Saturday, April 26, 2014

Tig Notaro's Bentzen Ball Bonus Bonanza: Nick Kroll's one percenterer press shenanigans are the star of that show

 "Reputable" publication, New York Times, and "reputable" reporter Andrew Goldman doesn't get it right, when it comes to Nick Kroll and Tig Notaro(Kroll's self professed "best and oldest comedy friend" who "he'd do anything for.")

Let's just tackle one major oversight in Andrew Goldman's New York Times Nick Kroll  piece for now- before moving on to the down low on some "Bentzen Ball" strangeness. And, then just a small sample of how the press acts very very strangely when Nick Kroll, or one of his special "comedy friends," is involved.



The Bentzen Ball, by all appearances, is not, was not, and might never be a matter of public interest, but I'm pretty sure the fact that the New York Times and the Washington Post are behaving very dubiously -- when it comes to Nick Kroll, and his comedy cronies, very well might be. I'm convinced that it serves as an interesting example of how our most onerous one percenters-- are being presented by the "reputable press."

In this piece,  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/13/magazine/nick-kroll-takes-a-hike.html
Andrew Goldman interviews, Nick Kroll, in time for the debut of his self titled, "Kroll Show," on Comedy Central:

This stuck out to me, in particular.

 Andrew Goldman: Your father started the private-investigation firm Kroll Inc., his share of which he sold in 2004 for about $100 million. Do you think coming from that kind of wealth helped you in your career?


Nick Kroll: It helped me to look at how my dad ran a business. Whether it’s corporate investigations or comedy, there are certain inherent truths to trying to get what you want while trying to be a decent person doing it.

Me: (Oops how did I sneak in?)  Comedy as business? Surely, but within reason. And, I can assure you that Nick Kroll is as undecent as it gets as he desperately flails up the Show Biz ladder.  We'll get to that, soon.

I won't even get into many many MANY businesses Mr. Goldman has missed and how he should know that --- seeing how the New York Times has covered Jules Kroll and Nick and Jeremy on several occasions.

Let's just stick to something easy to understand: Jules Kroll's net worth as depicted by a scribe for the Grey Lady-- Andrew Goldman.

Sold his shares in 2004 for 100 million?

Well, 100 million is a lot of money. At least, Goldman, has broached the topic at all.

The internet and the the press( that can't be bought )is a thorn in this fellow's side! Kroll was so intent on keeping it on the down low he told the A. V club that he had to take out a documentary to learn about rick kids. 

So, yeah 100 million as told by the New York Times itself -- in an article written in January of 2013. The kitten is out of the bag, but not the cat( Hmm. I just made that up and I like it.)

It would take Goldman less than minute to see that Jules Kroll is worth much more than 100 million.

A Wikipedia exists fro Kroll Inc, for heaven's sake: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kroll_Inc.

Is this Goldman too lazy to scroll to this on the Wikipedia? -

In 2002, Kroll acquired Kelly McCann's firm Crucible. In September 2008, Crucible was acquired by its management and now operates privately.[citation needed] 
in 2002, "Kroll’s US corporate advisory subsidiary was given the monumental challenge of restructuring Enron."[7]
In July 2004, Kroll was acquired by professional services firm Marsh & McLennan Companies in a $1.9 billion transaction.[8] Over the next few years, Kroll began selling off subsidiaries in order to focus on its core business lines.
In June 2008, Jules Kroll left Kroll, Inc. He tried to buy Kroll Inc. back from MMC. When that bid failed, he launched in 2010 Kroll Bond Ratings and K2 Global Consulting with his son Jeremy.[9]
Jules and Jeremy Kroll created K2 Intelligence in 2009[10] The Executive Managing Director, Vincent D'Amelio, "led the financial oversight of the demolition and debris removal at the World Trade Center site."[11]
In August 2010, Kroll was acquired by Altegrity, Inc. in an all-cash transaction valued at $1.13 billion. Altegrity's family of companies also includes USIS, HireRight and Explore. It is principally owned by Providence Equity Partners.[12]


And this is jut a few of their business, and only for the last decade, when they have been in BUSINESS for over four decades.

Well, just by this limited Wikipedia entry of Kroll Inc., and just with a decade considered:


 3.2 Billion.



How did Andrew Goldman possibly arrive at 100 million? Ask him, I guess is the best response I have for day. I sure do have my theories as to why Andrew Goldman is supplying false information.

So Kroll is worth  more than 320 times what the New York Times reports: Let's move on to Nick Kroll building his own ball:


And how is it that I know Nick Kroll considers this Tig Notaro his best friend - Well, that's what he told "reputable" publication The Washingtonian. Well, I've never heard of the Washingtonian, but I'm supposing they are reputable--- as is Will Grunewald:

http://www.washingtonian.com/blogs/afterhours/comedy/comedian-nick-kroll-on-his-washington-homecoming.php



Will Grunewald:


You juggle a lot of different projects at once, including shooting two shows. What motivates you to set aside time for things like Bentzen Ball?


Nick Kroll: 

First and foremost, Tig Notaro asked me to do it, and she’s one of my oldest and best friends in comedy. 

Me: (oops they need better security I snuck in-)Nick Kroll set this "Ball" up and so she never asked him to do it. They did it together. It is Kroll who has connections with this Brightest Young Thing bullshit. Nick Kroll was willing to commit perjury and railroad innocent people for her too. I think he saw her as an asset to his ambitions somehow and so his friendship is dubious, at best. Plus, the one witness who could have ruined him and her for good -- Officer Jacqueline Montalvo -- ended up in a mysterious car accident three days after she made her truly good intentions clear to the police and the prosecution(and Kroll, we now know.) All these lies and secrets must have bonded them for life.

The Washington Post to the rescue

What did Nick Kroll tell an even moreso "reputable publication" Washington Post about his fealty to "Tig" Notaro.-http://www.washingtonpost.com/goingoutguide/meet-tig-notaro-belle-of-the-bentzen-ball-comedy-festival/2013/10/09/394ad200-2b71-11e3-8ade-a1f23cda135e_story.html


What Lananya Ramanthan reported Nick Kroll saying:


There’s a certain confidence that she has as a performer that is so unbelievably engaging to watch,” says Kroll, who has known Notaro for more than a decade and who will perform Saturday. “I love D.C. and always relish the chance to come back and perform, but if Tig had asked me to go to Greenland, I would have gone.


Battle of the Washington publications over an obscure ball?

What a lesser known publication (I'm not sure what level of reputability is enjoyed by the washingtoncity paper)  would cover about this Ball is missing from both of those more "reputable" ones. http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/artsdesk/comedy/2013/10/10/rejected-from-bentzen-ball-local-comics-book-their-own-comedy-show/


To me, this piece, by Alexa Huak, was highly tasty --  in light of my experience with these two ball miesters, Notaro and Kroll.

More than tasty, this article struck me as a dose of much needed divine intervention. Divine intervention sounds nutty if you don't know the back story, so please keep posted for the BACKSTORY of Nick Kroll, Tig Notaro and their insanely inane machinations....


 I found this paragraph, penned by Hauk, to be particularly delicious: 

But the process still feels very hectic and thrown together. Marc Maron, John Hodgman, and Eugene Mirman were all confirmed but had to drop out, Legetic says. They lost venues like the Hamilton, Sixth and I, Penn Social, Studio Theatre, Woolly Mammoth, and Black Cat, because they couldn’t keep holds without a concrete lineup. "It was like, 'We’re getting Amy Schumer! We’re getting John Hodgman! Tig just texted Louis C.K.!' Then, ‘This is not happening, that’s not happening. Zach Galifianakis is having a baby, Adam Scott’s, like, child is having a birthday that weekend."


Me again!: In short, so you don't have to read the whole article:  Not only had they dissed local comics, these two, but this "homecoming" and this chance for these insane fame whores to make success out of a previous failure backfired. And, not only did they mistreat local comics they made no effort to really present good shows.There was a link where someone who had gone had complained how bad the improvisation part of this f(p?)estival had been awful and poorly produced. Can't find it just now but will. Google Rachel Dratch and Bentzen Ball and maybe you'll get it. If not, check back and it should be here shortly.


  Had someone come across the Washington Post's accounts,( of these non stories about an obscure event,alas you'd leave with a wholly different impression.

The same day that the local comics Washington City paper "story" was printed, The Washington Post returned to not only promote the Bentzen Ball yet again,  but also to praise Nick Kroll ,and the ball, and to talk of how good it was for Local comedians, and how good Notaro had been to them,  In direct contradiction to Alexa Hauk's piece,


 Rudi Greenberg had a really different ass-essment  of the same situation:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/express/wp/2013/10/10/back-on-the-bentzen-ball/

 
LOCAL SPOTLIGHT

One of the hallmarks of the festival is its focus on D.C. comedians, who are part of nearly every show around town. “It’s good to expose the locals,” says Notaro, who handpicked the festival lineup.


Hallmarks, Hauk, Hissyfits or Hmmms!?


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