I picked up this delight at Amoeba today. I haven’t listened yet, but this is the description on the back:
In the fall of 1968, the Harvard Lampoon set out to make a record which would bring to the nasagraph the kind of recognition and acceptance which the LP brought to the phonograph. Working long, grueling minutes over steaming Tonettes, stopping only long enough to catch a few precious weeks of sleep, they managed to produce an album which combines all the best qualities of acid rock, soul, folk music, and a disk brake. The thirteen songs below were carefully selected from the more than seven originally recorded, and together they represent a sound so new, it will resemble nothing you have ever heard before, unless you’ve been in a pet store when a dozen hounds are bought for ten times their value as chopped suey.
What a weird, funny, cool treat I’m in for. If anyone wants to come over to listen and smoke jazz cigarettes and talk about Nixon, come on over.
What do you need to throw the perfect anniversary party? You need some tunes, you need some bros, and if you’re Comedy Bang Bang you need some celebrity guests! Put on your party hats and boogie shoes for an hour and a half of Zach Galifianakis, Harris Wittels, Brett Gelman, El Chupacabra, Marissa Wompler, Cake Boss, and a posthumous visit from Christopher Hitchens. We’re making new friends in musicians St. Vincent and Toph Shay, and we’re playing everyone’s favorite party games like Harris’ Foam Corner. Make like Zach and get yourself a cupcake to celebrate the the three-year anniversary of Comedy Bang Bang!
This was a fun day. Congratulations Scott! Nobody deserves success more than the Scottobot.
We’re back again with more previously unreleased Comedy Bang Bang hilarity. This time first time guests Leo Allen and Will Forte remember some of their favorite rejected SNL pitches, discuss the tragedy of divorce, and try their hand at a brand new game: JING IT OR DING IT!
Thomas Middleditch has quickly become one of my favorite performers at UCB. He’s just so fearless, and he can keep so many plates spinning at once.
Once, at Diamond Lion (musical improv), he was playing a son who had been force fed poison by his parents so they wouldn’t have to take him to Disneyworld. As a result, he started having non-stop seizures. So, he sang a song to his parents about how mad he was at them, but in a cartoon-y Disney sort of way (steam coming out of his ears, eyes bulging) and was seizing the whole while. It’s been one of my favorite baby-improviser learning moments out here, because he was so committed to the reality of it and never let go. The song, acting, improvising never took second fiddle to the constant seizing. The seizing was never an excuse for him to stop being an active improviser.
I feel like most of the non-Harold night improv I see out here has a strong “We know the rules so we can break them” mentality, with players calling people out on personal issues, breaking in-between scenes, telling jokes instead of being truthful. The performers I feel I can learn the most from are the ones who know the rules well enough to break them, but instead challenge themselves to follow them harder with more challenges.
Aren’t you sad for me that I’m this big of a dork and don’t have the money for Improv 201?