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Japanese comic talks about A-bomb experience

By | August 14, 2008 at 1:35 pm | No comments

At age 80, Koishi Kimi is the comedy veteran in the region of Kansai. What most Japanese comedy fans may not know – because he doesn’t usually speak about it — is that he is a survivor of the atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima. Koishi finally agreed to speak about his...

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Leicester Comedy Festival conducts physical exams on comics

By | August 11, 2008 at 12:51 pm | No comments

The BBC News reports that England’s Leicester Comedy Festival — running this month — is not only promoting humor this year but also good health. Possibly urged on by a short list of UK comics dying during performances – Eric Morecambe, Tommy Cooper, Sid...

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Bernie Mac dead at 50

By | August 9, 2008 at 11:10 am | No comments

Comedian Bernie Mac died this morning at the age of 50. “Actor/comedian Bernie Mac passed away this morning from complications due to pneumonia in a Chicago area hospital,” his publicist, Danica Smith, said in a statement from Los Angeles. She said no other details...

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First Filipino comedy showcase slated in New York

By | August 8, 2008 at 5:22 pm | No comments

Three stand-up comedians of Filipino descent — Rex Navarrete of Hawaii, Ron Josol of Canada and Air Tabigue of New York – are set to perform at New York’s first Filipino Comedy Showcase on Sept. 20 at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center. Navarrete, the most...

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Tiny Pasadena bar books big name comics every Monday

By | August 8, 2008 at 1:10 pm | No comments

Stand-up comedy in a small spot is nothing new. Coffee shops or bars all around the country might open up once a week for amateur comics, poets, or musicians. Barney’s Beanery is no different– except they’re booking real comics. The Pasadena, CA bar has been drawing...

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Artie Lange checks into rehab

By | August 6, 2008 at 2:41 pm | No comments

Comedian and Howard Stern Show radio sidekick Artie Lange has checked into rehab for drug and alcohol abuse. The 40-year-old admitted himself into an intensive outpatient rehabilitation program over the weekend, his spokesperson confirmed. Lange has previously struggled with...

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Orthodox Jewish comic takes stand-up off-Broadway

By | August 5, 2008 at 3:48 pm | No comments

Chris Campbell was born from Italian and Irish-Catholic parents in Philadelphia and is now a stand-up comedian. There’ s nothing too unusual about that. Except, years after being a drug and alcohol-addicted Philadelphia area Catholic school teen, way, he became Yisrael...

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Russell Peters lands Showtime gig

By | August 5, 2008 at 12:09 pm | No comments

Comedian Russell Peters will make his debut on Showtime next month with his own stand-up special, followed by a series showcasing comics from around the world. Peters’ latest special, Red, White and Brown, was taped at the WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden during the...

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Two minute live review: Rich Vos

By | August 4, 2008 at 1:46 pm | No comments

With the recent split of Jimmy Kimmel and Sarah Silverman, Rich Vos and Bonnie McFarlane moved up one spot in the funniest couple rankings. I had the chance to catch the pair perform at Carolines last Thursday. Let’s be clear: I’m a Vos fan; I thought he clearly deserved to...

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