Category Archives: Comedy reviews

Comedy review: Quincy Jones—Burning The Light

First the backstory, then a bit of whining. I wrote this review of Quincy Jones’ standup special for The AV Club. A little inside baseball: Each week, we freelancers lucky enough to write there (I am still really quite proud … Continue reading

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Comedy Review: Patton Oswalt—Talking For Clapping

I’ve been a fan of Patton Oswalt’s comedy (and acting, and writing) for a long time now, so I pitched like hell to cover his new standup special for The AV Club and got it, to my great pride—and, you … Continue reading

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The time I got to interview three MST3k-ers (and didn’t even geek out that much)

Just because the news of the impending new Mystery Science Theater 3000 is consuming my brain at the moment, here’s the time I got to interview Mary Jo Pehl, Bill Corbett, and Kevin Murphy for the Portland Press Herald. They … Continue reading

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TV Review: Paul F. Tompkins—Crying And Driving

Remember how great Mr. Show was? And how nondescript and sort of forgettable that supporting player—the chubby one with the gap teeth—was? Well, now that guy—slimmed down and always impeccably dressed—is one of the best standup comedians (not to mention … Continue reading

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The Funniest Five Minutes Of TV I’ve Ever Seen

I wrote about this for the AV Club. I did not share that I became so obsessed that I went as Ferrell as Goulet at a very drunken Halloween party that year. I also may have gone to work as … Continue reading

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Review: Jake Johannsen— “This’ll Take About An Hour”

I reviewed one of my favorite obscure standup comedy specials for Ozy.com. “I’ll just start talking and maybe accidentally I’ll get to the point,” says Jake Johannsen in the opening bit of his 1991 HBO stand-up special This’ll Take About … Continue reading

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