As previously mentioned, there is nobody quite like comedian Reggie Watts. Hobo meets hip-hop meets Emo meets Emo Phillips is the best I can come up with to describe him.
He's hosting this weeks' series of Amp'd Music Comedy shows, and doing a perfect job of it. The problem with most comedy show hosts is that they're mostly comedians -- or wannabe comedians who own comedy clubs -- and they don't know when to get the fuck off the stage.
The President of the United States of America just called the Cambridge police "stupid." Awesome.
Note to readers of all races: do not, under any circumstances, attempt this at home. Just because the President or Skip Gates got away with insulting the Cambridge police, this is not a guarantee of your future success in a similar endeavor.
I hit the Amp'd Music Comedy show at midnight last night, at a trippy space called the Cabaret Justs pour Rire - blue lights, fog machine, disco balls, the works. The show was hosted by the incomparable Reggie Watts, whose glorious afro is its own one-man show. Remember Michael Winslow from the Police Academy movies, the guy who could make all those crazy whizzing and beeping sounds? Reggie Watts is what would happen if that guy took a bunch of acid while studying at Julliard.
When I heard that "Dance Animal" was a comedy dance troupe, I felt a lot of things; Excitement. Curiosity. Skepticism. Sure, dancing can be funny, especially when it involves white dudes in khakis and The Phoenix Landing. Yet, I feared for Dance Animal. Feared that they would come across as a ragtag band of dorky neighborhood theatre kids, who spend their free time after Guys and Dolls rehearsal choreographing dances in someone's backyard.
OMG!Obama to vacation on Martha's Vineyard [USA Today]
In Other Obama NewsDemocrats may not be loving this healthcare reform [CNN]
Solar Eclipse in AsiaIt's a big deal. [CNN]
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.The Harvard Scholar reaches out to the officer who arrested him. [Boston.com]
U.S to Strengthen Ties with Southeast Asia
I stopped by the press office to make sure I'd actually get INTO comedy shows tonight. You know. Because that's why I'm...here...
Allegedly, I'm cleared to see the Best of the Fringe, featuring Dance Animal ; the New Faces show (which is quickly becoming the bain of my professional existance); and Amp'd, the musical comedy show featuring MC Mr.
For the sake of online ad revenue, authorities everywhere should start racially profiling more prominent black academics. In the past few days, as news surfaced of Harvard professor and renowned scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s arrest, the Globe and Herald web sites have been flooded with thousands of comments from concerned and rattled citizens, most of whom bravely hide behind aliases to express their unique, well-informed, and rational opinions (the Globe even opened a separate “discussion” board for the topic all-together).
A new iPhone app from the Activists Justifying the Natural Agriculture of Ganja lets users find the closest available source of medical marijuana.
The app, cunningly called Cannabis, is $2.99 at Apple's iTunes Store.
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Marine authorities caught Marine Pvt. Joshua Fry trying to run away and then authorities found child porn on his cell phone and his computer last summer (July 2008). Fry has been confined since then. News reports read that the 2008 incident was not the first time Fry was warned child porn was unacceptable.
His family said he should never have been allowed to join the Marines to begin with because of his autism. They stated his recruiter found Fry at a group home for the mentally disabled and signed him up despite opposition from Fry's grandmother (also his guardian).
A bit of a rocky start to my Just For Laughs festival experience. Last night, I'd planned to hit up the 11:00 "Best of the Fest" show, but I arrived at the comedy club to discover that I'd been misinformed - the show was actually a warm-up show for the "New Faces of Comedy" -- comedians who are ostensibly the freshman of comedy high school.
First of all, up front, and foremost: it's outrageous that the Cambridge cops arrested Skip Gates in the man's own home. We are outraged. Seriously.
Second, and much less important: the police report is one of the funniest things we've read in weeks. For all we know the cop's report is complete bullshit, although if you accept the (astonishing) notion that there is somehow a cop in Cambridge who has never seen Skip Gates on television, you would then have to wonder how he managed to create, in print, a character who sounds an awful lot like Skip Gates.
I'm writing this from the (what so far seems to be) fair city of Montreal, where I'm stationed for the week, covering/attending/stalking the Montreal Just For Laughs comedy festival, the biggest festival of its kind in the world. I bet it says that to all the girls.
I just arrived at my hotel about two hours ago, but I've already made myself a regular at the hotel bar - a good start to the week.
In animal news this week, giant jumbo squid attack scuba divers off the coast of California and the Franklin Park Zoo decides not to kill its animals. Maybe the animals are talking to each other....
It may be a bit solipsistic to presume that we’ll have anything to do with our own eventual demise. We busy ourselves, fussing about with shrinking carbon footprints and creating an environmentally friendly piece of tupperware, glaciers receeding like a hairline, apocoplyptic weaponery, messianic ideaology, pig flu, bird flu, mad cow, too many people, not enough water, global jihadism and the fucking Jonas Brothers, forgetting that for all these delightfully macabre scenarios, what might kill us all could be none of these things.
Are you serious? This isn't like taping over your wedding with a football game, this is like taping over the discovery of something outside this world with Family Guy!
NASA admited today that their original tapes catching Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin Eugene 'Buzz' Aldrin, Jr., landing on the moon were erased and re-used, according to news reports from such agencies as Reuters.