Episode 6 “The ECNY Awards and The End of the Strike”

On this HAROLDcast Matt Fried joins Chris Camp and Del Far as they all talk about the ECNY Awards, go over the rundown of when and how many new episodes of television shows will come back, and how happy we are that the strike is over.

Outline and Links below
Small News:

  • Rooftop Comedy is holding a college comedy contest for both stand-up and short film. Online voting will select finalists for a live webcasted performance in Aspen. http://www.rooftopcomedy.com/events/college
  • New York’s Comic Strip Live comedy club will hold a 50-hour stand-up marathon on June 3. With 200 comics performing, the show would break the Guiness World Record. http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/Quirks/…50_hours/1523/
  • MySpace Comedy is looking to expand it’s comedy section and start focusing on other formats of comedy including improvisational Comedy.
  • Flight of the conchords win a grammy! http://www.dead-frog.com/blog/entry/…ds_win_grammy/
  • My Name Is Earl creator, Greg Garcia, decided to “get back in touch” with the TV viewers of America. He took a job at a fast-food restaurant, never letting on to his fellow employees — or anyone else — that he was an Emmy-winning writer/producer. As a cashier and occasional janitor, Greg spent the month of January rubbing elbows with the real world. You might wonder, why would he do it? http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/…803d0550c24387
  • One block to an Arrested Development movie: Many of the props, including Gob’s political incorrect puppet, were sold on eBay. Oops. http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2008/02/12…een-my-puppet/
  • The Simpsons writers pen how they’d finish the strike-aborted season of The Office for New York Magazine. Plus: Daily Show scribes describe the arcs for 13 other shows. http://nymag.com/news/features/43592/
  • “Wet Hot American Summer” to become a Broadway musical? Director David Wain is in talks, but first will be a new DVD version with a new coda
  • The troubled Onion Movie will apparently see the light of day as a straight-to-DVD comedy. The trailer shows how fragile the tone of the Onion can be. http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/305252/The-Onion-Movie/trailers
  • Tina Fey will host the first post-strike Saturday Night Live. The show returns the following Saturday on February 23. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/13/arts/television/13tube.html?_r=1&oref=slogin
  • Bonnaroo Comedy lineup announced. Includes, David Cross, Janeane Garofalo, Zach Galifianakis, Jim Norton, Brian Posehn,Mike Birbiglia, John Mulaney and Michelle Buteau. Bonnaroo takes place June 12-15 in Manchester, TN.
  • On a cold Saturday in New York City, the world’s largest train station came to a sudden halt. Over 200 Improv Everywhere Agents froze in place at the exact same second for five minutes in the Main Concourse of Grand Central Station. Over 500,000 people rush through Grand Central every day, but today, things slowed down just a bit as commuters and tourists alike stopped to notice what was happening around them. http://www.improveverywhere.com/2008/01/31/frozen-grand-central/
  • Improv Everywhere needs some cash, “Being on the front page of YouTube, Digg, Reddit, Boing Boing, Gawker, and more has generated an unbelievable amount of traffic to our site. Our tech guy, Agent Minter, has worked long hours buying us new temporary server space to handle the load. We’ve had 1.3TB of network traffic since Friday afternoon. Long story short, our bill is already several hundred dollars and will continue to grow. If you like what we do, please consider making a small donation to help us cover our costs. All money goes directly towards paying our bills and funding new missions.” – Charlie Todd

Big Topics:

  • The city’s brightest comics, performers, and comedy industry amassed last night at Comix for the 2007 ECNY Awards. From the red carpet pre-show, to the phenomenal presenters, the sublime musical acts (Sublime didn’t play, sadly), and the wee-hours afterparty: we were floored by how nicely it all came together. The awards were really just an excuse to put on a fun, overblown party; we hope everyone had a good time. Sixteen trophies were taken home. http://www.theapiary.org/archives/20…07_ecny_a.html
  • UCBComedy Launches.
  • END OF THE WGA STRIKE!
  • Post strike, we go over the rundown of when and how many new episodes of shows will come back. Includes info on “The Office” and “30 Rock.
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