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Video: Louis C.K.'s first appearance on Letterman

Louis Did you catch the sweet two-episode set of "Louie" last night? One of the shows featured flashbacks to Louie's early days in standup and his relationship with a comic who started out with him. In the final flashback, Louie reveals that he has been asked to appear on Letterman. From there, we know that Louie goes on to success and acclaim, but his friend does not. It's a classic and moving story of how even close friends can evolve and slowly grow apart.

Apparently our good friend Adam Lisagor (of "Put This On") was so intrigued by the episode that he searched through the interwebs to find video of the referenced Letterman appearance and posted it on his Tumblr, Lonely Sandwich.

Here it is:

Adam also had a great observation about the set:

"Louie CK’s first appearance on Letterman, 1995.

Referenced on last night’s Louie (with a young Louie portrayed confusingly by a kid who looks less like Louie in ‘95 (anybody else see some Fincher in there?) and more like Ham from The Sandlot.

Louie, from this point in his career, shows every bit of the brilliance he does now. And still, it’s refreshing to see him tell one of the worst hacky 90s jokes ever written, at the very end of his set. Still figuring shit out. Just like the rest of us."

Doug Benson: Potty Mouth


Comedian and podcaster Doug Benson is releasing his third album for Comedy Central, called "Potty Mouth", on August 30th. Usually, I favor digital downloads for my music and comedy, but I've pre-ordered the CD of this performance because it will ship with a bonus DVD that includes all six episodes of "The Benson Interruption". The "Interruption", for those who missed it when it aired, featured Doug sitting in a chair onstage and making digs or observations while another comedian performs. The resulting banter and one-upmanship kept the show lively and fun. Below is a clip featuring one of the show's recurring bits, "Tweet Off", with Michael Ian Black.

And here is Eugene Mirman discussing an awkward search for food while on the road in Pennsylvania.
Eugene Mirman - Grub and Babes
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While you are waiting for your CD to arrive, you should check out Doug's cinephile podcast, Doug Loves Movies.

Jeff Garlin will create a new comedy for ABC


Awesome news to start your day: Jeff Garlin just landed a deal to create a new comedy for ABC. The executive producer and star of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" will write, executive produce and star in the currently untitled show. Bruce McCulloch (formerly of "The Kids in the Hall" and "Saturday Night Live") will co-write the script and will also serve as executive producer. As you know from Garlin's recent interview on the Sound of Young America, it couldn't happen to a nicer guy. Below is the theatrical trailer from Garlin's delightful 2007 film "Someone To Eat Cheese With".

Blitzen Trapper: American Goldwing


Solid plan for cooling down on a too warm summer afternoon: one tall lemonade, a soft backyard breeze and two peaceful new songs from Blitzen Trapper. The band has an album coming out on September 13th called "American Goldwing" and the new advance tracks prove that it will be the perfect soundtrack to summer's quiet departure.

The title track is embedded above and you can go here to download a second song, "Love the Way You Walk Away", directly from Sub Pop Records.

Here's what Blitzen Trapper singer/songwriter/guitarist Eric Earley wrote about the band’s new record:

"When I sing, in the title track, “I know / I know / I’ll be staying if the wind don’t blow,” I’m seeking to invoke the unseen, the spirit that beckons you to saddle up that old 1980 Honda Goldwing, or your uncle’s beat up Ford Bronco, or that Jeep you somehow, and only barely, keep running and leave this lonely town behind, ‘cause that wind’s always blowing. I’m calling you to ride, to take those curves at speed and head for someplace better where love is true, whether that be into the depths of the galaxy or just to the next truck stop where the neon shines, and where the “company of strangers / and the close and the present dangers” are all that really matters."

Starting October 7, Blitzen Trapper will be hitting the open road for a two-month tour with Dawes. If you want to join them, all of the relevant info regarding dates, venues, and tickets can be found here.

Patton Oswalt is Malazar the Wizard


If you're tired of comedy films that play out a single premise for too long, then you will love 5-Second Films: succinct but silly exposition, action, conflict and resolution in half the time it takes to type a tweet.  Yesterday's short, "The Final Battle", was awesome not only because it features Patton Oswalt, but also because its creators provided this summary:  "In the Land of Fyffynthoth, most of the demonic winged creatures are actually just friendly dudes who are trying to get you anything you may want - lollies, more TV time, a scoop of ice cream. But Malazar the Wizard was having none of that bunk."

Alumni Newsletter: August 9, 2011

  • Marc Maron is releasing his fourth CD today on Comedy Central Records. "This Has to Be Funny" is available as a CD or mp3 download. (BTW, for long-time Maron followers, that's his cat Boomer on the cover). Recently, Marc gave the keynote address at the annual Just for Laughs festival in Montreal. (You can find the text and the audio here). The speech is a moving commentary on the importance of continuing to believe in yourself, and continuing to do good work, even when times are hard. It sends an important message to creators everywhere: Never give up.
  • Congrats to the team behind "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia"! FX recently picked up two more seasons of "Sunny" which will make it the longest-running live-action comedy on basic cable. The show will return to your screens on September 15th and later this fall our Canadian listeners will be able to join in the fun as the network plans to launch FX Canada on November 1st.
  • Speaking of FX, we're also getting excited about the upcoming season premiere of the quick-witted animated spy comedy "Archer" featuring TSOYA alums Chris Parnell and H. Jon Benjamin. The network will air the first three episodes of the third season in mid-September reserving the rest until early 2012. If you haven't been following the adventures of Sterling Archer, you're missing some of the fastest and cleverest dialogue on television. You can check out the first season on Netflix, but I recommend buying the DVD of that season as it features some very funny and unusual bonus materials.
  • The movie "30 Minutes or Less" featuring Jesse Eisenberg, Nick Swardson and TSOYA alum Aziz Ansari will be released on August 12th.
  • Kids in the Hall alums Kevin McDonald and Scott Thompson are touring comedy clubs around the nation with a new show called Two Kids, One Hall. The show, which will feature stand up and sketch elements, as well as an appearance by favorite classic character Buddy Cole, will tour for about three months. Their next performances will be August 11th - 13th at the Punchline in Atlanta. If you want to know when the show is coming to your town, you can check out their tour dates here.
  • In order to build anticipation around the upcoming new Dr. Who episodes that will begin airing on August 27th, BBC America is releasing a series of Who-themed specials featuring a diverse plethora of TSOYA alums including Chris Hardwick, Reggie Watts, and Scott Adsit. The first special, "Doctor Who: Best of the Doctor", will air on Saturday, August 13 at 9/8c.

"Louie" Renewed for a Third Season


If the comedy nerd next to you just looked up from his laptop with tears of relief and joy in his eyes, it's probably because FX just announced that the network has renewed Louis C.K.'s Emmy-nominated show "Louie" for a third season.

That's my best guess, anyway. Truly wonderful news.

The Alumni Newsletter: August 5, 2011

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