Saturday, May 31, 2008

See Me (briefly) in Sara Schaefer's ONE SARA SHOW

Hey all -- my live appearances have been sparse lately, hopefully to be rectified in the near future, but for now you can enjoy my cameo in Sara Schaefer's new show. She's been working on it since last year, and now she's taking it to Ars Nova, one of the nicest theater spaces in New York. So come see it, why don't you?


Tuesday, June 17 @ 8 p.m. Ars Nova Theatre Tickets ($15) available at SmarTix or Ars Nova or by calling (212) 868-4444

In her new show, Sara Schaefer's One Sara Show, comedian Sara Schaefer attempts the impossible: to stage a solo show all about herself while simultaneously proving she's not a self-absorbed bitch. With the help of a hipstery rock band (Meowskers), some friends (Tamra Malaga, Dan McCoy, and Dan Winckler), and a whole lot of glitzy multi-media pyrotechnics (i.e. VHS home movies and clipart), it's way more than a solo performance - it's a goddamn miracle.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008


A new Captains in Space episode is a lot like Christmas: it brings joy and happens approximately once a year. In this case, that time is now. Episode Seven is GO!

We lost a captain: Something happened to Captain Adam in Episode 6: Beauty. We gained a captain: Some guy named Captain Matt has mysteriously taken his place. But there's no time to ponder these imponderables (don't worry, we'll answer these questions in a future episode), because the Captains are in grave danger! A mysterious green gas has engulfed the ship with unexpected consequences. Plus, two mysteriously sexy visitors suddenly appear. Are they dangerous, are they aliens, do they want to mate with the Captains? I know two Captains who are hoping the answer to the last question is "yes, please."

This episode features sexy space ladies Stefanie Estes and Amy Shute, and the compositions of musical powerhouse Keith Burgun of Dinosaur Lightning.

Subscribe via iTunes, download it, or watch it via YouTube, below:

Captains in Space: A Hairy Situation

Episode Written by: Dan McCoy
Story by: Stuart Wellington
Additional Material by: The Captains in Space writing staff

Director/ Cinematography/ Audio: Brad Bergbom
Producer/ Assistant Director/ Editor/ Special Effects: Fed Hatoum
3D Modeling: Winston Johnson
Music: Keith Burgun
Head Writer: Dan McCoy
Writing Staff: Matt Koff, Fed Hatoum, Andrew Dickerson

Captain Fed - Fed Hatoum
Captain Matt - Matt Koff
Frankie - Vedette Lim
Space Girlfriend One - Stefanie Estes
Space Girlfriend Two - Amy Shute

Saturday, May 17, 2008

The Flop House Episode Sixteen is ONLINE!

In the battle between Alien and Predator, there can be only one winner, and it's not the viewing public. Meanwhile, Stuart reveals a shocking secret about vaginas, Dan does a sub-par 70's TV impression, and Lou keeps urging people to draw things.

0:00 - 0:29 - Introduction and theme.
0:30 - 2:35 - We speculate about regular host Elliott Kalan's absence, and learn a little about guest host Lou Fernandez.
2:36 - 32:05 - Alien vs. Predator, possibly the coolest concept in the world, provided you're an acne-riddled 12-year-old.
32:06 - 35:25 - Final judgments.
35:26 - 42:14 - The sad bastards recommend.
42:15 - 45:07 - We draw your attention to Elliott's recent television triumph and plug our website a little.
45:08 - 48:09 - Goodbyes, theme, and outtakes.

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Dan mentions in the show that actor Lance Henriksen also sells his pottery online. You can check it out here.

Wikipedia synopsis of AVP2.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Big Site News - Whither Laffs is Now Fully Indexed

I know I haven't been posting much here for the last week or so, but that's partly because I've quietly been going back and tagging all of my old posts, to make the site much more searchable and easy to use. If you're looking for all of one kind of post (or if you're a frequent collaborator/ friend, looking to see how often you're mentioned*), now you can just click on the appropriate tag and see all of those posts grouped together.

So if, say, you're bored at work, and you want to read some of my comic essays, you can click that tab.

Or maybe you'd prefer to see some of my videos (or, if not mine, some selections from other comedian friends that I've highlighted over the years).

Perhaps outdated topical humor is your cup of tea. Then go for some monologue jokes and trace my utter failure at getting a joke on SNL's Weekend Update, despite being on the freelancer's list for like three seasons.**

If you like to read sketches on the page, without all those pesky "actors" messing it up, you can check out my sketch scripts. Please don't steal them, though (or if you do, give me proper credit).

For a tour of some of the dumbest things I've ever written, check out comedy gibberish. It's like a comedian's notebook full of half-formed nonsense. Then again, sometimes the goofiest stuff gets the biggest laughs.

Or, if you don't have time for all that, you could check out my favorite posts. I'll try and point you to the funny stuff. Of course, your sense of humor might be different than mine, but if that's true, you probably wouldn't enjoy this site anyway.

Finally, a way to conveniently avoid reading parts of my blog that you don't care about! I'm always looking for new and more efficient ways for my readers to ignore me. I hope this helps.

*Sara Schaefer and Elliott Kalan are currently neck-and-neck for most mentions, at 48 each. Fight, fight, fight for my love!

**Yeah, I know WU jokes aren't really the same as monologue stuff, but it's a similar sort of current-events humor, and I had to tag it as something. Back off, imaginary objector.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

The Flop House Movie Minute #6 - Con Men

The Flop House makes a foray into near-journalism and visits the NY ComiCon.

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Friday, May 09, 2008

Shocking Legal News

"Set in Sin City, story revolves around two people who discover they've gotten married following a night of debauchery, with one of them winning a huge jackpot after playing the other's quarter. Unhappy pair try to undermine each other and get their hands on the money -- falling in love along the way." --Synopsis of "What Happens in Vegas" from IMDB

What this synopsis fails to mention is that Kutcher and Diaz are then "sentenced to six months hard marriage."

These activist judges are getting out of control!

What an unexpected result of Dennis Miller becoming a judge. I'll bet the Bush administration regrets that appointment... unless, of course, forced heterosexual conscription is a part of their strategy against gay marriage.


Tuesday, May 06, 2008

New Video Sketch

I have a cameo role in this video, written by and starring my friend Matt Koff. Give it a watch, why don't you?

DVD commentary tidbit: We shot much of this guerrilla-style in one of the busiest hotels located in the center of America's largest city. In addition to my key cameo, I did double-duty as a lookout, pretending to be talking to someone on my cell, and loudly saying the code words "house phone," whenever anyone not involved in the shoot approached. Because there's nothing less suspicious than someone shouting the common phrase "house phone" while lurking outside a restroom.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

The Flop House Episode Fourteen is ONLINE!

We answer the question, "How bad could a movie with dragon wars possibly be?" Meanwhile, Dan pitches a new Bikini-themed movie, Elliott has a flashback to the war, Stu makes a love connection, and we all take a big swig of the Hong Kong cocktail.

0:00 - 0:32 - Introduction and theme.
0:33 - 26:07 - After a brief and transparent bid for sympathy on Dan's part, we get down to business and discuss D-War: Dragon Wars, the film that can't make up its mind whether to abbreviate itself.
26:08 - 27:37 - Final judgments.
27:38 - 28:49 - We announce a shameless ploy to increase listenership.
28:50 - 32:29 - A long-absent segment makes its triumphant return.
32:30 - 38:20 - The sad bastards recommend.
38:21 - 42:08 - Some podcast business is taken care of, amidst copious gibberish.
42:09 - 43:21 - Goodbyes, theme music, and outtakes.

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The new Facebook group I mention in the episode can be found here (there's also a permanent link in the sidebar).

I apologize that the audio quality is slightly lower than the previous few episodes. My allergy-addled mind didn't take enough time checking the levels, so I sound slightly louder and cracklier than Stu or Elliott, despite doing my best to fix it in post.

Wikipedia synopsis of D-War.