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Friday
Jun172011

Third Issue of The Devastator Hits Shelves and Storefronts

The self-described "quarterly comedy magazine for humans" known as The Devastator released its 3rd issue this week. It features many essential stories about cats and a cover drawn by Conan O'Brien's famed graphics guy, Pierre BernardHere's a preview.

Friday
Jun172011

Jason Bateman is Visibly Frustrated All The Time

Spotted this Horrible Bosses ad in which Jason Bateman does that "I'm Jason Bateman and I'm exasperated by the people around me!" thing he's so good at. That's why he makes the big bucks!

"Can you believe these people??" -- Jason BatemanI laughed a bit more during the Captain America trailer that preceded Super 8, but Horrible Bosses could be good, right?!

PREVIOUS INSTANCE OF FRUSTRATED JASON BATEMAN

  "Why me??" -- Jason Bateman

 

Friday
Jun172011

THE HONEY SHOT - BRAD SACKS GETS A HANDJOB

Illustration by Ramsey Ess

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Wednesday
Jun152011

The Best Photos From Sketchfest NYC 2011

Megan Kellie as The Pyramid Shew

Another SketchFest NYC is in the history books, but you can relive the memories or create fantasies around what was with all these photos taken by Tracey B. Wilson.

Inside Joke FilmsHeavyweight MEAT

Elephant Larry

Fantasy Grandma

Riot Act

Whitest Kids U Know

Murderfist

 

Wednesday
Jun152011

The Only RL Stine Interview Worth Watching Today

Let's face it, you're probably sick of all the RL Stine interviews out there. Well, this is the only one you need to watch today. George Kareman goes deep inside the Fear Street and Goosebumps author in this engaging 3-part interview.

Anyone else get the impression from these that RL owes George $200 dollars for ghostwriting a Goosebumps book so he agreed to do this interview in lieu of payment?

Wednesday
Jun152011

You Need 4 Jobs and an Online Tip Jar to Make a Living in Comedy Now

With JFL Chicago sweeping the Windy City, The Tribune went door to door asking comedy folks there what's in their wallet. Short answer: a couple nickels to rub together and a bus ticket to the coast. Here's an example of how one person survives there:

STACEY SMITH calls herself a goofball. At one point, Smith, 23, was taking classes at the city’s big four improv theaters simultaneously: iO, Second City, The Annoyance Theatre and ComedySportz. Between tuition, renting rehearsal space and hiring an improv coach, Smith said she had spent roughly $7,000 on training during her two years in Chicago.
These are the ways Smith stays financially afloat: (1) She’s a nanny 10 hours a day, four days a week; (2) she began doing voiceover work, including a Web ad for Motorola headsets; (3) she bought “HTML for Dummies,” taught herself Web design and now creates websites for fellow comedians; (4) she wrote a one-woman show called “Confessions of a Chubby Tomboy” and performs it at comedy festivals; (5) she set up a donation page on her website that reads, “Thank you for supporting live independent theatre.” So far she’s received $800.
The resume of Stacey Smith sounds eerily similar to that of you, me and everyone we know. So do you think all these formative Chicago comedy schools are all just teaching future generations to be jack-of-no-trade, flittering fruit flies with an aversion to making serious dough? Or is that some kind of unique skill we all bring to the table?
Monday
Jun132011

'GAVIN PAUL MARCA' PITCHES COMEDY CENTRAL

If there's one thing Adult Swim does well, it's connect with its viewers (18-24 males) (Is that statistic accurate? I don't know). And one of the ways they do this is by using bumps: These are the white text on black background interstitials that run between shows and seem to give the channel/network/block a pseudo-editorial voice. I should also mention the style guide for their very name "[adult swim]" is very 18-24-male-friendly. But with their bumps, [adult swim] can crank these out very fast, helping them stay current, fresh and most of all subversive. And who doesn't like subversiveness on television?

So last night I stumbled upon the work of a one "Gavin Paul Marca," who addresses Comedy Central in the description field of his Vimeo uploads:

HELLO COMDY CENTRAL I AM GAVIN PAUL AND THANKYOU FOR YOURE KIND OFFER TO MAKE YOU A TELLY PROGRAM THIS IS MY contemporary, original and downright funny animationcontemporary, original and downrightfunny animation THAT I MADE WITH MY COMPUTER PC FOR MY MASTERS STUDY. BOODGYE

GAVIN PAUL MA RC

Gavin Paul Marca is, presumably, the online alter ego of award-winning Kristian Andrews, according to my "research." Unfortunately, I don't know anything about any of that, but I do know this: I love this shit. A lot. Not least of all because Gavin uses the term "Boodgye," and that each clip is 10 seconds long, or that he cites a fragile health condition by his sixth submission. I don't know how or in what capacity (maybe as bumps??) but I do believe Comedy Central could stand to gain a lot from using these clips. I hope this works out for both parties. Keep up the good work, everybody! --K.H.


Friday
Jun102011

THE HONEY SHOT - SERIOUS LUNCH

Photo courtesy of Serious Lunch

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