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So, this is it huh? What now?

As the prophecy foretold, today is my last day at Rooftop Comedy as its Community Manager.

I didn’t know how to go about writing this post, to be honest. I will say this though: Thank you to everybody at Rooftop Comedy. For everything. Thanks for letting me be your blog Sherpa. Thanks for the opportunity to live a pipe dream of mine.

In my stead, the very capable Chris Garcia (from leader of the Talent Institute pack fame) will be taking over the job of Community Manager.

Because I know you’re so curious, I’ll be going back to school, get some booksmarts in me. Among other things.

So, yeah. This is it. Thank you. I’ll see you around.

Funny People Become Guest Editors

With Rooftop Comedy being in the comedy business and all, it’s our pleasure to announce that we have the stars from the latest Judd Apatow opus (and future classic), Funny People, as our Guest Editors for the week! Which is great timing, with Funny People coming out this Friday and all! If you’re not hyped up about it yet, enjoy the trailer. Watch. Get hyped. Repeat.

Check out their chosen clips below. You’ll notice jokes about Eric Bana’s native Australia, a little something from Maria Bamford (a Funny People co-star), and an off-screen cameo by Aubrey Plaza’s alter-ego Tina Tate. And more!

Eric Bana
Tony Woods – I love kangaroos

Aubrey Plaza

Jeannie Tate – Jeannie Tate stand-up

Adam Sandler

Jimmie Roulette – Near death experience in Hawaii

Lachlan Patterson – TV warnings

Leslie Mann
Maria Bamford – My co-worker hates me

Seth Rogen
Matt Braunger – New rules for porn

Comings and Goings.

So I figure I should post the official blog announcement now. It’s as good a time as any, right?

Well, I filed my two weeks with Rooftop Comedy on Monday. My last day here as Community Manager will be Friday July 31st.

More details to come at a later date?

Rooftop Comedy Talent Institute Overthrows Guest Editorship.

The Rooftop Comedy Talent Institute: Coming for your Children

The Rooftop Comedy Talent Institute: Coming for your Children

I’m telling you guys, before the Rooftop Comedy Talent Institute lets out at the end of July, I’ll probably be out of a job, after the TI stages a bloodless coup in the offices. You heard it here first.

I mean, they’re our Guest Editors for the week! I see what they’re trying to do here. Check out the picks from the Institute, and their fearless mentor, Chris Garcia below.

If you need me, I’ll be broadcasting messages of hope from my bunker out in Tracy, CA.

Max Fox:
Chad Daniels – Southern comedy sucks
Chad explains the struggle of rationalizing simple information to southern people.

Reid Faylor:
Ryan Singer – My Nemesis: Tyra Banks
I feel things inside my heart for Ryan Singer. I love any joke that can seemingly start off about rednecks and end with comments about the failures of capitalism and Harriet Tubman. Also: it’s pretty silly. Just saying, guys. Just saying.

Dave Thomason:
Janine Brito – Kids vs cats
Janine is a great comic (and good friend) from San Francisco. Go see her live and she will destroy you.

Andy Erikson:
Cy Amundson – Garage sale season
Cy Amundson is probably the funniest person in the world. Just ask him. When i started doing comedy 2 years ago, this was the first joke i ever heard him tell on stage, and i will remember it forever. It is pure genius. Thank you Cy, for making the world a funnier place. For real though, this clip is awesome!

Will Hatcher:
Tony Woods – My marriage was awful
Great marriage tips from Tony Woods.

Chris Garcia:
Mario Saenz – Rick Roll!!!! A la Mario
If you don’t laugh at 1:15, YOU HAVE NO SOUL!

Guest Editor, Marc Hirsh

This week, the sacred order of the Rooftop Comedy Guest Editorship welcomes into the fold, Marc Hirsh, music and pop culture wordsmith!

His pick analysis as follows:
Brooks Robinson – Buying alcohol for teens
Sure, it helps that I grew up just outside of Baltimore and he shares a name with the guy who signed the baseball glove that I used all throughout my little league career. I also laughed, though, which is probably more important.

Jessi Campbell – Afraid of bears
There’s a complete set of Campbell’s on the site that also includes this routine, and it’s worth watching. But this clip is an excellent example of someone hitting the big stage and rising to the challenge by doing this bit better than she’s done it before.

Ian Bagg – Hereditary loads
Normally, I’d be reluctant to point folks to someone who bases an entire routine around the concept of self-defecation (to say nothing of what happens in the highly recommended “The Moose Investigator“). It’s Bagg’s delivery, and the way he keeps digging himself into a hole, that turns this from a cringe-inducing disaster into gold; just check out the way he blurts “Science project!” Judging from the amount of material he inspires, his dad seems even weirder, if that’s possible.

Michael Palascak – Discussing current events
I’d love to see Palascak pursue the types of trains of thought that resulted in the very odd, strangely satisfying grace note at the end. I’m also just thrilled he got there at least once.

Tim Harmston – Poker commercial parody
In which Harmston sits back and thinks, “What are the most inane things I can think to say, re: poker?,” and then says them all. Demands repeated viewings, and rewards them.

Michael and Michael Have A Tight 5ive

On a very special episode of the critically acclaimed A Tight 5ive with Punchline Magazine’s Dylan Gadino, Michael (Ian Black) and Michael (Showalter) get all Tight 5ived (5iven’d? 5iveaified?). Also, be sure to check out their new show Michael and Michael Have issues premiering on Comedy Central in exactly one week (Wednesday, July 15th). Or if you’re French, the day after Bastille Day.

Please to enjoy!

A Comic’s Plea to Bachelorette Parties

Guest Post from Keith Alberstadt.

1. Dress subtly. It’s a lot classier if you go out with your friends and have fun without the veil of condoms and the Life Saver T-shirt that advertises the “suck for a buck” opportunity. Why would guys want to give you a dollar to suck candy off of your shirt when you’re getting married in a week? It’s like paying for a sip of someone else’s beer. Better idea…get your single, hotter maid of honor to wear that shirt. You could pocket so much more cash.

2. Act like you’re no longer in the eighth grade. In other words, if the party is going to be in public, don’t have a penis theme. The 4-foot inflatable penis, the penis cake, the penis straws for your drinks, the penis tiara…all of it makes you look like you still giggle like schoolkids when someone says the word “duty”. Unless you’re a walking billboard for a new Jenna Jamison movie, don’t bother. It’s obnoxious. And finally…

3. Don’t go to a comedy club. I don’t care how much a club markets themselves as “your party headquarters”, don’t do it. Please listen to me on this one. Please don’t go to a comedy club. This cannot be stressed enough. Comedians don’t really hate bachelorette parties…rather, we abhor them. More often than not, these gaggles enter the club already drunk, and they somehow expect the show to be all about the bride-to-be. That’s obvious when the MC announces your presence, and your gaggle responds with a raucous “WOOOOOOOOOOOOO!” loud enough to turn off Earnhardt fans.

Read the rest, after the jump!

An Aspen Tight 5ive with Ted Alexandro

It’s like you’re living your life thinking that everything from this year’s has been said and done and posted on ye olde blog or on the Rooftop Comedy Twitter or whatever, and now, what’s this?

The critically acclaimed series, A Tight 5ive, starring Punchline Magazine editor/dashing rogue Dylan Gadino shot some Tight 5ives in Aspen. And it is my pleasure to debut the first of what I’m sure to be a few episodes from Aspen. Two great tastes that taste great together. Now that’s what I call synergy ™.

So everybody, Ted Alexandro!

A Tight 5ive with Paul F Tompkins

It’s Paul F. Tompkins! From the TV! With Dylan from Punchline Magazine! At Comix Comedy Club! It was supposed to be a routine interview, but Paul had a bone to pick with Punchline Magazine! See for yourself:

Rock Out With Your Oxygen Out

In the future, once children learn about the TekWar, I believe that the legend of Cedric Devitt and Kriston Rucker needs to be told in classrooms across America. Who are Cedric Devitt and Kriston Rucker, you ask? They asserted America’s birthright as Earth’s most rockingest country of all times. By founding US Air Guitar and sending a US team to the Air Guitar World Championships in 2003, where like in D2: The Mighty Ducks and Rocky IV, USA was more than just a-okay and we took home first place in the Air Guitar World Championships.

U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!

With Devitt’s and Rucker’s place in history secured, why not check out some of their Guest Editor picks below? It’s your civic duty, after all.

Cedric Devitt’s Picks
Christian Finnegan – My smelly movie moment
Chris deserves a shout out here. Mostly because he was the MC at the very first US Air Guitar Championships show in New York at the Pussy Cat lounge in 2003. And also because I think we still owe him fifty bucks for doing it.

Finesse Mitchell – Kids’ names are getting worse
Yes, it’s true that children’s names have become ridiculous. But not in a bad way.
I for one, intend to name my three children after a car….Daewoo, KIA and Mercedes.

Haji Outlaw – Dressed to fall
When you think about it, there’s so many things you can be too good looking for, right.
But not gravity. funny.

Kriston Rucker’s Picks
Alex Koll – 1999
I liked this clip because I’ve always enjoyed scrutinizing the lyrics of popular music, in search of logical inconsistencies or inexplicable nonsense. This particular inconsistency had inexplicably eluded me.

Green and Gray – Trainee mugger
I liked this clip because I’ve considered in the past…well, not so much being a mugger as being a somewhat more generalized robber, or perhaps burglar. I had no idea how to prepare though, and in the end stayed a more lawful course.

Tig Notaro – No moleste
I liked this clip because the real joke is actually about someone who didn’t understand the joke in the first place. This is just the kind of subtle self-consciousness we try to promulgate via instrument-less music competitions.