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Tony Bartolone
Tony Bartolone is an actor, comedian and writer. He is a founding member of two theatre companies in Los Angeles. Bartolone wrote, produced and starred in the feature length play, I Am Chris. Tony has done stand up comedy at venues throughout LA, including The Comedy Store and The Ice House, and has also written for LA Theatre Review.

Entries by Tony Bartolone

Big Ideas: Greg Bergman Obsesses Over His Penis Size In The Documentary Big Like Me

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 5:18 AM

What is it that makes man reach for the stars? What makes mankind dream? Why do we engineer monstrous constructions that scrape the sky? Why do we ride rockets to the moon? What is the mysterious intangible that inspires? One theory is love or companionship or shared intimacy or sex...

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We Are the Best! Lukas Moodysson's Love Song to Youth

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 5:24 PM

There has never been a movie that has so impeccably captured the feeling of being 13 years old. Frame by frame, Lukas Moodyson immerses his audience in the ocean of naïve rage that pulsates in the hearts of three pubescent punks. Playfully commenting on concepts such as religion...

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Matt Knudsen's American

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 3:44 PM

What is a comedian?

Is it somebody who is able to bravely approach the deeply complicated questions that always haunt a society? A poet who incredibly shares some sacred, exultant gift that is the only true freedom found in the overwhelming reality that is our sad, stifled existence? The...

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Karen Kilgariff Live at the Bootleg

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 3:56 AM

Somebody might listen to the new AST release, Karen Kilgariff's Live at the Bootleg, and spend days, weeks, months, years wondering what exactly makes it so wonderful. More likely, one may listen to it, enjoy it and not think much about it at all. However, when writing a...

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The Year's End: an Essay for Your Consideration

(1) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 8:30 AM

In lieu of writing out a list of movies most people will never see, I would instead like to give some attention to a movie that will not get enough. But before that, to truly understand why this film is worthy of recognition, you must understand the climate in which...

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AFI Fest Review: Inside Llewyn Davis

(3) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 12:14 PM

Inside Llewyn Davis plays out like a prayer sung in the freezing dark of night to a bright, warm future morning to come. It is the story of a man left out in the cold with only his guitar and his songs. The Coens create a...

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AFI Fest Review: August: Osage County

(2) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 4:27 PM

When asked, "What would you want an audience to take away from this film?" Pulitzer prize winning writer, Tracy Letts, responded, "I don't know. I have no idea how to answer that question." That statement of ambiguity justifies the existence of film critics. Art exists to start conversations, and critics...

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AFI Interview: Sheena McCann

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 1:43 PM

Sheena McCann is an AFI alumni and a young writer/director. Her short film, Hopscotch, was part of the AFI Fest Short Film Program last year and was featured at Cannes Film Festival as well. I got a chance to talk to Sheena about her film, and her experience...

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Lost Moon Radio's Androgymnasium

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 10:01 AM

What is it about a comedy that draws an audience? It should be funny, that's a given. But perhaps there is something deeper. Something much more mystical that excites the attention of audiences. There is an energy to comedy. Sometimes it feels dangerous or magical or luminescent. When done right,...

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Mike Lawrence's Sadamantium

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 4:24 PM

Mike Lawrence may be the most wonderful surprise in comedy this year (not really a surprise to those paying attention). He's been endorsed by Marc Maron and featured on multiple episodes of WTF. He did a recent set on Conan. And his first album,

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Walls Can Talk: A Room 237 Review

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2013 | 3:34 PM

A deconstruction of Kubrick's 1980 horror film The Shining, Room 237 makes maps of the mysterious maze of messages found within the walls of the iconic Overlook Hotel. While the documentary seems too complicated to casually describe, it is really quite simple. Director Rodney...

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The Oscars Improvaganza

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 12:05 PM

Every year Hollywood Boulevard is dressed in its best for cinema's biggest night of self-congratulations, but just down the street iO West presented their fantastic Oscars Improvaganza. A night of such exuberant extravagance is ripe for parody, and three improv teams delivered. Each team was given a limited...

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The Bitter Buddha: Eddie Pepitone's Ascent

(2) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 6:19 PM

What separates the greats from the rest? What makes somebody a genius? What is it that makes an artist's voice echo throughout the tunnels of time? Arthur Miller said it is "... a fierce moral sensibility, which is unquenchable... anger for how the world is." If that is what it...

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A Week at San Francisco Sketchfest: Part II

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2013 | 1:29 PM

The Set List: Comedy Without a Net with Jon Dore, Bobcat Goldthwait, Pete Holmes, Eddie Pepitone, Greg Proops and host Rick Overton at Cobb's Comedy Club

Set List is one of the most refreshing shows being performed today. It is completely urgent and pertinent that any comedy geek...

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A Week at San Francisco Sketchfest: Part I

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2013 | 9:43 AM

During my week in San Francisco, there were so many tantalizing events it was hard to decide what to see. The 12th Annual Sf Sketchfest was an ambitious undertaking, featuring 166 shows, lasting three and a half weeks and showcasing some of the best talent performing today. Here is my...

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A Pragmatic Response to 'A Field Guide to' Idiotic, Self-obsessed Assholes

(7) Comments | Posted January 11, 2013 | 6:54 PM

On January 3, 2013 The Chicago Tribune published a piece that portrayed the despicable act of heckling in a positive light. In a world where nothing is sacred, the one thing comedians treat with high reverence is the implied social contract between audience and performer. In an attempt...

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Top 5 Movies You Did Not See in 2012

(14) Comments | Posted January 3, 2013 | 9:08 AM

Why can't a film simply exist without trying to change the world? There are plenty of different kinds of movies, and in the chaos of awards season some wonderful, little flicks are completely forgotten. With last year's underwhelming Oscar season still on my mind, I challenge you to seek out...

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AFI Post Fest Review: Silver Linings Playbook

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 11:55 AM

The only formulaic slop more tired than sports movies are romantic comedies, but by some miracle David O. Russell seamlessly pulls off both at the same time without it feeling tired or formulaic. This is the movie the world has been waiting for. Simply said, Silver Linings Playbook...

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AFI Fest Review: Lincoln

(9) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 1:28 PM

A complex score of one of America's most beloved, yet controversial presidents, Spielberg's latest effort triumphs beyond its stumbles. Like any good character study, the film builds slowly and ultimately burgeons cautiously to satisfying climax.

At its heart, Lincoln is an underdog story of a man trying...

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AFI Fest Review: Somebody Up There Likes Me

(1) Comments | Posted November 9, 2012 | 2:03 PM

Somebody Up There Likes Me is a caustic exploration of youth, relationships and death. Bob Byington writes and directs an anti-coming-of-age story that plays out like a deadpan Woody Allen movie with Asperger's.

The movie left me wondering about the mysteries of our tiny existence so much so that...

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