Tuesday, October 12, 2010
With a nicely pressed shirt and a sarcastic sense of humor, comedian Keith Alberstadt is laid back and easy to enjoy. And while it may be true that you don't know Keith personally, he’ll still remind you of your witty uncle, clueless bachelor friend and favorite drinking buddy all in one. Keith writes jokes for SNL's Weekend Update, has participated in a number of comedy festivals, continues to take part in the Comics on Duty Tour over in the Middle East and has released a number of CDs, including "It's Pronounced Jenkins." In other news, Keith was recently named "Best of the Fest" at the 2012 Aspen Laff Fest. Keith's facebook page.
Mike Birbiglia is not only a popular and successful stand-up comedian, he's also starred in the one-man off-Broadway shows "Sleepwalk With Me" and "My Girlfriend's Boyfriend," is the author of the book, “Sleepwalk With Me And Other Painfully True Stories,” and wrote, starred in and directed the film Sleepwalk with Me (which was based on his one-man-show, which in turn was based on his real life experiences). The film received much critical acclaim and also won the the Best Of NEXT audience award at the Sundance Film Festival. Mike is currently back out on tour. You can follow Mike on twitter and facebook.
It's time for another exciting episode of the best joke filled, news feature hosted by a stand-up comedian named Bob Zany, The Zany Report. But the Report isn't the only thing you'll get when Bob calls in, we'll also find out where he's playing next, Bing Crosby will tell a joke, and some lucky fan will win prizes after fixing one Zany's less than successful punch lines. So you'd better tune it because it's going to be huge! In other news, Bob was recently featured in the Matt Damon film, The Informant! and is the star of the new documentary Close But No Cigar: Bob Zany which you can find here and pre-order the 2-DVD set here. Follow Bob on Facebook and twitter. Bob also has a new Podcast, "The Bob Zany Show" with Zan Aufdeerheide.
Actor Jim Belushi has been a mainstay on television for decades now. With a background in improv and comedy, Belushi broke into show business as a writer and actor on "Saturday Night Live." He then transitioned into feature films such as Curly Sue, Mr. Destiny, K-9 and Jingle All the Way. In recent years, Belushi returned to television, starring for eight seasons in the sitcom "According to Jim," and now in the new CBS legal drama "The Defenders," which airs Fridays at 8PM on CBS.
A former stand-up comedian, Bill Scheft decided a number of years ago that he preferred writing the jokes to telling them. That's what's made him such a valuable asset to "The Late Show w/ David Letterman," where he's one of the head writers for Dave's famous opening monologues. He also contributed to the new book, The Late Show Fun Facts, authored by Letterman and the other Late Show writers. But this isn't Bill's only published work, he's also the author of three novels, The Ringer, Time Won't Let Me, and Everything Hurts (with a fourth novel, Shrink Thyself, on the way in April). His newest book is The Final Four of Everything. Check out Bill's band, The Truants. Follow Bill Scheft on twitter. And if you're a golf fan, you'll enjoy this book Bill put together of stories collected from his Uncle about The Masters.
Costaki Economopoulos is a comedian, true, but he's also a football fan. Those two factors alone make him the perfect candidate to give us a comedic look back at the NFL each week with his new feature that's also been picked up by The Huffington Post and Bleacher Report. With his Greek heritage, it's not surprising that he's been described as a “joke philosopher,” and we're sure he's not the only one saying that. Costaki is also a talented joke writer who's punchlines have been heard on "The Tonight Show," Showtime, BET, and MTV. Follow Costaki on facebook and twitter.