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John Oliver’s NY Stand Up is Back!

Britwit John Oliver has tickled our funnybones in featured guest roles on The Daily Show and Community, and last year he was given the reins of a comedy showcase called New York Stand Up. The format was deceptively simple; straight ahead stand-up comedy without the fluff, featuring some of the brightest minds working the NYC scenes today. Although limited to six episodes, we were treated to hilarious spots from Kristin Schaal, Matt McCarthy, Marc Maron, Janeane Garafolo and Nick Kroll among many others.

And wonder of wonders, it got renewed! The new season, again hosted by Oliver, premieres on Thursday, March 24 at midnight, after The Colbert Report.

The obviously titled John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show features Oliver opening each of the six episodes with original material and then introducing four comedians across the hour. Maria Bamford, Greg Behrendt, David Koechner, Kirk Fox, Al Madrigal, and Pete Holmes close each of their episodes with super-sized stand-up sets. The complete line-up boasts new stand-up from Anthony Jeselnik, Brendon Walsh, Deon Cole, Glenn Wool, Jen Kirkman, Kumail Nanjiani, Kyle Kinane, Marina Franklin, Mike Lawrence, Moshe Kasher, Rory Albanese, Rory Scovel, and Tommy Johnagin.

If you know these names, you will certainly agree that it’s an incredible lineup. And if you don’t know those names…man, are you about to have your mind blown. Oliver kicks off the season with a harrowing story of a flight diversion to Hanover, Germany and a thorough defense of the importance of swearing. Joining him on the premiere are Kyle Kinane, Glenn Wool, Rory Scovel and Pete Holmes. Leading up to the on-air premiere and throughout the new season, Jokes.com will feature preview clips and highlights from the series, as well as a special live version of the show staged at SXSW.

After yesterday’s devastating news, I can sure use some cheering up. It will be bittersweet knowing that there are a couple of people missing from that lineup, but I’m looking forward to great stand up comedy once again displacing some of the celebretard programming dominating my cable guide.

 

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Best Comedy Albums of 2010: #3-2-1

Year End List caveat: I’m splitting comedy albums apart from comedy DVD projects, so if someone had a DVD that was basically the same as the album I’m rating it as an album. If someone winds up in the DVD category that doesn’t mean their album wasn’t top ten material…just trying to find some way of being fair. That said, there’s not an item on either of these lists that I don’t think is worth your immediate attention…click to hear clips and judge for yourself!

Maybe the most amazing thing about my list – and I didn’t realize what was happening until after I locked everything down – is that nine of the top ten were debut albums. That is partially due to the likelihood that an established seller will more likely get the financial backing for a DVD project. But it also signals the fact that a group of brilliant writers and performers (many of whom have been staff writers for successful and established shows and performers) are getting an opportunity to get their unique voices out there. 

It’s heartbreaking to realize how many great comic minds we’ve lost in recent years, but it’s reassuring to know that so many have picked up the torch.

Finalizing a top ten was tough, determining the top three was exasperating.

But here we go…

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#03: Kyle Kinane, DEATH OF THE PARTY

Great imagery and material; immediately captivating with an incredibly original style. Sure, he looks and sounds disheveled, but this album straddles the line between stream of consciousness riffing and nuggets of cosmic gold. I will always marvel at the way Mitch Hedberg’s brain worked for puns and one-liners; and I think Kinane’s storytelling presentation is on that same level of greatness.  (A Special Thing Records)

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#02: Anthony Jeselnik, SHAKESPEARE

He might be the smartest writer out there; if you don’t believe it just ask him! Deliberate slow pacing, where he clearly enunciates every word to squeeze every nuance, silence and twist for maximum effect. You have to be very skillful to present yourself as an arrogant know-it-all constantly baiting the audience, but when your CD is one perfectly constructed joke after another, you are acquitted. (Comedy Central Records)

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#01: Auggie Smith, SMELL THE THUNDER

A great combination of social exasperation, political/religious commentary and brilliant writing. Smith’s album is a blend of Patton Oswalt, Dave Attell, Lewis Black, Bill Hicks and Doug Stanhope – basically everything I like about standup comedy. Great pacing, exceptional delivery and inflection, and even his throw-away lines are hilarious. In a year when many strong comedy albums were released, this was the cream of the crop. (Rooftop Comedy)

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Next week: The Best Comedy DVDs of 2010.

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Stand Up Wit…Kyle Kinane

 

Although an aptly named album, Death of the Party shouldn’t bring to mind a comic playing the woe-is-me card or deadpanning his way through a litany of jokes. Instead, Kyle Kinane gleefully exposes the pointlessness of his daily existence, from the moment the alarm clock mocks him to start his day to the many failed interactions and absurd encounters with the outside world. And by outside world he means those few moments when he can launch off the couch and go outdoors with any sense of purpose. 

Recorded last August in Los Angeles at the UCB Theatre, Death of the Party starts out a little tentative (although the very first joke is classic). Kinane isn’t quite stream of consciousness, but it may take a bit to get into the cadence of his presentation (although the absurdity of his imagery is spectacular). I mean, who comes up with getting into a fistfight with the manager of a Red Lobster over whether the Moon landing was faked

Far from polished, the disheveled delivery is a good launching pad for his riffs, although some seem tighter than others. Never having seen him, I’m not certain whether that is due to older stories being fine tuned or him gauging the audience and making some changes on the spot. But what’s particularly impressive is that this album was recorded at a single performance, not cobbled together from a multi-night stand.

The bit about watching his friends’ kids was very strong (including a great line about why you need a more complex answer to a simple question), but then the routine about his physical appearance and his girlfriend seemed to wander a bit before getting to the one great line. But the Cholo bar bathroom story was airtight, and soon after that he hits a groove that continues through the rest of the set; the stories just more absurd and more off-the-chart funny. The bits about the Detroit Lions and Trader Joe’s had me doubled over (seeing the latter done live must be twice as funny). 

Bunny sex. Forklift mishaps. Gourmet cake decorations. Pretentious intellectual thoughts not making the journey from brain to mouth. Job pornography. Sibling Failure. Volcano barbeques and inspirational insomnia.  

In another bit of subversive hilarity, the track titles listed on the back of the CD are the nine songs on Dream Police, the third album by Cheap Trick. Not quite the loopy fake titles that David Cross and Steve Hofstetter have thrown out there, but totally in keeping with the aura of lowered expectations, as if even naming the bits would be a concession towards a productive, organized existence he can’t fathom maintaining (although there is a bonus track). 

Please trust me on this one – if you think it starts out a little slowly, stay with it.  Death of the Party is a no-brainer Best of 2010 contender. 

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Preview some sample clips here

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Kyle video: how to start the day

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