HyReviews.com's Favorite Comedy Videos
Last updated May 2013
Best HBO Promo Ever: Oh My God
And now promos. Is there anything Louis C.K. can't do better than anyone else?
Promo for HBO Comedy Special Premiering Saturday April 13, 2013
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The Jeselnik Offensive
Anthony Jeselnik is one of the quickest & sharpest comics
alive, and he now has a national forum to show that off via
The Jeselnik Offensive...where part of the joke is that behind Anthony's sadist persona is one of the nicest guys in comedy.
Tune in to Comedy Central every Tuesday at 10:30 pm to see Anthony find new ways to misdirect and delight you; and
to share the wonderful company of such NYC comedy icons as Amy Schumer, Kristen Schaal, Aziz Ansari, and Nick Kroll.
Promo for Valentine's Day
Amy & Aziz: Dick Photo Survey
Amy & Aziz: Latino Voices
Kristen & Billy Defends Their Tweets
Natasha Leggero Has the Best Laugh Ever (Even When Discussing Cannibalism)
Jason & Natasha Defend Their Tweets
2012 Video Interview with Anthony
2013 Text Interview with Anthony by Pete Holmes
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Comedy Central's Kroll
the finest sketch comedy series
to grace television in years.
Nick Kroll has created a pop culture-driven smorgasbord of brilliantly detailed and razor-sharp parodies.
(For example, the above is the show's representation of its male 18-35 target audience...)
Nick plays a broad range of characters, most
of whom are self-absorbed, extreme, and hilarious.
Another delight of the show is its featuring many stellar former and current talents of NYC's
comedy community, including Jenny Slate (above right), Jon Daly, John Mulaney, Jason Mantzoukas,
Eugene Cordero...pretty much a who's who of UCBT-NY stars over the past decade.
The first 8-episode season is over, but you can see Nick and his friends tear reality apart in these clips:
Too Much Tuna
Dr. Armond Is Here For You
Episode 8 (first season finale)
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Summer and Eve
A rare combination of hilarious writing and ace musical skills
make Nadia Quinn, Emily Tarver, Aaron Quinn, and
Rebecca Kaasa a band worth keeping an ear on. Here are some of the best songs (so far) from Summer and Eve:
You're Gonna Die Someday
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HyReviews.com's Favorite Amazon.com Customer Reviews
Some of the funniest material on the Web can be found on Amazon,com
thanks to the creativity of customers responding to randomly absurd products.
Here are some of the very best examples:
Hutzler 571 Banana Slicer
Tuscan Whole Milk, 1 Gallon: $45
BIC Cristal For Her Ball Pen
Fresh Whole Rabbit
The Mountain Three Wolf Moon Short Sleeve Tee
How to Avoid Huge Ships
Denon AKDL1 Dedicated Link Cable
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Epic Rap Battles of History: Einstein vs. Stephen Hawking
Stand Up Straight
The Best Number
The Triple Point of Water
A Physicist Goes Into an Ice Cream Parlor
Why is the Sky Blue?
Funniest Movie Deaths
1973 Turkish film Kareteci Kiz (a.k.a. "Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah")
Most Surprising Shark Attack
Another Unlikely Attack
Movie Death Medley
The Princess Bride: The Choice
Greatest (Horrific) Fight Scene Ever
The Classic: Sword vs. Gun
Eileen Kelly and her dogs (who are assholes); a dog who cares a bit too much...
...a suspect is interrogated; and a hippo is upstaged
Eileen Kelly: My Dog is an Asshole (song)
Eileen Kelly: More on Dogs (stand-up)
The Usual Suspects
Hippo and Dog
Dave Hill: Tasteful Nudes
Dave Hill's first book, which was just released this month, is
charming, vulnerable, and packed with laughs.
Please check out a video teaser and choice excerpts from chapters below, and then please buy the book by clicking here.
Tasteful Nudes music video
Hi. How are you? I'm pretty good, mostly.
Thanks so much for asking.
I just wanted to thank you in advance for reading my book.
I typed it all by myself and I really hope you like it.
You seem nice,
From Introduction (Unabridged)
For those of you who might still be standing there reading this in a bookstore:
Look, I'm not going to tell you how to live your life or anything, but just as a suggestion,
how about marching this bad boy up to the register?
Of course, if money is tight, you forgot your wallet, or you just don't feel like parting with [insert really-high-but-completely-worthwhile price here], I say you slowly shut this book, tuck it under your arm, have a quick look around, and run, run as fast as you can for the exit. I'll get my cut anyway, so don't worry about me.
From Loving You Is Easy Because You Live Close to My Parents' House
There I was, a 13-year-old boy still trying to piece his life back together after having his heart squashed all over the playground a year earlier, now totally about to make out with an actual girl for the first time in his entire life. Fortunately for me, Jenny had totally made out with someone before and guided me through the process, as I imagine most Thai prostitutes tend to do with their first-timers. As soon as we settled into one of the pleather-lined benches in the back of the sexy, sexy ski bus, Jenny wrapped her arms around my neck and shoved her tongue in my mouth, something I somehow never saw coming, not even after having seen Fast Times at Ridgemont High at my friend's house that one night. Taking my cues from Jenny, I shoved my tongue in her mouth and I held on for dear life. My technique was crude, brash, and desperate—perhaps even more so than it is now. Fortunately for Jenny, exactly seven minutes later, I felt a tap on my shoulder. "Time's up," Maria said, looking down at us like a tired and impatient madam who's seen it all. I politely peeled myself off Jenny and dizzily stood up. Having passed what felt like a major milestone in my life, I was both exhilarated and relieved, at once thrilled to have the whole thing over with while severely disappointed that an entire seven minutes could fly by quickly. "Thanks, Jenny, that was really fun," I said before returning to ny seat. "And thank you, Maria, for making it all possible. You're doing important work here."
From As Of Now, I Am In Control Here
Sometimes I managed to turn the otherwise cringe-worthy into fun. Swapping out a urine sample for apple juice and then pretending to accidentally drink it in front of my supervisor was a trademark move I remain especially proud of. Once the rumor that I was a pee drinker spread throughout the shelter, it gave me a mystique I really enjoyed.
Toward the end of each shift I'd poke my head into each of the shelter's sixty or so rooms to make sure every resident was in and accounted for by the 10:00 o'clock curfew. As a result I regularly barged in on one guy who, like clockwork, would be perched on the edge of his bed masturbating like he was in some sort of contest, no matter how many times I knocked first. I could never tell whether I was hurting or helping his mission by walking in on him like that, but regardless it was hard not to admire his joie de vivre. You can take away a man's home, and maybe even a little bit of his pride and dignity while you're at it. But, dammit, you can't stop him from living.
From On Manliness
If you get in at least one knife fight in your lifetime, no one will ever question your manhood again. Just ask one of the Sharks or Jets from West Side Story. Those guys sang and danced around like a pack of raging queens 90% of the time, but when they broke out those knives there was no question about it—these were real men. Men with a keen interest in choreography, but men just the same.
From Tasteful Nudes
I respected that she played by her own rules. But it also occurred to me that, given the close proximity of our fellow diners, everyone around us was now likely under the impression that I had arranged to meet a prostitute for lunch. “Wait a minute," I thought after considering things for a moment. "I did arrange to meet a prostitute for lunch.” The 15-year-old in me giggled to himself in a bizarre mixture of mild embarrassment and full-tilt excitement that only a manchild can truly understand. But a moment later, horror set in. "Oh my gosh!" I thought. "Did she want to meet me for lunch just so she could proposition me?" I had never been so conflicted in my entire life: On the one hand, I was insulted that she might think I was the kind of guy who'd be willing to pay for sex. But on the other hand, I was completely flattered that she might think I could afford to spend $4,000 on it.
"But you're so nice and pretty, ma'am!" I wanted to blurt out. "Why would you do that sort of thing?"
"I want to quit a lot of the time," she told me, "but the money is so good."
When I thought about the hourly rates for my own work, I couldn't disagree. Clearly she had a better agent than I did.
From Rocking Me, Rocking You
Barry White was a singer/songwriter and producer who combined R&B, soul, funk, and disco into a sound that made people want to have sex, usually with him. He is perhaps the only person capable of singing the words "take off that brassiere, my dear" with confidence, authority, and not even a hint of irony, which was great for him, and for a lot of other people too.
From Witness the Fitness
I made the gym's elliptical machine my bitch a couple of times a week like clockwork for several months and largely credit it for helping me achieve the just slightly less doughy look I was totally going for. The only thing I don't like about it is at the end when it gives you a "workout summary." Instead of giving me a bunch of numbers I don't understand, I wish it would instead make me feel good about myself by telling me how bangable I am or something. Or maybe it could just be straight with me for a change. Just once I'd like to see it say, "Look, Dave, clearly you had a lot to drink last night. But don't worry, no one is judging you. There's only so many hours of the day you can sit around in your underwear before you start to feel like having eight or ten drinks and then maybe eating a pint of ice cream and staying up until 2:00 am looking at pictures of largely unattainable women on the Internet. In fact, if you factor in all of that stuff, the fact that you even showed up here today is pretty impressive. Now go hit the showers, you gorgeous and totally unpathetic man!" The technology to make that sort of thing possible is probably decades away, but I can still dream.
From The Time I Went to Prison
About a week before my Sing Sing prison debut, when the reality of my situation finally kicked in, I didn't find it quite as funny anymore. Instead, it seemed more like some sort of horrible prank I was inexplicably about to play on myself. Suddenly all I could think about were the innumerable ways my show could go horribly wrong. I saw myself bombing, with microphone feedback filling the airspace where I'd hoped laughter would go. A lone inmate would approach the stage, slow-clapping at me before removing a shank from his waistband and driving it straight through my ribs, causing the inmates to laugh for the first time of the night. Then he'd call all his friends over to take turns shanking me, playing soccer with my head, calling me names, and having sex with my face. In the week leading up to the show, I watched this movie in my mind repeatedly. Sometimes I'd see it from the perspective of those cable television prison shows. "An auditorium full of furious and violent felons is no laughing matter," the narrator would say. "Funnyman Dave Hill found out the hard way..."
From Big In Japan
I had expected Tokyo to be the Japanese equivalent of New York City. In fact, as we approached the city limits, I almost felt like we were coming home. But I soon realized that comparing Tokyo to New York is a total insult. To Tokyo, that is. In fact, if Tokyo and New York were in prison together, New York would be Tokyo's bitch, with Tokyo buying New York for a carton of cigarettes and having intercourse with its face for weeks on end just to show it who's boss. I mean that, of course, in the nicest of ways. It's just that Tokyo has so much to offer. It's like New York times ten but still crammed into the same amount of space and then popped into the microwave at full heat for ten minutes. You must go.
Over the course of the tour, I'd become increasingly fascinated with Japanese toilets, you might even say obsessed...This time I saw another button, which had a silhouette of a woman on it. "The lady-parts button," I presumed. It felt like forbidden territory. I know I'm not a lady and I wasn't even sure how the electronic eye would assess the situation. And I certainly didn't want to confuse the technology. But then I just thought "When am I going to start living my life?" I closed my eyes again, took another deep breath, threw in the sign of the cross for good measure, and pressed the lady-parts button. Another jet stream came out, only this time it hit me in what some people, including me, like to call the taint. Like most people, I had spent my whole life trying to avoid letting exactly this sort of thing ever happen to me. But once it did, I couldn't imagine how I managed to go all those years without being blasted in the taint with water every single day of life. It was intoxicating. So then I started hitting the taint button as fast as it would let me. Then I went back to the butt button. Then I went back to the taint button. Then I went back to the butt button. And then I went back to the taint button again. And again.
After about two hours of this, I felt as if I were floating over my own body as I looked down on it. I'm also pretty sure I saw that bright light that people who've had near-death experiences always talk about. And I was about to go back for more when John burst into my room screaming "Come on, we gotta go rock the fuck out of Tokyo!" Ripped from another dimension, I pulled up my pants, marched out of there with my head held high, and rocked the fuck out of Tokyo with a cleaner ass and taint area than anyone who's ever rocked the fuck out of Tokyo before.
To buy Dave's book—which you should do immediately—please click here.
HyReviews.com's Comedy Videos of the Month:
NYC's Greatest Storytellers, Part 1
The Giant Cookie Incident
For the Love of Nubbins
Getting Him Back (jump to 37-minute mark for Ophira)
T.J. Miller is slowly developing into one of the finest comedic
sketch comedy performers, and lightning-quick improvisors in the business—
part Bill Murray, part Zach Galifianakis, part The Mask, and mostly pure TJM.
If you haven't checked out T.J. lately, please click the links below...
and keep an eye on this talent with the potential for comedy superstardom.
Sarah Palin, Scum of the Earth
Auditioning for Yogi Bear
Now We're Partying
Don't Drink and Fuck
Elmo Sex Tape
DJ Stop N' Talk
Green Lantern Miller
Todd Bieber, the wonderfully innovative Director of Content & Production for UCBComedy.com, helms two of the best theatrical shows at UCB. One is Commercial Interruption, which is an autobiographical one-man show that's smart and hysterical and you should rush out to see. The other is Animated Stories, in which Todd hosts some of NYC's finest comics to tell tales on stage...which he then has some of NYC's finest animators turn into cartoons. Four of the best of these follow, along with some choice animated stand-up sets:
Chris Gethard: I Was an Evil Baby
Dave Hill: Toilet of a Lifetime
Kyle Levenick: I Sorta Killed a Girl
Jon Bander: Crazy
Andrea Rosen: Auditioning for HBO
Jackie Kashian: Pet Owners
Lenny Bruce: Thank You Masked Man
Being Funny About Feeling Down
Comedy genius Chris Gethard recently wrote a brave and insightful essay on his dealing with depression; please read it by clicking here.
In tribute to Chris' words, here are a few comedy videos about feeling low:
Dave Chappelle: Keep Your Chin Up
Eddie Gossling: Cure for Depression
George Carlin: On Death
Louis C.K.: The Saddest Handjob Ever
It's Depression, Charlie Brown
David Cross: Speaking Seriously About Depression
Cartoon Version of a Rich Man
Best Meal Ever
Accepting Adulthood on a Subway Platform
Beware the Mean Insights of 13-Year-Olds
It's Hard to Really Get Lost in New York
That Tall Child Looks Terrible
Law & Order
John Mulaney is one of finest stand-ups in the country, offering hilarious on-target observations crafted with the artistry of a poet and the playfulness of a young brat. John's also one of the most beloved guys in comedy, thanks to his remaining steadfastly down-to-earth throughout his increasing success as a staff writer for Comedy Central and Saturday Night Live, and his new Comedy Central hour-long special. The latter is coming at the end of January in CD and DVD versions under the title New in Town, which you can—and should—buy by clicking here and/or here.
In the Bedroom
Ask Milly (From Her Bedroom)
Can't Sleep (written/directed/starring Bridgid Ryan)
Business Time (sung by Flight of the Conchords)
Bedroom Moves (written/starring Patrice O'Neal)
Glad to Not Be a Magician
Why Google Makes Life Meaningless
Pete Has Fun Saying "Beers"
Pete Describes a Problem with His Enormous Balls
Pete Dissects Facebook and Why Being a Kid Sucks
Pete Dissects an Early Bomb
Pete Gets Animated About Being Manly
Ray Romano Sings
Pete and Joselyn Hughes Go On a Wine Date
The South Beach Diet
Pete on Lost
Dr. Pete: The Conversation No Easy Way Baseball Whooping Cough Down Syndrome
Cat Person: Hard Choice
Ray Romano Sings, Christmas Edition
Pete Holmes has one of the most lightning-fast and hilarious comedic minds in the country. Pete combines the organic energy of improv with the precision of a great wordsmith and split-second timing of a world-class performer. Pete's razor-sharp observations have warmed up audiences for The Daily Show; lit up such shows as Conan O'Brien, VH1's Best Week Ever, and Comedy Central's Premium Blend & John Oliver's NY Stand-Up; and illuminated the cartoon sections of such magazines as The New Yorker. Pete's also the co-creator of the hilarious Front Page Films, and most recently has been a staff writer for two network sitcoms. A 6'6" teddy bear, Pete has the accessibility of a Ray Romano—and is genuinely one of the nicest guys in show biz—but can also be as surreal and silly as a young Steve Martin. Please check out the videos above to enjoy this genius comic's range; and then buy his just-released CD Impregnated with Wonder, which reviewers—including me—are calling one of the very best comedy albums of the year.
Stand-Ups Vs. Hecklers
Louis C.K., Zach Galifianakis, Richard Pryor...even the giants have had to deal with hecklers
Louis C.K. on Hecklers
More Steve Hofstetter
Louis C.K. (audio only)
George Carlin (audio only)
Eddie Izzard (audio only)
Bill Murray on David Letterman
Laura Grey's & Jennifer Grace's Horrorgasm
Laura Grey & Jennifer Grace: Adorably perverse
In the golden age of radio, the finest writers and voice actors in the country would craft mini-plays that thoroughly engaged your imagination using only sound. The productions covered every genre, but they were especially effective for SF/fantasy/horror tales—because the special effects budgets were limited only by what they could lead you to create within your mind's eye.
Stellar writer/comics Laura Grey and Jennifer Grace understand the power of sound-based plays; and in the best episodes of their new iTunes podcast Horrorgasm, they create stories that resurrect old timely radio...and garnish them with wry, modern comedic twists. (Think Futurama, only focused on horror and with your eyes closed...)
Below are some of the best shows Laura & Jennifer have crafted to date. There are few better ways to celebrate the coming of Halloween than listening to these quirky gems:
The Homunculady: Not for every taste. But if you're open to feminist horror, this is genius.
Nun with a Gun: "She’s a nun with a gun. Good God, that sister’s packin’! It’s the Lord’s ammunition—and it’s Satan she’s attackin’!"
Rupert: Men shouldn't play with dolls.
The Unsinkable Mamrie Hart's You Deserve a Drink
The magical Mamrie Hart offers a transformative drink for Harry Potter fans...
...gives good advice to daughters on Mother's Day....
...makes a tough choice among past lovers...
...and goes tit-for-tat with Katy Peary
A large reason the New York comedy community has thrived over the past five years—and expanded into TV series and movies nationwide—was the consistently caring, thoughtful, brilliant work of UCBT-NY's Artistic Director Anthony King. As indicated by the photos above, Anthony achieved a rare balance between being relaxed & creative, and acting as a disciplined administrator who maintained high standards for all.
Anthony quietly resigned from UCBT in August to take a staff writing job on an NBC sitcom, and I hope he achieves enormous success in LA. Meanwhile, his impact on comedy history can hardly be overstated. As a small tribute, here are some of the more memorable comedy videos Anthony created as a writer and/or performer:
UCB Touring Company
(excerpt from one of many improv shows Anthony & other stars performed on the road)
Improv Everywhere: I Love Lunch
Improv Everywhere: Food Court Musical
(improv events Anthony co-wrote—and in the first one, also co-starred in)
Craigslist Songs: Masturbating
(installment of a series Anthony co-wrote that sets Craigslist ads to music)
Craigslist Caterers: Orgy
(self-explanatory; co-written & co-starring Anthony)
(Web series Anthony co-wrote & co-starred in about odd officers)
Final Advice from Anthony
(Anthony's parting words on August 31, 2011 after leaving UCBT-NY)
Best FringeNYC 2011 Video Promos & Sneak Peeks
A scene from COBU, which dynamically blends Japanese Taiko Drum & American tap dance
Yeast Nation: "Love Equals Pain"
Yeast Nation: Behind the Scenes
COBU: Scene from Show
Big Fatty Boombah: Em O'Loughlin on Losing 187 Pounds
I Will Be Good: "Progress"
I Will Be Good: "Mama"
When the Sky Breaks 3D
You Only Shoot the Ones You Love: Jeffrey Sweet on Improv Legend Del Close
You Only Shoot the Ones You Love: Jeffrey Sweet on Russians
PigPen Presents: The Mountain Story
I Light Up My Life—The Mark Sam Celebrity Autobiography: "Preemptive"
I Light Up My Life—The Mark Sam Celebrity Autobiography: "It Gets Better"
The F*cking World According To Molly: Interview with Molly Equality Dykeman
The F*cking World According To Molly: Molly Looks Forward to Meeting Her Fringe Audience
Aja Nisenson Raises Funds for Daja Vu
The Bad Arm—Confessions of a Dodgy Irish Dancer: "Typing"
The Bad Arm—Confessions of a Dodgy Irish Dancer: "Culture Clash"
Mark Storen's & Oda Aunan's Killing Nellie
Leonard Cohen Koans: "Suzanne"
Mary-Beth Manning's Mother
Call Mr. Robeson
Jersey Shoresical: A Frickin' Rock Opera
You're Ruined a Perfectly Good Mystery
The Underbelly Diaries redux: "Innocent Canadians"
74 Minutes of Stereo Radio Theater: Gumbo (audio only)
74 Minutes of Stereo Radio Theater: Jenna Rooney (audio only)
Zombie Wedding: Assorted Songs (audio only)
Chris Gethard laughed...he managed...he chewed...
...he listened...he loved...he fought...
...and he made a dream come true. And now he has his own weekly TV series: The Chris Gethard Show
This year's magical SketchFest NYC ran June 8-11 at UCBT.
You can get a sense
of the wonderful sketch troupes that participated by watching these videos:
Kristen Schaal & Kurt Braunohler, The Whitest Kids U' Know...
...The Harvard Sailing Team, Meat...
...Mamrie Hart & Stephen Soroka (BoF), and Laura Grey & Jordan Klepper (Klepper & Grey)
Kurt & Kristen: Kristen Schaal Is a Horse
The Whitest Kids U' Know: Abe Lincoln
Harvard Sailing Team: Boys Will Be Girls
Meat: Evil British Children
Laura Grey (of Klepper & Grey): Let's Wear Masks Tonight
Mamrie Hart (of BoF): Mother's Day
Elephant Larry: Sweet Little Voice
Pangea 3000: Spelling Bee
Jane Borden, treasured Comedy Editor of Time Out New York, has written a bestselling book...
Storytelling as new form of comedy (audio only)
...and so has beloved comic Demetri Martin
I Love Kids
The Point System & Conclusion
Michael Showalter has a new bestselling book. To buy it at a huge discount, pleases click here.
Kevin Kline Reads How to Write and Sell A Hollywood Screenplay
Kevin Kline Reads Dreaming Jokes
Michael Reads His Own Book (audio only)
Michael Interviews Zach Galifianakis
Zach Galifianakis Interviews Michael
Michael Interviews Paul Rudd
Michael on Seroquel
Michael on Cats
Michael's New Reality Show
My All-Time Favorite Oddball Comedy Videos
What's better than a video that makes us laugh? A video that simultaneously turns our perceptions of the world upside-down. A great example is Louis C.K.'s new show on FX, which he writes, directs, edits, and stars in—and is one of the most daring, original, and hilarious series to ever grace prime time TV. Check out how Louis messes with our heads; and also explore the strange worlds of other stellar comics, including Zach Galifianakis, Dave Hill, Pete Holmes, and Lenny Bruce in these...
Stand-Up Comic Oddball Shorts
Louie: The Poker Game
Louie: A Visit to the Doctor
Louis C.K.: Learning About the Catholic Church
Zach Galifianakis: Molesting Michael Cera
Dave Hill: Select Dental
Dave Hill: The Birthday Party
Pete Holmes: Ray Romano Sings Christmas Classics
Lenny Bruce: Thank You Masked Man
As demonstrated above, live-action shorts can be awesome. But for thoroughly standing your world on its head, there's nothing as effective as animation—in which anything can happen, creating a state of lucid dreaming. Check out these favorite journeys into the weird and hysterical:
Animated & Children's Oddball Shorts
The Frightened Little Boy
We Like the Moon
Never Trust a Penguin
Charlie the Unicorn
Betty Boop: Minnie the Moocher
Betty Boop: Bimbo's Initiation
Betty Boop: Snow White
(If you don't happen to know your Betty Boop, please click the links above
to play three 1930s cartoon gems. Each one starts out slowly,
but please be patient and watch all the way through...and then observe
what happens to your mind after experiencing these black & white dreams.)
Rainbow, a 1972-1992 UK version of Sesame Street
(Shot for the show's 1979 Christmas party; and the funniest children's TV episode, ever...)
Jack Nicholson's Heartwarming New Dramedy
(This isn't animated, but its cartoonish quality will soon become apparent...)
A Comedy Talent Ready for Stardom: Pamela Murphy
Don't miss writer/improvisor/character actress Pamela Murphy's
new one-woman show The
C Word, which was
the best-scripted one-act to grace UCBT in 2010—and performed with wit, grace, and pitch-perfect comedic
timing. Murphy may have what it takes to follow the lead of such other breakout UCBT talents as Lennon Parham,
Aziz Ansari, and Donald Glover, who all became prime time network TV stars. Catch Murphy before LA steals her away.
The C Word
The C Word Promo 1: Poor Sadie
The C Word Promo 2: Poor, Poor Sadie
Tech Mom Mailbag
Tech Mom: Hacking Made Easy
How to Make a Situation About You: When Your Friend Needs You
How to Make a Situation About You: At a Funeral
How to Make a Situation About You: At a Party
Lost Icons: Pippy Longstocking
My First Aromatherapy Candle
I Could Eat You Up
Bill Hicks: The Essential Collection
2-CD/2-DVD set released Nov. 2010; to learn more and/or to order, please click here.
Drugs and Evolution
Behind the Music
Kill the Audience
What You Reading For?
Gays in the Military
Greeting UFOs with Shotguns
Banned David Letterman Performance
Final Live Performance
It's Just a Ride
Greg Giraldo RIP
The Greatest City
The Terrorists Will Never Win
Fat, Asthmatic Kids
Doing Drugs and Getting Old
Sex & Marriage
Dr. Ken & Mike O'Connell, and Shayna Ferm & Carolyn Castiglia
Mike O'Connell: What's It Gonna Be?
Shayna Ferm & Carolyn Castiglia: Marriage is for Fags
Alexyss Tylor & Mom: Penis Power
Comics on Dates
Bad First Dates with Gavin Speiller: Lord of the Rings with Kelly Hudson
Bad First Dates with Gavin Speiller: Picnic with Kate McKinnon
Bad First Dates with Gavin Speiller: Flowers with Molly Lloyd
Pete Holmes and Joselyn Hughes: Wine Date
Pete Holmes and Jenny Slate: Honesty Date
Ellie Kemper and Quiet Library: Blind Date
Kate McKinnon and Serious Lunch: Speed Dating
Charlie Sanders: The Hotter You Get...
Smack the Pony: Saying Goodbye
The Many Faces of Genius Comedic Actress Kate McKinnon
Kate's Sketch Reel
Susan Boyle Perfume
Veronica Moss, Auto Lobbyist
Jersey Shore Explains Catcher on the Rye
Jersey Shore Explains Heliocentric Physics
Kate's Acting Reel
Kate's Voiceover Animation Reel
For more, visit kate-mckinnon.tumblr.com
Brian Posehn's Fart and Wiener Jokes
Where Do I Know You From
Valet in the Valley
Dork for Thirty Years
Greatest Sketches of All Time, Part 1
Monty Python: The Funniest Joke in the World
Monty Python: The Spanish Inquisition
Monty Python: The Ministry of Silly Walks
Monty Python: The Job Interview
Monty Python: The Argument Clinic
Monty Python: Dead Parrot
Your Show of Shows: This Is Your Story #1
Your Show of Shows: This Is Your Story #2
Your Show of Shows: The Clock
Smack the Pony: Saying Goodbye
John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show
John Oliver—God bless him—has created a series that represents the top stand-up comedy scene far better than anything else on TV. John is a genius stand-up, but also humble enough to listen and learn...and to appreciate the talents of such peers as Maria Bamford, Marc Maron, Kristen Schaal, Nick Kroll, Pete Holmes, Janeane Garofalo, Eugene Mirman, Brian Posehn, Hannibal Buress, Matt McCarthy, and other brilliant talents. Watching John's show on Comedy Central is highly recommended; and so is checking out the following links to some of its finest bits to date:
John Oliver: Foul-Mouthed Squirrel from Jersey
John Oliver: Falling in Love with America
John Oliver: Great American Heroes
John Oliver: Great American Heroes 2
John Oliver: National Pride
John Oliver: Titanic
John Oliver: Voting Upside Down and Drunk
John Oliver: Penguin
John Oliver: Teddy Bear
Rob Riggle Interviewing John
Rob Riggle Interviewing John 2
Maria Bamford: Office Drama
Maria Bamford: Joy Whack-a-Mole
Maria Bamford: Shtick
Maria Bamford: Sea Cow
Marc Maron: Hard Pressed to Explain
Marc Maron: The Future is Chinese
Marc Maron: The Future is Chinese 2
Marc Maron: Confronting the Different
Kristen Schaal: Am I Right?
Kristen Schaal: Family Friendly
Kristen Schaal: Inside the Mattress
Nick Kroll: Fabrice Fabrice
Nick Kroll: Fabrice Fabrice 2
Nick Kroll: Fabrice Fabrice 3
Pete Holmes: Power Drink
Pete Holmes: Phantom Vibrations
Janeane Garofalo: Customs Questionnaire
Janeane Garofalo: Save Your Sandals
Janeane Garofalo: Young People
Eugene Mirman: He Dared Me To
Eugene Mirman: Banner Ads
Eugene Mirman: God Is A Twelve-Year-Old Boy With Asperger's
Brian Posehn: Ask Me
Hannibal Buress: Purple
Matt McCarthy: Musicians vs. Comedians
Best Literal Music Videos of 2009
Bonnie Tyler: Total Eclipse of the Heart
Hall & Oates: Jingle Bell Rock
Meat Loaf: Anything For Love
The Monkeys: Daydream Believer
Pat Benatar: Love Is A Battlefield
Eurythmics: Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
Bonus: Best Viral Videos of 2009
Natasha on Biology
Natasha on Female Comics
Tearing It Up on Chelsea Lately
On Hip Hop
On American Idol and Death
On Acting Auditions
"It's Just Business"
Natasha's Acting Reel
Cherished Moments from David Letterman
Rena Smaha and Her Monkeys
Matt Damon Does Matthew McConaughey
Cher, Part 1 Cher, Part 2
Sonny & Cher Reunion, Part 1 Sonny & Cher, Part 2
Sam Kinison's First National TV Appearance
Harvey Pekar's Penultimate Appearance Harvey's Final Appearance
Harmony Korine's First Appearance More Harmony Korine
Drew Barrymore Flashes Dave
Dave's October Surprise
HyReviews.com's Book of the Month: Elna Baker's
The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance
The radiant, insightful, and hilarious Elna Baker has been one of the brightest lights in the NYC comedy and storytelling scenes for years. This month Elna put her many adventures between covers..and created an instant monster bestseller.
Elna held a wonderful book release party for her memoir The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance at The PowerHouse Arena in Brooklyn on October 15, 2009. Here's a portion of the Q&A session:
Q: Do you think there’s more desperation for finding a mate in or out of the Mormon circle?
Elna: I think the desperation manifests in different ways. In Mormonism there’s a different kind of pressure, because there are a lot more Mormon women than there are Mormon men. And you are taught that to get to the highest level of Mormonism, you need to be married to another Mormon. So it can be pretty cutthroat. (audience laughter)
Q: How do you think the Mormon community is going to react to your book?
Elna: That's the thing I'm most afraid of. It's interesting to do something you haven’t seen done before, because you don’t know what will happen to you for doing it. People have written books about being Mormon after they have left the Mormon faith. And people have written books about being Mormon within the Mormon faith for other Mormons that are, you know, sold in Utah and present a sort of soft-focus version of love and happiness and family. My book deals with doubt and questioning, and figuring out in your 20s what you want to do on your own, and it does it in a way that I think a lot of Mormons will really appreciate, and a lot of Mormons will really be upset about. So we'll see...
Q: Elna, I've always known you as a storyteller on stage. What was it like to transition from performing live to writing a book?
Elna: I had all these scripts from shows I’d done that I thought I could just cut and paste; but turns out it doesn't work that way at all. (audience laughter) It didn't jump off the page, I needed to do a lot of thinking about my material. And I learned a lot from that.
I was doing a great deal of performing, and then got the opportunity to write. So I stepped out of the limelight, and spent two years mostly alone, writing. I'd experienced a lot of stuff very quickly in my life and had never taken the time to really process it. So in those two years I retired from being alive, and processed it.
I always thought of myself as someone who spoke stories. The great thing about writing all those stories down is that now there’s this book, and I can just sort of drop it on someone’s desk and say “These are things that I think about.” And I don’t have to talk anymore. (audience laughter)
To buy Elna's book The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance—which sold out every copy in the store less than halfway through her release party, and has been a mega-bestseller on Amazon.com since the day of its publication—please click here.
Slate, the newest cast member of Saturday Night Live
Jimmy Fallon: Jimmy, I'm Jenny
Bestie by Bestie #1
Bestie by Bestie #9
Jenny Makes History on SNL Debut (A Small Stumble on the Road to Stardom)
See also this article, which nails it
Bill Burr—Comedy Force of Nature
"Is This the Line to Lose Half My Shit? Awesome!"
Solving Overpopulation on David Letterman
Date on 125th Street
Encounter in Nashville
Grandma (audio only)
Faith vs. Organized Religion
HBO Special, Part 1 HBO Special, Part 2
Interview: Origins Interview: Return to Boston Interview: Return to NYC
Best FringeNYC 2009 Promos & Sneak Peeks
It's August—and for me, that meant it was time to start focusing on the New York International Fringe Festival, as one of my claims to small fame is seeing & reviewing more FringeNYC shows than anyone, ever. This year FringeNYC ran August 14th-30th, hosted 201 productions, and attracted over 75,000 audience members. To get a feel for this year's shows, please click the links below; and for the rest of my coverage, which was updated daily through August, please click here.
Baby Wants Candy: Highlights Reel
Baby Wants Candy: Perfect Wedding Day (starring Jack McBrayer and Eliza Skinner)
Baby Wants Candy: Alone (starring Eliza Skinner)
The Boxer: A Silent Film on Stage
America's Next Top Bottom
Stand-up comic Erin Judge, co-writer & co-star of The Meaning of Wife
Comedogenic (long but brilliant comedic film by Paul Thomas)
Comedogenic (another long but hilarious film by Paul Thomas, co-starring Hannibal Buress)
Dolls (shrewd animated trailer by Michael Phillis)
Bitch! (fundraising video by Charlotte Booker)
Zack Adams: Awkward
Allison Case singing "Paper Airplanes" from musical Vote!
Andrew Keenan-Bolger singing "Ambition" from musical Vote!
Abraham Lincoln's Big Gay Dance Party
Hatching and Art's Heart stars Scarlett Duvall and Anthony Johnston
Stand-up W. Kamau Bell, in 2005, tells Comedy Central's first ever Barack Obama joke
Bob Brader: Spitting in the Face of the Devil
Owen Dara: White Horses—An Irish Childhood
Zipperface!!?!: The Hobo Musical
Anthony Fascious Martinez's Penumbra
Flight (audio only, but superb songs; click Music Player in bottom-left)
Graveyard Shift (for song, click The Show link at the top, then The Prologue in bottom-right)
Far Out: The Sci-Fi Musical Comedy (audio only, Act 1 Finale)
Sperm sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" to prep for... Spermalot: The Musical
Unique bathroom theatre from the Japanese company of Romeo and Toilet
Between the Ferns with Zach Galifianakis
Molesting Michael Cera
Natalie Portman and Her Dog Whiz
Jimmy Kimmel's Views on Bananas
Jon Hamm Triggers an Allergic Reaction
For more Zach videos, please click here.
Casey Wilson Reads Fan Mail from the Net
Saturday Night Live cast member Casey Wilson reads viewers' reviews on the Web
in a pitch-perfect video. To experience it, please click here.
Reggie Watts is a musical improv comedy genius—a scary talented vocalist, beatboxer, and musician whose unique skills will likely amaze you. Reggie won the 2009 ECNY Award for Best Musical Comedy Act and the 2007 Andy Kaufman Award; is a cast member of the new Electric Company; and recently delivered a bravura performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. To learn more, please visit ReggieWatts.com; please explore his album Pot Cookies; and please check out these videos of Reggie showing what he can do:
The Pepsi Challenge
The Beginning is Near
What About Blowjobs?
Out of Control
Banana Terrorist Guerilla
The Worst Thing You Ever Heard
Tribute to Reggie
Obama at White House Correspondents' Dinner
There aren't many times when President Barack Obama jokes around;
but one of them is the annual While House Correspondents' Association Dinner.
To watch the stand-up set Obama delivered on May 9, 2009, please click here.
Susan Boyle on Britain's Got Talent
This isn't comedy in the usual sense. But please click the photo above, and enjoy.
Brilliant & Beloved NYC Comics in Prime Time—Amy Poehler,
Aziz Ansari, and Aubrey Plaza in NBC's Parks and Recreation,
and Demetri Martin in Comedy Central's Important Things
Has Amy Poehler Ever Looked More Beautiful?
Aziz and a Bra
Amy on Jay Leno
Demetri on Chairs
The Prince and the Pauper—with John Oliver!
Lost Footage of The Prince and the Pauper
Demetri on Things Greater Than or Equal To
Demetri on Walls, Babies, and Earthquakes
Demetri Learns How to Be Cool
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
The Brilliant & Thoroughly Loveable Jack McBrayer Proves He's Not Bobby Jindal
SNL Flashback Before Late Night De Niro Interview
Conan O'Brien Interview Before Debut
Jay Leno Tells Jimmy the "Talk Show" is Now Really a Comedy Show, with Guests
Awkward Silence Bear
The Giant Pickle
Jimmy Gets Last-Minute Advice from Lorne Michaels
Highlight of Week 1: Dance-Off with Cameron Diaz
Conan O'Brien is moving up to NBC's Tonight Show, and so March 3rd, 2009 was the debut of his replacement: Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Taking over from a comedy genius like Conan is daunting—but the same was true when Conan replaced David Letterman back on September 13, 1993. There were some bumps then, but Conan ultimately more than rose to the occasion; and here's hoping Jimmy does too. His show's writing staff includes genius stand-up & rising star Anthony Jeselnik (HBO, Comedy Central), and creepily hilarious comedic actor AD Miles (Human Giant, Conan O'Brien, Dog Bites Man, Reno 911). Behind the awkwardness, Jimmy is a powerful talent and quick learner—as was demonstrated beautifully by the dance-off with Cameron Diaz. The nerves showed at times during the first week (a low point was Jimmy mock-snoring when Billy Crudup tried to provide a few seconds of information about Watchmen; honestly, it's okay to let people say intelligent things now and then...). But tune in to watch Mr. Fallon grow and, over time, make his own special mark as a Late Night host.
Pete Describes a Problem with His Enormous Balls
Pete Dissects Facebook and Why Being a Kid Sucks
Pete Dissects an Early Bomb
Pete Gets Animated About Being Manly
Ray Romano Sings
Pete and Joselyn Hughes Go On a Wine Date
Pete and Jenny Slate Go On an Honest Date
Pete Discusses the South Beach Diet
Dr. Pete: The Conversation No Easy Way Baseball Whooping Cough Down Syndrome
Cat Person: Hard Choice
Ray Romano Sings, Christmas Edition
Pete Holmes has one of the most lightning-fast and hilarious comedic minds in the country. Pete combines the organic energy of improv with the precision of a great wordsmith and split-second timing of a world-class performer. Pete's razor-sharp observations have warmed up audiences for The Daily Show, lit up such such series as VH1's Best Week Ever and Comedy Central's Premium Blend, and illuminated the cartoon sections of such magazines as The New Yorker. A 6'6" teddy bear, Pete has the accessibility of a Ray Romano—and is genuinely one of the nicest guys in show biz—but can also be as surreal and silly as a young Steve Martin. Please check out the videos above to enjoy this genius comic's range; and then catch this rising star live on stage as often as possible.
Anthony on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live
Anthony on NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien
Anthony on Comedy Central's Premium Blend
Anthony on HBO's Down and Dirty with Jim Norton
Anthony Performs a Joke as Dane Cook
Anthony Explains Why His Body is a Temple
Anthony Explains Why a Comedian is Like a Tank
Anthony Jeselnik (being lauded above by Robin Williams) is just starting to became famous, but I believe he'll prove to be one of the sharpest & funniest stand-ups, writers, and overall performers in comedy history. There's nothing better than seeing Anthony live on stage, but in the meantime please enjoy these videos; look for his work as staff writer on NBC's upcoming NYC replacement for Conan O'Brien's show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon; and keep an eye out for repeats of Anthony's Comedy Central Presents half-hour special, which debuted January 16, 2009.
Prop 8: The Musical
SNL's Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton
The Actual, Disastrous Katie Couric Interview
Analysis of the Katie Couric Interview, Part 1
Analysis of the Katie Couric Interview, Part 2
SNL's Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Reenacting the Katie Couric Interview
SNL's Tina Fey and Jason Sudeikis Reenacting the VP Debate
SNL's Tina Fey and Sarah Palin Quickly Walking Past Each Other
SNL's Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, and Darrell Hammond as George W. Endorsing Palin & McCain
The New Yorker on Sarah Palin's Proximity to Russia
Gina Gershon as Sarah Palin
Comedic Actress Sara Benincasa as Sarah Palin
More Sara Benincasa
CNN on Sarah Palin Impersonators
Jon Stewart on Sarah Palin
Matt Damon on Sarah Palin
Sarah Palin Celebrates Thanksgiving
On November 20th, following the traditional cute pardoning of a single turkey, Sarah Palin decided to conduct an interview while the other non-pardoned turkeys are being slaughtered directly behind her. The resulting disconnect between her words (about her "values and convictions," the political process being "brutal," etc.) and what's happening mere feet away—not to mention the interviewer asking a question about state programs "being on the chopping block"—is one of the the most surreal and hilarious political interviews, ever.
(Note: After this blew up into a national story, Governor Palin said she didn't know what was going on in the background. Observers find this tough to swallow. My own perspective is that it's hard to say which is funnier: her being oblivious, or being utterly insensitive, to the carnage. Please judge for yourself; and either way, enjoy.)
For a slightly sanitized version, please click here.
For the complete gruesome version, please click here.
For a Twilight Zone version that speculates on what else Governor Palin might miss while conducting an interview (from Slate.com), please click here.
Little Michael Jackson and Me 1: "All Washed Up"
Little Michael Jackson and Me 2: "Game! Set! Match!"
Little Michael Jackson and Me 3: "We Can Work It Out"
The Birthday Party
How to Hide Drugs
The Dave Hill Show
The King of Miami
HyReviews.com Show Report 9/24/07: Dave Hill Turns Things Around
Best FringeNYC 2008 Show Promos
Usher: "Twelve Hours"
Carl and Shelly, Best Friends Forever
Kansas City or Along the Way: "Lullaby" (audio only)
The Complete Performer
The Sound of One Hanna Clapping: "Ode to Britney" (audio only)
The Refugee Girls Revue
The Home for Wayward Girls and Fallen Women
Shots: A Love Story
Kansas City or Along the Way: "Hammer" (audio only)
Oatmeal and a Cigarette
The Dershowitz Protocol
Kansas City or Along the Way: "Adelaide Hall" (audio only)
Dreadful Penny's Exquisite Horrors
Usher: "I Might Have Taken You Dancing"
Visit to Jimmy Kimmel
Getting Canceled...and Starting Over
More Stand-Up from Fat Jesus
On Physical Comedy
Ad for Absolut Vodka
Another Ad for Absolut Vodka
The Unsettling Artistry of Comedy Troupe Quiet Library
Violet Krumbein and Greg Tuculescu
Quiet Library: Chris Cooper, David Hale, Dave Cederquist, & Greg Tuculescu
The Secret Strikes Back
Porn Writer's Meeting
Parents of Miss Teen South Carolina
Miss Teen South Carolina vs. Bush
Der Tourist (The Tourist)
Life as a Comic: Nooners
Life as a Comic: College Conventions
Life as a Comic: Downtown Comedy
Life as a Comic: Reels
Life as a Comic: Guitar Comics
Memorable Award Show Moments
Conan O'Brien, Jon Stewart, and Stephen Colbert at the 2006 Emmys
Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and Steve Carell at the 2007 Emmys
Jon Stewart's Opening Monologue at the 2008 Academy Awards
Jon Stewart Presenting a Baby at the 2008 Academy Awards
Sarah Silverman: I'm F*cking Matt Damon
For Jimmy Kimmel's Fifth Anniversary show,
his long-time girlfriend Sarah Silverman
gave him a video gift.
To enjoy it yourself, please click here.
The Writers Guild Strike
Most Concise & Dead-On Explanation of the Strike
Tim Kazurinsky Succinctly Explains the Strike
The WGA Explains the Strike
Neal Pollack's 5-Year-Old Elijah Explains the Strike
David Letterman Explains the Producers' Side of the Strike
Tim Carvell & Jason Ross of The Daily Show on Viacom Paradox
Yet More Paradox in Voices of Uncertainty
Heroes of the Strike
The Office is Closed
Family Guy's Seth MacFarlane on the Strike
Animals in Solidarity
David Letterman—Bless Him—Negotiates Separate Deal with WGA
(news article about why you should tune into new episodes of Late Show with David Letterman starting 1/2/08)
Conan O'Brien, Jay Leno, Jon Stewart, and Stephen Colbert—Bless Them—Facing Tougher Situation
(New York Times article about these comedy genius writer/performers also returning to the air, but sans writing staffs)
A Ninja Offers Advice to the Writers Guild
How Moonlighting Handled the Writers Strike of 1988
For the Best Strike Coverage: Nikki Finke's Deadline Hollywood Daily
I Wanna Be Famous
Jessica Does Ireland
Don't Rape Me (played on rape whistle)
A Message to All Men
My Pussy is Magic
Album of the Month: Jessica Delfino's I Wanna Be Famous
Funny, filthy, graceful, seething, and always artful, Jessica Delfino is a rare treasure:
a stellar comic who employs the voice of an angel to sing lyrics that would make a sailor blush.
At times she tries too hard on the latter, going for shock over substance; but more often Jessica hits the right notes via marvelous songs such as I Wanna Be Famous, Don't Rape Me, and Only a Stranger's C*ck. Not for every taste; but if you're open to a different kind of comedy, this imaginative and beautifully packaged combination CD/DVD is a steal at $10 plus $2.99 shipping. To check out some of its tracks, and to then order multiple copies for yourself and your more unusual friends, please click here. Please also visit Jessica's Myspace page by clicking here; check out her music videos (directly above) by clicking here; and keep an eye on this promising rising star.
What Shoulda Happened... (co-starring Eugene Mirman)
Aziz Stand-Up #1 (Kanye West & Val Kilmer)
Aziz Stand-Up #2 (Enemies List)
Aziz Stand-Up #3 (Gay Marriage)
Aziz Stand-Up #4 (Harsh)
Aziz on Amateurish YouTube Editing
Complete Stand-Up Routine (MP3 audio clip)
Seinfeld: The Lost Episode
Free Hugs: Backstory
First four minutes of Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat
Trailer for Borat
Borat interviewed by Jon Stewart
Sacha Baron Cohen torturing supermarket manager
Borat Q&A at Toronto Film Festival
Chad Vader, Day Shift Manager:
Episodes #1, #2, #3, and #4
Amanda Congdon Bids Farewell to Rocketboom
Amanda Explains Things on MSNBC
Amanda Tries a New Job
(The lovely and super-talented Amanda Congdon's split
with her producer Andrew Baron has been the focus of the
biggest soap opera to hit the Web since Microsoft vs. Google.
If this drama has somehow slipped by you, these clips cover the highlights.)
The Evolution of Dance
(comedian Judson Laipply dances through several musical generations—in just six minutes)
Our Legal System at Work
(actual deposition conducted in April 2006 by famed Texas attorney Joe Jamail)
Star Wars: Brokeback Empire
Brokeback to the Future
Top Gun 2: Brokeback Squadron
(the secret Brokeback trilogy)
Throw the Jew Down the Well
(Jewish comic Sacha Baron Cohen—a.k.a. Borat and Ali G—shines a light on anti-semitism)
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