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Check out 10 now-famous comedians in their early days of stand-up

Patton Oswalt posted a clip on Twitter of his first acting gig at the tender age of 19. The seasoned actor-comedian may not totally appreciate the look back at his performing roots — a faux stand-up routine that doubles as an educational video on college loans — but fans and viewers are sure to be amused by not just the look back at the then-baby-faced Oswalt but also the totally outrageous early 90s fashion. Every comedian started somewhere — often on a dark stage in awesomely dated clothes.

Watch his set below and check out the stand-up routines (and the fashions!) from some of your favorite comedians. (Some  videos may be NSFW due to explicit language.) READ FULL STORY

Louis C.K.'s best responses to Vanity Fair's 'Proust Questionnaire'

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What did Vanity Fair think was going to happen?

In its January issue, the magazine invited comedian Louis C.K. to fill out one of its regular “Proust Questionnaires,” a series of questions designed to elicit self-analysis. The questionnaire is a recurring piece in the publication, answered by celebrities and generating responses that run from poetically spare (Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Herman Wouk said the place that made him happiest was “Anywhere with her, while she lived.”) to comically honest (What would Dolly Parton change about herself? “I want really long legs.”). For the most part, the celebrities are pretty game and use it as an opportunity for both serious reflection and self-deprecating jabs. Louis C.K. took a slightly different approach. Click below for our favorites.


'Saturday Night Live' host poll: Ding-dong, Jamie Foxx is back -- VOTE

Jamie Foxx came out with both barrels blazing on this weekend’s Saturday Night Live. The Django Unchained star, who starred on In Living Color in the 1990s, was either a breath of fresh air or a throwback to an expired comic edginess, depending on your own sensibilities. His riff on Tyler Perry’s next Alex Cross installment was one of the most memorable sketches of the season, while his short-fused “Bitch, What’s the Answer?” gameshow host felt a little out of place so early in the show.

The online peanut gallery seemed polarized, which is normally the sign of a solid show. Jeremy Renner’s show three weeks ago was also heavily scrutinized, but he rocked our Saturday Night Live best-host poll, winning a solid 46 percent of the vote. Certainly, the most recent host always starts strong, so it will be interesting to see if Renner’s support holds up. READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' best host poll: Did Jeremy Renner hit the bull's eye?

“Just go have fun and be a jackass.” That’s what Jeremy Renner’s The Town co-star — and SNL all-star — Jon Hamm advised the Oscar-nominated actor about the opportunity to host for the first time. And even though Renner isn’t known for his comedy — “If I laugh in one of my movies,” he said during his opening monologue, “somebody dies” — he seemed willing to pile up a high body count. Perhaps that’s why I laughed hardest when he and Taran Killam filled Bobby Moynihan with lead during “The Stand Off” digital short.

But Renner has some imposing competition in our latest Saturday Night Live host poll. First off, there’s Anne Hathaway. If audience reaction seemed mixed after her show last week, there turned out to be an enormous enthusiasm gap between those who loved her and those who wrinkled their noses. She rocked 57 percent of the vote, topping Louis C.K.‘s performance and marking the best voting debut for a host since Jimmy Fallon last season. Seth MacFarlane continued to prove that his season premiere had lasting power, and Bruno Mars held on to eliminate Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Click below for last week’s official results, and then vote on whether Renner earned a spot in the final four. READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' best host poll: Anne Hath-a-way about her -- VOTE

We’ve known for a long time that Anne Hathaway is brave enough for just about anything in front of the camera. (See: Brokeback Mountain and hosting the Oscars.) So it was no surprise to see her star in pretty much every SNL sketch when she hosted for the third time this past weekend. Her impersonations were hilarious — Homeland, Katie Holmes — she sang, of course, and she wasn’t afraid to commit to the potentially disastrous — the “Sloppy Swish,” which I loved!

Yet there’s still a little public ambivalence about Hathaway, in general, judging from our comments board, so I’m extremely eager to see where the Oscar-nominated actress will place in this week’s best-host poll. Last week’s host, Louis C.K., made a strong impression at the polls, but will it be a lasting one? Bruno Mars saw more than half of his initial support disappear, while Seth MacFarlane held relatively steady to finish in third place. Joseph Gordon-Levitt dropped precipitously but still managed to edge Christina Applegate and survive elimination. He’ll be hard-pressed to hang for another week, though. READ FULL STORY

Louis C.K.'s 'Lincoln' skit gets a director's cut -- VIDEO

One of many highlights of Louis C.K.’s SNL gig last weekend — including an opening monologue that consisted entirely of a story about an old lady he met at the airport — was a pre-filmed bit called “Lincoln,” which cast Honest Abe in the lead role of the comedian’s hit show, Louie. C.K. played the president as the same kind of bemused Everyman he portrays in the series, only this time he was awkwardly interacting with new freedmen and cracking jokes about slaveholders and Mary Todd.

NBC has released a director’s cut that extends the segment to almost six minutes, and it’s well worth the wait. Without giving away too much, you can expect the argument between Lincoln and his wife to be a bit more graphic. Check it out after the jump.


'Saturday Night Live' best host poll: Louis C.K. in, 007 out -- VOTE

The expectations were high for Louis C.K. on Saturday night. Fans of his stand-up and sitcom expected him to invigorate a show that has seemed a tad uneven so far this season. Throw in the fact that his appearance followed one of the most devastating storms New York City had ever experienced, and the fact that it was the last episode before the presidential election, and it was as close to a must-see episode as Saturday Night Live has had in some time. And for most of four score and seven (or so) minutes, he delivered the goods, setting the tone in his opening monologue, and saving some of the best laughs of the night for a last-call sketch with Kate McKinnon. I can pretty much guarantee he’s going to make an impression in this week’s Mr. Saturday Night vote. He seemed as engaged and prepared as any of the actors — except perhaps for his one Game of Thrones sketch misfire — and he can’t really be blamed for the show’s decision to go light on the election.

Last week, we received the first feedback on which previous hosts connected with viewers. As per normal, the most recent host, Bruno Mars, led the way. The double-threat (host and musical guest) scored 40.3 percent of the vote. The season premiere’s host, Seth MacFarlane, proved that viewers hadn’t forgotten his magic, collecting 21.3 percent. Joseph Gordon-Levitt finished third with 19.0 percent and Christina Applegate was close behind with 16.3 percent. Daniel Craig’s lackluster stint was reflected in his poor showing at the polls; he grabbed just 3.1 percent. (Fortunately, he’s freakin’ James Bond, and is not shaken or stirred, I’m sure.)

A simple reminder of the rules before you vote below: Who was the best SNL host? READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' recap: Louis C.K. is best when he's just being Louis

I really can’t wait to see whether Louis C.K. makes an episode of Louie about hosting Saturday Night Live. The sketch show itself was fine if uneven this week, careening between dizzying highs (the cold open; that “Lincoln as Louis” short), terrifying lows (basically everything post-Update), and creamy middles (Weekend Update’s guests, with one possible exception). Behind the scenes, though, things must have been a lot more interesting — how did the cast and writers manage to compose and rehearse 90 minutes of new material despite Monday’s devastating hurricane? For that matter, how did the crew manage to build the sets we saw last night? And just as pressingly, what was it like for cerebral Louis to enter a world that counts liberal use of the word “boner” as a totally acceptable punchline?

Sadly, we won’t know until Louie‘s fourth season, which doesn’t hit FX until early 2014. In the meantime, let’s discuss what we did see: an SNL that started off with a bang, thanks to a cold open that poked fun at New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg, his overly expressive sign language interpreter Lydia Callis, and New Jersey’s lovably blunt Governor Chris Christie.

If you didn’t spend all of Monday watching Bloomberg discuss storm preparations while Callis gesticulated wildly at his side, you missed out — it’s not for nothing that she became an Internet phenomenon. SNL newcomer Cecily Strong imitated Callis’s elastic face beautifully, and Nasim Pedrad was almost as good as Roxy, Christie’s fictional guidette signer. The segment also nailed Bloomberg’s heavily accented Spanish, which became a meme of its own during last year’s big hurricane. Sure, the sketch was a little insider-y — residents of New York and Jersey must have been much more amused by it than anyone else. But after what the tri-state area endured this week, it seems fitting to give its citizens some extra attention — even if many of them can’t watch Saturday Night Live until their power is restored.


Tig Notaro's 'Live' lives up to its Louis C.K.-fueled hype

Back at the beginning of August, Tig Notaro got up on stage in Los Angeles and delivered 30 minutes of stand-up that was instantly elevated to legendary status for two reasons. The first was because of the context, as Notaro delivered the show shortly after getting diagnosed with cancer (which followed pneumonia, a debilitating intestinal infection, the death of her mother, and a bad break-up). The second was because Louis C.K., who was also on the bill that evening, tweeted the following: “In 27 years doing this, I’ve seen a handful of truly great, masterful standup sets. One was Tig Notaro last night at Largo.”

The set was only heard by the few hundred people in the room that night, and Notaro had intended on releasing some of it via  This American Life. But now the entire set, titled Live (as in “Live Forever,” not Live at Red Rocks) is available via download care of Louis C.K., who has released it on his website as a $5 download. As noted on the site, Notaro is keeping $4 and donating a portion of the proceeds to charity.

So now that the full set is available, does it live up to the hype?  READ FULL STORY

Louis C.K. live at Largo: Murdering children, 'Project Runway,' and self-acceptance

Fans have come to expect a few things from a Louis C.K. stand-up set. They expect inappropriate comments about his children, his bold desire to murder morons, super-sad sex stories, and, well, just f—ed-up s— from a terribly twisted mind. What they don’t expect are light-hearted, silly moments such as a spot-on Tim Gunn impersonation, a declaration of love for Project Runway (complete with shout-outs to Mondo and Gretchen), and some trivial little jokes that even he described as “silly untethered” bits.

But that’s exactly what the crowd at Largo in Los Angeles was treated to on Friday night during the comedian’s second of three sold-out shows. It was a fresh mix of the I-hate-myself-and-want-to-kill-you-while-making-you-all-cringe Louis that made him famous with the a-little-more-okay-with-himself-and-the-world Louis. We kind of like both Louies, to tell you the truth, and from a stand-up perspective the new mix worked.

Fortunately for his die-hard fans, though, his new contentment — and, dare we say, borderline happiness (although in truth he still seems a few nuggets shy of a full-blown Happy Meal) — doesn’t mean the death of his appeal. The laughs were aplenty through his approximatly 90-minute 10 p.m. set. READ FULL STORY

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