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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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No joke: Tracy Morgan pulls off dramatic role in “Son Of No One”

No joke: Tracy Morgan pulls off dramatic role in “Son Of No One”

By | November 7, 2011 at 11:31 am | No comments

Most people in the entertainment industry acknowledge that it's harder to do comedy than drama. But when you're used to being funny, sometimes it's hard to be serious-- or to be taken seriously. Richard Belzer crossed over successfully in his work on television as Det. John...

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Charlie Day helps SNL deliver its best episode since the season premiere

Charlie Day helps SNL deliver its best episode since the season premiere

By | November 6, 2011 at 8:56 pm | 2 comments

A few weeks off-air seems to have done good for the crew at Saturday Night Live. Not since this season's premiere with host Alec Baldwin has the show delivered such a competent episode. Last night's effort found underdog Charlie Day -- co-star of FX's ensemble cult hit, It's...

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Andres Du Bouchet: “Naked Trampoline Hamlet” (Review)

Andres Du Bouchet: “Naked Trampoline Hamlet” (Review)

By | October 31, 2011 at 12:10 pm | 2 comments

Comedian Andrés Du Bouchet's Naked Trampoline Hamlet is one of the most innovative comedy albums of the last few years. Conan staff writer Du Bouchet has gotten to where he is in the comedy world through his mastery in absurdist humor, which fleshes itself out beautifully on...

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Hal Sparks: “Escape From Halcatraz” (Review)

Hal Sparks: “Escape From Halcatraz” (Review)

By | October 25, 2011 at 11:18 pm | One comment

Hal Sparks is easy to like. He's an animated, good looking dude who's clearly committed to making a room full of comedy goers laugh their asses off. He also appeals to a desirable age group-- the folks that appreciate references to the Luck Dragon from The Never-ending Story, or...

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Mike Stanley: “Tough Luck Chump” (Review)

Mike Stanley: “Tough Luck Chump” (Review)

By | October 25, 2011 at 3:00 pm | One comment

When Mike Stanley made a fat joke in Ohio, a woman stood up and scolded him. Stanley responded, “Lighten up.” His debut album Tough Luck Chump is littered with jokes like these: occasionally mean and cruel, and definitely downright raunchy. So if adult humor like this is...

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Julie Klausner welcomes Paul F. Tompkins, Fred Armisen, cats and more to live podcast taping

Julie Klausner welcomes Paul F. Tompkins, Fred Armisen, cats and more to live podcast taping

By | October 21, 2011 at 3:54 pm | One comment

If you showed up at the Bell House in Brooklyn last night for the live taping of writer and comedienne Julie Klausner’s How Was Your Week? podcast expecting Teddy Leo, cat photos, the JCPenney Facebook page, drunk Maya Angelou, the most hated man on Billy Eichner’s iPod...

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