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Indie comedy show turns into film; Gaffigan, Maron, Garofalo show support

By | February 8, 2011 at 5:09 pm | One comment

If I’m a sucker for one kind of movie, it’s the comedy documentary. Sadly, it’s not the most common genre, but a new trailer has just been released for a film that will please any comedy nerd. Tell Your Friends! The Concert Film!, by Liam McEneaney and Victor Varnado,...

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Second City comedy matriarch dies at 80, taught Belushi, Murray, Farley

By | February 4, 2011 at 3:36 pm | No comments

Sad news from Chicago today. Joyce Sloane, matriarch of Second City, passed away at 80. She’s responsible for discovering and cultivating some of comedy’s greatest talents, including John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Chris Farley, and Bill Murray. Associated with Second City for...

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Ricky Gervais was a David Bowie-like pop star; let’s watch!

By | February 4, 2011 at 3:13 pm | One comment

Before Ricky Gervais was making waves with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, he was fronting a 80s British New Wave group, Salon recently pointed out. Seriously. The group, called Seona Dancing, enjoyed some modest success across the pond before breaking up in...

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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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