Reviews

Tenacious D opens SF Sketchfest with stories, laughs and rock

Tenacious D opens SF Sketchfest with stories, laughs and rock

By | January 24, 2014 at 7:03 pm | One comment

SAN FRANCISCO -- As the 13th edition of SF Sketchfest is upon us, I’m reminded the mark of a truly great comedy festival is not simply amassing as many high-profile and up-and-coming comics as possible and throwing them up onstage throughout a city. It’s about offering the...

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Some thoughts on the first two episodes of ‘Girls’ before they air Jan. 12 (Possible spoilers)

Some thoughts on the first two episodes of ‘Girls’ before they air Jan. 12 (Possible spoilers)

By | January 7, 2014 at 5:05 pm | No comments

Last night, Austinites braved relatively cold temperatures (perhaps not -15 degrees, like our fair friends to the north experienced, but it was cold to us) for a sneak preview of one of the more polarizing television comedies to emerge in the past few years: Girls. Hosted by...

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Anchorman 2 offers big laughs, honors the original well (Review)

Anchorman 2 offers big laughs, honors the original well (Review)

By | December 18, 2013 at 4:48 pm | No comments

Everyone let out a deep breath: Will Ferrell and Adam McKay didn't screw up a good thing. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues holds its own as a sequel to the 2004 original. The Judd Apatow-produced comedy takes the Channel 4 news team out of San Diego (or "Sahn Dee-ahgo") and...

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Paul Varghese: Paul & Oates (Review)

Paul Varghese: Paul & Oates (Review)

By | November 6, 2013 at 11:32 am | No comments

Right from the opening seconds of his most recent stand-up album, Paul & Oates, Paul Varghese gives his audience members and listeners a choice. Do we all want to keep listening to him, or should we just close out our tabs right now and quickly call it a night? To determine...

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Todd Glass: Todd Glass Talks About Stuff (Review)

Todd Glass: Todd Glass Talks About Stuff (Review)

By | November 5, 2013 at 12:19 pm | No comments

I’m always pleased when a comedy album somehow manages to give me tools that allow me to reimagine the world in a fun new way. That sounds like a tall order, natch, but here’s an example: Pete Holmes’s latest album, Nice Try, The Devil, offers an absolutely killer line to...

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Christopher Titus: Voice in My Head (Review)

Christopher Titus: Voice in My Head (Review)

By | October 14, 2013 at 6:35 pm | One comment

As part of the opening bit in Christopher Titus’ latest album, Voice in My Head (Comedy Central), he explains the difference between a “fail” and an “epic fail”: “A ‘fail’ is when your car runs out of gas,” he says. “An ‘epic fail’ is when your car...

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Dave Foley’s new album ‘Relatively Well’ is an engaging mix of bitter and funny (Review)

Dave Foley’s new album ‘Relatively Well’ is an engaging mix of bitter and funny (Review)

By | October 7, 2013 at 12:02 pm | One comment

Sometimes, when I’m out sharing a drink with friends, we’ll ill-advisedly dip into conversations about controversial topics: politics, religion, whether or not Arrested Development should be a feature-length film or whether it should ride off into the sunset at the pinnacle...

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Colin Quinn: ‘Unconstitutional’ in Toronto at JFL 42 (Review)

Colin Quinn: ‘Unconstitutional’ in Toronto at JFL 42 (Review)

By | September 23, 2013 at 11:19 am | 3 comments

TORONTO - Just For Laugh's JFL 42, a 10-Day comedy festival in Toronto featuring 42 different acts, kicked off this week-- and I made the trek through the rain from Kitchener this weekend for my first night of coverage. Colin Quinn performed Unconstitutional, his one-man show...

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Dave Chappelle, Conchords lead a diverse group at Oddball Comedy Festival (Review)

Dave Chappelle, Conchords lead a diverse group at Oddball Comedy Festival (Review)

By | August 24, 2013 at 2:52 pm | 2 comments

AUSTIN -- If there’s one thing I learned at Funny or Die’s Oddball Comedy & Oddity Festival yesterday evening, it’s that Austin, Texas is a really, really hot place to kick off a national tour if said tour is hosted outdoors in August. If there are two things I learned,...

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