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T.G.I.F. – Ten Comic Clips

We’re a little more than halfway through the fourteenth season of Comedy Central Presents; this year two new episodes are aired every Friday night at 11:00pm and 11:30pm Eastern Time. There have been a few minor changes from previous seasons, but the channel remains committed to putting fresh comedy out there on a frequent basis, and for that they should be applauded.

Gone are the (usually) elaborate backdrops and sets, which usually added some flavor to the event; in its place the comic’s name is smeared across the upstage scrim so that the feeble-minded among us can remember who we are watching. This in turn allows the comic a graceful exit instead of stopping by their small marquee sign by the stage right curtain to do the obligatory turn and wave so their name is visible in the background. (One would hope that the patrons seeing the show live could simply stare at their ticket stub whenever the need arose).

So maybe that saves them a few bucks, or maybe last-minute negotiations with the set designer went horribly awry and they decided to wing it; either way it’s no big deal. What does matter is who is in front of that curtain and what they do. In 2010 we’ve gotten a good sampling of talent; it’s been great to see some of the up and comers get their shot.

Here is the list of Season 14 performers.

So as I get ready to strap myself in again this week, I thought it only appropriate to present Ten Comic Clips from the season 14 performers. Like any year its been hit and miss, but there have been a couple of standouts so far – and there are some great names yet to come. So in totally random order

* Rory Albanese is yet another writer from the Daily Show factory. Classic old-school look and delivery.

* Jon Lajoie was very strong. I usually get bored by comedians who play music – I get the puppet gag reflex – but he’s an exception. “Regular Everyday Normal Guy” is a classic.

* Amy Schumer totally knocked it out of the park with her set. Excellent timing and a twisted mind behind that very pretty face.

* Pete Holmes (no relation) does exasperation really well; I’ve never seen a set of his I didn’t like.

* The Sklar Brothers were pretty good; the material was decent on its own but when they act out scenes between them it’s far funnier. Closing with the Diceman bit was huge.

* Rob Riggle had a decent set, but I’ve seen him do better (like his small scene in The Hangover), but in fairness I did have the bar set way high for him.

* Myq Kaplan is scheduled for the end of April; his album Vegan Mind Meld is out this month. Great wordplay – maybe the best since Mitch Hedberg.

* Rachel Feinstein knows that a forward lunge is never attractive. Great voices and physicality to back up strong material.

* Jon Dore was phenomenal! Great set-ups that he twists into something dark and sick, and even when you know something is coming, he gets you anyway. With Schumer, the show of the season so far.

* Matt Braunger is on tonight; I reviewed his album a while back. His material is great, his energy is amazing, and he’s fast becoming one of my favorite comics.

Click here to see the list of every CCP special.

Comedy Central website

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Comedy Central Presents – New Season!

Thanks to Comedy Central and to the fine folks at AST for sharing this:

Get ready for some spanking new funny! Unveiling a fresh, new look and showcasing its best-ever, all-star line-up of today’s finest comedians, COMEDY CENTRAL Presents premieres Friday, February 19. The season kicks off with COMEDY CENTRAL Presents Tony Rock” at 11:00 p.m., followed by COMEDY CENTRAL Presents Doug Williams” at 11:30 p.m. on COMEDY CENTRAL.

In anticipation of the funniest season yet, COMEDY CENTRAL is whetting viewers’ appetites with a special half-hour sneak peek.  COMEDY CENTRAL Presents Best of 2010 – featuring selected highlights from the upcoming season – is on Friday, February 12 at midnight.

COMEDY CENTRAL Presents is the premiere showcase for top stand-up talent. Filmed at New York City’s Gerald W. Lynch Theater in front of a live audience, the 14th season of COMEDY CENTRAL Presents will air every Friday night beginning February 19 with two all-new episodes each week at 11:00 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.

Hot, new episodes of this season will include stand-up performances from Jon Lajoie, Rob Riggle, Matt Braunger, Pete Holmes, Amy Schumer, Andy Kindler, Iliza Shlesinger, Owen Benjamin, Rory Albanese, Jon Dore, Shane Mauss, Donald Glover and The Sklar Brothers.

That’s a serious list of potentially great shows, folks. First John Oliver‘s limited run of stand-up shows – featuring several killer sets from the likes of Mark Maron, Maria Bamford, Nick Kroll, in addition to really funny work from the host. Now this! Friday nights are an oasis for comedy lovers once again.

It also goes without saying that after so many years there are several great older CCPs still in rotation, so maybe setting that TiVo or DVR to record “all episodes” wouldn’t be a bad idea. Who couldn’t use a laugh today?

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Stand Up Wit…Matt Braunger

Owls well that ends well

I guess I should learn to pay closer attention when I see funny skits on MAD TV and SNL and jot down the names of the new cast members and bit players. For once again I find myself laughing out loud while listening to a comedy CD and then realizing later why the name sounded a wee bit familiar (in this case, the “Officer Laughs” sketch). So if the name Matt Braunger doesn’t immediately ring a bell for you either, do not let that stop you from grabbing a copy of Soak Up The Night as soon as possible.

Braunger studied improv in Chicago under Del Close and is a regular at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles; this is his first CD. Deep-voiced and six-foot four, what could be an imposing physical presence is offset by his approachable guy next door persona. Ironically, the weakest part of the set opens the CD, as a routine about convincing his family that he’s a professional comedian morphs into a character study of an unhinged uncle. But he rebounds quickly with bits about classic bathroom graffiti, gangstas who dig The Smiths, religious zealots, and why you need to be literate when interviewed. Lots of well structured stories with great throw-away lines that flow really well despite few overt segues.

The killer bits, as they should, appear later in the routine – why there should never be eye contact in porn, why Jim Morrison was mistakenly anointed as a poet and especially the routine about pet owls – hilarious on the CD but even better with his physical gestures (see clip below). And that’s what I really like about Braunger; his animated delivery enhances the material but his writing is so strong that the jokes stand up well without the visuals.

It’s always great to discover a CD from a comedian who has gimmick-free, self-deprecating humor, and I hope that Comedy Central Records signed him up for more down the line. Highly recommended.

Matt nails his TV debut on David Letterman.

Matt’s website and MySpace site

Listen to some clips on Amazon.

Video: “Driving Mr. Morrison

Video: “Drink and Drive-Thru

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