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The Naked Swim

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

Here I am at 14, in the worst suit of all time. Orrin’s on the left in the fashionable sports jacket ensemble. It was 1974 . President Nixon was still in the White House. Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s home run record. All in the Family was the #1 TV show. I was in Middle [...]

Del Close

Monday, March 26th, 2007

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yoKEY6NQOs Del Close with Bill Murray and Charna Halpern at Del’s final birthday party on March 3, 1999, one day prior to his death at age 64. Here is Part 2 of that party. Halpern runs the famed iO Theater in Chicago, formerly the Improv Olympic. She recently found these notes written by Del, who [...]

The Real Emo

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

Among my unusual encounters with famous comedians, one of the most awkward was with the brilliant Emo Philips . Awhile ago I caught his strange act. He did an encore, but I had to go to the bathroom badly. I held it in just long enough to catch the curtain call and then I rushed [...]

Notes from the USCAF, Pt. 2

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

As the week wore on, the frenzy of meetings and entertainment continued. We saw “Broadband Theater”, with Evan Spiridellis of JibJab who we later met along with his brother Gregg for a hot chocolate with creme de menthe. Later that night we saw “The Don Rickles Project.” It was a privilege to see Rickles, who [...]

Notes from the USCAF, Pt. 1

Thursday, March 8th, 2007

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yoKEY6NQOs Orrin and I went to Aspen for the 13th HBO Comedy Arts Festival Tuesday – Sunday of last week. (Feb 28-Mar 4). We flew into Denver from Boston and were hit with a flight cancellation going to Aspen because of a massive snowstorm, which more or less stayed there the next few days. We [...]

The Hypnotist: Outtakes

Thursday, February 15th, 2007

. A bunch of scenes ended up on the cutting room floor for this episode, so instead of leaving them there, we thought you might like to check them out. Besides, Orrin worked too hard on them to just trash them.

Bill Evans “Beautiful Love”

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yoKEY6NQOs Here’s a clip of jazz great Bill Evans at his peak in 1965 performing “Beautiful Love.” This great song debuted in the 1932 classic film “The Mummy.”

The Hypnotist in 3D!

Monday, February 5th, 2007

Here’s a bonus stereoscopic version of The Hypnotist. You’re going to need red and blue 3D glasses for this. If you don’t have them, we’re giving away a limited supply of them FREE with our DVD/Poster Bundle. Or you can just pick one up for a nominal donation.

Thank you Mask Man.

Saturday, January 13th, 2007

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yoKEY6NQOs Thank You Mask Man is a cult animated short narrated by Lenny Bruce. It’s a bit of a relic from the 60s, but it’s still fun, depending on if you like that sort of thing. I love the static background noise at the beginning.

James Brown

Wednesday, December 27th, 2006

James Brown died on Christmas day. He was 73. He’s the basis behind much of today’s music. Here he is giving us a dance lesson.

News Flash

Friday, December 15th, 2006

You remember the fries I took home with me from that restaurant from Episode 1? (Who’s That Guy) At the time, I took em home and I put em in my freezer. Well last Saturday after many months, I took em out of the freezer, put em in my Foreman Grill and ate em. They [...]

Jerry on The BBC WorldService

Wednesday, December 6th, 2006

Here’s an excerpt from our 11/24/06 interview with Emily Kasriel on Closeup.

The Texas Chainsaw Customer

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

This is the man they nicknamed “Odd Bob.” He is the subject of this month’s episode, that is, my acquaintance with him. I worked in a camera store in Buffalo and Robert Elmer Kleasen, a photography buff, was a customer of ours for a short time. He was also an ex-Texas death row inmate. His [...]

Buffalo

Saturday, October 14th, 2006

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yoKEY6NQOs This slideshow is from the Buffalo Blizzard of ‘77. Buffalo is my hometown. I lived in Chicago, which is colder and Boston, which chills you to the bone more. But Buffalo has its own brand of famous weather. And after the steel mills and the other industries like Trico left town, Buffalo experienced a [...]

The Big Time

Wednesday, September 6th, 2006

Here’s proof! If you’ve seen this month’s episode (“The Big Time”) you know that at the beginning of my career, I went to New York to try to make it in show business. The episode, like all the others, was taken from real life. This is not a Halloween costume. It’s a polaroid of me [...]

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