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filed under: Comedy | health care

Obama Pitches Health Care Between Two Ferns

9AM ON 13/03/2014
BY Beth Comery

Between Two Ferns

By now most people have heard of this effort by the Obama administration to get the young invisibles on board with (Here in Rhode Island go to the state-run exchange HealthSourceRI). In case you have yet to watch Zach Galianfinakis interview Obama on Between Two Ferns, take six minutes now. Click on image.

Between Two Ferns creator Scott Aukerman is also behind the genius fake talk show Comedy Bang! Bang! with band leader Reggie Watts (Season 3 starts in May on IFC).

Check out the TeamCoco podcast in which Scott Aukerman describes getting a call from the White House and what it was like directing President Obama.

filed under: Broadway | Comedy

More Tickets Available For Armisen Show At Columbus

10PM ON 17/02/2014
BY Daily Dose

portlandia The previously sold-out Fred Armisen show at the Columbus Theatre has been moved downstairs into the big theater so now there are more tickets available.

Comic actor, and pretty damn good musician, Fred Armisen will host a screening of an unaired episode of IFC’s Portlandia with a Q&A to follow. (The new season of Portlandia starts February 27th.) According to the IFC website we are one of only three cities (with Denver and Minneapolis) selected for this unusual event.

$17 day of show, Wednesday, March 12th, Columbus Theatre, 270 Broadway (tickets here), all ages, 21+ with ID to drink, cash only, Facebook

filed under: Comedy | Television

Fred Armisen Coming To The Columbus — Sold Out

2PM ON 06/02/2014
BY Beth Comery

armisen/paterson [Update: This show sold out in 6 minutes. According to the Columbus Facebook page there may be an announcement soon about a second show.]

Comic genius Fred Armisen will host two screenings of an unaired episode of IFC’s Portlandia with a Q&A following each screening. (The new season of Portlandia starts February 27th.) According to the IFC website we are one of only three cities (with Denver and Minneapolis) selected for this unusual event. Good get for the Columbus!

The $15 tickets go on sale Friday, February 7th at noon. One show, 7pm. Did we mention, this is upstairs!

Seen here: Fred Armisen popped up for a quick cameo last week on SNL as former New York Governor David Paterson to top off the Seth Myers’ farewell ‘Weekend Update.’ (Do we get Black History Month points for this? Maybe not.)

$17 day of show, Wednesday, March 12th, Columbus Theatre, 270 Broadway (tickets here), all ages, 21+ with ID to drink, cash only

filed under: Comedy |

Eugene Mirman At The Columbus

6PM ON 01/12/2013
BY Beth Comery

eugene mirman (12.6) Comedian, writer, and voice actor Eugene Mirman will take the upstairs stage next Friday at the Columbus Theatre. He is currently the voice of Gene on the Fox animated series “Bob’s Burgers.” His bio there describes his singular achievements in the field of Eugene.

Eugene Mirman is a comedian, writer and filmmaker, who is known for playing comedian/mobster “Yvgeny Mirminsky” on the cable comedy series “Delocated.” On “Aqua Teen Hunger Force,” he’s “Dr. Eugene Mirman”; on “Home Movies,” he was “Eugene,” the Russian foreign exchange student; and on the cult cable hit “Flight of the Conchords,” he portrayed “Eugene,” the landlord. Mirman hates auditioning for things, but likes being cast as “Eugene” in stuff (hopefully, he will play “Eugene,” the baby, on “Mad Men” one day).

(Why no mention of last year’s devastating portrayal of Eugene Gant in the Burt Reynolds Dinner Theater production of Look Homeward, Angel?)

And click here for The Marvelous Crooning Child and hit “Black Dog.”

With Kurt Braunohler and Derrick Brown.

Doors 8pm/show 9pm/$15 advance/$17 day of, Friday, December 6, Columbus Theatre, 270 Broadway, all ages, 21+ to drink with valid ID

filed under: Comedy | Television

Eric Andre At Comedy Connection

7PM ON 31/07/2013
BY Beth Comery

the eric andre show (8.2) “The Eric Andre Show” will be returning for a second season this fall on the Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. This absurdist take on the traditional talk show has Mr. Andre and his disinterested co-host Hannibal Burress interacting with various baffled B-listers between occasional cameo eruptions (Sebastian Bach nailed it — not sure what he said, but it was perfect). They regularly dismantle the set itself as if to underscore the theme of deconstruction for the satire-impaired, but also because it’s fun to break things. In addition to the studio bits, the show features candid camera, Ali G-type, ambush scenes. My introduction to this mayhem occurred when I woke up on my couch late one night  — I’m awake — just as Mr. Andre was barrelling around a Mensa meeting where, interestingly, no one could figure out how to handle the problem. It was delightful. The new season starts in October.

In the meantime fans can catch Eric Andre performing stand-up this Friday at the Comedy Connection.

$24, doors 7pm, show 8pm, Friday, August 2, Comedy Connection, 39 Warren Avenue, East Providence, 18+

filed under: Comedy | Downtown

Old School — Movies On The Block

10PM ON 28/08/2012
BY Daily Dose

Old School (8.30) A back-to-school special of sorts. This week’s installment of Movies on the Block features the 2003 Will Farrell vehicle “Old School.” Elvis Mitchell had this to say in the New York Times,

This sloppy, dumb, though occasionally funny comedy is so derivative of ”Animal House” (and, more specifically, its children) that it’s like one of those by-the-numbers imitative movies Homer Simpson is so obsessed with.

Look for Snoop Lion (née Dogg) and James Carville.

Running time 91 minutes. Rated R.

Free, Dusk, Thursday, August 30, Movies on the Block, Grant’s Block, Westminster at Union Street, (directions)

filed under: Comedy | Olneyville

Neil Hamburger At Fête

12PM ON 13/06/2012
BY Daily Dose

neil hamburger (6.13) And now for something completely different, the comedic stylings of Neil Hamburger. He’s opened for Tenacious D, Tim & Eric, and Faith No More. His TV credits include Fox News’ Red Eye, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, and Jimmy Kimmel Live, and his most recent album “Live At Third Man” was produced by Jack White in Nashville. From the New York Times,

A brilliantly awful persona of an old-school, C-list funnyman—the kind with an ill-fitting tuxedo and an enormous, greasy combover—on a very bad night. Neil Hamburger toys with an audience’s expectations (and patience), and indeed his act is a kind of rude commentary on stand-up comedy altogether.

This show is an ‘Editor’s Pick’ in The Phoenix; they cite Reggie Watts as a big fan, adding “Hamburger (Gregg Turkington in “real life”) excels in the comedy of discomfort. Dig into his greasy, disjointed weirdness . . . .”  Duncan Trussell opens.

$15, doors 8pm, show 9pm, Wednesday, June 13, Fête, 103 Dike Street, 401.383.1112

filed under: Comedy | the bucket

Eugene Mirman At The Met Wednesday

5PM ON 01/03/2011
BY Beth Comery

mirman poster (detail) Attention fans of Flight of the Conchords and about a million other shows on tv, the stupendously impassive, but droll as hell, Eugene Mirman is bringing his act to The Met in Pawtucket tomorrow night.

Eugene Mirman is a comedian and hero who lives in Brooklyn, NY. Currently, he plays comedian/mobster Yvgeny Mirminsky on Adult Swim’s Delocated and does the voice of Gene on Fox’s new animated series Bob’s Burgers. In the streets he’s sometimes recognized as Eugene, the landlord, from Flight of the Conchords. On Aqua Teen Hunger Force he’s Dr. Eugene Mirman and on Home Movies he was Eugene, the Russian foreign exchange student. Eugene hates auditioning for things, but likes being cast as Eugene in stuff (hopefully he will play Eugene, the baby on Mad Men, one day).

Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door for a great night of comedy with Eugene Mirman, Kumail Nanjiani, and Reggie Watts. (Go to the Eugene Mirman website and launch that feature ‘The Marvelous Crooning Child’ to see the young Eugene singing Black Dog and Walk This Way among other rock classics.)

Pretty Good Friends, Doors 8pm, Show 9pm, Wednesday, The Met, 1005 Main Street, Pawtucket

filed under: Comedy | Downtown

Free Improv Show In The Library — Thursday

2PM ON 24/01/2011
BY Beth Comery

PPL Newly formed improv group  — The Long and Short of It — will be doing their thing downtown Thursday night, January 27th, on the 3rd floor of the Providence Public Library. The individuals of the five-member cast — Jimmy Sorel, Beth Hicks, Adam Michael Kennedy, Daniel Wood, and Bryan Kimmelman — have been knocking around town in the local improv/acting community for a while, and decided the chemistry and timing was right for the creation of this new project.

The group’s name references the format of the show — a half-hour of long form improv followed by a half-hour of short form improv. On tap for Thursday’s show; games involving marshmallows, a game involving music, and audience participation in the form of suggestions. . . possibly sound effects. Mr. Kimmelman invites everyone to come down and bring friends, the more the merrier.

Free, 7pm, Thursday, Barnard Room, 3rd floor, PPL, 150 Empire Street

filed under: Comedy | Television


11PM ON 20/01/2011
BY Beth Comery

portlandia Where young people go to retire. And if you don’t get why that’s perfect, this new Fred Armisen show may not be for you. (Honestly, think of the people you know who have moved to Portland). This six-episode sketch series airs Friday nights on IFC (first episode up now at the Portlandia website). SNL regular Armisen created the show with Carrie Brownstein, rocking singer/guitarist of the now defunct Portland band Sleater-Kinney. Dave Itzkoff writes in The New York Times,

. . .together Mr. Armisen and Ms. Brownstein, two guileless if unlikely collaborators, hope they possess enough street cred to serve as ambassadors of Portland’s counterculture and to present their version of it, in “Portlandia,” to an audience beyond the Pacific Northwest.

These gals here may be the feminist bookstore owners. The show looks quite promising. Not clear how the people of Portland are taking it, although I suspect many residents take great pride in not watching any television at all.

10:30pm, IFC, Fridays, starts January 21

filed under: Comedy | Television

The First Lady Of The Fifth Estate — See It

8PM ON 20/08/2010
BY Beth Comery

lizz winstead “We’re not adding content, we’re just adding another hour.” So says a ‘producer’ in the pilot of the great satirical send-up Wake Up World, one of comedian Lizz Winstead’s recent projects. Wake Up World — America’s Only 6-hour Morning Show! skewers the vapid network void that is morning television. All these perky idiots are sadly recognizable TV types, including its ‘guestperts’ and a ‘consumption advocate’. (Winstead’s onscreen persona is Hope Jean Paul.) The website nicely mimics segment teases with a “Coming Up…” box, as in, “Teenage Drinking: Five ways to tell if your child has had more than 10 drinks!”.

Winstead never seems to run out of creative vehicles for exposing the lazy media, venal politicians, and the wretched institutions that cynically exploit both to the detriment of our country. (She was also co-creator of Air America Radio, and can also be heard every Friday on MSNBC’s The Ed Show.)

In a recent conversation, Winstead — who, as co-creator of The Daily Show, brought on such talent as Stephen Colbert and Lewis Black, and has since worked with The Man Show and guested on Politically Incorrect — discussed women in television comedy. She immediately drew a distinction between the late night shows with their ‘boys club’ writers rooms, and shows like The Daily Show and The Colbert Report where the writing submissions are handed in blind, and there are many women on staff — phew, I really want to like those guys — adding, “These shows aren’t so much a boys club as a nerd club.”

Winstead’s latest project is the one-woman show, My State of the Union, coming to the Mixed Magic Theatre in Pawtucket. She is touring mid-sized cities discussing the events of the day, constantly tweaking the material as events play out, giving a slightly different show in each town. Ms. Winstead has concerns for our institutions of democracy, “It used to be we had the media to keep an eye on the politicians. Now we need the comedians to keep an eye on the media. We’re a sort of Fifth Estate.”

My State of the Union plays two shows, 7pm and 9pm, on Friday and Saturday (buy tickets here). Photo credit: Mindy Tucker.

[Additional Note: Saw the show and laughed a lot. She's mad about all the same things/people I'm mad about. Nice intimate little theater — it was like hanging with a smart, funny friend for about 90 minutes. Best unscripted moment: drunk blond girl wandered in from the festival looking for the bathroom. BC]

$20, Friday and Saturday (August 27 + 28th) Mixed Magic Theater, 171 Main Street, Pawtucket, 722.1881

filed under: Comedy |

Louis C.K. Live Sunday — I Love This Guy

11AM ON 27/07/2010
BY Beth Comery

louis ck This would totally be the worth the trip to Newport, and I do not say that often (Flo’s Clamshack). This is a good ‘get’ for the Newport Summer Comedy Series — Louis C. K. may be the best stand-up guy out there. His recent work includes his nuanced performance as Dave, the unsophisticated, but nobody’s fool, policeman on Parks and Recreation. As Leslie Knope’s suitor he is vulnerable yet strangely confident, and just really appealing. Louie C.K. now has his own comedy show on the FX Network. Louie is structured much like the old Seinfeld (not that there’s anything wrong with that) with Louie’s daily struggles book-ended by segments of his stand-up (the bit about the homeless guy is insanely funny). What sets the show apart are the new twists on old standards — see the blind date episode — and his ability to find the perfect word every time.

Louie airs Tuesdays, tonight, 11pm on the FX Network.

Louie C.K. Live, $35, 7:30pm, Sunday, August 1st, Newport Yachting Center, 16+

filed under: America | Comedy

This Friday: The Future of the Simpsons

10PM ON 17/03/2010
BY Harry Dillon

This Friday marks the 15th anniversary of the original airing of the “Lisa’s Wedding” episode of The Simpsons. This anniversary is notable as the episode takes place 15 years in the future — in 2010. For me, it doesn’t seem nearly so long ago that the episode aired, but it’s funny to look back now that we’re living in the year of that imagined future.

While a lot of the episode’s future jokes are backwards-looking, it does seem to get it right at many levels. The Rolling Stones “Steel Wheelchair Tour 2010” hits home, and the consolidation of ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN into one network seems appropriate, even if it’s not totally accurate. The “40 Classic Films Starring Jim Carrey” joke is even more interesting in light of somewhat recent critical opinion.

Having made it to 2010, we’re starting to hit the prime time of these sorts of run-ins with past future-based fictions. Marty McFly and co. are just around the corner in 2015.

Hulu clips plus more after the jump.
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filed under: Civil Liberties | Civil Rights

We’ll Always Have The Memories

12AM ON 12/11/2009
BY Dave Segal we accrue more evidence of this joke-of-a-governor’s detest for civil liberties, I’m reminded to wonder: How did he ever manage to live down his mini Patriot Act of 2004?

The 18-page bill included language from ill-considered laws dating back to World War I — a time of public hysteria, when American rights came under assault. The Carcieri bill would have made it illegal to: display foreign flags in a way that suggests other countries are superior to the United States; “speak, utter or print” statements supporting anarchy; or speak in favor of overthrowing the government. It would also have allowed businesses and government to keep secret from the public whether they were complying with safety laws.

filed under: Comedy | death

Summer/Autumn of Death Strikes Rhode Island

6PM ON 22/09/2009
BY Daily Dose Santos, the R-Rated Hypnotist, is dead.

Santos was working at Big G Supermarkets and saw a hypnotist perform at a company party, Michael Janusonis reported in a story about the entertainer in 1990. Santos took classes in hypnotism, opened a hypnosis center in Cumberland and put together an act, which quickly packed rooms.

“We all started doing comedy at the old Periwinkle’s at the old Arcade,” comedian Charlie Hall said Tuesday. Although Santos had a following that jammed the club, “the genius of Frank was that he knew that he wasn’t the star of the show.” Audiences loved seeing their friends on stage, singing as if they were Madonna or Mick Jagger. “He got people to laugh at themselves,” Hall said.

filed under: Comedy |

BYOI: Comedy Done Right

8AM ON 17/03/2009
BY Mel DuPont

improvLaugh out loud as you and your friends play improv comedy games with ‘Bring Your Own Improv’. BYOI’s unique audience-participation show gets you up on stage and makes you the star. No experience necessary.You must be at least 18 years old.

$5, Wednesdays at 9pm, Fridays at 11pm, The Spot, 286 Thayer Street.

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