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Willie Barcena: A balancing act of comedy

By | April 15, 2009 at 11:17 am | One comment

Comedian Willie Barcena has seen his star rise and then fall many times. But with the premiere of his hour-long Comedy Central special May 2, this veteran comic's career trajectory is very clearly screaming upwards. Willie Barcena has had a varied professional career. He’s...

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‘Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn’ returns for Election Night… kinda

By | October 31, 2008 at 2:52 pm | No comments

If you’ve been poking around trying to find a festive, comedy-related event to take part in on Election Night — just four days from now! — you’ve no doubt found some options. Surely you’re area comedy clubs are hosting Election Night results...

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Bill Maher gets a suspicious delivery

By | October 13, 2008 at 2:47 pm | No comments

Bill Maher received extra security this weekend after threatening letters that contained a “powdery substance” were mailed to Maher and to the Los Angeles Times, KTLA.com reports. The letter delivered to the McCallum—where Maher was doing stand-up—prompted a five-hour...

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Free taping: witness the Awkward Kings of Comedy

By | September 22, 2008 at 1:24 pm | No comments

The Awkward Kings of Comedy is a new stand-up performance documentary starring four alternative African-American comics, showcasing a category of black comedians rarely witnessed: the nerd group. Awkward comedians Victor Varnado, Hannibal Buress, Eric André, and Baron Vaughn...

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Woman gives birth at comedy club

By | September 12, 2008 at 12:25 pm | No comments

The Big Kahuna Comedy Club in Oregon had a memorable night last week when a woman went into labor during a show and had her baby delivered in the club. The woman, Jacquee Arzadon, had been a regular at the club during her pregnancy. “It was a nice, smoke-free environment...

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Italian comic insults Pope; risks being jailed for five years

By | September 12, 2008 at 12:02 pm | No comments

Italian comedian Sabina Guzzanti may be put on trial in Rome for insulting the Pope, according to London’s Guardian newspaper. Guzzanti, known for her take-offs of the Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, risks being jailed for up to five years due to a speech she...

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Boston stand-up vet Steve Sweeney to be honored at city’s comedy fest

By | September 11, 2008 at 12:05 pm | No comments

The 9th annual Boston Comedy Festival kicks off this Sunday with a new annual tradition.The Festival features seven days of shows from some rising stars in stand-up, culminating with a Finals where the top 8 comics will compete for a $10,000 prize. But this year, the Festival...

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Comedian Al Franken wins Democratic primary

By | September 10, 2008 at 12:03 pm | No comments

We’re one step closer to having a comedian in the U.S. Senate, with SNL alum Al Franken winning the Democratic Senate primary in Minnesota. Franken easily won the seven-way competition, earning nearly 70 percent of the vote. The comedian will now face incumbent Republican...

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Pastor does stand-up comedy at night

By | September 8, 2008 at 5:21 pm | No comments

Mark Fitter was recently hired as the new lead pastor at California’s Capistrano Valley Church. But he faces tougher crowds with his night job as stand-up comic. Fitter was born Jewish. His family converted to Christianity when he was still a kid living in St. Louis, the...

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