"The RATLIFF 2016 GOLD Olympic Interview Special with Sal Gentile"
Directed by ROB MALONE
Filmed by KEITH HASKEL
If you watch only one 2016 Summer Olympics Interview Special this year, please make it this one.
♪ I-I-I-It looks like… there’s a talent show… in the living room…. I think that we should go do that now… ♫
I asked Abbi Jacobson to design the flyer for my show a little less than 2 years ago. She is a very passionate artist and we had a sit down meeting and discussed my thoughts and then she told me her thoughts, and they were better. My only must have request was that Charles Barkley be in the audience. She then hand drew my postcard. I have the original and it is super awesome. Also, she did not charge me enough. (dummmmmmy!)
Strangers Wanted is a fully improvised Talk Show. I prepare jack shit. The show requires an audience in order to work, because the audience will become my warm-up comic, house band, side-kick/announcer and my guests. It is a good time! It gets weird and strange and I love it.
Friday, March 7th
The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, 307 West 26th Street.
I re-blogged a thing about THE TONY SHOW the other day, saying that going to shows like that are the whole point of living in NYC and liking Comedy.
Shannon’s monthly show is another great example of something that is great that everybody who likes things that are awesome and funny should be going to.
This includes all network executives looking for the next mold-breaking talk show. If David Letterman basically set the template for almost every late night chat show that is currently on the air, I feel like Shannon has taken the Letterman influence and followed it not through imitation but by actually (like him) doing something different.
Go see this show tomorrow night at 7:30 and then afterwards get in the standby line to see The Stepfathers at 9:00 and find out if Jordan Klepper’s triumphant first week on The Daily Show has turned him into a complete monster!
Newly discovered C-SPAN footage of me in 1992 (age 17) asking a question about the difference between Ukraine and Russia.
I was in Washington D.C. on a youth-in-government trip (that’s my best friend Jeff Falzone seated to my left) and we were brought in to be the audience for this discussion.
I didn’t know anything about the relationship between Russia & Ukraine but was determined to get on TV asking a question. (I think that’s why I’m smirking so much while I ask the question, I think I’m amused that I managed to get on the show.)
I will point out that I was the only 2012 Presidential candidate who was talking about this newly relevant issue twenty years ago. ALSO: The last 20 seconds of the clip basically predict what’s happening right now.
Always dug 1983’s ‘Pills and Soap’, but the rework, ‘Stick Out Your Tongue’ is one of the highlights, and a fantastically different animal, featured on the Elvis Costello / Roots - Wise Up Ghost LP.