A couple weeks ago, I heard tell of www.flightlipdub.com, which was basically a contest to see who could best lip-synch the Flight of the Conchords song “Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros.” I decided to do it because (a) I have recently aquired a retardedly-expensive video-camera and some editing software, (b) I needed an excuse to learn how to better use them, and (c) I have a friend with a chicken suit.
Every week, I interview a stand-up comedian for my comedy column,
"Dance, Monkey!" wherein I ask ridiculous questions in the hopes of
getting funny answers. This week's
subject was supposed to be Andrew Dice Clay. Apparently,
"Dice" was confused, and then angered, because he told me that this
was too easy for me, that it doesn't
seem fair that I get to "clock in at work and just ask this shit."
Boston-based stand-up comedian Bob Lazarus succumbed to a near-two-year battle with Leukemia yesterday.
"Laz" got his start in the late 1970s, at the locally and nationally renowned Ding Ho Comedy Club in Inman Square, making a name for himself alongside fellow comic powerhouses Steven Wright, Denis Leary, Paula Poundstone, Lenny Clarke, Jimmy Tingle, and Bobcat Goldthwait.
At dinner before Jim Norton’s Saturday nightcap at The Comedy Connection’s Wilbur Theatre, I commented: “I want to sit like Lincoln.” For anyone unfamiliar with where the 16th president was assassinated, I meant I wanted balcony seats. No shit – I really said that.This was a passing hope; I’ve never in my life been blessed with such exalted digs, and I didn’t expect this time to differ.
On December 15, the City of Boston
will honor comedian Steven Wright will be honored as the first inductee into the Boston Comedy
Hall of Fame.
"It was a unanimous choice," says City Councilor John Tobin of the
City's decision to make Wright the inaugural honoree. “He showed another path
comedians, outside of the clubs.
DEPT. OF REINTERPRETATION10 years agoOctober 16, 1998 | Reporter Sarah McNaught interviewed conceptual artist Paul Richard about his latest “work.”“The 36-year-old provocateur...recently climbed up on a massive billboard in Kendall Square and pasted, beside a picture of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, a sign that read PAUL RICHARD PRESENTS APPLE COMPUTERS, SPECIAL THANKS TO JOHN AND YOKO.
Of all the comedians who launched their skyrocketing careers from Boston, of all the Ding Ho legends and all the Harvard Lampoon superstars and all the
innovative comedians who have helped develop this city into a place
where material can blossom from festering slop to tightly-woven
tapestries of comedy gold...
It seems like the Heroes writers were so busy packing their premiere with plot that they neglected to consider that they were also making it unwatchable. A character had barely enough time last night to finish his/her lines before we were whisked off to the next character’s scene. Ok that’s an overstatement. But you get my point.