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From this year’s Del Close Marathon, guest-starring Jack McBrayer (30 ROCK) and Eliza Skinner (“Downtown NYC Comedy’s It-girl”):

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Matt Ruby over at Sandpaper Suit has some interesting thoughts on where a comedian’s jokes come from.

Money Shot:

Mitch Hedberg, Zach Galifianakis, Steve Martin, Todd Barry…their material rarely touches on intimate details about their lives. Do I know anything about what these guys are truly like at home or whatever? No. Do I care? No.

And neither do I. I think comedy comes from wherever it works for you. For some, it’s their upbringing, for some it’s their cynical outlook on life, for others, it’s just what they think is funny.

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How much you want to bet The Bob liked it?

Money shot:

He was unlike anyone else I have met. I can’t really put it into words, but in a big way Howard has done so with this book. Because he just told the story. This great, crazy story. I wonder if you will agree after you read it. Read it. Buy it first, then read it. It’s as close as you’ll come to meeting Del.

I can personally recommend anther recent Del Close biography told from the point-of-view of his student cum babysitter cum friend,  Jeff Griggs, called “Guru.”

And just for shits and giggles, here’s Jesse Thorn’s interview with Griggs about the book and Ian Roberts talking about UCB’s annual Del Close Marathon: Listen.

And the Comic’s Comic was there.

Wish I was 😦

It’s shows like these that really excite me as to the potential of live comedy. It is so not just about stand-up or sketch or even improv, it’s about being entertaining and clever. So I might disagree with Rob when he said we are not in a Golden Age of Comedy, because we are finding and utilizing new tools and methods to make people laugh.

The Grand is a new improvisational comedy about an international Poker championship that looks like it could be a lot of fun. At the very least you have to admire the cast which includes: Woody Harrelson, Ray Liotta, David Cross, Ray Romano, Richard Kind, Chris Parnell, Cheryl Hines, Michael McKean, Jason Alexander, Dennis Farina, Werner Herzog and GABE KAPLAN!

Yes, GABE KAPLAN!

If Werner Herzog and Gabe Kaplan in an improvised comedy about poker aren’t enough to entice you, I can’t help you.