Category: Stand-Up Comedy

Chris Rock: Kill the Messenger

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Chris Rock’s latest special “Kill the Messenger” is coming up in an hour and a half on HBO (specifically 9PM EST). I haven’t seen it yet, it looks like it might be a little different than your standard comedy special, mixing in documentary footage to give insight into the art form of stand-up. Here’s a couple of clips from it.

The first has Chris talking about why he never headlined until he got on Saturday Night Live (with a guest appearance by good friend Mario Joyner).

And this clip has Chris talking after a show in Edinburgh about the difference between performing in a theater and a comedy club.

Update: Or maybe it doesn’t have any documentary stuff? We’ll see.

Posted by Todd Jackson at 05:27 PM | Comments (0)

Mary Lynn Rajskub: Comedy Product No Longer in Stock

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While researching older stand-up showcases for addition to the Stand-Up Comedy Database, I found this from Comedy Central’s mid 90s alt comic showcase “Comedy Product” with Mary Lynn Rajskub. I can’t really imagine anything like it airing on Comedy Central today. Some would definitely call it more akin to performance art. She seems so sincere here that it grounds it enough to make it funny.

Also, at the beginning, in case you didn’t get the reference, Garofalo is talking about Comedy Condos, residences owned by clubs to put up traveling road comics. And judging from the promo at the end, with “Exit 57” as a lead-in, that block was like a government mandated hour for comedy nerds.

Posted by Todd Jackson at 11:21 AM | Comments (1)

Abort The Joke Stealing Talk: Doug Stanhope and Dane Cook

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In an attempt to keep this site from becoming Snopes for joke stealing, I recently ignored a little allegation that Dane Cook was performing an abortion joke from Doug Stanhope’s act. Stanhope himself shared the claim in a MySpace blog post. A fan by the name of Jenny told Doug:

“I went to a show at the Melrose Improv last night, and this surprise guest comic gets onstage and starts doing this long bit about how he had to take this girl to get an abortion and how ridiculous the experience was, and then started talking about going to Heaven, and how he’d be so happy to see his grandma in Heaven, but when he got to Heaven, there was this little pissed off guy giving him shit and it was his abortion, furious at him.

And the comic was fucking Dane Cook.”

Anybody can type up an email and say they saw this comic performing some other comic’s bit. No credibility here.  And Stanhope doesn’t really give it much credit either, judging for his response:

Good work, Dane.

I’m glad someone remembers how my bits go.

There’s nothing indignant about it. He uses it as a setup for a joke about his own performing style. He’s completely flippant.

But folks who really hate Dane love any more evidence they can find that he is the thief. Even the most tenuous of accusations get treated as gospel. Nevermind that joking about taking a girl to get an abortion is completely outside the wheelhouse of Dane Cook’s comedy. The same comedy that a lot of these detractors would define as frat-friendly or toothless. You can’t have it both ways.

I didn’t want to bother with this until I saw a comment on one of my previous joke stealing posts that stated this as a fact. It’s not a fact. It’s just words someone put on the Internet.

Need more proof that these arguments are getting to be bullshit?

Listen to Doug Stanhope from his “Just For Spite” show from earlier this year in Montreal. My good friend Julie Seabaugh happened to tape the show. Doug went off on an extended riff about why these arguments have gotten dumb (at one point mentioning that just because someone else does a joke about abortion, doesn’t mean they’re stealing). Then in a more self-damming way, replies to an audience member query about why Dane Cook sucks.

(Note: God damn, that’s a good Dave Attell impression)

Update: A reliable source at that Melrose Improv show tells me that Dane Cook did perform a joke around abortion. A recent “Danecast” does mention that he’s got a new approach - working out material coming from “dark times” and “personal, family issues.” And there’s a little gossip out there (I don’t link to that stuff, but it’s easy to find if you type the right words into Google) to suggest that Cook’s personal experiences would make this joke fair game. If you lived it, it’s yours.

Posted by Todd Jackson at 01:35 PM | Comments (2)

C.K. Spits Out More of “Chewed Up”

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I’ve already lauded Louis C.K. as probably the best stand-up working today, but if you need more examples of why you must see his next special - premiering on Showtime, October 4 - the comic posted two more clips.

The first has Louis talked about the bullshit of the “N-word”

And this one has Louis debunks the pseudoscience of milk and semen-production. Plus: cat abuse!

Posted by Todd Jackson at 08:47 PM | Comments (0)

Sirius Mitch Hedberg Special (Plus: Giveaway!)

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If you happen to have Sirius Satellite Radio, tune in to the Raw Dog Comedy Channel (#104) at 1 PM EST today to listen to a special program in honor of the release of Mitch Hedberg’s album “Do You Believe in Gosh?” The show will include Lynn Shawcroft (Hedberg’s Widow), Dave Attell and Comedy Central Records Jack Vaughn. And me. I’m very flattered to talk about Mitch and this album, which is a wonderful document of how this man made people laugh daily.

Speaking of “Do You Believe in Gosh?”, it’ll be in stores tomorrow September 9th. But I have three (3) copies to giveaway in case you’re broke.

Winning one is easy. Just write me an email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by September 29 with your address. I’ll inform the lucky winners by email.

Listen to a Preview of “Do You Believe in Gosh?”
A page from Mitch Hedberg’s journals.

Posted by Todd Jackson at 04:12 AM | Comments (0)

Louis CK gets “Chewed Up” in October

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Louis C.K. is probably my favorite comic working today. There’s a level of honesty about his personal life and a sense of craft that’s worked the jokes to a razor’s edge but without losing the spark that made them so funny in the first place. So I’m really looking forward to his second one-hour special, “Chewed Up.” Louis has taken on Chris Rock’s model of training for each special like it’s a prizefight. So this isn’t just another show, this is the show.

Here’s a clip from that special where Louis talks about September 11th is a yardstick for your masturbation habits.

“Chewed Up” premieres on Showtime October 4th at 11 PM.

Posted by Todd Jackson at 04:32 PM | Comments (1)

Doug Stanhope on Sarah Palin

Filed Under Satire, Stand-Up Comedy

There talk out there of how late night comics are treading lightly with Republican Vice Presidental nominee Sarah Palin and her personal life. But not Doug Stanhope. He already had a couple of strongly personal jokes about her even before that news.

Here are the new blunt and brutal jokes he shared with a Oslo, Norway crowd only a couple of days after her candidacy was announced.

Stanhope originally planned to run for President in 2008 as a Libertarian, but withdrew after he discovered he could not make a living at his shows and use them as political events. Despite having to compromise on his candidacy, he has certainly not compromised his comedy.

Posted by Todd Jackson at 02:32 PM | Comments (0)
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