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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.

 

Such a cheeky little monkey...

 

 

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Stand Up Wit…Matt McCarthy

You might have seen that expressive Irish puss on commercials for Verizon, Doritos and other companies, or perhaps like me your first prolonged encounter was on John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up program on Comedy Central. Or maybe you know him from his work with Front Page Films along with Pete Holmes (no relation!) and Oren Brimer. Whatever way it happens, Matt McCarthy makes an immediate impression. 

Looking like a leprechaun on steroids, McCarthy is a bit of a madman onstage, prone to explode on occasion in a loud and boisterous manner. Hell, you can tell he’s a little nuts just by the URL for his MySpace page. His debut comedy album Come Clean (recorded at Comix in New York City in April 2009) was just released and is available digitally; hard copy CDs are only sold at his shows. Which now gives you two reasons to go see the man perform, of course. 

Video: The first KISS meeting. 

 Come Clean is pretty hilarious, but I’ll admit when the first track “Greetings” (a string of ethnic impressions) kept going and going I wondered why he had opened by beating something to death. But just as it got uncomfortably awkward he segued into Zortar, a man from the future…and I lost it – I almost drove off the road. 

And that’s McCarthy in a nutshell – unafraid to go off the radar if there’s a great line at the end worth getting to. And who records his own preview track and inserts it into the middle of the album…or segues The Incredible Hulk, American Beauty and not-so-tough guys together into one joke? “Badass Poetry” was hit and miss, but there are so many original ideas like the “Love Lotto” or the Planned Parenthood t-shirt bit that are pure genius. 

Other highlights include “Funerals and First Dates”, “Old Suicide Notes” (a great segue from “Black Ops”) and the brilliant closer  “Get To Know Me”. A bookend to the protracted intro track, he bids the crowd good night while rapidly completing a twenty-five question Internet poll in reverse (“favorite flower” and “favorite vegetable” are among the many killers). It’s like the fireworks display at the end of an event; everything including the kitchen sink gets tossed at the crowd before he spikes the ball and leaves. 

I’ve heard Come Clean three times already and I’m still laughing. But I never want to hear the phrase baboon load again. Ever

Really...don't ask.

Matt’s commercial reel 

Matt McCarthy videos at Comedy Central 

McCarthy’s classic Michael O’Donahue impression 

Come Clean at iTunes

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T.G.I.F. – Ten (Uh…Things?)

It’s a crazy weekend!

The Super Bowl (an American Holiday), shadowy groundhogs, pre-Olympic craziness and pitchers and catchers almost reporting to Spring Training. So rather than limit to a formula or media, how about going with the spirit of potpourri? So here are this week’s ten things … stuff I’m juggling in my wee man brain

(1) LOST opening creditsif it was a 1967 show.

(2) The first great album of 2010.

(3) Louis C.K.cannot wait for his new show April 1.

(4) Speaking of Louis, Parks and RecreationChris Pratt rules!

(5) The Unusuals! Cancelled, but alive on DVD.

(6) A great band is back together with a new album!

(7) So is the original lineup of this powerpop band.

(8) Kelley Ryan‘s debut album Twist is still only one dollar via her website.

(9) LOST Flight 815 – then and now

(10) It’s Friday, so that means John Oliver’s New York Stand Up show is on tonight! Here’s an old clip of John where he talks about Rob Riggle taking the cranky Brit on a hunting trip (sorry for the clicking sound). Tune in tonight to Comedy Central at 11pm Eastern.

Have a great weekend – don’t bug out! (And Happy Birthday, Eleanor.)

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