Preview: Exclusive Clip from CandorTV’s Upcoming Stand-Up Series on Hulu

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Every month Los Angeles’s Candor Entertainment holds a stand-up comedy event that’s “invite only.” I’ve been asked to come, but as I’m in New York, it’s a little difficult to check out.

Fortunately for me and the invite-less, clips from their shows have gone up on Hulu. Here’s an exclusive clip from the next set of stuff that’s to go live on Hulu on Tuesday, but is of course live now. It’s from Adam Ray. who I’ll forgive for the backwards baseball cap since he has a nicely tragic response for those who demand a joke from him upon discovering he’s a comic.

You can see more Stand-Up from Candor Entertainment at Hulu. Candor’s next show is June 9th and features Jen Kirkman and Steve Hofstetter.

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Just For Laughs: Chicago - What I’m Looking Forward To

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Just For Laughs is making its big U.S.A. invasion in just a month, putting down a flag in Chicago and establishing what’ll probably become America’s premiere comedy fest almost by default.

I’m planning on going next month and these are some of the shows I’m looking forward to checking out:

  • The local Chicago comics who I don’t see. Living in New York, I’m blessed that big names end up doing a lot of spots around me. So traveling to see a comic who I could probably see do a similar show down the block for me is a little ridiculous. So I intend to explore Chicago-style comedy, simply because it’s a vital community that I never get to regularly experience. This includes stuff like Don’t Spit the Water, Schadenfreude Rent Party and Alone: Chicago’s Best Solo Acts. If you’re in the area and don’t get to see some of these big comics, definitely go. But keep an eye on the great stuff in front of you after they leave. I can’t.
  • I hope I can balance out the time to catch both showings of Green Room with Paul Provenza, where he talks to comedians about comedy in a funny, engaging way that reveals a lot about the art of being funny. This manner marked his directorial debut “The Aristocrats” and will probably be a big component of his upcoming book Satiristas. It didn’t get too comedy-wonky, just comics talking like comics to each other.
  • Alright, here’s one I’ve checked out last year in Just For Laugh’s Montreal counterpart, but Patrice O’Neal’s Positivity is worth more than a second watch. He’s an incredibly conflicted and complex comedian who tells incredibly blunt jokes. Here’s my review from last year. (Buy Tickets for this show)
  • I’m, of course, a terrible comedy nerds if I didn’t check out Bob Odenkirk’s Best of Sketchfest and then Odenkirk reunited with Mr. Show partner David Cross for Bob, David and Friends (Buy Tickets for this show).

After the jump, you’ll find my map of the comedy fest…

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Interview: Jim Jefferies, “I Swear to God”

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Australian comic Jim Jefferies comes via the U.K. to deliver his first HBO special tomorrow, May 16 at 10 PM.

Here are audio clips from my interview with him, which will be updated as I edit them.

British Comedy Clubs vs. American Comedy Clubs

Spoiled Big City Audiences

His Problem with Overly Intellectual Comedy

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SNL Player Casey Wilson Can Read This, You Know?

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This short vid from Casey Wilson makes a point about modern criticism in the internet age better than that entire two-hour movie “Heckler’” from that no-talent ass clown mind Jamie K… oh, crap.

Part of me wishes they’d used the actual stupid comments from people, but really, why do you want to give them any satisfaction? Even when you’re making fun of ‘em. Let them stay as anonymous as their screen names.

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Was Lost, But Now Found. The State’s “Comedy For Gracious Living”

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The aptly-named Comedy Nerds have made a discovery that’s quite welcome. The State’s “Comedy for Gracious Living” - the lost album recorded by the group for Warner Brothers records. It’s apparently been available via torrent files, but the slightly-less-aptly-titled blog Unheard Music (only less aptly-titled since “The State” album isn’t entirely music) has posted it in a place that the far less web-savvy can get to it. If you’re a State completest or curious, visit Unheard Music for that link right now.

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Tom Kenny, Human Cartoon, Circa 1989.

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Someone has put up some video from MTV"s Half Hour Comedy Hour, circa 1989, back when we first peddled the nonsense that comedy is the new rock & roll. The best stuff from it is Tom Kenny, pre-Mr. Show and pre-Spongebob. You can see the fit for both in this clip:

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.02 Percent of Tommy Tiernan’s 36 Hour Plus World Record Set

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In an age of video or it didn’t happen, it’s a natural that Tommy Tiernan’s recent Guinness World Record breaking stand-up set this past Easter would be filmed. The Irish comedian went for 36 Hours, 15 Minutes. You don’t get much of a suggestion here of what kind of show Tiernan put on or if any of the audience did the same marathon with him in this clip, but it has a cute little punch at the end.

There’s some audience footage out there on the YouTubes but it doesn’t really give a sense of what the show was like either. Hard to sum up a storyteller like Tiernan in a two minute clip, even more so when he’s doing a 36 Hour Show.

Any word on who the previous record holder was. I thought it was Florida comic G. David Howard, which we learned during 2007’s six hour plus Dave Chappelle / Dane Cook sets. But his record was 16 hours and the video pretty plainly states 24 hours as the previous record. Was there somebody in between?

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