Sunday, May 20, 2007

Bonnawho's Who - Comedy Tent

So besides all the music as in year's past there is a ton of great comedians headed down to Bonnaroo and I just thought I'd offer you a taste of a few that will be there (FYI this stuff is NSFW).

David Cross

Official Bio:

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, David made his way to Boston to study film at Emerson College but quickly dropped out and started doing stand-up full time. He moved to Los Angeles to write on The Ben Stiller Show where he shared the posthumous Emmy (it was given after the show was canceled) with the show's other writers.

Continuing in the sketch tradition, he created (along with Bob Odenkirk) the groundbreaking show for HBO, Mr. Show with Bob & David. The show ran for four years and garnered several Emmy nominations. He has also released two comedy cd’s on the Subpop label, Shut Up You Fucking Baby and It’s Not Funny. Shut Up…. was nominated for a Grammy Award. Both continue to sell exceptionally well and have garnered rave reviews.

David has appeared in such films as Men in Black (both 1 & 2), Waiting for Guffman, Scary Movie 2, Ghost World, and Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. He can be seen most recently in She’s The Man for Dreamworks, School for Scoundrels for the Weinstein Company, and Curious George for Universal. Upcoming projects include Todd Haynes’ rumination on the life of Bob Dylan, I’m Not There and Zack Penn’s poker farce, The Grand.

On the television side, David appeared in the Emmy Award winning Fox Network comedy, Arrested Development, as Tobias F√ľnke. Most recently, he wrote, produced and starred in the Comedy Central animated series Freak Show which was co-created by David and Jon Benjamin.

Live On Stage:

David probably my favorite comedians out there and really hoping I'll be able to see him perform. Here's this short bit...

Also check out this great rant about the String Cheese Incident, hippies and jambands (via rob ronanea).

For more head on over to his official site.

Aziz Ansari

Official Bio:

Aziz Ansari is a standup comedian based in New York City. Along with Rob Huebel, Paul Scheer, and director Jason Woliner, he created and stars in the sketch comedy series "Human Giant" for MTV. As a standup, he has appeared on Comedy Central's "Premium Blend" and Rolling Stone recently included him in their annual "Hot List" as their choice for the "Hot Standup." He's also performed with the "Comedians of Comedy" tour and in 2006, he won the Jury Award for Best Standup at HBO's US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, CO.

Aziz finds his bio to be boring and uninteresting, but an efficient summation of his credits.

Live On Stage:

Aziz has been the hot comic around New York the last few years. I haven't seen perform, but he is one of the members of the hilarious sketch show Human Giant. Enjoy his comic stylings....

For more head on over to his official website.

Dave Attell

Official Bio:

Born in Queens and raised on Long Island, Dave Attell got into stand-up comedy in the late eighties after graduating from New York University with a degree in Film and Television. Attell used this prestigious degree to land amazing jobs in the food service industry - as a waiter. At night he would hit the "open mic" circuit in Manhattan. After many years, Attell worked his way up through the club scene onto the road, touring across America as a national headliner and developing a huge following among fans and the industry alike.

Dave Attell was named one of the “25 Funniest People in America” by Entertainment Weekly Magazine. His caustic wit, rapid-fire delivery and his choice of material that can best be described as "very adult" has earned him the reputation as a "comic's comic." But if you ask Attell, he’d say, "I’m just trying to get some laughs and sell some drinks."

In 2001, Attell used this love of booze and laughter to create and host the hit series, "Insomniac with Dave Attell" for Comedy Central. A travelogue show in which Attell goes from city to city looking for late-night fun, The New York Times called the show, "a doubly rare beast, a comedy without rancor and a travel show about the virtues of the American underdog." To Attell, the Insomniac show is more of a cross between "Girls Gone Wild” and “Cops”.

After four seasons of “Insomniac,” Attell taped several hour-long “Insomniac” specials overseas in Japan, Germany, England and Brazil. Once back in the states, he headed out on a thirty-five city theatre tour ending in Vegas, where he hosted a two-hour special for Comedy Central featuring Sean Rouse, Greg Geraldo and Dane Cook, some of the biggest comics in the country.

Dave Attell has made numerous appearances on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late Night with Conan O'Brien,” “The Howard Stern Show,” “Later with Carson Daly” and “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”. He also appeared in Chris Rock’s cult film "Pootie Tang”. Other television credits include FOX's "Arrested Development," NBC's "Ed," HBO, Comedy Central’s "Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn" and his own half-hour stand-up special "Comedy Central Presents Dave Attell”.

When not on the road, Attell makes regular appearances at the Comedy Cellar in New York City.

Live On Stage:

Dave is probably best known for his Comedy Central show Insomniac, but if you haven't seen his stand-up routine it's equally as funny....

For more head on over to his official website.

Demetri Martin

Official Bio:

Demetri Martin is a person who lives in New York. He performs stand-up comedy for fun and money. When he was younger he went to college and law school. He dropped out of law school, because it was boring.

Now he travels to places where people speak English so that he can tell his jokes to them. He had a job as a writer at Late Night with Conan O'Brien. He performed on the Late Show with David Letterman, Comedy Central Presents Demetri Martin, Late Night with Conan O'Brien and some of the other television shows that have comedians.

Sometimes he gets to appear on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart as their resident trendspotter. Also, they allow him to have free food from their offices.

Demetri won trophies for comedy. One of them was the Perrier Award at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival in 2003. The magazine Entertainment Weekly put him on the list of the 25 funniest people in America. He was number 21.

Live On Stage:

If you feel like Demetri might look familiar to you, it may be from his work on The Daily Show. Check him out....

For more head on over to his official website.

Flight Of The Concords

Official Bio:

The best description of Flight Of The Conchords actually comes from an Edinburgh Fringe review - which claims them as "New Zealand's, nay, the World's foremost guitar-basted digi-bongo acapella-rap-fink-comedy folk duo." Extremely dry and deadpan Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie chat and sing their way through a series of original songs that celebrate the unlikely and the preposterous to equally rollicking effect. Appealing to a surprisingly broadband audience, Flight Of The Conchords are currently writing a six part half-hour series for BBC Radio, have completed a pilot for a UK network, and in 2005 made their US debut on HBO's "One Night Stand." Bret and Jemaine are now currently filming 12 episodes of a self-titled HBO series that will air following Entourage, beginning on June 17th.

Live On Stage:

It may be unfair to label these guys as New Zeland's version Tenacious D, but you have to admit there is a lot of similiarities. Decide for yourself....

For more head on over to their official website.

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