Win Ben Stein's Money
Win Ben Stein's Money is an American television game show created by Al Burton and Donnie Brainard that aired first-run episodes from July 28, 1997 to January 31, 2003 on Comedy Central. The show featured three contestants who competed to answer general knowledge questions in order to win the grand prize of $5,000 from the show's host, Ben Stein. In the second half of each episode, Stein participated as a "common" contestant in order to defend his money from being taken by his competitors; the show won six Daytime Emmy awards, with Stein and Jimmy Kimmel, the show's original co-host, sharing the Outstanding Game Show Host award in 1999. As noted in a disclaimer during the closing credits, prize money won by contestants was paid from a prize budget furnished by the producers of the show. Any money left over in that budget at the end of a season was given to Stein. If the total amount paid out during a season exceeded that budget, the production company paid the excess. In this way, Stein was never in any danger of losing money from his own pocket.
Stein's co-host was Jimmy Kimmel for the first three years. Kimmel left in 2000 and was replaced by Nancy Pimental, who co-hosted the program through 2001. Kimmel's cousin, "Cousin Sal" Iacono, was the show's last co-host. Although Kimmel left the program in 2000, he made guest appearances afterward, hosted College Week episodes in 2001; the game began with $5,000 in Stein's bank. Five categories were always available for contestants to choose from, with pun-laden titles hinting at the questions' content. After a contestant chose a category, its value was revealed and Stein asked a toss-up question open to all three contestants. Higher-valued categories were more difficult. If a contestant rang in and answered the question value was added to their score and deducted from Stein's bank. An incorrect response allowed the other two contestants a chance to ring in; the contestant who answered the toss-up was asked a follow-up question worth $50. If they could not answer, either of the other two could attempt to score.
If no one answered the toss-up the $50 question was asked as a toss-up as well. Once both questions had been asked, the category was removed from play and a new one substituted in its place, the contestant who gave the last correct answer to that point chose the next category; the co-host would warn the contestants. Once time ran out, the lowest-scoring contestant was eliminated and their total was returned to Stein's bank. If there was a tie for low score, one last toss-up was asked. Stein now replaced the eliminated contestant and turned over question-asking duties to the co-host, who always stated that Stein had no advance knowledge of any questions that would be used from that point forward; this round was played to the first, with some rule changes. Stein chose the first category to start the round, the values were increased to $200-$500 increments of $100; each category consisted with no follow-up. If Stein answered his bank total remained unchanged; the co-host announced a one-minute warning.
When time ran out, the lower-scoring contestant was eliminated, forfeiting all money won, which again was returned to Stein's bank. The higher-scoring contestant kept all money won and advanced to the bonus round for a chance to win the entire $5,000. In the bonus round, the Best of 10 Test of Knowledge, both Stein and the winner of the second round were placed in isolation booths so that neither could hear the other's answers; the contestant had the choice of playing second. The person playing first was given 60 seconds to answer a total of ten questions, could pass if he or she chose to do so. After the first person played the round, the other was given 60 seconds to answer the same ten questions. If the contestant answered more questions than Stein, the contestant won the entire $5,000 grand prize that Stein had put into the bank at the beginning of the show. If Stein answered more questions the contestant kept only the money won in the first two rounds. If the round ended in a tie, the contestant won an additional $1,000.
The isolation booth for the contestant was plain, with a hardwood stool and a bare hanging light bulb, while Stein's booth was more luxurious, with a leather wing-back chair and other lavish furnishings. Each booth contained a clock that showed how much time was left – a cheap electric wall clock in the player's booth, an ornate desk clock in Stein's. In seasons, the contestant's booth was made to appear in disrepair, with a large crack running down the back wall and some wallpaper missing. At the end of the fourth season, three of the best contestants of the season who had earlier won $5,000 returned for a special "Ben Stein's Cup" episode, for a chance to win $25,000. In the first round, question values were $200, $400, $600, with follow-up questions worth $200. In the second round, questions were worth $800–$2,000 in increments of $400; the winner attempted to defeat Stein for the entire $25,000. In a previous "Ben Stein's Cup" episode in season two, three contestants who won $5,000 received a chance to win another $5,000.
Question values in the first two rounds were the same as always. Stein poked fun at rival quiz show Jeopardy!, given the similarities of format
James Christopher Gaffigan is an American stand-up comedian, actor and producer. He was raised in Indiana, his material is about fatherhood, observations and food. He is regarded as a "clean" comic, using little profanity in his routines, he has had several successful comedy specials, including Mr. Universe and Cinco, all three of which received Grammy nominations, his memoir, Dad Is Fat and his most recent book, Food: A Love Story, are both published by Crown Publishers. He co-created and starred in a TV Land television series based on his life called The Jim Gaffigan Show, he collaborates extensively with his wife, actress Jeannie Gaffigan, together they have five children. They are Catholic, a topic that comes up in his comedy, live in Manhattan, New York City. Gaffigan was born on July 7, 1966 in Elgin, the son of Marsha Mitchell and Michael A. Gaffigan, he is the youngest of six children and jokes about growing up in a large family. His father, a banker, was the first in his family to attend college, he encouraged his children to seek careers that promised job security.
However, at about the age of five, Jim announced that when he grew up, he wanted to be an "actress."As a teenager, Jim watched Saturday Night Live. He attended La Lumiere School in La Porte, where he starred on the school's football team, he attended Purdue University for one year, where he was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity transferred to Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business, where he graduated in 1988 with a degree in Finance. He played varsity football at Purdue. After graduating, Gaffigan moved to New York to pursue comedy, a move, inspired by his admiration for David Letterman, he found a job in advertising, he would work during the day and take acting classes at night. However, his career began in earnest when a friend from the class dared him to take a stand-up seminar that required a live set at the end, he fell in love with stand-up, began to play comedy clubs nightly—after his evening acting classes—until the wee hours of the morning. He was found sleeping on the job.
For the first seven years of his career, he tried various styles, ranging from angry comedy to impressions and voices. Live comedy was in decline following its peak of the 1980s, further affected by the increased popularity of cable television. However, after periodically auditioning for The Late Show with David Letterman for six years, he had a successful stand-up routine on the show, his career took off. Gaffigan's style is observational, his principal topics relate to laziness and parenthood, he is famous for his Hot Pocket routine, inspired by a commercial he saw that he mistook for a Saturday Night Live sketch. During his routines, he will sometimes perform soliloquies by using a high-pitched voice and—in the third-person—deliver negative feedback on his own performance, such as after making a diarrhea joke in his 2012 special "Mr. Universe" using the voice and saying "Really, He's using diarrhea jokes?" He calls that voice his "connection with the audience." In an interview with the Duluth News-Tribune, he explained that the voice was developed over time, beginning as a teenager when he would disarm people by talking for them in their presence.
He used it as a way to fend off hecklers earlier in his career, when he says that comedy clubs were more combative. He cursed early in his career, he added cursing to his comedy album Doing My Time, at the request of his label, in the hopes of drawing more teenagers. However, he has removed profanity from his routine, as he feels that his subject matter doesn't lend itself to cursing and that it reduced the effort he put into crafting his jokes. Jim has appeared at the "Just for Laughs" comedy festival in Quebec numerous times. In 2004 Gaffigan's stand up material was featured in Comedy Central's animated series Shorties Watchin' Shortie. October 2005, he filmed a live Comedy Central special that aired for the following January, became the comedy album/DVD Beyond the Pale; the routine consisted of material regarding food and American eating habits, the comedian unknowingly predicted a future menu item at Dunkin Donuts—the'glazed donut breakfast sandwich'—while commenting on the future of America's eating habits.
His 2009 album King Baby was a television special filmed in Austin, Texas, at the end of his "The Sexy Tour". Comedy Central released King Baby on DVD. In a March 2009 interview on Anytime with Bob Kushell, Gaffigan defended his naming of the tour, stating that he thought it would be funny that parents would be unsure about whether to bring their teenage children to the show. Four years on March 14, 2013, Gaffigan was named the "King of Clean" by the Wall Street Journal. On February 25, 2012, Gaffigan taped a one-hour stand-up special—Mr. Universe—at the Warner Theater in Washington, D. C.. He announced that, based on the business model used by Louis C. K.'s Live at the Beacon Theater, the stand-up would be available online through his website for $5, with 20% of the total proceeds going to the Bob Woodruff Foundation, an organization that provides support to military veterans. In 2012, he was among the top-ten grossing comics in the US, according to Pollstar. Gaffigan filmed his 2014 comedy special titled Jim Gaffigan: Obsessed at Boston's Wilbur Theater on January 18, 2014.
Obsessed premiered on Comedy Central on April 27 becoming the most watched stand-up comedy special of the year for the network. The accompanying album titled Obsessed, debuted at number 11 on the Billboard 200 and number 1 on the Bill
The Hudson Theatre is a Broadway theater located at 139–141 West 44th Street, between Times Square and 6th Avenue, New York City. Opened in 1903, it became a leading theatrical venue before serving in years as a network radio and television studio, a night club, a movie theater, a corporate event space; the Hudson Theatre reopened as a Broadway theater on February 11, 2017. The UK-based Ambassador Theatre Group signed a long term lease on the theater in 2015 and invested in a complete refurbishment of the venue, bringing it back into full-time use as a Broadway playhouse; the theater is owned by Copthorne Hotels. In 2016, the Hudson Theatre was listed on the National Register of Historic Places; the architectural firm of J. B. McElfatrick & Son made initial drawings for the Hudson Theatre in 1902, but the firm of Israels & Harder took the project over by 1903; when the Hudson opened, on October 19 of that year with Ethel Barrymore starring in Cousin Kate, it had a number of distinctive architectural features, including an unusually large foyer, a triple-domed ceiling, a system of diffused lighting.
Built by theatrical producer Henry B. Harris, the theatre was managed by his wife Renee Harris following his death on the RMS Titanic. From the 1930s through the 1940s the theater served as a CBS Radio studio in between theatrical engagements. In 1950, NBC converted it for permanent use as a television studio. Broadway Open House and The Kate Smith Hour were among the shows. In 1954, the Hudson became home to The Tonight Show which remained there, first with host Steve Allen and Jack Paar, until 1959. Developer Abraham Hirschfeld purchased the structure in 1956, returned it to use as a legitimate theater from 1960 to 1968, it became a movie house for adult films in 1974. In 1980 it became the Savoy rock club. In 1987, the building was granted landmark status by the City of New York; when owner Henry Macklowe developed the surrounding lots into a new luxury hotel, the Macklowe Hotel, he incorporated the landmarked theater, using it as a conference center and auditorium. Millennium & Copthorne Hotels bought the hotel and the Hudson in 1995, renaming the hotel the Millennium Broadway.
During its time as a conference center for the hotel. The Hudson Theatre was the site of stand-up comedy shows which were taped for broadcast on the Comedy Central cable network. In 2015 it was announced that the British-based Ambassador Theatre Group would assume management of the Hudson from the hotel and convert it back into a legitimate Broadway theater. Upon reopening in 2017, the Hudson became the 41st theater operating on Broadway and the oldest, having opened earlier in 1903 than the Lyceum and New Amsterdam Theatres; the Tony Awards Administration Committee ruled in October 2016 that the Hudson Theatre is deemed to be a Tony-eligible theatre, with "970 seats without the use of the orchestra pit and 948 seats when the orchestra pit is utilized by a production."The Hudson reopened as a Broadway theater in 2017 with a revival of the Stephen Sondheim musical Sunday in the Park with George. The limited 10-week run featured Jake Gyllenhaal and opened February 11 for previews with an official opening on February 23, 2017.
Gyllenhaal and his co-star Annaleigh Ashford participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the theater on February 8, 2017. Hudson Theatre 1903: Cousin Kate 1905: Man and Superman 1907: The Lion and the Mouse 1908: Love's Comedy 1914: The Taming of the Shrew 1922: So This is London 1926: The Noose 1929: Hot Chocolate 1938: Who's Who 1941: Arsenic and Old Lace 1945: State of the Union 1947: The Voice of the Turtle 1949: Detective Story 1960: Toys in the Attic 1961: BecketThe Savoy 1981: Genesis 1983: King Sunny Adé and his African BeatsReopened Hudson Theatre 2017: Sunday in the Park with George. Scotty Moore website. Retrieved June 22, 2014
Beat the Geeks
Beat the Geeks is an American television game show that aired on Comedy Central from 2001 to 2002. The show was rerun on The Comedy Network in Canada and reruns air on G4techTV Canada and Prime in New Zealand. On the show, contestants face off in trivia matches against "geeks" who are well-versed in music and television, as well as a fourth guest geek with an alternate area of expertise which varies from episode to episode; the object is to outsmart the geek at their own subject. Beat the Geeks was taped at the Hollywood Center Studios. In the first season, the three contestants competed against each other to answer eight toss-up questions, two from each category; the first four questions were worth 5 points each, the second four were worth 10 points each. The Geeks would give a fact after the question. In the second season, four pairs of questions were asked, one in each Geek's category; the first question of each pair was a toss-up among the contestants, worth 10 points. The contestant who answered then played the second toss-up against the relevant Geek.
If the contestant answered or if the Geek missed, the contestant scored 10 points. In both seasons, the lowest scorer at the end of the round was eliminated. In the event of a tie for low score, a question with a numerical answer was asked and the contestants wrote down their guesses; the one who came closer to the correct answer without going over remained in the game. The remaining two contestants each play a head-to-head challenge against the Geek of their choice in order to win the Geek's medal. If the contestants begin the round tied, they are asked a toss-up question to determine who plays first. Otherwise, the player with the most points starts. Once a Geek has lost his medal to a contestant, he cannot be challenged again until the final round. In the first season, four questions are asked, alternating between the contestant and the Geek, whose questions are much more difficult. If the Geek gives a wrong answer, the contestant wins the challenge, scores points, gets to wear the Geek's medal for the rest of the game.
If the contestant misses a question, the challenge ends and the opponent may score 10 points by giving the correct answer. If all four questions are answered a Geek-off is played to decide the challenge; the player has 15 seconds to name as many items. If the Geek cannot come up with more answers, the contestant wins the challenge. Resident Geeks' medals are worth 20 points each, while the Guest Geek's medal awards 30. A maximum of four questions are asked as in Season 1. Now, though, if the contestant misses a question, the Geek must answer it to win the challenge, vice versa; the opponent does not get a chance to score from a missed question. If both sides miss the same questions or if all four questions are asked, a Geek-off is played. Resident and Guest Geek medals award 40 points, respectively; the third round starts with two more head-to-head challenges, the trailing player starts. Gameplay is the same with all medals worth 20 more points. After these challenges are over, the Geek-qualizer is played to decide a winner.
A list of titles is read to the contestant, who must decide whether each is related to movies, music, or TV. The list continues until the contestant gives an incorrect answer, fails to give an answer within two seconds, or exhausts the list. If they have tied or exceeded their opponent's score, their opponent plays their own Geek-qualizer round with the same rules; the player with the most points after the Geek-qualizer advances to the final round. If there is a tie, a numerical tiebreaker question is asked. NOTE: When a contestant's turn is over, the geek that relates to the last title read explains it. Correct answers are worth 10 points each, with a maximum of 15 items in Season 1 and 16 in Season 2. In the final round, the contestant chooses one of the four Geeks to challenge; the contestant and Geek alternate questions, beginning with the contestant. Each turn, the host gives a category the player chooses whether to answer a 1-point, 2 point, or 3 point question. If answered they earn the number of points chosen.
The first player to reach 7 points wins. The host would mention in most episodes in season 1 that if the Geek's expertise slipped, he would be suspended from the show and therefore replaced by a new geek. Marc Edward Heuck - Movie Geek Paul Goebel - TV Geek Andy Zax - Music Geek Michael Jolly - Music Geek Michael Farmer - Music Geek Mike Bracken - Horror Geek Holly Chandler - South Park Geek Ken Crosby - James Bond Geek Gabriel Köerner - Star Trek Geek Alan Korsunsky - Comic Book Geek Antonio Lopez - Simpsons Geek John Steverding - Playboy Geek Karen Brown - Michael Jackson Geek Ivy Shantelle Hover - Sopranos Geek Kathy Pillsbury -
Strangers with Candy
Strangers with Candy is a television series produced by Comedy Central. It first aired on April 7, 1999, concluded its third and final season on October 2, 2000, its timeslot was Sundays at 10:00 p.m.. In 2007, Strangers with Candy was ranked. A prequel film of the same name was released in 2005; the series' main character, Geraldine Antonia "Jerri" Blank, was a "junkie whore"/runaway returning to high school as a freshman at age 46 at the fictional Flatpoint High School in the town of Flatpoint. According to the show's animated introduction, Jerri ran away from home and became "a boozer, a user, a loser" after dropping out of high school as a teenager, supporting her drug habits through prostitution and larceny, she has been to prison several times, the last time because she, in her words, "stoled a TV." Every episode featured a theme or moral lesson, although the lessons were amoral or warped. When Jerri's father dies in the episode "The Goodbye Guy", Jerri learns the valuable lesson, "You never really'lose' your parents.
Unless of course they die. They're gone forever, and nothing will bring them back." In another episode, "Bully", Jerri learned that "violence isn't the only way to resolve a conflict, but it's the only way to win it." Each episode ends with other featured actors from the episode dancing. The series was first envisioned by Paul Dinello, Mitch Rouse, Stephen Colbert, all of whom had seen a Scared Straight!–type public-service film called The Trip Back, in which motivational speaker Florrie Fisher recalled her days as a New York prostitute to a group of high-school students. Seeing that Fisher resembled their friend Amy Sedaris, they showed her a copy of the tape and, suitably impressed with Sedaris's imitation of Fisher, began developing a series based around the idea of Fisher going back to high school herself; the four combined this concept with lampooning the after school specials they had all been subjected to in high school, along with the short-lived mid-1990s teen series My So-Called Life.
Much of Jerri's past is taken from anecdotes in The Trip Back, some of which were included in Fisher's autobiography, The Lonely Trip Back. Several lines of dialogue in the series were taken verbatim from Fisher's public-service film. Sedaris, Colbert and Rouse were cast members of the short-lived Comedy Central series Exit 57. Geraldine "Jerri" Antonia Blank: A 46-year-old ex-con, ex-junkie, ex-prostitute, high-school freshman at Flatpoint High. Guy Blank: Jerri's biological father, shown only in a motionless state during mid-action. Sara Blank: Jerri's hateful stepmother. Derrick Blank: Jerri's arrogant half-brother, he plays quarterback for the Flatpoint Donkeys football team. Stew: The Blank family's meat man, he engages in an affair with Sara. Principal Onyx Blackman: Principal of Flatpoint High School, his image is prominently displayed around the school, in classrooms and paper towels. Charles "Chuck" Noblet: Chuck is the school's history teacher and sponsor of the school newspaper, The Donkey Trouser.
He and his wife Claire have Seamus. He is in a secret homosexual relationship with Geoffrey Jellineck. Geoffrey Jellineck: Geoffrey is the school's art teacher, he is an fragile and narcissistic man, engaged in a secret homosexual relationship with Chuck Noblet. Coach Cherri Wolf: The girls' gym teacher. Iris Puffybush: Secretary to Principal Blackman. Cassie Pines: The school's guidance counselor. Tammi Littlenut: Jerri's red-headed friend, referred to as "Copperhead". Orlando Pinatubo: Jerri's Filipino sidekick, about whose heritage she makes many racist remarks, it is insinuated in both the film that he is in love with Jerri. Jimmy Tickles: Jerri's sexually diminutive date in The Virgin Jerri. Paul Cotton: Jerri's love interest who gets to see her "Liberty Bell" in Let Freedom Ring. Claire Noblet: Wife to Chuck Noblet, she is oblivious to her husband's relationship with Geoffrey Jellineck. Father: Local cult leader, whose cult threatens Blackman's hold on his Flatpoint students. On February 7, 2006, film company ThinkFilm announced that it had acquired the distribution rights to a feature film based on the series.
The film, a prequel to the television show, was completed in 2004 and acquired by Warner Independent at Sundance in 2005, but release of the film was delayed due to legal clearance issues. Amy Sedaris, Stephen Colbert, Paul Dinello reprised their roles for the film. In addition to acting, Colbert is a co-producer and Dinello is a director for the film. Worldwide Pants, a production company owned by comedian David Letterman, was a producer; this is the company's first feature film production. A teaser trailer for the film was released in April 2006; the initial theatrical release was June 28, 2006, in the New York City area, followed by the remainder of the
David Attell is an American stand-up comedian and writer. He is best known as the host of Comedy Central's Insomniac with Dave Attell, which earned him a cult following. Fellow comics Patton Oswalt and Bill Burr have hailed him as the greatest off-color comedian alive. Attell was born in New York to a Jewish family, he was raised in Rockville Centre on Long Island. He graduated from South Side High School. After graduating from New York University in 1987 with a degree in communications, Attell worked menial jobs during the day and put in his time at comedy clubs at night, he worked his first gig at Governor's in Levittown and, according to Attell, "totally bombed". Attell's first appearance on television was in 1988 on VH1's Stand-Up Spotlight, which featured early appearances by Lewis Black, Margaret Cho, Jeff Garlin, Jay Mohr and Wanda Sykes; the show was hosted by Rosie O'Donnell. His biggest break was achieved on November 23, 1993, when he made his first appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman.
The appearance was seen by Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels, who recruited Attell to be a writer, occasional performer, on SNL. Attell can be seen behind Chris Farley during the famous "Rudy Giuliani Inauguration" sketch. Attell worked on the show for the 1993–94 season. In 1995, Attell was featured on two HBO specials: alongside up-and-comers Louis C. K. Anthony Clark, Eric Tunney and Dave Chappelle, he was a featured performer on the 1995 Young Comedians Special hosted by Garry Shandling. He was given his own 60-minute special on the channel's HBO Comedy Showcase. Subsequently, Attell was given an episode of HBO Comedy Half-Hour in 1997, he is regarded as the ultimate "comedian's comedian" and a pioneer in the genre of blue comedy and black humor. Attell's first one-hour special, Captain Miserable aired December 8, 2007 on HBO, his latest special Road Work aired 2014 on Comedy Central. He was labelled as one of the most brilliant comedians with phenomenal joke-writing prowess. Dave Chappelle and Louis C.
K. have hailed him as one of the most prolific geniuses of stand-up comedy. Colin Quinn described him as the Fellini of stand-up. On the 39th episode of the Comedy Cellar podcast, the owner of the Comedy Cellar Noam Dworman referred to him as the greatest comedian after Richard Pryor and George Carlin, he performs at the Comedy Cellar which boasts the likes of comedians such as Louis C. K. Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Dave Chappelle, Jim Norton as some of its regular performers. In 2018 he toured with Jeff Ross on the Bumping Mics Tour. At the end of the tour they taped a three part docu series for Netflix at the Comedy Cellar, it was critically acclaimed and showcased Attell's skill of blue offensive joke writing. In 1995, Attell appeared as Squiggly Dave on Professional Therapist. In 1999, the network issued Attell an installment in their Comedy Central Presents series; the same year the network signed him on as a regular commentator on their satirical news show The Daily Show. When he arrived in 1999, the show was just finding its audience after the departure of host Craig Kilborn and the arrival of Jon Stewart, an old friend of Attell's from the New York comedy circuit.
The three-year stint gave Attell access to a mass audience on a regular basis. Attell's series of commentary on the show was called "The Ugly American", he appeared in the finale for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. In 2003, Attell began appearing semi-regularly on Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn; the show featured many of the performers he works with every day at the underground comedy club the Comedy Cellar and is based on the conversations they would have off-stage at the Olive Tree Cafe, the restaurant above the club. The unscripted show was canceled in November 2004. In 2007, Attell appeared in Heckler. Attell appeared on Comedy Central's Last Laugh in 2007. In July 2008, Attell began hosting The Gong Show with Dave Attell for Comedy Central. Like the 1970s version, the show had a rotating panel of celebrity judges grading unusual acts. Other notable television roles featuring Attell: "Dave" in a couple of the early episodes of Everybody Loves Raymond The voice of "Frank Demore" on Crank Yankers "Brad Campbell" on Ed Himself on Arrested DevelopmentIn January 2010, he co-hosted the AVN Awards show, along with porn actresses Kirsten Price and Kayden Kross.
In May 2008, Attell announced a casting call on his MySpace page for Comedy Central's relaunch of The Gong Show. Attell was host, along with Greg Fitzsimmons serving as head writer on the series. However, The Gong Show with Dave Attell aired only from July to September 2008. Attell returned to television on Showtime beginning October 20, 2011 in Dave's Old Porn, a TV series in which Attell views and jokes about retro 1970s and 1980s pornographic movies with different guest comedians. During a given show and his guest view clips that give an overview of a particular retro porn star's career. Near the end of that show, that particular porn actor appears and comments on clips from some of his or her movies. Insomniac with Dave Attell is a television series described by Attell as "Wild on E! for Ugly People". It featured Attell walking the streets of America's cities late at night, meeting the people in a haze of ecstatic inebriation; the show went overseas. The American cities featured on the show were Albuquerque, Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Cleveland, Honolulu, Kansas City, Key West, Las Vegas, Little Rock, Long Island, Miami
Stand-up comedy is a comic style in which a comedian performs in front of a live audience speaking directly to them. The performer is known as a comic, stand-up comic, comedienne, stand-up comedian, or a stand-up. In stand-up comedy, the comedian gives the illusion that they are dialoguing, but in actuality, they are monologuing a grouping of humorous stories and one-liners called a shtick, routine, or set; some stand-up comedians use props, magic tricks to enhance their acts. Stand-up comedy is stated to be the "freest form of comedy writing", regarded as an "extension of" the person performing; the improvisation of stand-up is compared to jazz music. A comedian's process of writing is likened to the process of song writing. A comedian's ability to tighten their material has been likened to crafting a samurai sword; some of the main types of humor in stand-up comedy include observational comedy, blue comedy, dark comedy, clean comedy, cringe comedy. Alternative stand-up comedy deviates from the traditional, mainstream comedy by breaking either joke structure, performing in an untraditional scene, or breaking an audience's expectations.
Stand-up comedy is performed in corporate events, comedy clubs and pubs, neo-burlesques and theatres. Outside live performance, stand-up is distributed commercially via television, DVD, CD and the internet, it can take an amateur comedian about 10 years to perfect the technique needed to be a professional comedian. As the name implies, "stand-up" comedians perform their material while standing, though this is not mandatory. Similar acts performed while seated can be referred to as "sit-down comedy". "Comedians are more to exhibit psychotic traits" than the average person. In stand-up comedy, from the time the audience enters the building, their feedback is instant and crucial for the comedian's act. Audiences expect a stand-up comedian to provide four to six laughs per minute, a performer is always under pressure to deliver the first two minutes. A stand-up comedy show may be one comedian. A traditional format features an opening act known as a host, compère, master of ceremonies, or "opener" who, for 10-12 minutes warms up the crowd, interacts with audience members, makes announcements, introduces the other performers.
The second definition of an opener is applied when the opening act of a traveling comedian may perform a 25-minute set. The "showcase" format consists of several acts who perform for equal lengths of time, typical in smaller clubs such as the Comedy Cellar, or Jongleurs, or at large events where the billing of several names allows for a larger venue than the individual comedians could draw. A showcase format may still feature an MC. Many smaller venues hold open mic events, where anyone can take the stage and perform for the audience; this offers an opportunity for amateur performers to hone their craft and to break into the profession, or for established professionals to work on their material. Industry scouts will sometimes go to watch open mics. Breaking into the business requires "10 minute" of "A" material. Roadhouses start booking people for "20 minutes of'A' material". "A" material means getting a big laugh at least "75% of the time". "Bringer shows" are open mics that require amateur performers to bring a specified number of paying guests to receive stage time.
Some view this as exploitation. The guests have to pay a cover charge and there is a minimum number of drinks that must be ordered; these shows have a "showcase" format. Different comedy clubs have different requirements for their bringer shows. Gotham Comedy Club in New York City, for example has ten-person bringers, while Broadway Comedy Club in New York City has six-person bringers. In the'90s, the New York Comedy Club had pre-shows. In metropolitan areas, bringer shows may give comedians better exposure than open mics, because there is better audience turnout; this is an unpaid, five-to-ten-minute time slot, an audition to get booked for paid gigs. In stand-up comedy, a "canned" joke is made of a "premise...point of view" and "twist" ending. A joke contains the least amount of information necessary to be conveyed and laughed at. Most of stand-up comedy's jokes are the juxtaposition of two incongruous things. According to the founding editor of The Onion, there are eleven types of jokes. Stand-up comedians will deliver their jokes in the form of a typical joke structure, using comedic timing to deliver the setup and the punch line.
Stand-ups will frame their stories as having happened "recently." The comedian's delivery of a joke—the pause, inflection, "ener," and look—is "everything". Comedians include taglines (dependent punchlines that