Sunday, January 31, 2010
Provenza e-mailed me back yesterday to say he's in for tonight. It should be a good one. The guy, who you probably know was the director/producer of The Aristocrats, is an encylopedia of comedy knowledge and an eloquent spokesman on its behalf. I became a fan of his back in the early 1980s when I'd see him breaking up Johnny Carson on the old Tonight Show. And get this: the emcee the night he first took to the stage at the age of 17 was none other than Jay Leno. Provenza has done Leno's Tonight Show eight or ten times. But wait, it gets better: I heard that when Letterman first moved to CBS, Provenza almost took over for him. The job, we all know, went to... Conan O'Brien. I'm thinking he might have a take on the whole imbroglio at NBC.
And if his stand-up cred doesn't impress you (and it should), perhaps you'd be interested to know he played Casey Clark in five episodes of The Facts of Life. You also maybe saw him in Miami Vice, Charles in Charge, Empty Nest, Northern Exposure, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, The West Wing, and Beggars & Choosers. Now are you intrigued? Thought so.
ADDENDUM: We'll be joined in studio by friend of What's So Funny? and Paul Provenza himself, Daniel Packard. We haven't seen Daniel in a while so it'll be great. Should be a fun and spirited conversation.
Monday, January 25, 2010
As a Canadian Comedian it's time to stand up and be counted!
In an effort to have a definitive record in honour of the ones who entertain us, Comediapedia has begun its search for each and every Comedian in Canada.
Comediapedia aspires to be the first complete living record of everyone who has ever dared call themselves a Canadian Comedian with direct links to Canadian Comedians and other features like:
- a current cross-country comedy calendar of upcoming performances by your favourite Canadian Comedians
- a compelling history of the Canadian Comedians and their stories compiled by Harry Doupe
- Comediapedia's e-newsletter
- anecdotes and road stories from the comics you've heard about, and those that you are going to hear about
We need you! We've spent months compiling a list of Canadian comedians for one reason... we are gathering all Canadian Comedians together in one place to highlight the amazing talent that is produced here in our country. Every Canadian Comedian, from amateur to professional - from sea to sea - with talents in Standup/Sketch/Improv and Musical/Variety - will receive an invitation to create a profile on Comediapedia.ca.
It's simple... check out the website to create your profile:
You can share as much or as little as you like... and then spread the word!
Together we can bring attention and regard to our profession.
Without agenda and full of hope, I invite you to join us.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
It's been a while since we've used the comedy roundtable format. I don't know why. But when Paul Provenza wrote to say he had to postpone his appearance on What's So Funny? another week, a lightbulb went on over my head. The comedy roundtable!, my brain told myself. It is time. Especially given the fact that Conan O'Brien's version of The Tonight Show went off the air on Friday after only seven months on the air and everyone seems to have an opinion on it (I've yet to meet or hear of anyone who's pro-Leno). So I organized a top-notch panel for you. Ian Boothby, Sean Proudlove and Jane Stanton will be in studio while SGU Stargate Universe's Peter Kelamis will be weighing in from La-La Land, where he currently resides. We'll sit around and chew the fat on this momentous situation as well as whatever else we think of. If you want to join in, give us a call between 11 and midnight at 604-684-7561.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Doupe gives the Statelessness of the Industry speech every year at the Canadian Comedy Awards. My hope is that each December, when he's back in town visiting family for Christmas, he makes a tradition of coming on the show.
If you want to listen right here and now, see below. Otherwise download it to your pod machine and listen at your leisure. And while you're at iTunes, for God's sakes leave a comment and/or review. How much do I have to beg? It's not becoming and I think neither of us enjoys it:
Harry Doupe, from December 27, 2009:
Sunday, January 17, 2010
But, hey, next week... Check out who we have on next Sunday! None other than Paul Provenza, the director of The Aristocats.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Sorry to be so brief, but I'm off to see Joey DeFrancesco tonight at the Cellar. It's not comedy-related, but what the hell. Here's a video of the guy:
Monday, January 4, 2010
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Pitches will be 20 minutes in length and include feedback from the executives. Other attendees may sit in on your pitch to watch and learn.
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Sunday, January 3, 2010
That's it. Short and sweet.
Friday, January 1, 2010
Anywho, I just noticed that two more episodes have been added to the What's So Funny? podcast family. Number 177 (and remember, these numbers are approximate but I'm sticking with them) is with Jay Brown and Eddie Brill, while episode number 178 is with Marc Maron. What's not to like about these two? Go download them at iTunes or listen right now right here:
Eddie Brill & Jay Brown, from December 13, 2009:
Marc Maron, from December 20, 2009:
I say "knobs" a bit unfairly. For all I know, they are experts in their field. I've only seen them on LCS. I found myself disagreeing with them more than not so that has forever tainted them in my eyes. I'm like that.
But, hey, if they book Kelamis on Leno's primetime show, maybe I'll change my tune. What's happened so far is they've posted a clip of Peter's to the show's website under The Laugh Squad. Apparently an IT guy in their office was sitting around laughing at a clip of Kelamis and that caught their eye. Or ear, as it were. So they posted said clip and asked for comments. Maybe if enough people went over there and raved about him, they'd put him on the show.
So get going, already. Do your part. Get the local guy a spot on American network TV.