Category Archives: comedy

This Is a Review by Andy Fargnoli of This Is a Book by Demetri Martin

When it comes to presentation, comedian Demetri Martin is straightforward. He released an album showcasing his jokes called These Are Jokes, a DVD starring himself called Demetri Martin. Person. and, during his Comedy Central show Important Things with Demetri Martin, a song could be heard before sketches that included the lyrics “This is a sketch.” And so it is with his debut book, This Is a Book by Demetri Martin, which, as the title suggests, is a book by Demetri Martin.

The book — divided into four parts, though none of them differ from the others in any discernible way — could have been many things: a memoir, a transcription of stage jokes, a collection of annotated tax-deductible receipts. But it’s all comedy in various forms, and that’s a good thing. Martin’s brew of bizarre, clever, and generally cheerful humor works so well on stage and screen, and there’s always the risk that it wouldn’t translate to the printed page. Fortunately, we’re in the clear, and there are a lot of notable pieces. Continue reading…

Michael Ian Black: Changing the World, One Taco at a Time

At around midnight yesterday, in the blackness of night, a very famous person did something that may not change the world. But, this thing will help the celebrity accomplish two things: express his love for Taco Bell and pay his mortgage.

To accomplish this, Michael Ian Black, the very famous person in question, has, to date, released two videos on Youtube, the first one appearing around 15 hours ago. In it, a bleary-eyed Black asks President Obama — who, with his NCAA brackets filled and Libya sufficiently bombed, seems to have nothing on his plate — to hire him, Michael Ian Black, as his cabinet’s Taco Bell spokesman. According to the video, this campaign has the support of Levar Burton, Rainn Wilson, and Dave Foley, whom Black outs as a Canadian. Continue reading…

Live Review and Photos: Michael Showalter and Allison Gill at the Casbah, March 4, 2011

Photos by Chris Maroulakos

The Casbah turned into a comedy club Friday evening as it welcomed TV and film veteran Michael Showalter and local comedienne Allison Gill to its stage.

First, Gill warmed up the crowd with her delightful crassness, alternately wringing laughter and shocked groans from the crowd. She even included some guitar toward the end, launching into a country song that explained why fat girls are particularly skilled at administering oral pleasure. Continue reading…