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Friday
Aug202010

Jeff Garlin's Combo Platter @ The UCBT-NY - 8.18.10

Jeff Garlin at the UCBT-NY | Photo: Paul Gale

Jeff Garlin's Combo Platter generally takes place every Sunday at the UCBT-LA but since Jeff's been holed up in NYC shooting a new season of Curb Your Enthusiasm, he squeezed his platter into the UCBT-NY calendar. What a treat!

NOTES

--Garlin's act is that he doesn't have an act--he potters around onstage streaming his consciousness while telling funny stories that lead to funnier asides.

--The opener was a band of tiny tweens called Supercute!. I imagine the biggest concern now of most people their age is whether Target will be having a Back-to-School sale on pencils, but these girls problems deal mainly with where to relax in Stockholm, the Netherlands, and Berlin while they're on their fall tour through Europe.  One of the members of Supercute! is also the daughter in The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players.

--Garlin spent a considerable amount of time giving things away. He said he gets lots of free stuff he'll never use, so he just doles it all out at his shows. Stuff tonight included: gourmet chocolates, screeners from the Discovery Channel, and Lopez Tonight DVDs (amongst other things). There wasn't much of a barrier to entry to win or whatever--he'd hold something up and an audience member would say "I want that" and then he'd hand it to them.

--A strange moment occured when someone tried to gift something onto Jeff during his giveaway: a Curb Your Enthusiasm spec script.  Jeff backed away like it was new strain of flesh eating bacteria, saying that a) Larry writes all the scripts and b) every idea he's ever heard for an episode of Curb is unfunny. The guy insisted he just take it and Jeff insisted that he wouldn't. The oddest part about the incident was that Garlin knew the guy--he was someone who had booked him decades ago at The Village Gate when Garlin was a rising comic.

--Amy Schumer and Jessi Klein rounded out the show. 

Supercute! | Photo: Paul Gale

Jessi Klein, Amy Schumer and Jeff | Photo: Paul Gale

Friday
Feb262010

News of the World

--Former Daily Show writer and now-former Conan writer Rob Kutner is also the creator of The Shushan Channel, the annual NYC purim spiel that spawned Jewno and Meshugene Men. He's helping to produce a Purim party TOMORROW (2/27) at the 92Y Tribeca, starring Lizz Winstead, Scott Adsit, an original video from Joel McHale, and a surprise message from a former Tonight Show star.

--Within 2 days of his first tweet, Conan O'Brien has racked up over 380,000 followers on Twitter. He currently follows 0 people, which should come as no surprise since he refuses to follow just 1 person IRL. (JAY LENO--get it??) 

--In Time Out's CONTROVERSIAL Brooklyn vs. Manhattan issue, Brooklyn snags the W in Comedy.

--Recently caught Nick Ross' Highly Evolved Human, a one-man show about his experience with cancer. The tone thoughtfully wove between whimsy and sobriety and we absolutely loved the show's genuineness and stage direction; it's perfect for an Off-Broadway or mass audience.

--Here are some preview tracks from the forthcoming Songs of the Sarah Silverman Program CD.

--HELPFUL: The Mighty Boosh has come out with some kind of TELEPHONE APPLICATION that will make important, life altering decisions for you.

--Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello were SPOTTED getting inscriptions at Jeff Garlin's booksigning event last night at Carolines.

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