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My girlfriend asked me what I wanted for my birthday a month ago, and without hesitation, I demanded that she purchase tickets for us to see Mick Foley perform stand up comedy at Kowloon in Saugus on June 28. While most of my snooty hip friends rolled their eyes at the idea of seeing the hardcore legend, I had been a loyal Foley fan for years, even after passing over my wrestling phase of fandom that so many other pubescent boys felt in the late '90s and early '00s. Chinese food? Exotic liquors? A night with Mrs. Foley’s baby boy and laughter? 8th grade me would kill to be 26-year old me right now. As it turns out, the result was just as strange and entertaining as I anticipated.
Last week 'Saturday Night Live''s Vanessa Bayer brought her witty insults and judgmental attitude to Governor's Ball as part of her new web series "Sound Advice". This week the youtube media life coach lends her bad advice to Tegan & Sara, who seem less than amused as Bayer throws around insults towards their recent Oreo and Lego Movie songs. Throughout the episode the duo surprisingly keep it together, while they exchange awkward, annoyed glances as Bayer grills them on lyrics and self-esteem issues. This episode features a bonus appearance by fun.'s Jack Antonoff who acts as the comedienne's disheartened intern. More
SNL's Vanessa Bayer has recently launched a new web series where she acts as a media coach who gives horrible and judgmental advice to different bands and artists. Watch 'Sound Advice: Gov Ball Part I and II' as the clueless coach throws around witty insults and unsolicited career advice to bands and festivalgoers at Governors Ball Music Festival in NYC. Featured artists of this two part series include RadioBDC favorites Frank Turner, Bleachers, Fitz and the Tantrums, and Interpol. More
At first, I don’t think Kevin McDonald sounds like himself. It takes a few moments for me to realize, “Of course he doesn’t talk like ‘Pit of Ultimate Darkness’ keeper Simon Milligan, clearly insane person Jerry Sizzler, or any of the numerous women he portrayed on 'The Kids In the Hall.' If he spoke with the same histrionic warble of his best-known characters, he wouldn’t be touring fresh material amongst the indispensable late-’80s/early-’90s comedy quintet. He couldn’t order a cup of coffee, go to the post office, or do any day-to-day stuff without freaking everyone out.” More
When Michael Ian Black comes to Johnny D’s this Friday, May 30, it will be as a stand-up comedian. But that’s only one of many suits Black wears. He’s also an actor in sitcoms (he’s currently waiting to hear if the retooled pilot for Jim Gaffigan’s sitcom will be picked up), a talented essay writer (his book “You’re Not Doing It Right: Tales of Marriage, Sex, Death, and Other Humiliations” was a breakthrough), an author of kids’ books (he released his fifth one, “Naked!,” in April), and podcaster (he co-hosts “Topics” with his State-mate Michael Showalter). And he had a cameo as himself in the first episode of “Maron” season two. More
Charlie Day, known commonly (by those who were graduating, anyway) as the foul-mouthed Charlie Kelly on the popular FX series "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia," didn't do much to censor himself in his speech to the 2014 graduates of Merrimack College. Kelly, an alumnus of Merrimack himself, gave a very different speech than say, Deval Patrick likely did. It may not have been squeaky clean inspiration, but, even if the parents and grandparents in the crowd didn't quite latch on, the students likely paid attention. More
How young, you ask? He just turned 18. He's a senior at Hull High School and is slated to perform as part of the World Series of Comedy at Giggles Comedy Club on Wednesday, May 6. Kevin and I talked about how he got his start, how his classmates and family have reacted to his act, and who makes him laugh. Listen. More