

Imagine a world in which "an energetic young woman named" Shannen Doherty "runs a FULL SERVICE" dating business. Imagine "this savvy matchmaker and her quirky co-workers helping lovelorn single men." "Skilled at helping her clients find their soulmates," Shannen Doherty "grapples with her inability to find one herself." Now imagine this as a TV show on UPN produced by former Conan writer/NYC improv megastar Andy Secunda. It's called Love, Inc and was just picked up and announced yesterday! --Tip via Chris Kula See the full press release See Andy's Improv Team The Swarm in Action tonight

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Friday
May202005

SNL Items leading up to the Season Finale

Item! Anyone know where the after party is tonight? The info we have is strictly hearsay... Item! Also, anyone care to make official predictions on who will NOT be returning in the fall? Here are ours: Tina Fey - Preggers Chris Parnell - Has a pilot that was picked up Finesse Mitchell - Hasn't seemed to find his niche Item! The Apiary also has two exclusive inside accounts of last week's Dress Rehearsal featuring Will Ferrell. One sent in by Sara Fox, aka the girl The Apiary spoke with who was dead-last in the stand-by line, and another by SNL superfan Lauren, who is the webmaster of willforte.net. Read their FULL ACCOUNTS of the 5/14/05 SNL Dress Rehearsal after the hump.

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Friday
May202005

Who's that Hunky Newcomer?

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us For most of May Sweeps, Conan O'Brien has been featuring a "Hunky Newcomer" on his show to bolster ratings. Who is that hunky newcomer? Video clip of the Hunky Newcomer on Conan It's Eli Newell, a member of Jersey improv collective Possible Side Effects and a performer at various things at Upright Citizens Brigade. Eli's Bio An older sketch from Late Night featuring Eli

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Thursday
May192005

My Blog Is Poop's Punching Bag to Perform Live

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us My Blog Is Poop runs a recurring column on his site called "Guess The Karo!" in which he reimagines the dreary punchlines to ruminations by College Humor's Aaron Karo. One of the comments re: Karo in MBIP's comment board:

Wow. Karo in person. It would be like meeting Frank Stallone. Will he sign bottles of corn syrup? --J
See Karo LIVE this Friday! Ugh... RUMINATIONS ON TWENTYSOMETHING LIFE RELEASE PARTY Friday, May 20th Sugar Lounge 311 Church Street, NYC 10pm - Midnight Maybe John Sencio will go with you.

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Wednesday
May182005

First Rule of Improv Everywhere: Etc.

We're not sure where. We're not sure how. And we're not sure with whom. But... Improv Everywhere is going to strike somewhere in the City THIS Saturday @ 6:30PM EST. Don't know what to expect, but judging by the quality and thought put into their previous missions, it will be something grand. Be on the lookout. Improv Everywhere's piece on This American Life is fantastic and moving radio. We encourage anyone who hasn't listened to it yet to do so now. The Official Discussion/Reaction thread to the NPR show All great ideas spawn imitators.

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Wednesday
May182005

Classes at The PIT will get you on The Daily Show, says The PIT

On The PIT's website, the top headline is "PIT Student Hired at The Daily Show!"

PITizen Rachel Axler was recently hired as a writer on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. After taking "Writing for The Daily Show" with PIT faculty member (and Daily Show writer) J.R. Havlan, her work was read by the producer that reviews submissions for the show. On May 2nd, her first day on the job, she joined PITizen Bob Wiltfong as a member of The Daily Show staff. Congratulations Rachel! To find out more about "Writing for The Daily Show" and other PIT classes, visit our classes page.
According to our research, all Rachel's friends knew she'd be a famous writer some day. Goes to show that with a little education, and a notable profuseness of natural talent, dedication, and charisma... you can do anything! Read one of Rachel's works at McSweeney's

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