Here's a new video via Flavorwire directed by Daniel Ralston that features Aimee Mann and Andy Kindler holding open auditions for a new SNL Band bassist hopeful played by DC Pierson, who doesn't need to be good at the bass so much as he has to be good at laughing at potentially bad and offensive monologue wisecracks from SNL hosts.
The Montreal Just For Laughs Festival always has a seriously impressive artist lineup, with galas hosted by the likes of Joan Rivers, Eddie Izzard, and Sarah Silverman. But it's JFL's industry conference, now dubbed ComedyPro, that makes the festival the comedy world's equivalent of an annual convention. Executives, agents, bookers, comics, and other interested parties (like your correspondents) collect for a festival that is part sales convention and part summer camp. And what happens in Montreal in July tends to impact the comedy community for the year to come. 2011's saw Louis C.K. named Comedy Person of the Year, the same year he would go on to revolutionize [...]
Cole is above and Kindler is below. Do you think they bumped into one another and just stared each other down for 45 minutes? No, you don't? 45 minutes was too hyperbolic? Should I have done 45 seconds? Oh, ok. Next time. Tomorrow, The Daily Show crew shows up. Do you think they'll bump into Cole and Kindler and they'll all just stare each other down for 45 seconds? (Woo! Nailed it. Thanks 4 your help.)
If the alternative comedy movement had its own Declaration of Independence, Andy Kindler would be a principle architect and signatory. The LA-based comedian has been performing stand-up for more than 25 years, and has become known for his hostility toward conventional, hacky comedy. His penchant for exposing formulaic comedy led to him helping form the modern alternative comedy movement at places like UnCabaret at Luna Park, the predecessor for places like the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, which has spawned some of comedy’s biggest names today.
Kindler, a recurring correspondent on the Late Show with David Letterman, is also known for his 1991 satirical manifesto “The Hack’s Handbook,” which appeared [...]