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Stephen Colbert auctioning off painting of himself for DonorsChoose.org

By | February 4, 2011 at 12:50 pm | No comments

Need some fine art to grace your living room? Or, alternatively, a painting featuring the piercing gaze of America’s greatest American? Stephen Colbert is auctioning off one of his infamous portraits through Phillips de Pury and Company. And Portrait 5, Stephen(s) doesn’t...

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Comedians enlisted to promote pro-lying web site, phone application

By | February 2, 2011 at 2:47 pm | No comments

Social networking has made lying so much more difficult. Anyone can check up on their friends’ whereabouts and activities through Facebook, Twitter, and now Foursquare, whenever there’s some suspicion of deception. Enter My 4Square Alibi. This website and application allows...

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Logo network, Sarah Silverman developing Tig Notaro show

By | February 2, 2011 at 10:21 am | 2 comments

Tig Notaro first appeared on my radar during a visit to Los Angeles’s UCB Theater, where she told a hilariously awkward tale of her repeated chance encounters with 80s pop star Taylor Dayne. Fortunately, though, you soon won’t have to wait for her live act to catch her in...

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AOL continues overhaul, announces more comedy content

By | February 1, 2011 at 1:57 pm | No comments

AOL sure is working hard to overhaul their reputation! In addition to launching a late night video block featuring Adam Carolla, Kevin Pollak, and Kevin Smith, now comes news that AOL, Mark Burnett, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., and Coalition Films are collaborating to develop a...

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“The Office” inspires real-life paper company’s web series

By | February 1, 2011 at 12:48 pm | No comments

Though The Office’s Dunder Mifflin has had trouble pushing paper on clients in a digitally-driven, more paperless world, one real paper company is using digital content to its advantage. Sappi Fine Paper has launched an online comedy web series called Off Register to market...

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Big Brown Comedy Hour showcases “brown” comedians

By | January 31, 2011 at 4:29 pm | No comments

Comedy’s long been a space where the marginalized have had an opportunity to have candid conversations about their outsider status, and, ideally, connect with and educate the audience. Historically, that’s been especially true for black and Jewish comics, but these days,...

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Iconic Friars Club in LA to be torn down

By | January 31, 2011 at 3:34 pm | No comments

Sad news from Santa Monica Boulevard: the former home of the Friars Club of Beverly Hills is being torn down. The storied club was founded by Milton Berle in 1947 and quickly attracted some of the most eminent comics and actors of the time, like Al Jolson and Jack Benny, as...

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Comedian Charlie Callas dies at 86

By | January 28, 2011 at 6:19 pm | No comments

Charlie Callas, a stand-up comedian who worked in television, film, and onstage for 50 years, passed away Thursday in Las Vegas at age 86. He had an enviably active career in show biz: Callas regularly appeared on variety shows in the 1960s and made over fifty appearances on The...

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We can barely keep up with Chelsea Handler and Whitney Cummings

By | January 27, 2011 at 12:01 pm | One comment

Chelsea Handler might be the busiest comedienne on television right now. Days after E! announced their order for a pop culture commentary show (executive produced by Handler) and a behind-the-scenes exploration of Chelsea Lately, NBC has just announced they’ve picked up yet...

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