5 items from 2012
Nowadays it seems like stand-up comedians are divided between two schools of thought: those who think they need to be crude or edgy to score a laugh and those that sacrifice comedy in an attempt to keep it clean and appeal to the audiences turned off by the other half of the comedians. It’s easy to forget that somewhere in the middle you have offbeat comedians who have entirely inoffensive material that’s still cuttingly intelligent and wickedly funny. Among the best in that middle ground is Jim Gaffigan who has made a name for himself with his preferential treatment of food-based comedy and his trademark “audience voice” personality (what he imagines an overly prudish listener might object to in his clean jokes). Gaffigan’s comedy specials King Baby and Beyond the Pale were home runs all the way through, and his latest DVD and CD release, Mr. Universe is no different. »
- Lex Walker
By Sam Negin
Theater Editor & Columnist
Confirming a number of rumors I’ve heard around lately, a few news items appeared online this week about the opposite fates of two Broadway shows and one theater.
The New York Times reported that the Broadway production of War Horse, which is based on Michael Morpurgo‘s children’s novel of the same name and which was also the basis for Stephen Spielberg‘s Oscar-nominated film, has set a closing date of Jan. 6, 2013. The show opened on April 14, 2011, and went on to win five Tony Awards, including Best Play and Best Director. As of its closing date, the show will have played 718 regular performances and 33 previews at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre.
In other news, Broadway.com has reported that the stage musical adaptation of the 1983 film Flashdance will be coming to Broadway in August 2013, with an additional cast taking the show on the »
- Sam Negin
Paul Solet is no stranger to Icons of Fright or myself; having met him through Fangoria releasing our short horror films on DVD a few years ago, I was fortunate to then witness his step-by-step progress in getting his first genre feature, Grace, off the ground. Joining with Adam Green’s ArieScope Pictures for production, Paul’s film debuted at Sundance to awed, anxious and some fainting audience members; and spent 9 months on the festival circuit before its theatrical and DVD releases in 2009. While there are projects brewing for Mr. Solet that we can’t give away yet, I spoke to him about the Grace experience, his foray into horror on the radio, Boston celebrity, as well as some officially announced projects coming our way; we touch on his thoughts on the Hollywood process and how he approaches meetings and work, and wrap up with a look at some Dirty Lights. »
Do you love horror & miss the good ole days of being frightened by terrifying radio serials (rhetroric!)? Do you love Glass Eye Pix, the independent company behind such genre classics like House of the Devil (of course you do!). Well Fright fans, this post is just for you because Larry Fessenden & Glen McQuaid’s Tales From Beyond The Pale is returning with another season of 8 original audio shows with a bevy of special guests that will be preformed Live in front of an audience! Read on for the press release below that spills all the devilish details!
Glass Eye Pix, the fiercely independent film company behind Stake Land, The Innkeepers and I Sell The Dead, in association with Clay McLeod Chapman’s Fear-mongers: Fireside Chats About Horror Films, is taking its successful audio »
- Justin Edwards
Stand-up comedian and Saturday Night Live scribe John Mulaney makes plenty of pop culture references in his one-hour Comedy Central special New in Town: Among other jokes, there’s a well-delivered line about Ratatouille and even a pitch-perfect Def Comedy Jam take on Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. But Mulaney, who has an affinity for all things television (“I don’t daydream, I just think about things I saw on TV. I’ve noticed that sometimes I’ll be staring off and I’ll just be thinking about a commercial I saw when I was 10, or when »
- Aly Semigran
5 items from 2012
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