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Best of: Late Night

Given the theme of recent entries, I think it's as good a time as any to cover the topic of intent & comedy. I've long been fascinated with the "why"
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The past day has been a whirlwind, starting out positively yesterday when the Huffington Post offered to reprint my blog entry regarding election night, and ending negatively when I woke
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Go read the Apiary! My recap of the Potentially Regrettable Evening with the Daily Show is right there in shiny blogtastic form. One quote I didn't include, because it's only
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Late Night writers Dan Cronin, Berkley Johnson, Brian McCann, Matt O'Brien, Guy Nicolucci, Brian Stack, Andrew Weinberg, and head writer Mike Sweeney  joined moderator Sarah Vowell for "Deconstructing Conan" at
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I began this blog intending for it to never be personal. I may have given up my print and radio gigs recently, but I am still a journalist, and not
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The brilliant and hilarious Sarah Vowell visited Toronto to read from her new book Wordy Shipmates today at the Harbourfront Center's International Festival of Authors ...
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As a political satire fan, I'm subjected to the same two angles in every piece of press coverage: "Does it have an impact?" and "Why is all so left-leaning?" Of
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In the past two days, I've been pimped out by the delightful Shecky Magazine, and had the pleasure of watching Jamie Kennedy's documentary Heckler. The two events, for their own
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Today is Thanksgiving here in Canada (what can I say, we've always been a little ahead of the curve). I've been giving a lot of thought lately to how much
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Check The Apiary Monday morning for my recap of the New Yorker Festival's discussion with Andy Borowitz, Samantha Bee from the Daily Show, The Onion's Todd Hanson, Colbert Report Executive
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Best of: Interviews

Given the theme of recent entries, I think it's as good a time as any to cover the topic of intent & comedy. I've long been fascinated with the "why"
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The past day has been a whirlwind, starting out positively yesterday when the Huffington Post offered to reprint my blog entry regarding election night, and ending negatively when I woke
Read more...
Go read the Apiary! My recap of the Potentially Regrettable Evening with the Daily Show is right there in shiny blogtastic form. One quote I didn't include, because it's only
Read more...
Late Night writers Dan Cronin, Berkley Johnson, Brian McCann, Matt O'Brien, Guy Nicolucci, Brian Stack, Andrew Weinberg, and head writer Mike Sweeney  joined moderator Sarah Vowell for "Deconstructing Conan" at
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I began this blog intending for it to never be personal. I may have given up my print and radio gigs recently, but I am still a journalist, and not
Read more...
The brilliant and hilarious Sarah Vowell visited Toronto to read from her new book Wordy Shipmates today at the Harbourfront Center's International Festival of Authors ...
Read more...
As a political satire fan, I'm subjected to the same two angles in every piece of press coverage: "Does it have an impact?" and "Why is all so left-leaning?" Of
Read more...
In the past two days, I've been pimped out by the delightful Shecky Magazine, and had the pleasure of watching Jamie Kennedy's documentary Heckler. The two events, for their own
Read more...
Today is Thanksgiving here in Canada (what can I say, we've always been a little ahead of the curve). I've been giving a lot of thought lately to how much
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Check The Apiary Monday morning for my recap of the New Yorker Festival's discussion with Andy Borowitz, Samantha Bee from the Daily Show, The Onion's Todd Hanson, Colbert Report Executive
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Best of: Toronto Comedy

PRODUCING GREAT COMEDY: THE SECRET SAUCE Moderator: Tendo Nagenda (Vice President of Production, Mandate Pictures) Panelists: Michael Aguilar and Kent Alterman (Co-Founders, Principals & Producers, Dos Tontos), Tom McNulty (Producer
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Alright, let's tighten these things up, shall we? The balance of Thursday's seminars weren't quite as rockin' as the not-all-that-rockin'-anyway development panel in the morning, but here's the gist of
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If Just For Laughs does anything well, it's giving the appearance that their laminate-clad guests are VIPs. Through a hidden entrance beside the Hyatt bar was a red carpet, leading
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There will be a hundred reviews of Funny People coming out in the next 7 days talking about the plot and the characters and all the regular stuff that goes
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As I struggle to stay awake and catch up on writing my Just For Laughs reviews (still to come: summaries of all the Comedy Conference panels), I've been reading some
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The Alternative Show is one of those "sure things" of the festival, and with its midnight start time typically ends up capping off my week in Montreal. All the comics
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Metropolis is the venue set aside for only the most rockin' of Just For Laughs shows (my first experience there was in '04 for Rob Smigel's 3-hour Triumph the Insult
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When an improv nerd walks into a theatre and sees UCB Theatre co-founders Matt Walsh, Matt Besser, and Ian Roberts standing in the centre of the stage, the reaction is
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I'm tempted to say the second group of New Faces performers was slightly stronger than the first one I saw, but based on the improvement in audience energy that may
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Best of: Improv

Given the theme of recent entries, I think it's as good a time as any to cover the topic of intent & comedy. I've long been fascinated with the "why"
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The past day has been a whirlwind, starting out positively yesterday when the Huffington Post offered to reprint my blog entry regarding election night, and ending negatively when I woke
Read more...
Go read the Apiary! My recap of the Potentially Regrettable Evening with the Daily Show is right there in shiny blogtastic form. One quote I didn't include, because it's only
Read more...
Late Night writers Dan Cronin, Berkley Johnson, Brian McCann, Matt O'Brien, Guy Nicolucci, Brian Stack, Andrew Weinberg, and head writer Mike Sweeney  joined moderator Sarah Vowell for "Deconstructing Conan" at
Read more...
I began this blog intending for it to never be personal. I may have given up my print and radio gigs recently, but I am still a journalist, and not
Read more...
The brilliant and hilarious Sarah Vowell visited Toronto to read from her new book Wordy Shipmates today at the Harbourfront Center's International Festival of Authors ...
Read more...
As a political satire fan, I'm subjected to the same two angles in every piece of press coverage: "Does it have an impact?" and "Why is all so left-leaning?" Of
Read more...
In the past two days, I've been pimped out by the delightful Shecky Magazine, and had the pleasure of watching Jamie Kennedy's documentary Heckler. The two events, for their own
Read more...
Today is Thanksgiving here in Canada (what can I say, we've always been a little ahead of the curve). I've been giving a lot of thought lately to how much
Read more...
Check The Apiary Monday morning for my recap of the New Yorker Festival's discussion with Andy Borowitz, Samantha Bee from the Daily Show, The Onion's Todd Hanson, Colbert Report Executive
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Best of: JFL 

Given the theme of recent entries, I think it's as good a time as any to cover the topic of intent & comedy. I've long been fascinated with the "why"
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The past day has been a whirlwind, starting out positively yesterday when the Huffington Post offered to reprint my blog entry regarding election night, and ending negatively when I woke
Read more...
Go read the Apiary! My recap of the Potentially Regrettable Evening with the Daily Show is right there in shiny blogtastic form. One quote I didn't include, because it's only
Read more...
Late Night writers Dan Cronin, Berkley Johnson, Brian McCann, Matt O'Brien, Guy Nicolucci, Brian Stack, Andrew Weinberg, and head writer Mike Sweeney  joined moderator Sarah Vowell for "Deconstructing Conan" at
Read more...
I began this blog intending for it to never be personal. I may have given up my print and radio gigs recently, but I am still a journalist, and not
Read more...
The brilliant and hilarious Sarah Vowell visited Toronto to read from her new book Wordy Shipmates today at the Harbourfront Center's International Festival of Authors ...
Read more...
As a political satire fan, I'm subjected to the same two angles in every piece of press coverage: "Does it have an impact?" and "Why is all so left-leaning?" Of
Read more...
In the past two days, I've been pimped out by the delightful Shecky Magazine, and had the pleasure of watching Jamie Kennedy's documentary Heckler. The two events, for their own
Read more...
Today is Thanksgiving here in Canada (what can I say, we've always been a little ahead of the curve). I've been giving a lot of thought lately to how much
Read more...
Check The Apiary Monday morning for my recap of the New Yorker Festival's discussion with Andy Borowitz, Samantha Bee from the Daily Show, The Onion's Todd Hanson, Colbert Report Executive
Read more...

Best of: More Live Shows 

Given the theme of recent entries, I think it's as good a time as any to cover the topic of intent & comedy. I've long been fascinated with the "why"
Read more...
The past day has been a whirlwind, starting out positively yesterday when the Huffington Post offered to reprint my blog entry regarding election night, and ending negatively when I woke
Read more...
Go read the Apiary! My recap of the Potentially Regrettable Evening with the Daily Show is right there in shiny blogtastic form. One quote I didn't include, because it's only
Read more...
Late Night writers Dan Cronin, Berkley Johnson, Brian McCann, Matt O'Brien, Guy Nicolucci, Brian Stack, Andrew Weinberg, and head writer Mike Sweeney  joined moderator Sarah Vowell for "Deconstructing Conan" at
Read more...
I began this blog intending for it to never be personal. I may have given up my print and radio gigs recently, but I am still a journalist, and not
Read more...
The brilliant and hilarious Sarah Vowell visited Toronto to read from her new book Wordy Shipmates today at the Harbourfront Center's International Festival of Authors ...
Read more...
As a political satire fan, I'm subjected to the same two angles in every piece of press coverage: "Does it have an impact?" and "Why is all so left-leaning?" Of
Read more...
In the past two days, I've been pimped out by the delightful Shecky Magazine, and had the pleasure of watching Jamie Kennedy's documentary Heckler. The two events, for their own
Read more...
Today is Thanksgiving here in Canada (what can I say, we've always been a little ahead of the curve). I've been giving a lot of thought lately to how much
Read more...
Check The Apiary Monday morning for my recap of the New Yorker Festival's discussion with Andy Borowitz, Samantha Bee from the Daily Show, The Onion's Todd Hanson, Colbert Report Executive
Read more...