Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Stand Up (For Something) Comic

Jon Stewart, who I interned for back in 1999, and who taught me a couple things about comedy, did a great piece the other night about this whole South Park/Mohammed brouhaha. Not only does he scold his bosses at Comedy Central (yet also explain their position) for censoring South Park, but he attacks Revolution Muslim fearlessly in this segment. It's really great to see a comic actually stand up for something they believe in...

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Monday, April 26, 2010

BFSNLP (Betty's First Saturday Night Live Promo)

We're only a few weeks away from an 88 year old woman breathing new life into an aging comedy show. Here's the first promo for what will be the most watched show on NBC since the final episode of Cheers.*

*I have no proof to back that up, but it sounded good.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

The Humble Telescope


In case you need something to show you how small and insignificant we are in this magnificent universe, check out this picture taken by the Hubble Telescope, which was launched 20 years ago this week.

What you're seeing there is known as "Mystic Mountain" and is considered one of the most incredible pictures that Hubble has snapped. Sure, it also looks like the standard screen-saver that comes with Windows, but that just shows how far screen-savers have come over there years.

By coincidence, I ended up watching 2001: A Space Odyssey last night, and there's few things that'll get you more in the mood to cozy up with the universe.

It should be noted that I didn't smoke weed before I watched the movie as I learned that you might think that HAL-9000 is talking to you the whole time if you're name is "Dave." I found that out the hard way a couple years ago...

Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Turner Networks Love Me

Comic Pete Dominick has a new nightly gig on John King USA and managed to snag a minute with me to discuss the new 100 dollar bill.

First HLN, then CNN, TBS must be next. Then they can finally live up to that "Very Funny" tagline...

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Joy (And Dave) to the World


First off, just wanna let you guys know I am working on getting video up from my appearance on The Joy Behar Show last night. If any of you techie geniuses have a really easy way of getting video off of a DVR and onto my MacBook, please let me know.

Getting on the show actually went down pretty quickly, via a phone call in the morning, hence the short warning on here. I guess how that's how it works in the biz. Until yesterday, I thought people just not calling you back is how it works. Nice to be wrong sometimes.

I was thinking today that if, just if, I announced my retirement today, that I would've actually accomplished something that I really wanted to do when I started comedy, which was sit across the table on TV from someone I respected and get a chance to be funny. Next month, I'll have been doing comedy for 13 years (but who's counting?) and finally I got a little something back from the "in-club." Ironically, it really is just a minor thing, a ten minute blip with two other guests I'll probably never see again. But I really sensed that Joy felt that I "got it", she agreed with me on several points and chuckled at a couple of my lines. I'm sure she had no idea how influential she has been for me, especially in the last few years of my career, but I kinda felt that made the whole thing even cooler.

Anyway, without being too shmaltzy (it's a word, look it up) this did all make me think that most people really never try anything in their lives, or dare to make their dreams a reality. And I've done that relentlessly, if not insanely. While mine dream has a looooooooooooong way to go, this was a nice little step and enough of a sign to keep on keepin' on. And you really do need those signs sometimes.

So, since I patted myself on my back here, allow me to thank you guys, particularly and especially my main comment gang for making me get to my computer, even on days I feel I have nothing, to keep doing this. Cuz somehow this is as much a part of the whole thing as doing the show last night.

Ben and I have some great guests and a couple huge things coming up with The Six Pack. Without giving anything away let's just say phone calls have recently been made regarding the show that have gone across roughly 3,000 miles. Go ahead, bust our your maps and figure it out, I dare ya!

(Hint: Go west.)

OK, gonna go do a lil research on that DVR situation, in the meantime if you need more Joy you can listen in to our interview with her again by clicking here...

A Good Day

I didn't even have to Photoshop that picture to pretend I was on the show.

Full details tomorrow...

Monday, April 19, 2010

This is Not Just a Test


I'll just keep this post short and sweet.

You might want to turn on The Joy Behar Show (9 pm on HLN) tonight for a chance to see your favorite comedian.

And no, I'm not talking about Bill Maher.

(Bout time, right???)

Thursday, April 15, 2010

There's Nothing To Fear But No Rubinville


I have to thank you all for the tweets, Facebook messages and e-mails regarding the 24-hour shutdown of Rubinville. Actually, I didn't even realize it was down until people started contacting me, so you guys really helped me out. I even thank the person who e-mailed to say that it was nice that I finally quit.

Not just yet, buddy!

Turns out we had a minor problem due to a nuclear explosion at the small island where we keep the Rubinville servers. I'd say more, but it's probably best you just know what you know and we leave it at that.

More this afternoon, I gotta get some of this radiation off my shoe...

Monday, April 12, 2010

TBS: Very O'Brien

Conan O'Brien is heading back to late-night, somewhat shockingly for the TBS network. Conan will be grabbing the 11 pm slot, pushing George Lopez back to midnight. I'm not sure where I fit into that schedule yet, but I do see I have a missed call on my phone.

As I said back when the late-night wars were going on, I don't really watch these shows, but I have bumped into Conan twice on the street and he was very cool both times. For the record, I've never bumped into Letterman, and wouldn't stop if I saw Leno.

Speaking of bumping into, I just downloaded the Four Square app for my iPhone. Soon you'll be able to know where I am and what I'm doing at all times. A scary thought, indeed...



There was some concern that Apple's new iPad might not have the processing power necessary to play a show as intensely hilarious as The Six Pack. Fear not though, as we can confirm it works just fine, courtesy of trusty-listener Andrew in New York City.

In other news it was a pretty spectacular weekend here and I set a personal record for being out and about. It included spotting Bob Costas who is surprisingly short, but was unsurprisingly talking baseball.

Six Pack #38 featuring comedian Kate Clinton should be up tonight and I'll try to post something else later to make up for last week's light week.

Yes, I always feel I owe you, it's such a burden...

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

I Had a Dream


In all my years of Rubinville, I think I've only mentioned actual dreams that I've had once or twice. (Due to the fact that generally speaking nobody likes hearing about other peoples dreams.) But then last night I had such a pleasant dream that I thought I'd be presumptuous enough to share it. If you can't deal with my presumptuousness, go check out TMZ.com, I'm sure there is something more more worthy there.

Anyhoo, here we go...

It was a really nice, sunny afternoon and I was sitting on a large outdoor porch with Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Cosby. We all were drinking iced coffee and Jerry was staring off into the distance. I said something to Bill, I don't remember what, but he had a big smile and kept nodding in approval.

That was pretty much it. I woke up in a great mood and went ahead and got myself an iced coffee. Seinfeld and Cosby weren't there though the homeless guy who hangs in the doorway of CVS near the cart where I get my coffee did nod at me. And then he barked at Emma.

Surely, a sign of something...

Monday, April 05, 2010

She Gives Good Zbornak

I know that I said I wouldn't be back until tomorrow, but then trusty reader Barry sent me this urgent and highly disturbing link.

It is perhaps the most offensive thing in the history of the world, but if you think you can handle it, click here.

May God forgive us all...

C'mon Now

It's just lovely outside, you really don't expect me to be siting inside and blogging, do you?

Back to regular posting tomorrow, once my reverse Seasonal Affect Disorder has worn off...