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The cast and director of "Tell Your Friends! The Concert Film!" at the Paley Center in NYC.

"Tell Your Friends! The Concert Film!" (left to right: Kurt Braunohler, Leo Allen, Rob Paravonian, Kristen Schaal, Liam McEneany, Victor Varnado, Christian Finnegan). Photo credit: Lindsay Aikman/Michael Priest Photography

Last night, Sketchfest NYC presented the New York premiere of Tell Your Friends! The Concert Film!, a documentary about the indie comedy scene in New York City and the long-running comedy show “Tell Your Friends!,” which is hosted each week by Liam McEneaney on the Lower East Side. McEneaney and director Victor Varnado (The Awkward Comedy Show) say their goal was to create a filmed document of the current comedy movement — like Woodstock or The Last Waltzdid for music — by combining live performances with insightful interviews and candid backstage footage to create an overall sense of the scene.

The film was shot at a live “Tell Your Friends!” show at The Bell House in Brooklyn last summer and features performances by Reggie Watts, Kurt Braunohler & Kristen Schaal, Christian Finnegan, Leo Allen, Rob Paravonian, and McEneaney. The documentary also includes interviews with comedians Janeane Garofalo, Jim Gaffigan, Colin Quinn, Marc Maron, Paul F. Tompkins, Eddie Brill, Wyatt Cenac, Hannibal Buress, and Kumail Nanjiani.

Tell Your Friends! The Concert Film! premiered at SXSW earlier this year, and has also screened at Just for Laughs in Montreal and Chicago, as well as other film festivals. Watch the trailer for the film below, then check out my video interviews with the creators and cast:

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punchline magazine 5th anniversary show at comix

PunchlineMagazine.com, an online publication devoted to comedy, celebrates its fifth anniversary this month with two star-studded stand-up comedy shows, in NYC and L.A. First, on Tuesday, Oct. 5 at Comix in NYC, comedians Michael Ian Black, Christian Finnegan, Todd Barry, Hannibal Buress, and others will perform to toast one the of the best online resources for comedy news, reviews, interviews, and more.

“I wanted to launch a site that was covering stand-up comedy the way other arts have been covered for decades before,” says Dylan Gadino, Punchline Magazine Editor-In-Chief. “I’m really proud of it. It’s gotten increasingly popular each year. I get the sense, for sure, that comedians like what we’re doing and respect what we’re doing.”

Gadino’s mission is to encourage audiences to appreciate comedy the way it should be: as an art form, the craft of practiced and talented performing artists. My thoughts exactly.

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Christian Finnegan at Punchline's 4th Anniversary Show

“Writing about comedy always has its pitfalls,” says comedian Christian Finnegan, who is hosting Punchline’s 5th Anniversary Show at Comix on Tuesday.  “But there are people out there who love stand up comedy — it’s true, I’ve met them! — and they’ve been under-served for so long.  There are hundreds of magazines devoted to music, film, and literature.  But because the prevailing feeling has been that stand up comedy isn’t capital A ‘Art,’ it hasn’t been included in the discussion.

“Part of this is the nature of comedy itself,” Finnegan adds. “The main goal of most comedians is to make what we do appear effortless.  So we can’t then be shocked when the world assumes it requires no effort.  Sites like Punchline highlight the fact that great comedy, the kind that lasts, is about more than just making fart sounds and sexually harassing bachelorette parties.” Read the rest of this entry »