First Look – “In The Name Of Comedy”: Official Trailer

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by Ryan Meehan

Perhaps the oldest saying in the entertainment is “There’s no such thing as bad publicity.” However in today’s increasingly PC landscape, it’s becoming more and more difficult each day to subscribe to that mentality. No other sector of the entertainment industry has trudged through this epic struggle more than comedy, as we’ve seen entertainers’ careers be affected tremendously by the Twitter and Facebook juries which presume almost every comic guilty until proven innocent.

Love it or hate it, that’s the world we live in. Personally I think when you make the decision to enter the dome that houses all which is being skewered for comedic purposes, you waive your right to be offended by anything unless the joke in question is a personal attack on you. And even then, you’re probably only being called out by the headliner for refusing to shut the hell up when he or she is on stage.

On the other hand, YouTube has provided the entertainment consumer with the opportunity to witness a lot of comedy first hand without leaving their house and/or ever entering a comedy club. With users compiling some of the most random and bizarre playlists, it’s very easy to leave the room to take a phone call or do something else for twenty minutes only to come back to something that had nothing to do with what you were listening to when you left. I cite a recent incident where I put on “Sippin’ on some Syrup” by Three Six Mafia only to return from the grocery store to “Open Arms” by Journey. The Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon game ain’t got shit on that.

So as you can imagine, there is the possibility that one could post a video they expected no one to see outside of a handful of their friends. This is what happened to New York comedian Brett Eidman when he released a video back in 2012. The blowback which followed was monumental, so much that author and filmmaker Jon Hart decided to make a short film about the events which followed. Here’s the official synopsis:

In The Name Of Comedy is a true story that was inspired by a fake video. Let’s backtrack. Four years ago, Brett Eidman was a struggling, unknown comedian that would do just about anything to change that. When he made a highly controversial, uh, politically-incorrect video, it went viral – to the tune of 10 million hits. Almost immediately, Brett’s dream turned into a nightmare. Because of the video’s controversial content, Brett was threatened and black balled. In The Name Of Comedy pulls down the curtain on one of the most controversial videos ever distributed. Comedians Lisa Lampanelli, Johnny Lampert, and Jeffrey Gurian weigh in with their opinions.

Here’s the trailer for the film:

Veteran comic and roaster extraordinaire Lisa Lampanelli plays an integral part in this short-form flick, and gives Brett some strong advice on what he needs to do from here on out to make his dream become a reality. I won’t give away too much of the subject matter here, but I will say that the individual Eidman is mocking in the fake video is in fact real himself which puts an interesting spin on the way we respond to our responses as a society. Long story short, you just have to see it to understand.

Sometimes in the business of comedy you have to make noise, and sometimes that noise backfires. Regardless, Brett isn’t going to give up his dream of being one of the most popular comedians in the world and this short film is a must see for anyone who is interested in the art and science of comedy and how the general public responds to its inner workings. Everybody in the movie gives a no-bullshit testimonial as to Brett’s journey and although sometimes harsh – much like the world of comedy itself – gives the viewer the insight necessary to see just how difficult this profession can be. The film hits the circuit on September 10th at the Northeast Film Festival in Teaneck, New Jersey, where it is nominated for Best Documentary. Here at FOH, we are wishing Brett, Jon, and the rest of the gang best of luck with this awesome and innovative new project!!!

Brett on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/brett.eidman.7

Brett on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/BrettEidman

Official Website:  http://www.inthenameofcomedy.com/

Once again thanks for visiting First Order Historians and enjoying more of the internet’s finest in user generated content.

Meehan

The Ugly Reality of Your NFL Team In One Sentence

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nfl bullshit leagueWith the NFL season just around the corner, it’s time for another two-fisted Dubsism rundown as to why your favorite team is a steaming pile of bullshit on whole wheat toast.  Since your team eats ass, I’m not going to waste everybody’s time explaining why.  They say brevity is the soul of wit, and what could be more brevity-er than boiling your team’s bullshit down to one sentence?

Arizona Cardinals: This team is on the same schedule as Haley’s Comet; once every 76 years the Cardinals don’t suck.

Atlanta Falcons: Instead of paying Matt Ryan over $100 million, you could have given Tim Tebow a bag of recyclable cans and got the same result.

Baltimore Ravens: The fact Ray Lewis has two Super Bowl rings stabs at the heart of all that is decent.

Buffalo Bills: It’s “Play-offs or Bust” in Buffalo…who’s got their house payment on “play-offs?” (cricket…

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10 Questions with Debbie Gibson

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by Ryan Meehan

For more than 25 years, Debbie Gibson has proven she’s an entertainer of immeasurable talent. From singer, songwriter and musician to actress and dancer, she embodies what it truly means to be an entertainer. A music prodigy, Gibson exploded on the Billboard Pop Charts at the tender age of 16 with the self-penned “Only In My Dreams.” The “Original Pop Princess” quickly became the youngest artist ever to write, produce and perform a No. 1 hit song, “Foolish Beat,” and entered the Guinness Book of World Records. To date, she is still the youngest female to hold that record. Gibson has sold more than 16 million albums worldwide, performed for British Royalty and hosted “The American Music Awards,” produced by friend and legend Dick Clark. After conquering the pop world with three consecutive albums and world tours, she set her sights on the theater and starred in 17 musicals in 17 years. Gibson made her mark in the Broadway production of “Les Miserables” as Eponine. She broke box office records in the London West End production of “Grease” as Sandy. She then took the stage in the U.S. Broadway tours of “Grease” as Rizzo and “Funny Girl” as Fanny Brice. Gibson also wowed critics as Belle in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” Gypsy Rose Lee in “Gypsy,” The Narrator in the national tour of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” Cinderella in the national production of “Cinderella” with Eartha Kitt, Velma Kelly in “Chicago,” and, Sally Bowles in the Broadway revival of “Cabaret” with Neil Patrick Harris. Continuing to dazzle with entertainment magic, Gibson bridged the gap between pop music and Broadway with her one-woman show “Pop Goes Broadway.” Gibson made her debut in the world of orchestration for Dr. Rutledge’s documentary, now available on demand, “3 Billion and Counting,” about Malaria prevention in third world countries. She collaborated on the score and the powerful closing credits song, “Rise,” which was shortlisted for an Academy Award nomination. Gibson then released a new album, “Ms. Vocalist,” from Sony Japan that was top 10 on the Billboard charts. The first single, “I Love You,” hit No. 1 and she headlined a sold out tour. In 2011, Gibson starred with Tiffany in the SyFy hit “Mega Python Vs. Gatoroid,” which led to a joint sold out tour as well as a performance on GMA’s Summer Concert Series. She also appeared in Katy Perry’s hit music video for “Last Friday Night (TGIF).” As a spokesperson for Children International, she spent time in impoverished villages in Manila. For more than 20 years, she has been a child sponsor and advocate. In 2012, she raised more than $50,000 for Children International on “The Celebrity Apprentice,” and made a cameo in the film “Rock of Ages,” as part of Russell Brand’s Rocker Posse. Gibson starred as a celebrity judge on “Sing Your Face Off,” a music competition show that aired on ABC in the summer of 2014, and joined an esteemed list of musical performers as a 2014 inductee of the Long Island Music Hall of Fame. From No. 1 hits and platinum albums to starring roles on Broadway, film and TV, Gibson is a true entertainer with timeless talent and charisma. She stars in the upcoming Hallmark Channel movie “Summer of Dreams” which premieres Saturday, August 27th at 9 EST/8 CST, and we are ecstatic to have her as our guest today in 10 questions. Continue reading

10 Questions With Henry Phillips

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by Ryan Meehan

Henry Phillips has been seen and heard performing his twisted songs and stories on ‘Comedy Central Presents’, ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’, as well as satellite and terrestrial radio nationwide. His critically acclaimed comedy albums earned him mention in Billboard magazine’s ‘Critic’s Choice’, as well as acclaim from such notable artists as Moby, who refers to Phillips’ music as “disconcertingly funny”. In more recent years he has focused more on his acting and filmmaking. His semi-biographical cult comedy film “Punching the Clown” received the Audience award at Slamdance Film Festival ’09, and the sequel is expected to be released in 2016. His YouTube channel, featuring the tutorial cooking series “Henry’s Kitchen”, has garnered almost 3 million views while he continues to tour comedy and music venues throughout the US and beyond. His new album “Neither Here Nor There” is available Friday on Rooftop Comedyand he’s my guest today in 10 questions. 

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10 Questions with Paul Oddo

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by Ryan Meehan

Comedian Paul Oddo recently released his debut standup comedy album, “Lost In Thought” (Recorded in Austin, TX) and his first book, “Nothing Too Fancy” which he wrote and illustrated. The two can be purchased on his website as a pair. Paul has performed at The Boston Comedy Festival and Competition, which he won in 2012 taking home a prize of $10,000. He has also been featured at SXSW, The Out Of Bounds Comedy Festival, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, NY Comedy Festival. He is a Featured Performer at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in NYC. He has been seen On “The Late Show With David Letterman”, “AXS Gotham Comedy Live” and “‘Best Of’ AXS Gotham Comedy Live”. His last name is pronounced, “Oh-Dough” like “Frodo”, and he’s my guest today in 10 questions. Continue reading