Video for MC Mr. Napkins' (aka Zach Sherwin) rap, "Spelling Bee," brought to you by the same soda that gave Michael Ian Black a chance to un-Ed himself for mainstream TV watchers.
Lexington High alum Eugene Mirman and Kristen Schaal, who were on an acclaimed HBO series together, will be doing standup together as well at the Wilbur Theatre later this month. Here, they interview each other, with predictably enjoyable results. Show info is after the jump.
I had the pleasure of choosing my favorite Rooftop Comedy clips and calling it "work."
One of my choices? This bit from Mike Birbiglia. For the remaining fruits of my comedy labor, visit RooftopComedy.com
After calling teabaggers "racists," in an appearance on Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Janeane Garofalo was expected to face hecklers, protesters, and, potentially, threats to her safety when she appeared at the AltCom! festival this past weekend.
Garofalo tells BreakRoomLive.com what really happened at the Somerville Theatre on Friday.
On the heels of this weekend's alternative comedy extravaganza comes The Greater Boston Alternative Comedy Festival, Tuesday, May 12, 8 pm at the Middle East Upstairs.
You already did the AltCom! Festival, last year! Why are you doing it again?
On a dare! I was dared to do a show in Somerville, Massachusetts, and I accepted the challenge. The
question isn’t, why would I accept money to do stand-up in a city I’m from,
it’s why would they ask me back? Plus, to me alternative spaces are sort of the norm of where I
I heard Christopher Guest say one time that analyzing comedy
is very dangerous to do, and I believe him.
A lot of funny to look foward to this week:
* The second annual AltCom! Alternative Comedy Festival runs from Thursday-Sunday featuring some of Boston's finest comedians/musicians/category straddlers (including this year's The Phoenix Best winner MC Mr. Napkins), who'll add local flavor to an all-star national act lineup that includes Janeane Garofalo, Rob Riggle, Eugene Mirman, the Upright Citizen's Brigade Touring Company, and The Onion
"What's the deal with airline food?"
Over the past few months, quite a few observers of right-wing nutjobs have been having some fun with Fox News host Glenn Beck, whose ranting and raving has taken on an increasingly deranged tone. Just this past week, for example, he simulated dousing someone with gasoline to make a point about how Barack Obama may as well just light the "common man" on fire rather than subject us all to his policy.
Robby Roadsteamer is taking over the Internets, one webisode at a time. New online sitcom "Quiet Desperation" follows local musicians and their quest to live the artistic dream. And pork a ton of fat chicks. Starring Roadsteamer, Tom Dustin, Mehran, Chris Coxen, Shaun Bedgood, and six thousand bong hits.
Comediennes Giulia Rozzi and Margot Leitman host "Stripped Stories," a night of sexual storytelling that regales titillated audiences with tales of wet/hot/sweet/sweaty/awkward lovin'. The show hit Mottley's Comedy Club last month, featuring Rozzi, Leitman, Jess Sutich, and Mindy Raf.
Last night eight brave souls (myself included) bared their teenage angst as part of the (now monthly) Boston chapter of Mortified, the "comic excavation of the strange and extraordinary things we created as kids." The Phoenix was there - at Mottley's Comedy Club - to catch Mortified in all its excruciatingly awkward glory.