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Beards Across America Web Series up on MSN

Posted in Beards of Comedy, On Tour, Video Clip with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 3, 2012 by Joe Zimmerman

In the past month the Beards of Comedy were commissioned by MSN to do a web series called Beards Across America. We traveled to eight cities with Matt Swinksy film videos on a wide variety of topics (Zombies in Atlanta, the mob in Las Vegas, privacy in New York, etc) and to my surprise, we pulled it off. The first five already have over 400,000 views and can be found here: http://www.bing.com/videos/browse/source?tag=msnentertainment%253abeards_across_america

The last three, yet to be posted, are shot in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas and will be up on MSN.com over the course of the next few weeks. I also posted a bunch of pictures of the filming process, which are available on instagram: @joezimmerman / hashtag #BeardsAcrossAmerica

Here is a list of the order we filmed in, and the topics we covered:

San Francisco: Bizarre Foods
New York: Privacy
DC: Currency
Asheville: Beer
Atlanta: Zombie Survival
Los Angeles: Tattoos
San Diego: How to be cool
Las Vegas: The Mob

Day 3: Las Vegas – George Maloof and his Icelandish A capella Trio

Posted in Beards of Comedy, Humor Column with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 22, 2011 by Joe Zimmerman

Early on in our show at Beauty Bar, Julie (our publicist from Better Than Nothin’) pointed out that George Maloof, of the Maloof brothers and owner of the Palms Casino, was right outside. I figured it couldn’t hurt to invite him in.
“Are you George?”
“Yes.”
“Beards of Comedy inside. You can come in free.”
(As if the owner of the Palms would care about a ten dollar cover).

The bouncer interrupted, “Oh, he’s got frequent flier miles here.”

Stupid bouncer, you live here. I only come to Las Vegas once, ever. Let me have my Maloof moment.

George said he was waiting for a “group,” which I took to mean he wasn’t coming in.

I went back inside thinking, “That’s cool I spoke with a Maloof brother,” before realizing, “No, that’s not cool at all.” I barely spoke to him. He didn’t give me money. I didn’t get a picture. Nothing. Fortunately, there would be a Maloof encore.

The Beauty Bar is a standing room only rock club and as the show progressed, the crowd of fifty spiraled toward rowdy. There was a magician/burlesque group up front who were loud and heckle-y. They were Kris Angel fans, and I wish I would have remembered that I randomly have Kris Angel’s number. I could have called him, handed them the phone, and yelled “mind freak! But I didn’t think of it, and they remained unimpressed with our lack of magic.

I went on last, as George Maloof walked in with three sparkling women. He approached the stage:
Maloof: “Can my friends sing?”
Me: “Who are your friends?”
Maloof: “They are an A cappella trio from Iceland.”
Me: “Sounds great.”
Maloof: (hands me one-hundred dollar bill)
Me: (I like rich people)

I introduced “the Charley’s” to a smattering of applause. The performance was awesome, and by “awesome,” I mean here a picture from their website:

I watched side stage, and was thankful that my set was going so well. I snapped some pics to document my new closer:

Afterward, George bought two Beard t-shirts, and asked me to plug the Palms. That’s when I realized we had just picked up a fourth sponsor: George Maloof of the Palms Casino, Sacramento Kings, and various other wealthy things.

Sponsor update:
Brown Paper Tickets
Rooftop Comedy
TrueShip Software
The Palms Casino

Everything I hoped for from that initial encounter happened, and it makes me happy to know that Maloof might wear a shirt with my face on it.

Today is TJ’s birthday and we are headed through the desert to Los Angeles for a show at Meltdowd, with guest Kyle Kinane. Kyle’s CD topped the charts this year, he filmed his Comedy Central presents, and he is an all around comedy beast. So come out, or tell a friend, or send TJ a birthday poke.

Blurry proof of George Maloof:

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