April 4, 2010
March 12, 2010
March 12, 2010
Ah, the Black Eyed Peas’ group dynamic in a nutshell. (Pea hull?) will.iam and Fergie preside in the back while apl.de.ap and Taboo b-boy around up front like two dancing bears. They try to stop around 1:45, but, at around 2:00, will makes them keep going. “No more fluid fluid?” They gamely resume, jobs no doubt on the line. Delightful!
For the record, I like almost all BEP singles, most songs from “Monkey Business,” and will’s solo album.
March 5, 2010
Hi ho! DOOM here. Just a heads-up: my boy Napkins has some great shows in March, including a couple of 30-minute sets at the Westside Comedy Theater. That’s a ton of Nap-time, and you can be sure he’ll be performing lots of new raps that you would be remiss to miss. Get all the details on these and other shows at http://mrnapkins.com/schedule, and stay tuned for more info on his forthcoming album (tentatively due out in late spring or early summer). Peace!
January 12, 2010
Well HOWDY, chums!!! 2010 is going to be quite a year for everyone’s favorite pineapple-headed comedy rapper —- your fave and mine, MC Mr. Napkins!!!! His forthcoming album is all nice and recorded with a red shiny bow on top – now it just needs to be edited, mixed, mastered, artworked, and distributed. That’s going to take a few months, but you gotsta gotsta gotsta be patient, cause when it DOES drop (finally!!!!!), it’s going to have all the good stuff you’re a-hungerin’ for, from studio stunners to live loveliness to radical remixes. But it CERTAINLY won’t have any HIDDEN tracks! (Which is exactly what I’d say if I were trying to throw you OFF the track….sneaky sneaky!)
It’s gonna be quite a year! As Napkins said to me at our falconry lesson last week, “Gettin’ plenty done, yo, in twenty-one-oh!”
December 22, 2009
See my schedule page for a full listing, but here are two awesome shows you should check out before I leave for LA:
MC Mr. Napkins at the Comedy Studio
Thursday, 12/31 at 8 PM
Tickets $10, but contact me by 12/22 if you want on the guest list
November 20, 2009
Yesterday, I reconvened a group of singers who have not performed together since 2001: five former members of Company B, Brandeis University’s oldest a cappella group (of which I was a member for four years, president for two). These smooth crooners were laying down some background vocals for the album I’m currently recording. From left: Olinde Mandell, Mark Lipman, Brendan Gannon, Staci Hopkin, and Michelle Zeitler. Rap hands!
November 9, 2009
Here I am in a Boston Herald article about the local comedy scene. Thanks for the props to my boy Rick Jenkies of the Comedy Studio, who could have also mentioned Joe Wong (and likely did). So far this year, Joe has appeared on both Letterman and Ellen and will be performing at the 2010 White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
In addition to me, Rick name-checks Myq Kaplan and Shane Mauss, two of my favorite comics (and two of my closest, most inspiring comedy pals). They both just taped a half hour special for Comedy Central, which is a huge and well-deserved career milestone for each of them. If you are looking at my website but don’t know who they are, do yourself a favor and know.
October 10, 2009
Just a quick thank-you to all the people and animals who let me stay in their guest bedrooms or on their couches or floors during my 19-night LA junket:
Steve Puzarne & Buster (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
Ben Broidy, Jenny Simpson, & Princess (6, 7, 14)
Rob Turbovsky & Jeff (8, 9, 10, 18)
Brian Volk-Weiss & Kaji (11, 12, 15, 16, 17)
Joel & Randi Levinson (13, 19)
October 6, 2009
This is a picture of Dave Chappelle performing at the Hollywood Improv. But this venerable comedy club houses more than one performance space: in addition to the main room pictured above, it is also the home of the Improv Lab, a more modest cabaret stage next door. My friends the Walsh Brothers produce(d) a show there called the Great & Secret Show, on which I was scheduled to perform on Thursday, October 1.
But then Dave Chappelle showed up. Read this account of the evening, which also happens to say nice things about me, and let’s meet back here when you’re done reading.
OK, finished? It was indeed a fascinating event – it’s worth getting bumped to see Chappelle do such a weird show in such an intimate setting. Most of all, though, it sucks that there was some collateral damage: the Walshes got their show suspended indefinitely for letting Chappelle go up. I don’t know the Improv management’s position on the incident, but Dave and Chris are terrific guys and the G&S is a great show. I hope they come back there, or someplace else that is a better fit for them, especially since G&S East is now defunct.