Thursday, August 2, 2012

Two of The Best, At The Same Time

When I was in Los Angeles toward the end of last year, I was fortunate enough to see Jon Dore perform at Comedy Bang! Bang! at UCB Theatre. He was easily one of the smartest, most inventive stand-ups I've seen. Period. According to CBB's host, Scott Aukerman, Jon had a show in Canada, but I haven't been able to dig up much about it. For shame, Canada. I want to see anything this guy comes up with. Right now.

Rory Scovel is another comedian who I stumbled across only recently, but I wish I'd heard earlier. He's doing really phenomenal work... the beginning of his album "Dilation" is one of the best transformations from sarcasm to anger to sadness I've ever heard. Genius insanity in the span of one minute. (I'll admit I'm a little more drawn to the experimental weirdness of Dore's comedy, but Scovel's timing and performance is staggeringly good.)

So already being fast fans of these two I was overjoyed to find this (almost two years past) clip from Conan, where everyone involved took it up one more notch of ingeniousness. To explain anything about the video is a waste: Just watch it. And make sure to applaud at the end.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Russian Riot

Russians and non-Russians alike have (understandably) varying views on the practices of Russian Punk Collective Pussy Riot. But I don't think it's too arguable that a.) those masks look really great and b.) they are bad-asses who, if they have younger siblings, have younger siblings who think they are SUPER bad-asses.

"Century of The Child"

Oh, how I wish I could get to New York before this show is taken down. Thankfully, there's at least the catalog for the rest of us, but I'm jealous of anyone who gets to see all of this in person. (Thanks to the ever vigilant Emily for alerting me to this.)

Farewell, Sally

Sally Ride. 1951-2012.