Archive for the 'Comedy' Category

Save Mystery Cove

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

I work with Arnie, whose blog, “A Year In Pictures of Comedy” is pure genius. I only recently learned that he has a side project as an executive producer on the FOX show “Mystery Cove.” Here’s what he had to say about the third season:

I’d like to remind everyone that the third season of Mystery Cove is currently airing on FOX. We have been told unequivicably by the network that if it doesn’t post better ratings this summer it will be canceled. Steve and I have put a lot of ourselves into this show over the last few years and have fought to use as much Chicago talent as possible at every level of production. I know a great number of you weren’t fans of the second season and have stopped watching the show. But I think as a community, we need to support this show, even those of us who don’t ‘enjoy’ it. As a way of reaching out to our (admittedly smaller) fanbase, Steve and I will be continuing to podcast about the production of the show, answering fan e-mails and teasing upcoming episodes.

I highly recommend the podcast for both fans and non-fans of the show. You can listen to it online or subscribe to it on iTunes. Facebookers can join the show’s Facebook group.

Get Your Own Comedians, New York

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

I work with Nate, one half of Team Submarine. Unfortunately for Chicago, Nate and Steve are moving to New York to make their fortune. I hope they become big and famous because they’re nice guys (at least Nate is) and they’re way-funny. I just wish they didn’t have to move to New York to do so. (So does Jim Croce.) I’m tired of talented Chicago folks packing up for New York and L.A.

Nate actually thinks it’s a good thing. He suggested that keeping the backstabbing fame-seekers on the coasts makes Chicago a more pleasant place to perform — the people here tend to have different priorities. I’m sure there’s truth to that, but I still think there should be more opportunities for Chicago-based performers.

How about this: when Conan O’Brien moves to The Tonight Show next year, whoever takes over Late Night should do the show from Chicago. I think it would be a big hit. Let’s make it happen, folks. I’m writing a letter to NBC.

In the meantime, at least Schadenfreude isn’t going anywhere. I was pleased to see them sticking up for Chicago in the Sun Times over the weekend:

They keep pounding away at the local troublemakers, despite the occasional word of advice from producers in New York or L.A., who insist Schadenfreude will never get anywhere making fun of Chicago.

“But it’s not for them,” Kaufmann says. “It’s for the people who are in Chicago that we live with, who are our neighbors, who are our audience.”

Team Submarine has a couple more shows before they move away. Go see them.