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Joe Rogan banned from The Comedy Store

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 15th 2007 4:00PM

joe roganHere's an epilogue to my post about the tiff between Joe Rogan and Carlos Mencia that took place on stage at The Comedy Store a few days ago.

In a nutshell: Rogan and other comedians have been accusing Mencia of stealing material for some time, and the two men had a battle of words on stage with Rogan (and a couple other comedians) accusing Mencia of stealing material, and Mencia denying it.

On his Web site, Rogan wrote that he received a call from Comedy Store owner Mitzi Shore (mother of Pauly Shore), asking him to explain what had happened. Later, he received a call from the club's manager telling him he might want to take a break from the club because of the tension between him and Mencia. He also told Rogan they weren't happy about him putting the video of the fight on the internet. Bottom line: Rogan has been banned from The Comedy Store, and Mencia will continue to perform there.

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Bill and Dave battle again - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 29th 2006 3:01PM

bill and daveIf you're like me and don't tune into watch David Letterman much anymore, I've placed the video of Bill O'Reilly's latest appearance on The Late Show after the jump. I have no interest in taking sides in this particular debate, but I think what is clear is that as angry or annoyed as Dave seems, he loves to have someone on like O'Reilly who he can argue with rather than just lob softballs at some starlet who is there to promote her next movie. Dave's been doing this for far too long and he lives for these moments. O'Reilly isn't one to back down from a challenge, either, and despite their disagreements, the two of them are actually a perfect match. Unfortunately, the clip gets cut off at the end, and I couldn't find another one on YouTube. If anyone knows where a full clip can be found, let me know and I'll replace this one.

Full clip here. Thanks, Kristie.

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Short-Lived Shows: Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn

by Adam Finley, posted Aug 19th 2006 3:57PM
Colin QuinnBased on his stand-up and his work on Saturday Night Live, I always gathered that Colin Quinn wanted to be seen as an everyman, the sort of guy you could have a beer with and watch a football game; somebody who wouldn't be offended if you swore or cracked an off-color joke. Whether or not this also made him funny is, like anything else, subjective, but his comedy show/gabfest on Comedy Central certainly had a unique approach, though I'm not certain I watched it because I enjoyed it, or because it followed The Daily Show and I wasn't really doing anything else at the time. The basic idea of the show is that Quinn and four comedians (some regulars, some guests) would talk about current events and what annoyed them. Quinn's theory was that comedians always told the truth and never held back, which is true, and it gave the show an edginess other shows didn't have. The reason the series didn't last, I feel, is that uninformed opinions, even in the guise of jokes, grow tiresome after awhile, and the novelty of the show wore off quickly. Once in awhile a more thoughtful comedian would appear on the show, but was typically shouted down by the regulars. That's fine, since it was a comedy show after all, but listening to five guys prattle on about subjects they know nothing about gets old no matter how you dress it up.

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