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David Spade donates 10 grand to Humane Society

By | September 3, 2008 at 1:46 pm | No comments

Comedian David Spade just made a $10,000 donation to the Humane Society of the White Mountains in Lakeside, Arizona, an animal shelter where his mother volunteers. The donation will fund a new puppy yard and a bigger dog park. This act of charity is not a first for Spade. The...

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Bill Burr: ‘I’m a functioning psycho’

By | August 25, 2008 at 3:42 am | One comment

With the release of an album, DVD and the premiere of his one-hour Comedy Central special, Why Do I Do This? it's a busy month for one Boston-bred comedian-- especially for a self-professed 'pyscho.' Welcome to the honest -- if not, slightly frightening -- mind of Bill...

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Arab comics school Jordanians in the art of stand-up

By | August 12, 2008 at 3:29 pm | No comments

Just because the Koran isn’t funny, doesn’t mean the people who read it aren’t… Four experienced Arab American comedians are giving an interactive comedy workshop in Jordan. The event will take place at SAE Institute in Amman. Dean Obeidallah, Maysoon Zayid, Waleed...

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Dennis Miller: still a stand-up at heart

By | August 11, 2008 at 2:31 pm | No comments

Despite much publicized gigs as a talk-radio host, Fox News pundit, and Monday Night Football announcer (you probably tried to forget that), Dennis Miller says his heart is still in stand-up comedy. “I am a stand-up comedian,” Miller told the Dallas News. ...

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Kojo: first British comic to join Def Comedy tour

By | August 11, 2008 at 11:27 am | No comments

Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam Tour is doing a three night stint in London in September. To add some local flavor to this event, the tour will add Kojo to its bill the Def Comedy Jam Tour’s first British comedian. Last year, Gina Yashere became the first Brit comic to...

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Burmese comic faces two years in prison for speaking out against government

By | August 6, 2008 at 1:12 pm | No comments

Comedy is about making people laugh, of course but is also many times about speaking your mind– on and off stage. That’s the way it works in the States anyway. In southeast Asian country Myanmar (aka Burma), however, speaking your mind gets you a far different...

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Robin Williams announces first stand-up tour in six years

By | August 4, 2008 at 12:35 pm | No comments

Robin Williams just announced plans to kickoff a live comedy tour this Fall, his first in six years. The tour, titled Weapons of Self-Destruction, will include dates in Chicago, Nashville and Baltimore. His last live tour resulted in the HBO special, Robin Williams Live on...

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South African comic apologizes for Dubai club’s shenanigans

By | July 31, 2008 at 12:58 pm | No comments

South African comedian Marc Lottering had to pull out of a gig in Dubai at the last minute because he couldn’t get his Visa approved in time for the show. A few days after the date of the show, which he thought had been cancelled, Lottering’s web site was flooded with “get...

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Misogyny affecting amateur Chicago comedy scene

By | July 24, 2008 at 5:57 pm | No comments

Timeout Chicago just did a feature on the city’s amateur comedy scene, describing is as misogynistic, often borderline-hateful environment. “…most comedians admit that the open-mike circuit is a breeding ground for the worst offenders: rape jokes, the casual use of...

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