He's so pissed at that pink cat: Marc Maron's "This Has To Be Funny"
December’s starts tomorrow, and comedy nerds should begin to think about getting their stockings stuffed with some hilarious greats from this year. Today, Laughspin shared their picks for the 10 best comedy albums of 2011, and it’s an impressive bunch. You can listen to a few bits and check out the full list here.
Giant, well-deserved kudos to one of our favorites, Marc Maron, for nabbing the #1 spot. Witnessing his keynote address at the 2011 Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal was easily the highlight of my entire year to date.
Other titans who made the list that make me smile: Doug Stanhope, the ever-powerful Louis C.K. & comedy veteran Norm Macdonald. Norm is doing two shows at Cap City Comedy Club in Austin this week. Come get some of the funny world’s creme de la creme in your face this Friday & Saturday night.
Below, you can view a handheld video clip of Maron’s Montreal keynote, shot by a dude sitting in front of me, as he discusses the untimely passings of Robert Schimmel, Mike DeStefano, and Greg Giraldo.
If you’re on Twitter and follow anyone remotely funny, you’ve already received this terrible news. Comedian Patrice O’Neal, who suffered a devastating stroke last month, passed away this morning at the age of 41.
Heralded as a brilliant act and a staple of the comedy world in recent years, O’Neal suffered from diabetes and died of complications from his October 19th stroke. Past television appearances include Chappelle’s Show, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, Arrested Development, and a recurring role on The Office.
A regular guest on Sirius XM’s Opie and Anthony radio show, Opie tweeted the sad news today: ”Yes it’s true that our pal Patrice O’Neal has passed away. The funniest and best thinker I’ve known. PERIOD.”
Best Week Ever has the classic footage of O’Neal at the Charlie Sheen Roast; you can view it here. Rest in peace, Mr. O’Neal. You will truly be missed.
The New York Comedy Festival wrapped up with a bang recently. Along with a slew of giant names like Maher, C.K., Griffin, Sykes, Gervais, and more, there was a particular show that heralded the tragic passing of a gone-too-soon comedy great, Mike DeStefano.
The HIV positive DeStefano died of a heart attack last March, just days before he was to perform his one-man-show “A Cherry Tree in the Bronx.” Sober for 11 years, he was a cringe humor comic that also doubled as a drug counselor to fellow addicts. At NYCF, fellow comics Colin Quinn, Robert Kelly, Eugene Mirman and more paid to their late friend in a show that also featured rare footage of DeStefano as well as tributes from his friends & family.
You can read up on the full Laughspin story here, and watch a clip of DeStefano from Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham below.
Season Five of "Wainy Days" kicks off Monday, December 5th.
Great news for fans of The State, Stella, and Wet Hot American Summer. Grownup wunderkind David Wain has announced Season 5 of Wainy Days, his highly popular web series. It’s an understatement to argue that Wain has found success with the announcement of his fifth season with only two years running as the online comedy show’s producer.
Armisen & Brownstein: Punks on the road this winter.
Get excited, IFC fans. The popular television network recently announced that the sketch comedy series Portlandia will hit the road for a tour of live shows beginning in December.
Fred Armisen & Carrie Brownstein, the latter of which is known previously for her work in the now defunct band Sleater-Kinney, have already completed one full season of the renowned series. Armisen, a venerable stand-up comic and SNL cast member, kicks off a new season of Portlandia with his comedic partner-in-crime on January 6th, 2012.
View the full article here via The Comic’s Comic for more details and tour dates. Only 7 performances on the east & west coasts (plus one in Chicago) have been announced and almost instantly sold out. Pray to the comedy gods that the small run is eventually extended.
Doug Benson: he's so baked, he ate these bedsheets.
If you didn’t get enough stuffing & pie yesterday, make it out to Cap City Comedy Club this Saturday & Sunday. Comedy’s most loveable stoner/cinephile, Doug Benson, is in town for two Doug Loves Movies podcast tapings.
Earlier this month, Benson appeared on the popular Earwolf Studios Who Charted podcast, and now he’s bringing his very own to Austin. The show specializes in all things new at the box office, with particular emphasis on geeking out with the help of substances.
The Super High Me star will be at Cap City taping two 4:20 shows over the weekend. There’s no telling who will be onstage with him. I’m confident Austin’s comedic and caloric intake capacity is high.
A case of the giggles might make tummies hurt a bit less from all the overeating and shopping taking place this holiday weekend. The Huffington Post recently served up an unhealthy dose of Thanksgiving-themed bits & sketches, presumably prescribed to help Americans cope in these trying times of excess. I’ve shared one of my old favorites below; you can view the entire slideshow here.
Funny Or Die, Bill Maher, Onion News Network, and Tim & Eric are just the tip of the iceberg. There are more than enough laughter-inducing clips to help you power through an excess of football, Black Friday, and tryptophan-based food comas for the next few days. If you’re a Veggie, please substitute a myriad of leftover fixin’s for tryptophan.
In Austin, one plus of a Thursday holiday might be the fact that our beloved Austin Chronicle is released a day early. Low and behold, the rare Wednesday issue is packed with a literal army of ATX comedy notables who, coincidentally, are all flatmates. They’re the effing cover.
The Chronicle article, covered in detail by comedy guru Wayne Alan Brenner, features interviews with local stand-ups Seth Cockfield, Ruby Collins, Chris Cubas, Jake Flores, Kat Ramzinski, 2011 Funniest Person in Austin, Andy Ritchie, and more. Comedian Joe Staats is even the building manager, which explains the overflow of talent occupying the two complexes on Manor Road.
You can read Brenner’s in-depth story here, a bit of funny stuffing for your holiday weekend. Strength in numbers: it’s good for morale.
Fellow comedy nerds, I hope we still believe in Santa. Liezl Was Here: Adventures in Comedy Photography is a fitting mouthful for the hardback album of funny people photos you get with this book, for sale Wednesday.
Laughspin has the juicy details. David Cross, Amy Poehler, Paul F. Tompkins and beyond in vivid color. $80 might be a bit steep to buy your sister for Hannukah, so if those names aren’t enough, there are pics of Jon Hamm.
You can learn more about the book at photographer Liezl Estipona’s homepage.
This is the "Somethin' better comes along" Kermit & Rowlf were singing about all those years ago.
It’s an impressive week for highly anticipated Hollywood movies. If you’re not seeing Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, you and The Fam will probably be sitting alongside the rest of the country, basking in the soothing green glow of Disney’s The Muppets.
In a recent article concerning the latter, The New York Times Magazine interviewed Flight of the Conchords star, Bret McKenzie, regarding the three songs he wrote for the forthcoming film. Below is a video featuring the opening track from the movie, “Life’s a Happy Song.” With star Jason Segel’s screenplay, and a slew of other actors on board, big green things are on the horizon for this Thanksgiving weekend.
Read the full NYT article here, and be sure to get your tickets. We’re all in for a week of sold out shows. Both Marty’s 3D kid adventure, and everyone’s favorite Jim Henson characters’ latest efforts are in theatres nationwide this Wednesday, November 23rd.