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Mitch Fatel isn’t just a comedian, he’s a good comedian – the kind where you nearly wet yourself and don’t mind if a drip runs down your leg. He’s been a favorite of our site for almost a decade, and we want to plug anything he does – well, anything that’s not illegal. I spoke with Mitch today, and asked him about his upcoming gig Saturday July 17, playing Trump Marina in Atlantic City, NJ (The Shell). Enjoy the brief encounter, but seriously check him out. Laugh once in your life, people.
You’re playing Atlantic City this weekend and just got back from Vegas…Exactly how much money do you have in your pocket to spend in AC?
Unlimited funds, except I don’t believe in using my money for gambling. I only use my cash for essential items like prostitution and drugs.
Well played, sir. What are the advantages to performing in front of a gambling crowd?
Gamblers tend to be more relaxed and ready to have fun (i.e.: they’re usually drunk off their ass from the free casino drinks) For the record, the chances of me being funny are astronomically higher than anyone becoming a
millionaire playing the Wheel of Fortune slots.
What’s next after AC?
Heading to Raleigh NC then Hartford, yup I’m a big star, people. Love comedy, love my fans and love the prostitutes!
Stay tuned for a longer interview with Fatel next month. If you want more visit his website here.
When you think about it, there’s absolutely no way Lewis Black could possibly be “Lewis Black” in everyday life. “If I acted like I did on stage, I would’ve been dead ten years ago,” the cantankerous comic said in an interview last week. Better make that 20.
When not in front of an audience erupting with hilarious anger at the world and everyone who lives in it, Black said he’s a “less intense” guy who finds joy performing on the road, enjoying mild celebrity status, and feasting on headlines that send him over the edge. Speaking of which, the former “Daily Show” contributor is taking his show on your road this summer in support of the recently released cd/dvd combo “Stark Raving Black.”
The album was recorded at the Fillmore Theatre in Detroit, and finds Black aiming his snarky bullets at Wall Street suits, growing old, and those who question if he has enough angst in a post-George W. Bush world. We know that answer definitively without getting the cd. On a recent Monday afternoon, I spoke to Black in the midst of a promotional day for “Stark Raving Black.” In abnormally calm form, the Aruba pitchman assured me while he’d spoken to a few reporters beforehand, he was in good form to speak. “You’ll do fine. You’re at the breaking point. It’s that poor son of a bitch calling at 2:15 that’s going to be in the shitter,” he said. Lucky me.
Why did you decide to film the Fillmore show?
What really drove me nuts – [we had] this deal with HBO who kind of said they’d basically produce me every two years and then reneg’d on it. So I lost a special in the process, and I just said we got to get it done, and I can’t wait around anymore.
How is this special/cd different than previous ones?
What makes it unique is it’s the best looking in terms of the amount of cameras and the way in which they chose to shoot this one.
I know you address a post-Bush era, but are their some subjects that you haven’t discussed before but do here?
Well, there’s aging – the fact that I’m old and consider myself old. People are dying later and living longer thanks to whatever drugs they’re pumping into themselves, but 60 is old. People need to stop acting like it’s the new 40. I also talk about death. That’s how you know you’re old. When you’re 22, you’re not thinking about it unless it’s [wondering] what disease you’re going to get. By the time you get to 60, people around you start getting sick, having problems, and drop like flies.
Harrison Ford, I think, is the reason why that “60 is the new 40″ tagline comes from. Can we expect you to get your ear pierced?
That’s not happening. No tattoos. It’s kind of silly. It didn’t work for me when I was younger, and now I’m going to do it? Unless I can pierce my head and make hair grow…
If I can do that, I don’t have to do this for a living anymore and I can hire you for my infomercial and you don’t have to work for them anymore. It’s a billion dollar industry. My mother said something today and it’s a great quote. She said, “I just watched your ‘Back in Black’ special and the thing is you still have the same amount of hair as you did then. Which means you’re just as bald now as you are then.” Continue reading
Bob Saget is probably the only man alive who could pull off a fundraiser for a debilitating disease one night, and sing a tune like “My dog licked my balls” the next. In both capacities, he kills. It’s all part of who the comedian is: a wonderful walking contradiction. Continue reading
Chances are you’ve seen Nick Swardson before, and he’s made you laugh and perhaps made you feel a little uneasy. The actor, comedian and writer is arguably best known for his roles as prostitute on wheels in “Reno 911!,” as a man-boy attracted to old ladies in “Grandma’s Boy,” and as a stalker in the Will Ferrell figure skating comedy “Blades of Glory.” But there’s more to Swardson than hilariously disturbing roles. He released a successful comedy CD a few years back called “Party,” and later this month will release another with an accompanying DVD. The CD/DVD combo comes with perhaps the best album title ever: “Seriously, Who Farted?”
Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jon-chattman/nick-swardson-my-ass-is-t_b_312207.html
By Jon Chattman
Echoing the sentiments of Foreigner’s classic cornball hit but without all the melodrama, Charlyne Yi wanted to know what love was, and she wanted some people to show her. In her new film Paper Heart, the actress-writer turned her initial plans for a documentary on the “L” word into a narrative hybrid.
Together with director and co-writer Nicholas Jasenovec, Yi, playing a character named — yes Charlyne — sets off cross country to get to the meaning of what love is. She interviews happily married couples, celebrities, and divorce lawyers (among others) and tries to overcome her own pessimism about love.
Jessica Kirson: thecheappop.com interview
By Jon Chattman
A lot of things in life make you laugh a little…Fred Berry’s hat comes to mind…Rod Blagojevich’s helmet hair. A very precious few, however, make you chuckle to the point where a little pee comes out and you simply don’t mind it. That’s where Jessica Kirson’s comedy comes into play. The comedienne has been lighting up stand-up stages for years now with her electrifying delivery, wacky characters, and self-depreciating humor.
Many have seen her perform live or on various television appearances like “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” or VH1’s “Awesomely Bad” shows, but Kirson’s not exactly a household name yet. Might I ask, why the fuck not? Good. She will be soon, and I digress. She was nice enough to do an interview with me even though I just got laid off from my full-time job, and the one block surrounding my apartment gets more traffic than this site. Ha! Anyway, let’s get to that interview…She’s funny. I am not. Continue reading
Bobby Cannavale and Alexie Gilmore filmed an episode of the television series remake “Cupid” in Pelham, New York last week. Between scenes, Cannavale decided to hop on a skateboard. Yeah, that’s pretty much would happen to me if I did that. Marty McFly I am not.
Sixty Six is one of those cute little British films in the mold of a Love Actually and About a Boy that blends quirky humor with a heartwarming story, and ultimately has you leaving the theater feeling pretty good about life and family. The story centers around Bernie Reubens, a soon to be 13-year-old boy who is the last pick in gym class (behind a handicapped kid), has a wise ass bully brother, and has acquired more of his father’s socially awkward traits than he would have liked. Overlooked and in the shadows for much of his first 13 years, Bernie plans on using his Bar Mitzvah party as a launch pad to respect and popularity. It’s going to be the biggest and baddest Bar Mitzvah that Britain’s ever seen. Allow me to reintroduce myself, my name is Bernie. Continue reading
The Man Behind the Dangle
By Jon Chattman
Milk comes with an expiration date. If you drink it after it’s “sell by” date, often times, it leaves you with a funny taste in your mouth. If you drink it long after it’s “sell by” date, chances are it’ll be clumpy and smell a little funny. Thomas Lennon, by comparison, is never clumpy and smells just fine thank you very much. The comedy of this actor/screenwriter, unlike milk or any dairy product for that matter, never seems expires. Best of all, it’s always fresh and it gets better with age. Continue reading
Iconic comedian Pat Cooper sits down with thecheappop.com’s Jon Chattman for a no-holds-barred interview filmed live and uncut from his NYC apartment. (the pop’s Joe Marcello is at the helm) In this first segment, Cooper discusses George Carlin’s death, some Soprano cast members, and his act. In part two (coming soon), the comedian unleashes on Howard Stern and Frank Sinatra.
“Carlin was a master. I only met him once. The sheer volume of his work (12 HBO specials) will probably never be matched. His ability to attack a topic from every angle definitely is the cornerstone of my approach to comedy.”