Friday, November 28, 2008

Because You Love Animals

Hey guys-

This Thursday is the Farm Sanctuary Winter Wonderland Benefit.

Many celebrities and special guests (including myself) will be there.

For more info, go here.

General admission tickets are $100. But, here's the thing..that includes a yummy veg meal, cocktails, and just an overall wonderful evening. Plus, it all goes to an amazing cause!

Please come by...I'd love to see you!

-Alison

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

TONIGHT!

If you're in NYC tonight, come to my one person show!


Side B
a comedy show by Alison Becker
UCB Theatre
307 West 26th Street at 8th Ave.
$5
212 366 9176 for reservations
7pm

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Yay!

I cut and pasted this directly from ESPN.com today:

Top Rated |
#1 NBA Fastbreak For November 21
#2 Outside The Lines: All Or Nothing
#3 Ohio State Wins Fifth Straight Over Michigan, 42-7
#4 Mike D'Antoni Talks Knicks' Basketball
#5 What bowl will USC end up in? (11/24/08)
#6 One-On-One: Sir Charles Vs. Dickie V.
#7 ESPNEWS Highlight Of The Night: Celtics Vs. Raptors
#8 Streak For The Cash Update: Nov 25
#9 Mayne Street: Sarah Morton - Producer
#10 O fracasso do t├ęcnico Luxemburgo - 24/11

Those are the top videos on the whole site right now.
In other words:

Top Rated
#1 blah blah sports
#2 blah blah sports
#3 blah blah sports
#4 blah blah sports
#5 blah blah sports
#6 blah blah sports
#7 blah blah sports
#8 blah blah sports
#9 ALISON BEING FUNNY!
#10 blah blah sports

Sunday, November 23, 2008

I Wrote A Show Today!

Which one of these lines is in the 35-minute show that I just finished writing?

A . "You called me just to tell me that 'Love, Actually' is on Channel 11."
B . "I will show you my left ball."
C. "Can you build a right triangle and violate the Pythagorean Theorem?"

The answer is D. All of the above!

I finally wrote the show that I'm putting up at UCB Theatre this Wednesday. Please come by and see it!

THIS WEEK!
November 26th.
7pm
$5
UCB New York. 307 West 26th Street at 8th Avenue.
212. 366. 9176 for reservations.

Thank you!

Kinda Makes You Realize That We Make Life Too Complicated


An "Uninhabited" Island from alison becker on Vimeo.

Taken on a tiny island in Vietnam.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

A Little PSA

I'm not sure what this says about my hosting abilities, but The Vh1 Top 20 Countdown that I hosted last week with my dog Dignan was one of the highest rated since i've been on the job.

I think i'm going to let him take over.

I can't believe how many emails I've gotten about him! So, to answer your question: Dignan is a Yorkshire Terrier (Yorkie). But, he's a full-sized Yorkie (NOT a teacup). He looks different than other Yorkies because I cut his hair short.

Now, here's the thing, guys....Teacup Yorkies are super cute, but please do not buy one. They are bred fast and irresponsibly and have many health problems. Consider getting a full-sized Yorkie (like Dignan) instead.

If you are interested in getting a dog, please visit your local shelter. There are thousands of animals who need a home. If you do not find a match at the shelter, contact a responsible breeder. Do NOT purchase an animal from a pet shop. They are all cute, but these animals are bred in small cages in puppy mills. You will be supporting an unhealthy and cruel system.

And please remember that you are responsible for taking care of a living animal. Make sure you're ready!

That said, Dignan is fucking awesome and having a dog is the best.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Will You Be My Director?

Hey guys.

If anyone happens to be in New York City the day before Thanksgiving, I'm doing a one person comedy show that I wrote, and I'd love love love for you to come.

It's pretty loose, and I'd love people to come out and tell me what they think. I'll be trying out some fun characters, and you should come watch, laugh, and tell me what you like, and what you don't.

I'll be going up at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (307 West 26th Street) in NYC on Wednesday, November 26th at 7pm. So, even if you're heading out of town that evening, you can still swing by! Tickets are only $5.

Thanks!

I'm Sorry He's So Cute

Due to a gas leak in my apartment, I had to evacuate my dog for a day and bring him on a shoot with me.

So, if you happen to catch the Vh1 Top 20 Video Countdown this weekend/week, you will see my co-host, Dignan. And, yes, he does have a mohawk.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Another Mayne Street Character!

Another plug for my ESPN.com show.
Meet Robin, played by Aubrey Plaza, who will soon appear in the new Judd Apatow movie, Funny People. Yay!

Murder is Hilarious!

I Love Serial Killers

Thursday, November 13, 2008

ESPN's First Original Scripted Series Is On The Web and Doing Great.



Our first episode got over 2 million hits in the first day! Check it out at www.maynestreet.net. In the meantime, here's another improvised interview from yet another Mayne Street character.

Can Someone Please Buy Kerby Brown a Flip Camera?

For those who don't know, here are three things about me:

1. I recently learned to surf.
2. I am obsessed with it.
3. I'm not that good at it....yet.

I certainly am not in the league of Kerby Brown, who just surfed a 41ft wave this week in Australia. FORTY ONE FEET! It's been all over the news, and there are a lot of photos floating around of it. But, Kerby, c'mon! If you're going to attempt to surf a 41ft wave, can you at least get someone to take a video of it???

Who Needs News?

I'm on CNN's Headline News throughout the day today. The show is called "Showbiz Tonight," and I'm talking about Obama and comedy.

Two of my favorite things!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

I Think Jon Glaser Is Effing Hysterical

Another ESPN promo to introduce you to all the Mayne Street characters. Meet Video Cowboy!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

We're Live!

The best new web series in the world is up! My new comedy web show, Mayne Street, has its first episode up today, on one of the most highly trafficked sites on the internet: ESPN.com!

New episodes will be right there on the front page every Tuesday and Friday morning.

Or, the direct link to the show is here.

Check it.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Mayne Street "HR" Videos

Meet Kenny.

Here's Another Interview

Meet all of your soon-to-be-favorite Mayne Street characters!

Baby, It's Cold Outside!

So, why not stay in and watch some hilarious Mayne Street promos? The full series launches tomorrow!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Out of Place

I don't have a penis, so it's a little odd that I'm quoted in ESPN Magazine.

Oh yeah, Ben Schwartz and Jon Glaser are pretty great, too.

Two More Days Until Mayne Street Premieres!



Did you see Kenny on Kimmel talking about "real actors?" That was us!

Scary

My friend and I are beginning a self-improvement exercise called One President a Week, wherein we email each other fun facts about each American President. We're currently in Week One: George Washington.

In researching George, I came across his Farewell Address, which he gave to the country in 1796. I should point out here that I am registered as an Independent, although I always support the Democrats. I am a huge Barack proponent and couldn't be happier that he was elected. My face was covered in tears of joy when he gave his acceptance speech. I think he is just what this country needs.

However, I can't help but notice that our country as a whole is dangerously divided. So many of the Democrats I know won't even listen to a Republican, and vice versa. This is no way to progress a country. Too many Americans treat political parties like sports teams, fanatically and blindly supporting their colors with an unhealthy hatred for the opponent. We forget that we're all on the same team. That's why I have long been wary of the narrow two party system that our nation now follows.

I support the Democratic party because it follows more closely with my true beliefs. But, only paying attention to 2 party candidates makes it easy for many Americans to not take the time to learn about specific issues. Our country was not founded on political parties. In modern history, it has morphed into Right vs Left, with little room for discussion or cooperation. It's scary, and I hope Obama leads us in a direction of unity.

As for George Washington, I couldn't help but feel an eery feeling of admonishment when reading his farewell address. Even then, he clearly warns against the grave dangers of political parties.

Check out some excerpts:

"To the efficacy and permanency of your Union, a government for the whole is indispensable. No alliance, however strict, between the parts can be an adequate substitute."

"...the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.
It serves always to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public administration. It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which finds a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passions."

"The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism."

Kinda makes you want to hug a Republican, no?



(On second thought, I'm not sure I could....)

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Why Can't We All Just Get Along?


I dressed my DOG as a CAT for Halloween.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Tonight

Hey guys. I'll be doing a bit tonight at the UCB Theatre in NYC (11pm show). It's free! I haven't written it yet....and I go on in 4 hours....but, I'm sure it will be hilarious, so come on by!

Love,
Alison

PS- OBAMA!!!!!!!