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30 Rock recap: Liz Lemon is not a crack whore, Jack’s not all-knowing, dancing and more!

30 Rock recap: Liz Lemon is not a crack whore, Jack’s not all-knowing, dancing and more!

By | January 13, 2012 at 11:07 am | No comments

Oh my crap, you guys – 30 Rock came back and I have a reason to live again! Thank God! I was nervous about this episode because of all the build-up. I mean, what if it wasn’t hilarious? What if I ended up being less turned on by Alec Baldwin now that he’s looking a bit...

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Review: Tom Papa’s ‘Live in New York City’ is a satisfying slab of honest comedy

Review: Tom Papa’s ‘Live in New York City’ is a satisfying slab of honest comedy

By | January 6, 2012 at 5:54 pm | 4 comments

It’s been six years since the comedy world has had access to a new, proper Tom Papa album. And even then, although it was excellent, his album Calm, Cool & Collected was only 35 minutes! Boo! Also, hiss. Luckily, it’s not like Papa has been gone from our sights; far from...

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Review: The Muppets movie is everything you want it to be

Review: The Muppets movie is everything you want it to be

By | November 23, 2011 at 12:01 am | 10 comments

Maybe it was the wine (thanks, Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, for your always wonderful food service!), but as I watched The Muppets, I could not stop smiling. I admit it: I was nervous before the film began. The Muppets hold so much cultural cachet: would the characters hold up...

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Jason Segel, the Muppets and more lead to a satisfying episode of SNL

Jason Segel, the Muppets and more lead to a satisfying episode of SNL

By | November 20, 2011 at 2:45 pm | 3 comments

This week, Saturday Night Live followed up last week's success with an equally strong episode that found Jason Segel as host-- with a little help from his Muppet friends, of course. The movie comes out on Wednesday, after all. I feel like we saw more Vanessa Bayer and Jay...

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Pete Holmes: “Impregnated With Wonder” (Review)

Pete Holmes: “Impregnated With Wonder” (Review)

By | November 19, 2011 at 12:02 pm | No comments

Though I try to avoid making claims as to what is the most "this" or "that" in terms of comedy albums -- especially before the year is through -- Pete Holmes' just-released Impregnated With Wonder has me re-examining my unofficial policy. This album may very well be one of the...

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At the New York Comedy Festival, Louis C.K. proves a bleak worldview can be hilarious

At the New York Comedy Festival, Louis C.K. proves a bleak worldview can be hilarious

By | November 14, 2011 at 7:50 pm | One comment

Louis C.K. doesn’t need an opener. “Fuck it,” he said, soon after he stepped onstage at the St. George Theatre on Staten Island on Nov. 11, as part of the New York Comedy Festival. “What’s the point?” The same sentiment can applied to the entirety of Louis’s...

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Emma Stone hosts Saturday Night Live’s ballsiest episode of the season

Emma Stone hosts Saturday Night Live’s ballsiest episode of the season

By | November 13, 2011 at 11:46 pm | 10 comments

With last week's Charlie Day-hosted episode, Saturday Night Live was coming off a relatively strong showing. The question then, this week was-- would the sketch series be able to at least keep the laughs at last week's level? And the answer is, yes. So if you're keeping track of...

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Parks and Recreation: Leslie, the Moon and all of Finland’s Lions are at War with Peru

Parks and Recreation: Leslie, the Moon and all of Finland’s Lions are at War with Peru

By | November 11, 2011 at 5:33 pm | No comments

I never did Model U.N. I was too busy working through a smooth jazz alto sax solo in Jazz band. I was really cool and popular in high school, see (cough). And Leslie Knope (like Amy Poehler herself) was that goodie-goodie heading up the Model U.N. security council. Though I know...

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Jay Larson: “Self-Diagnosed” (Review)

Jay Larson: “Self-Diagnosed” (Review)

By | November 11, 2011 at 3:13 pm | No comments

As the catalog of comedy albums expands every Tuesday, the traditional format of the one-hour live stand-up show as an album fades away-- to the delight of comedy fans and nerds everywhere (or at least this reviewer). Though there's been a handful of non-traditional comedy...

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