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The Guy Who Is Really (*bleepin’*) Funny!!

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The late, great comedian George Carlin made the observation that there are 7 words that you can’t say on television. This past weekend, Jeff Ross performed at The Improv in Atlanta and proved that there are quite a few that you can’t print either. Known as the Roastmaster General, Jeff Ross has elevated cutthroat comedy to an art form. According to his website, he believes in all-deprecating humor and specializes in making fun of others. Back at The Improv, no one was safe! Quickly pointing out a man in the front row who was wearing shorts, Jeff was off and running! His act hit on local attractions like Centennial Olympic Park, the Atlanta Falcons training camp, and the infamous Clermont Lounge. He also joked that he took in a yoga class while in town and said, Yoga is just sixty minutes of trying to hold in a fart. I think ‘Namaste’ really means ‘it wasn’t me!’” At the end of the show, Jeff called for volunteers who wanted to be roasted. About 20 people filed on stage and ranged from dorky to pregnant to intoxicated business people. One by one, he went down the line and blasted show-goers, though no one looked offended by his special brand of humor.

After the show, I had an opportunity to meet Jeff and talk for a few minutes. He told me about an upcoming festival that he is participating in with other comedians like Louis C.K., Sarah Silverman, Aziz Ansari, and Whitney Cummings. The festival, sponsored by Funny or Die, is called Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Fest and will visit cities across the country until late September. Smiling, he said, “Plug the festival in your article!” After assuring him that I would, I asked if there was anyone that he wouldn’t roast. With a slight shake of his head, Jeff answered, “Someone that I don’t like.” I then asked who had been his favorite subject to roast. With a twinkle in his eye, he replied, “Whoever’s next!”

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Ho Ho Ho Steve-O? Holiday Laughs with Steve-O at the Improv Atlanta

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Steve-O (a.k.a. Stephen Glover) has become a household name over the last two decades. Famous for his cringe worthy stunts on MTV’s Jackass and WildBoyz, he is never shy and always up for a challenge! Steve-O is coming to Atlanta this week to perform at the Improv Atlanta 12/3 – 12/5 so get ready for holiday cheer, Steve- O style!

We asked Steve-O a few questions, you can read his answers below:

TBB:First of all, since you are coming to Atlanta this week, tell us what your favorite thing about Atlanta is. Also, do you plan to visit anywhere other than the Improv while in town? Ever heard of the Clermont Lounge? ;)

Steve-O: It was July 4th the last time I was in Atlanta, and I had a great time taping big fireworks to my skateboard and blowing them up while I rode around a skatepark. That was a really wild time. Next week I go to jail for the crane-climbing stunt I did earlier this year in Los Angeles, so this weekend I’ll be sure to enjoy my last days of freedom roaming around Atlanta. I’m sure the Clermont Lounge is awesome, but I think I’m going to skip that spot this weekend.

TBB: The Clermont just might be a little too much for you Steve-O!

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Santaland Diaries at Horizon Theatre Company is HaHaHa-larious!

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Returning for its 17th anniversary production, Horizon Theatre Company turns “ho ho ho” into “ha ha ha” as it reprises its popular production of The Santaland Diaries by award-winning satirist David Sedaris, November 20-December 31.

This show is one of the funniest Holiday shows out there. We have found our new holiday tradition here at The Backstage Beat!

The setting for this naughty show is a Macy’s in New York City as they prepare for Santa and all the families that come to see him. Welcome to this wicked wonderland and exposé of all things elfin. Out of work and middle-aged, a writer in need of holiday cash decides to employ his gift for insightful observation in the trade of elfdom at Macy’s Department Store. Besieged by bratty kids with overzealous parents and donning a humiliating costume, he finds that his cynical self and his elfin alter ego, “Crumpet,” are not exactly compatible. His remedy for the saccharine overdose he endures in his never-endingly exuberant job is to tell all – giving us a backstage pass to the secret lives of Santas and elves. Though definitely not your traditional stocking stuffer, this caustic Christmas carol is a laughter-spiked antidote to the holiday blues. The Santaland Diaries serves up holiday cheer and sneer – and a rebel without a Claus.

Crumpet is played by Harold M. Leaver. I was truly impressed with his ability to stay in character with so much hilarity happening. He was a master at this role! What a naughty little elf!

Along with Harold, Lala Cochran and Enoch King perform as “Sidekicks” and bring the whole show together. Their various roles are both detailed and laugh out loud funny!

This is a true local masterpiece! For those of you who dare think you can’t see a great show with local talent, go see this one! But be warned, it is not for kids and the humor is not for everyone.

Give yourself a great gift this holiday season, see this show and let us know how you liked it!

 

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Impractical Jokers Come to Atlanta This Friday, Joe tells us more!

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Joe Gatto from the very funny and highly successful “Impractical Jokers” called  The Backstage Beat to talk about the tour he is on which brings him to Atlanta this weekend!

Joe told us about what we can expect when he, along with his fellow jokers Murray, Q and Sal, take the stage this Friday at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center.

“What you will see if the four of us all on stage at the same time. We will be telling stories about our friendships that have lasted over 25 years, stories from the road and we will be playing never before seen videos that we made just for this tour.” He went on to tell us that if you aren’t interested in seeing something really funny Friday night, just stay home. :)

When asked about his friendship with the other jokers, Joe said,”You are talking about four guys that have been friends since freshman year in high school. This transcends the Impractical Jokers show and even the Tenderloins. We started performing together in the Tenderloins in 1999. We have had a deep rooted friendship since 1990.” Joe explained to me that they are business partners, friends, performers, all at the same time. They actually know each others families and are very close. Joe summed it up like this, “I go over to Sal’s parents house every Christmas. We are genuinely involved in each others lives, not just for the show.”

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