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1:32 pm - Sun, Dec 8, 2013
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If you’re in the LA Area this Tuesday, consider checking out this benefit show at the ImprovThe LA Fire Department and comedian Skyler Stone team up for their annual COMEDY ROCKS TOY DRIVE— a great cause and great line-up to boot. 
Bring a toy and your seat is $5

If you’re in the LA Area this Tuesday, consider checking out this benefit show at the Improv

The LA Fire Department and comedian Skyler Stone team up for their annual COMEDY ROCKS TOY DRIVE— a great cause and great line-up to boot.

Bring a toy and your seat is $5

7:10 pm - Sun, Jul 14, 2013
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Doug Loves Movies - Live In Minneapolis

(by CNU editor Rachel)

On Friday, July 12, Doug Benson returned to Minneapolis, Minnesota to record a road episode of his popular Doug Loves Movies podcast.  It’s fair to say that “Minneap” (as he calls it) has been a popular destination for the comic over the years; he has recorded albums and other DLM eps in the city’s Acme Comedy Club.  For this episode, Doug took his show to the Varsity Theater in the Dinkytown neighborhood, near the University of Minnesota campus.  

There seemed be a general camaraderie among the attendees as we waited to get in and find a general admission seat.  Since listening to podcasts is such a solitary pursuit, it’s exciting to meet other fans in the flesh. Though we were strangers, we had hours and hours of shared episodes in common, and discussed nametags, shitheads, and who the guests might be as we waited for the show to begin.

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4:22 pm - Fri, Apr 26, 2013
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Bridgetown Comedy Festival 2013 highlights

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By CNU editor Talon Bigelow and Beth Moesche

It’s been called “summercamp for comedians” and it’s obvious why when you step outside and find yourself feet away from a circle of comics all swapping stories and having a laugh. Some audience favorites, some the next generation of funny. Some showing up late to the bunch with coffee in hand (stars: they’re just like us!). 

As someone experiencing Bridgetown Comedy Festival for the first time, I can say definitely that it won’t be my last. For 4 days the city of Portland gives itself to comedy. And the talent is just as diverse as the audience! 

The festival does a great job of bringing you names you know and names you should/will know. 

Here are the highlights of what I experienced:

  • Todd Glass ripping into a stubbornly unsupportive audience member after unsuccessfully attempting to have him play long with a bit. One of those things you always hear about but never get to see.It was strangely delightful and the whole crowd was on his side. In fact, he mentioned it in the forward to today’s Todd Glass Show #100: "I went off on them. Not yelling or cursing, but definitely breaking it down to "Why do you do that?" I think the reason I do it there, it’s a compliment to those audiences, sometimes when your at, like, places like the best of the best of a comedy club (…) in this case Portland, the audiences are just wonderful, so when… I feel like when a person just comes in there, and it’s not even that bad what they did, I mean I picture them in the car on the way home going "God!" and you’re sorta right. (…) to the person who yells or thinks they have something to say and they yell it out, you don’t realize that you were surrounded by the best of the best of audiences, so therefore when you yell something out, it’s a little bit of a shock.(…) it’s a little jarring because those crowds are so good. So thank you, Portland, is what I’m really trying to say."
  • A VERY informative chat with a few of the geniuses that made the gears of The Simpsons turn. (a full report on that still to come).
  • Nato Green and co-host Moshe Kasher brought Iron Comic to Portland! Comedians Dana Gould, Baron Vaughn, Blaine Capatch, and Guy Branum all tried their bests in the battles of middle-school boys, Garfield’s Lasagna, and Hulk Hogan, but in the end they all fell to the wit of self-proclaimed Hulk-a-manic-depressive, Emily Heller. She crafted such fully fleshed, whimsical and melancholic Wes Anderson-esque stories, you wouldn’t believe she only spent 8 minutes writing them. HONORABLE JOKE MENTION: “Hulk Hogan is what would happen if Florida were a person” - Guy Branum.
  • The mixed media comedy show “Picture This!" dropped by! An interesting mix of stand-up with live animation. It felt experimental, not every set is going to jive well, but when it really worked it was absolutely joyous. Comedian Jermaine Fowler and his animator created a hilarious visual/audio experience. Jermaine couldn’t help but laugh at his own jokes being visually represented and it was a blast to watch.

It’s a wide festival, so Beth Moesche (mzlizlemon) assisted my coverage. Here is what she had to say!

BETH: I saw the Theme Park Improv show Saturday night and in addition to all of its wonderful players: Oscar Nunez, Janet Varney, Michael Hitchcock, Ian Brennan and Cole Stratton they had the pint sized and hilarious Natasha Leggero telling stories that the audience would get the delight of seeing the players eventually unfold for us. She took a suggestion from the audience and a man yelled, “Kim Kardashian!” from that Leggero said, “Well, they remind me of a family of whores, so, once I was in Thailand…” (Note: Not verbatim) Leggero went on to describe the quite odd trip she took to Thailand to do a comedy show that was horrible and took a moment to illustrate the unreal families that are present and that do in fact work together in the red light district. From there the players poked fun at kids in a strip club, and had a full blown musical entitled, “Cock, Balls, Taint.” Which, I know you’re like, “Gross.” But it was one of the best musicals I have ever seen.

Improv whether it be performing or watching, is quite a rush and so thrilling. Again, whether you are performing or an observer, you all know the story and have to be accepting of what your partner or the performer on stage is presenting you i.e. Kim Kardashian or singing along about balls. It was such a pleasure to watch true professionals and lovers of comedy create stories from thin air about the craziest suggestions and you could tell the whole room was more than excited to experience all the rides they went on.

The last show I saw was directly following Theme Park, it was Holy Fuck featuring the talents of: Dana Gould, Greg Behrendt, Laura Kightlinger, Cameron Esposito, Bryan Cook, Dave Ross, Jake Weisman and Allen Strickland-Williams. The show opened with some of the members of Holy Fuck’s viral videos and sketches, some that were featured on Funny or Die. It was a nice warm up and introductory to get the crowd going and after that the stand-up began and every single person brought it. When you go to a stand up show there are usually your very strong people and others that are good but look light because of who they followed. This show was insane, it just got funnier, deeper, louder, and more creative as the night and acts went on. I will say the performers that brought a tear to my eye from laughing so hard were: Dana Gould and Greg Behrendt. If you have never seen Dana Gould perform stand-up, you have to! He was so aware of his crowd and his set was astounding, he made it look extraordinarily easy and was so electric to watch. Behrendt, closed this show (of enormous talent) with a story of how he quit comedy for awhile, and it was the most tragic and hilarious story but he showcased it in such a way that only he could do, while showing off why he is a stand up comedian again, and now.

I have to say I didn’t know two shows could inspire me so much, but they did. These are the people I admire, they are smart and have no fear. These two shows were the epitome of why I love comedy so much. Bridgetown was a smash from where I was sitting and I had some pretty good seats.

So there you go. It was a thrill and that only covers probably 1/3  of the whole festival! The comedy scene in Portland is receiving high praise, so, you better check it out before it goes too mainstream or whatever.

Thanks for having us, Bridgetown! Hope to see you again next time.

Talon Bigelow is a CNU admin

Beth Moesche is a Portland based comedian

11:51 pm - Wed, Apr 17, 2013
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PORTLAND NERDS!
The Bridgetown Comedy Festival kicks off in Portland, Oregon tomorrow, and CNU will have a presence! We’ll be posting coverage from the comedy scene, maybe even snagging some interviews with Reggie Watts, Dana Gould, Todd Glass, Oscar Nunez, Janet Varney, or Natasha Leggero to name a few. 
From the official Bridgetown Comedy Festival website:

Celebrating its fifth year in 2012, Bridgetown featured the casts and creators of the hilarious Adult Swim shows “Delocated” and “Eagleheart,” with Jon Glaser hosting a hit variety show in character as his “Delocated” alter-ego, featuring the Corin Tucker Band and Fred Armisen. Matt Besser performed a first-ever live recording of his podcast “improv4humans” to a packed house at Hawthorne Theatre, Doug Benson brought his popular Movie Interruption to Hollywood Theater with a 35mm screening of the Nicolas Cage classic “Con Air,” and Dr. Peter McGraw defended his comedy research with a lively panel discussion of “The Humor Code.”
2013 is looking to be the best year yet for Bridgetown, with tons of new talent alongside audience favorites!

Read more about the festival’s history here.
Tweet us @officialCNU if you’re around!
We’ll be “CNU”, Bridgetown!

PORTLAND NERDS!

The Bridgetown Comedy Festival kicks off in Portland, Oregon tomorrow, and CNU will have a presence! We’ll be posting coverage from the comedy scene, maybe even snagging some interviews with Reggie Watts, Dana Gould, Todd Glass, Oscar Nunez, Janet Varney, or Natasha Leggero to name a few. 

From the official Bridgetown Comedy Festival website:

Celebrating its fifth year in 2012, Bridgetown featured the casts and creators of the hilarious Adult Swim shows “Delocated” and “Eagleheart,” with Jon Glaser hosting a hit variety show in character as his “Delocated” alter-ego, featuring the Corin Tucker Band and Fred Armisen. Matt Besser performed a first-ever live recording of his podcast “improv4humans” to a packed house at Hawthorne Theatre, Doug Benson brought his popular Movie Interruption to Hollywood Theater with a 35mm screening of the Nicolas Cage classic “Con Air,” and Dr. Peter McGraw defended his comedy research with a lively panel discussion of “The Humor Code.”

2013 is looking to be the best year yet for Bridgetown, with tons of new talent alongside audience favorites!

Read more about the festival’s history here.

Tweet us @officialCNU if you’re around!

We’ll be “CNU”, Bridgetown!

10:15 pm - Thu, Feb 21, 2013
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Dream of… An Evening with Fred Armisen - Moderated by Jonathan Krisel
By CNtributor Alissa Crist
Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
Fred Armisen sat down with Portlandia co-creator Jonathan Krisel at the Paley Center in New York tonight for a special InsideMedia event.
During the event, Armisen spoke about how he came to SNL (he was discovered by Bob Odenkirk doing characters in L.A.) and his own unique approach to character-driven comedy.
Said Odenkirk in an email to Krisel, "Fred made me laugh. He has an immersion into the character … Fred brings people to life with human-sized renderings."
On his early days at SNL, Armisen said, "You really are lost, and there’s no one there to teach you …  I submitted a million sketches that made no sense."
Armisen then discussed his Thunderant days, how he met Carrie Brownstein, and how they work together on Portlandia.
"We take a script and we gradually just toss it away," said Armisen of the writing-to-improv style of his hit IFC show.
For more info on the panel, visit the Paley Center’s twitter.

Dream of… An Evening with Fred Armisen - Moderated by Jonathan Krisel

By CNtributor Alissa Crist

Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Fred Armisen sat down with Portlandia co-creator Jonathan Krisel at the Paley Center in New York tonight for a special InsideMedia event.

During the event, Armisen spoke about how he came to SNL (he was discovered by Bob Odenkirk doing characters in L.A.) and his own unique approach to character-driven comedy.

Said Odenkirk in an email to Krisel, "Fred made me laugh. He has an immersion into the character … Fred brings people to life with human-sized renderings."

On his early days at SNL, Armisen said, "You really are lost, and there’s no one there to teach you …  I submitted a million sketches that made no sense."

Armisen then discussed his Thunderant days, how he met Carrie Brownstein, and how they work together on Portlandia.

"We take a script and we gradually just toss it away," said Armisen of the writing-to-improv style of his hit IFC show.

For more info on the panel, visit the Paley Center’s twitter.

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