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Sebastian Maniscalco: Comedy beyond the Wild West

By | April 27, 2009 at 12:43 pm | One comment

With a recently aired Comedy Central special, a friendship with Vince Vaughn and a DVD in stores June 2, comedy fans have a new seven syllables to remember: Sebastian Maniscalco. Just a few short years ago, Sebastian Maniscalco still had a side job serving tables. Now, this...

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Laugh Factory owner wants government to bail out comedy

By | April 6, 2009 at 12:16 pm | No comments

The owner of The Laugh Factory in Los Angeles is asking President Obama to send some bail out money his way.  Jamie Masada has started an online petition asking the government to give him $700,000 to fund a national comedy tour. “We thought if we could get 1/10,000th of 1...

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Twix contest offers aspiring comedians cash

By | February 6, 2009 at 1:38 pm | No comments

Mars Snackfood US and TWIX are offering one lucky college student a shot at a career in the comedy/entertainment business.  The sister companies announced yesterday that they are launching The Funniest College Student on Campus Contest, where the winner will receive a $3,000...

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Russell Brand gives back to drug center

By | January 28, 2009 at 12:08 pm | No comments

Chortle reports that British comedian Russell Brand has donated 60,000 pounds — that’s about $86,000 — to help save the drug rehab center that once treated him for heroin addiction from closure.  In total Brand has donated over 200,000 pounds ($286,000) to...

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Canada’s Comedy Network launches user generated video site

By | January 21, 2009 at 3:56 pm | No comments

The Comedy Network, based in Toronto, Canada launched a new comedy video sharing site for comedians and aspiring comedians where they can post their funny videos to be judged by viewers.  The site, Upload Yours, will incorporates a rating system that ranges from “Itty Bitty...

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Roseanne premieres new radio show

By | January 9, 2009 at 11:39 am | No comments

Roseanne Barr has launched a new weekly radio show on Los Angeles’ mega-progressive station KPFK 90.7 FM. In a promo running on KPFK, Roseanne says, “In addition to offering insights and expert analysis on the nut jobs running things, we’ll have great guests...

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Former USC Gamecock dabbles in stand-up

By | January 7, 2009 at 3:22 pm | No comments

Marty Simpson, a former USC Gamecock kicker now gets his kicks - ha! get it? - onstage performing stand-up comedy. According to an interview with WisTV in South Carolina Marty says, “Telling jokes is way more nerve racking than kicking field goals.” He also states,...

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Interview: New comedy radio show helps to heal

By | December 18, 2008 at 1:18 pm | No comments

Nearly 10 years ago, from her hospital bed, Saranne Rothberg came up with the idea for the ComedyCures Foundation. She had stage IV cancer. But she was a big believer in the power of comedy and laughter in the coping/healing process. It was an idea she stumbled upon after...

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Kevin Hart: A (comic) view from the top

By | September 16, 2008 at 10:17 am | One comment

With a new hosting gig on BET's Comic View: One Mic Stand, work on seven movies this year alone and his very own one hour Comedy Central special arriving next year, comedian Kevin Hart is a man you need to know now. Comedian Kevin Hart is popping up everywhere these days....

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