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Thursday
May122005

Woman or Machine?

Rachel Kramer Bussel, the machine-like writer who conducts the fantastic interviews with downtown comedic superstars on Gothamist, has started a local comedy blog. Blogspot.com is worried that Rachel will use up all the hard drive space on their servers because SHE NEVER STOPS WRITING. Ever. Check it out! RKB's Comedy Recommendations Read her most recent interview with Andres Du Bouchet, host of the Tuesday night variety show at Rififi

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Wednesday
May112005

What is a "Harold?"

Improv people are always talkin' about Harold. Harold this. Harold that. A casual observer might implore, "Um... like, is Harold an adjective, a verb, or just some dude?" The Apiary is here for you! According to Wikipedia:

The Harold is an improvisational long-form. Developed by Del Close, Harold has become the signature form of Chicago's ImprovOlympic and is now performed by improvisational comedy troupes and teams across the world.
Harold is much like a standard television sitcom. It consists of 3 acts, each comprised of improvised games and scenes. This basic form begins with an opening game, which explores a suggestion provided by the audience. A set of 3 scenes, usually unrelated to each other, follows the opening game, and is known as the 1st beat. The 2nd beat -- another set of 3 scenes that are inspired somehow by the scenes from the 1st beat -- follows, and is capped with a 2nd group game. The third bea) combines themes, characters, situations and games from the whole piece and, hopefully, makes surprising and funny connections or intersections among them.
Does that help? Where to watch a Harold: Harold Cage Matches Every Tuesday at UCB How to Harold: Take classes here Or here Compare and $AVE

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Wednesday
May112005

Tonight at the Apple Store

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Chelsea Peretti, Michelle Collins, MOVIE STAR A.D. Miles, Eugene Mirman, and Jake Fogelnest talk about photoshopping, blogging, and their love of all things Apple TONIGHT at the Apple Store. Sure to be funny and worth it since it's FREE. Oh, be prepared to be informed too as they're planning on going over your company's quarterly P/E ratios using Power Point. Er... Keynote. As seen in the Weekly Buzzer.

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Wednesday
May112005

Lewis Black Drive-by Shooting - Conclusion

Read Part 1 here Image Hosted by ImageShack.us At the book signing, I found myself pitted between two animals who together had been to 19 different book signings over the last 2 months. The funny thing about it was that they hadn't even read over 80% of what they purchased, they just wanted the autograph. On my left was Gina-Michele (one "L," don't fuck that up). She is 34, a Scorpio, loves Lewis Black, is dating someone 10 years younger who is in pharmaceuticals, is looking for work, never wants children and draws on her eyebrows (a little too high, I might add). Ellie on my right, like Golden Girls' Blanche Devereaux, has locked in her age at 39--clearly she is at least an eon or two older; her daughter loves Lewis Black, she is divorced and is subletting a room from a 52 year-old man who compulsively puts aloe on his face and talks trash on Oprah (something Ellie doesn't appreciate too much). The last fifteen minutes before Lewis came out was a haze of over-excitement and obsessive re-application of makeup. Cameras were being whipped out of purses. Then, he entered the room. Both the women grabbed my legs in excitement. Lewis Black was awesome. He didn't actually read from the book, just discussed his career. The man's not as angry as he seems on TV, but I think anyone that is a good judge of character can see that anyway (he even choked up a bit when talking about Mitch Hedberg). After Mr. Black was done talking, he sat down at the table three feet away from me and the line formed. While waiting my turn, I texted Kevin via my cell, typing "I'm finally bumping into Lewis Black." As I pressed "send", I realized if this weren't true, Kevin wouldn't look like the idiot-- I would. Thus, I became nervous. I didn't want to look like I escaped some mental ward in front of Lewis fucking Black! But I had to ask that question. "Mr. Black, this may sound ridiculous, but were you ever in a drive-by in Kansas City?" "Oh yes," he said. He then proceeded to go into the details of how he was wasted in the back of the club and saw all of this strange commotion going on. "So you had to hit the floor?" "Yeah!" I explained how I was trying to settle a bet. Then we shook hands. Kevin was telling the goddamn truth. I owe him a drink or five. Libby is a New York-based writer who can be seen imbibing delight through constant absurdity.

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Tuesday
May102005

Dear Tommy Tallarico,

Tommy Tallarico isn't a comedian. He's a video game music composer! When he's not mixing phat midi sequences, he doles out love and dating advice on his message board to Aziz Ansari. http://www.tallarico.com/mboard/index.php?showtopic=4146 After hearing some amusing material about Tommy Tallarico and his message board during Aziz' set last night at Rififi's, we just had to see if the stories were true.

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Tuesday
May102005

Lewis Black Drive-by Shooting

Thank you, AM New York--the artlessly compiled wake-up dose of news for the credulous walking the streets at 8AM. It announced that on April 13th, Lewis Black was going to be at Barnes and Noble in Chelsea, reading from and signing his newly published book Nothing's Sacred. Most people would probably be excited about the autographing part, but not me. I've always thought that autographs just served as a tangible reminder of what kind of desperate star-struck douche-bag you were at one point in time. I also don't particularly orgasm over short, awkwardly forced meetings with celebrities, like some other people do. I had one sole purpose for showing up at Lewis Black's book signing, and that was to ask Mr. Black if he had ever been in a drive-by in Kansas City. I had to settle once and for all whether or not my friend Kevin was a filthy liar. This whole thing came about one weekend when I was at a bar in my hometown called Spicy's—a place that is characterized by a karaoke machine and a giant pig statue clad in a checkered apron with chef's hat—and I ran into Kevin. We did the normal catching up, and three vodka tonics later started discussing comedians, but more particularly my favorite comedian, Lewis Black. The following conversation took place: "I was in a drive-by in Kansas City with him." "You lie." "No for real! We all had to hit the floor together. We ended up talking for a long time after that. He's a good guy! You should ask him about it if you ever bump into him." "Oh yeah right...when I bump into him..." This entire conversation seemed wrought with lies, but the kid had never tried to deceive me before, so the only way to tell was to bump into the man. I never thought I'd get the chance, but it finally presented itself... Part 2 Tomorrow!

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Tuesday
May102005

Laughable Hype

Gothamist had put together some fresh bills in the past for their seasonal music showcases/blogger conventions known as Movable Hype. This time around, they're tapping into the bubbling scene and presenting an all comedy spinoff of Movable Hype called Laughable Hype. On the bill: Paul Scheer Rob Huebel Chelsea Peretti Aziz Ansari Jessi Klein Nick Kroll Should give some well deserved exposure for all the comics involved. Tuesday May 17th @ Tonic. 8:30 PM. About Gothamist's Movable Type music shows: Insights into Movable Hype 1.5 Pictures from Movable Hype 2.0

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Monday
May092005

2005 ECNY Awards: Vote or Die

The Emerging Comics of New York Awards official nominees have yet to be decided. Click here to stuff the nomination box! In just three years of existence, the ECNYA's have quickly generated some empowering buzz for the NYC comedy scene. Winners of the awards will receive a shiny trophy, mad props, and a year's worth of write ups in Time Out recalling that they had won a 2005 ECNY award.

An emerging comic is someone on the cusp of making it as a professional comedian. They can have representation (i.e. a manager or an agent) and they can also be pitching shows, but once they have a full time job writing, or have development deals in the works or as a stand up once they are headlining major clubs they are no longer "emerging". --via ECNY Site
O.J. Simpson and Jar Jar Binks--fan favorites in every election ever held in the past 6 years--will not be considered for awards this year. Liam McEneaney suggests some nominations. Amanda Melson wants YOU to vote. Who are the shoe-ins? Who are you rooting for?

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