Everyone's a comedian, right?
Actually, no: while we may fancy ourselves the belles of the comedy ball when
we're half a bottle of whiskey deep, being a real stand-up comic is hard work.
Having been in the game since the late '80s, BU alum and "comedian's comedian"
Marc Maron knows all about that. "I've been doing this a long time, and people
actually want to see me now," he says.
Welcome to "Meet the Mayor," a segment in which we interview local Foursquare Mayors in
their natural habitats.
TheatreBill Blumenreich Jr.
What do you do
here?I'm a managing partner. It's a family business. We used
to own the Comedy Connection at Faneuil Hall. Four years ago, we moved here so
we could have a bigger capacity and bigger names.
You rushed to his support when NBC yanked the Tonight Show gig out from under him. You followed his Twitter feed. You packed sold-out venues across the country to watch him recycle a few bits from Late Night and sing a straightforward rendition of "The Weight" (or so I heard; I wasn't there or anything).
Conan O'Brien, who has been keeping busy via Twitter and a live show since getting relieved of duty at his former job, will be returning to television this Fall. We all expected that much. But while most people were thinking he'd head over to Fox, O'Brien will instead do his new show on TBS. George Lopez is happily moving to midnight to accommodate him.
UPDATE (1:45 pm): They've added a second Boston show on June 5. Tickets here.
As previously hinted at, Conan O'Brien, the internet's favorite unemployed person, will be heading on a live comedy tour which will circumvent the clause in his NBC settlement that prevents him from appearing on television for seven months.
Have you seen this? Have you heard about this? Apparently Jay Leno has been restored to the Tonight Show host's chair, leaving poor Conan O'Brien - whose Tonight run was admittedly ratings-challenged, but so was Leno's for a long time - out in the cold. So while Leno has been booking guests for his post-Olympics return (watch the promo!), Conan has been left to find ways around that clause in his settlement with NBC that prevents him from appearing on television until September.
Hey Comedy Central: we're glad that you're deciding to kick off your new House of Blues series in our backyard. The Boston comedy scene is pretty good these days, and it deserves some nationwide recognition. But do you think you could have maybe picked somebody funnier than Bo Burnham?
Hey, all you undecided and uninformed Phoenix Readers Poll 2010 voters: tonight is your chance to catch five of our six "Best Comedian 2010" nominees on one bill for $12. Mottley's Comedy Club is teaming up with self-described "medical anomaly" Mehran to launch "The Mehran Show," a comedy extravaganza featuring nearly a dozen local comedians riffing on a theme (this week's is "legendary") every third Thursday of the month.
Conan O'Brien today released a statement saying he will not do The Tonight Show at 12:05. You'll recall that in the wake of low ratings for both shows, NBC had cancelled Jay Leno's 10 pm talk show, and had introduced a plan to get Leno back into the 11:35 timeslot. One option on the table was for Conan to just move his show to 12:05, and then displacing the rest of NBC's late night lineup by one half hour.
Clearly, the solution to all of this is for Conan to bring back the Masturbating Bear.
TMZ is reporting (and the Times is adding more to that report) that, in a not-especially-surprising development, the beleaguered television network that is NBC is planning to return Jay Leno to the 11:30 pm timeslot, ending his low-rated 10 pm show.
Showalter (left) in Wet Hot American Summer (2001).
"I'm OUTTA heeeerrrrrrre" - Doug
"I want you inside me!" - Gerald "Coop" Cooperberg
The above two quotes represent one of two likely possibilities for people's first impressions of MICHAEL SHOWALTER, who comes to the Wilbur Theatre this Friday along with his friend and frequent collaborator, Michael Ian Black.
This past weekend marked the opening of King Richard’s Faire
in Carver, MA. Most Renaissance faires can only dream of what King
Richard’s has achieved: a permanent venue at an 80-acre wooded park in
which they’ve built an expansive medieval village
that must be seen to be believed. I attended the faire several times in
my middle and high school years, and I decided to drop everything on
Labor Day for the chance to find out if the festival is still as fun as
"There's some backstage drama that you don't know about. I guess there's a problem with the wireless mics and they can hear what we're saying at The Color Purple!"
That was Kristen Schaal speaking to Eugene Mirman onstage last night at the Wilbur Theatre. The two were reconvening after their respective solo sets when Schaal delivered the news of the audio malfunction, presumably discovered while Mirman - he of the booming baritone - was on stage.
TheSpoof.com scooped everyone, even if it was just a joke
What may have been funny (but probably wasn't) four years ago seems macabre now.