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Posted: 10:57 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012
By Michael Corcoran
Yellow Stage notables
Everybody likes great music and everyone likes to laugh. But it takes a certain kind of sound and a fearless style of comedy to go over at Auditorium Shores this weekend. That’s the simple principle behind the fest’s Yellow Stage, which features comedy earlier in the day before giving way to music each evening.
David Cross (5 p.m. Saturday). One of the first comics to play Emo’s (to mixed results), Cross is a major TV and movie star despite his razor-sharp edginess (“Mr. Show,” “Arrested Development,” “Men In Black”). He’s also done well on the bookshelves (“I Drink For a Reason.”) Originally from Atlanta, Cross now lives in New York. Cross’ production partner Jon Benjamin (“Freak Show”) will also perform at FFFF.
Hannibal Buress (4:45 p.m. Friday). When you have Chris Rock and Louis C.K. as fans, and you’ve been called “the new Dave Chappelle,” you have some funny on the money. Hannibal Buress has done all the late night shows — Letterman, Fallon, Kimmel, Ferguson — except Leno, which makes him even cooler. But he’s better out of the PG confines with his rare stew of racial and droll observations. After writing for “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock” to pay the bills, the “Animal Furnace” has concentrated on stand-up and is on his way to national headliner status.
Wyatt Cenac (4:30 p.m. Saturday). New York City-born Cenac is the latest top comic to launch from “The Daily Show,” but before that he spent three years as a writer on “King of the Hill,” a gig served by his time growing up in Dallas. The occasional actor (“Medicine For Melancholy”) stopped trying to imitate Barack Obama a while ago.
Douglas “Doug” Benson (5:10 p.m. Sunday). Benson is a regular on Comedy Central who’s best known for smoking marijuana from coast to coast in the 2007 documentary “Super High Me” and as a contestant on “Last Comic Standing” in the show’s fifth season. His former Comedy Central series, “The Benson Interruption” was turned into a monthly podcast last year.
Eugene Mirman (4:40 p.m. Sunday). Though Mirman became known to the masses as the landlord in “Flight of the Conchords,” the Brooklyn native is a top touring standup comic, being named by Paste magazine as one of the best 10 comedians of the past decade. Quick on his feet and absolutely shameless, Mirman thrives in a festival setting. Like Cross, he’s a recent author, with the satirical self-help book “The Will To Whatevs.”
Jon Benjamin (4:15 p.m. Friday). Quadruple threat actor/writer/producer/voiceover artist H. Jon Benjamin plays Sterling Archer in the FX animated series “Archer” and is also the voice of Bob Belcher in Fox’s “Bob’s Burgers.” He’s also co-written and guest-starred in “Important Things with Demetri Martin” on Comedy Central. He doesn’t need to come down to Fun Fun for funds, so he probably has some standup chops we don’t know about.