Saturday, January 28, 2006

Alt comedy in the New York Times

Warren St. John spent a week going to alternative comedy shows and wrote about it in the New York Times. Erin Foley, Josh Comers (who I think should check out the NYC Beard & Mustauche blog), and Liam McEneany's jokes are quoted, and he mentions Chicks and Giggles and The Apiary and a ton of other shows.

Bars and back rooms in the East Village and Lower East Side are overflowing these days with the likes of Adolf Dice Hitler Clay: not spoofs of Nazis necessarily, but rather a wave of young and creative comics who are branching out from straight stand-up to eccentric sketch and character-based humor that owes more to "Da Ali G Show" than to George Carlin. They may not have created an entirely new form of humor, but collectively they form a cohesive and happening new comedy scene downtown, one with an urbane sensibility and a vibe that is different from the established stand-up joints. The rooms are small. Shows are cheap, or free. And there is almost never a two-drink minimum.


Blogger Rory Shock said...

My friend, Fly-On-the-Wall found the script to proposed Homeland Security Voice over on Michael Chertoff's Desk:

Homie Security Cop: Excuse me sir, mind if I look in your rectum?
Joe Citizen: Yes, actually, I do.
HSC: Well, if you have nothing to hide why would you refuse me permission? We’re fighting a different kind of enemy. I’m just trying to keep everyone safe and free. You don’t object to that do you?
Well, since you put it that way, I guess you better have a look?
[Submitted by the Reckton Group under the Faith based privatization of Propaganda Initiative]
For Fly-On-the-Walls bio go to
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2:41 PM  
Blogger Rory Shock said...

I have no clue how those strange characters got into the comment

2:43 PM  

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