Downtime Digest

Number One
weird al16 Lessons Learned at Weird Al’s House
A 30 year career & pioneer in musical comedy, back with his first number one album for Mandatory Fun, Rolling Stone highlights their top 16 lessons learned while visiting “Weird” Al Yanchovic in his Los Angeles Home.


For The Record
BestComedy_2014Main10 Best Comedy Albums (So Far) of 2014
Just a few weeks into July, 2014 has already seen some impressive stand-up releases, so we’re taking a look back at 10 of our favorites from the first half of this year. By the time December rolls around, a few of these rankings will have surely have changed, but for now, here is what we believe to be the very best comedy 2014 has had to offer.

No Limits
Liza-Banks14 Year Old Comedian, Liza Banks
“My parents hate me slash don’t trust me, so they sent me to boarding school 15 minutes from my house,” LizaBanks Campagna deadpans on stage at Science Club’s open mic night.  Her parents have to trust her, though. She is an unsupervised teenager at a bar doing a stand-up comedy set. If she had a curfew, she would be breaking it.

Still Standing

paul-reiserjpg-70a53f7fb6a1db91Paul Reiser Discovers He’s Still Mad About Standup
“The actual craft of standup is exactly the same. You can’t download an app and be funnier. I love that. It is impervious to technical manipulation, it’s low tech, it’s the horse and buggy, it’s comforting there are some things still like that,” he said.

Cleaning Up The Act
ralphie mayRalphie May Returns from the Brink of Death
His lowest point was when doctors in Tampa, where he was treated for bilateral double pneumonia and pulmonary embolisms, told his wife his chances of survival were slim. He began writing goodbye letters.

POSTPONED: Sunday Comedy Workshop

Today’s Sunday Comedy Workshop at the Hong Kong Brew House is postponed due to unforeseen circumstances.  All those who have registered for today’s session have been notified directly and are automatically enrolled for the August 25th group.

If you’d like to explore stand-up comedy, take your public speaking to a new level, and meet some wild characters from the Hong Kong community, register for our monthly comedy workshops.

Next session:  Sunday August 25th, 1pm-4pm
Venue:  Hong Kong Brew House, Basement Stage
19-21 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong – Central
Register Online Today

Hungry Ghost Ritual audio review

In this episode, Steven and Karteek review Hungry Ghost Ritual, a Hong Kong horror film directed and starring Nick Cheung, Annie Liu, Carrie Ng, Cathryn Lee and Lam Wai.

We talk about the Chinese Ghost festival, Asian superstitions, hauntings and the scary sequences and Nick Cheung as a first-time director. Listen to Karteek explain why he doesn’t like high-pitched singing voices and Steven mispronounce the word ‘Lunar Calendar’.

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Under the Skin audio review

In this episode, Steven and Karteek review Under the Skin, a science fiction art house film directed by Jonathan Glazer and starring Scarlett Johansson.

We talk about Johansson’s performance, Steven’s archaic way of talking about sex, cinematic influences, visual metaphors and the importance of context in nudity onscreen.

Also, a short follow-up to a news article concerning the lack of ethnic diversity in Darren Aronofosky’s Noah, something we brought up on our review.

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