Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Name this comedian, win a prize.

Since I’m on this comedy kick lately, let’s have another contest. Click here and listen to one minute of nightclub standup, streaming on my Vox music stash. The first person to post the comedian’s name in the comments section will win a prize.

The prize is a Clowntime Comics baseball jersey from Impress friends and strangers alike with your hip taste in cartoons.

UPDATE (03/29/07): No winner as of yet. I really want to give away a shirt, so here’s a hint: “You can start by licking my balls.”

UPDATE (03/30/07): We have a winner. S.O.L. correctly guessed that the comedian is Terry Sweeney, from the 1985-’86 cast of “Saturday Night Live.” (Most notable for his Nancy Reagan impersonation.)

My hint helped S.O.L. It alludes to the Tom Shales book about “SNL,” “Live from New York,” according to which Chevy Chase was a raging asshole during one of his guest-hosting visits. He said to Sweeney, “You’re gay, right?” Sweeney said something like, “Yes. What would you like me to do for you?” And Chevy reportedly replied: “Well, you can start by licking my balls.”

The one-minute clip that I streamed is from a 1996 CD titled “Freak Weather Feels Different.” It’s now out-of-print, but its contents can be downloaded here, at

“Freak Weather” was the first of several CDs released under the banner of Un-Cabaret, an L.A. alternative-comedy “scene” organized by Beth Lapides and Greg Miller. Comedians affiliated with Un-Cabaret (and heard on its CDs) include such women as Julia Sweeney, Kathy Griffin, Merrill Markoe and Laura Kightlinger; out gay men such as Scott Thompson, Mike McDonald and Michael Patrick King; and hip straight guys such as Bob Odenkirk, David Cross, Dana Gould and Andy Kindler.

I used to check out a lot of Un-Cabaret shows. The premise was intriguing: performers weren’t supposed to say anything that they’d ever uttered onstage before. In other words, it wasn’t about doing “material.” This was very funny people talking about their real lives, often in real time.

I remember seeing Kathy Griffin at Un-Cab soon after a post-liposuction disaster in which she was rushed to the hospital because of kidney failure. She ended her hilarious, mind-blowing monologue by dropping her pants and showing off her lipo bruises.

That’s the sort of thing you could only see at an Un-Cabaret show.

To further illustrate the confessional nature of Un-Cab, here’s Scott Thompson (“Kids in the Hall”) from the 2002 CD “The Un & Only.” The track is titled “Mixed-Race Child.” Enjoy.


S.O.L. said...

I've listened to this clip 20 times and the voice sounds REALLY familiar. But I can't place it. Since no one else has posted, could you give us a hint? :-D

Anonymous said...

I have no idea, but since we're identifying strange comic pieces,

from The Beastie Boys' "Paul's Boutique"

"Shit, if it's gonna be that kind of party, I'm just going to stick my dick in the mashed potatoes!"

Who's that?

Undercover Black Man said...

Okay, S.O.L. Here's a hint: He's gay. ;^D

Anonymous said...

sticking your dick in mashed potatoes is a gay sex act? Christ, this makes me rethink thanksgiving...

Undercover Black Man said...

Actually, anon, I think that dick-in-the-mashed-potatoes line was Rosie O'Donnell.

bill said...

What's weird is that it has the rhythm of Woody Allen's old standup, but it's obviously not him. Also a touch of Taylor Negron. Other than that, no clue.

S.O.L. said...

I know Taylor and it's definitely not him. Sounds a little like the crazy blonde guy (Carson?) on Queer Eye but smarter, more cynical. I'm usually really good with voices but this one has stumped me. Cool shirt too. :-)

Eric said...

Is it Eddie Sarfaty?

Undercover Black Man said...

Good guess, Eric. But it's not Eddie Sarfaty.

S.O.L. said...

this is a complete guess because I don't know if he ever did stand up, but he's one funny guy so ... Terry what's his name from SNL.. .Sweeny?
like I said, it's a wild shot in the dark so let me down easy.

Undercover Black Man said...

S.O.L. ... you're a winner! Indeed, it is Terry Sweeney. Email me with your mailing address, and what size jersey I should send you. Also, let me know whether you prefer the black, blue or red sleeves.


S.O.L. said...

Thanks UBM! First time I've won anything.

Yeah, the Tom Shales book reference gave it away though I wasn't at home when you mentioned that and didn't have the luxury of looking up the name of Chevy Chase's target.

Shales, by the way, is one of our national treasures in my opinion and I read almost anything he writes. I remember he did a piece on Woody Allen. He said Allen was someone where hanging around him made you felt like you needed to be part of his internal support system.

And I've seen a ton of the un-Caberet too. My friend Taylor Negron appears there regularly and I try to catch him when he's there.