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Backstage with Artie Lange, Louis CK, Dave Attell, more!

By | March 7, 2008 at 12:19 pm | No comments

Some of the biggest names in comedy joined together Wednesday night in New York City to raise money for the Meningitis Foundation of America in honor of the memory of comedian Gerry Red Wilson, who died from the disease. The show at Town Hall marked the 7th annual comedy benefit...

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Dane Cook’s detractors are hacks

By | March 5, 2008 at 12:04 pm | No comments

Today, I happened upon Topless Robot’s list of the “12 Smuggest Pricks in Hollywood.” And lo and behold everyone’s favorite target of Internet passive aggressiveness, Dane Cook made an appearance. Sure, we’ll...

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New Mitch Hedberg album set for release this year

By | March 4, 2008 at 5:04 pm | No comments

The new Mitch Hedberg album, as of yet untitled, is in the rough-cut phase, according to comedian Lynn Shawcroft, Hedberg’s widow who’s overseeing the project. “The audio for the album was taken from a weekend of shows three...

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Steve Hofstetter: The Dark Side of the Room

By | March 3, 2008 at 2:17 am | No comments

Steve Hofstetter’s latest offering, The Dark Side of the Room, pulls triple duty: of course, first it's a comedy album -- and a consistently funny one, at that. And since so many of Hofstetter's punch lines arrive from roads paved with ultratimely, ultraspecific...

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National Lampoon, James Belushi partner with this fall’s Chicago Comedy Fest

By | February 26, 2008 at 7:46 pm | No comments

Producers Jason Brett and John Davies recently announced that the Chicago Comedy Fest will hit the city this fall. James Belushi, Julia Louis-Dreyfus as well as National Lampoon have all signed on as partners to the fest. Set to take place on three stages at the...

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Clean comedian loves going green, vanilla ice cream, khakis

By | February 26, 2008 at 6:36 am | No comments

In the today’s New York Times, goody two-shoes comedian Dan Nainan brags about how he’s not like helping destroy the earth and stuff. Seems that despite him traveling by plane (jet fuel isn’t expensive, right?) to all corners of...

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Robert Schimmel: Comedy's best medicine

By | February 25, 2008 at 5:02 am | 2 comments

Veteran comedian Robert Schimmel knows a lot about loss. But it's because of that, he now knows exactly how to live. In his new memoir, Cancer on Five Dollars a Day, the cringe-worthy comic (one of Comedy Central's Top 100 stand-ups of all time), lets us tag along on a very...

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Comedian Pete Dominick inks deal for daily, three-hour Sirius chat show

By | February 19, 2008 at 4:15 pm | No comments

Comedian Pete Dominick, current host of Sirius’ Comedy By Request on Raw Dog, has signed a deal with the satellite giant to host a daily, three-hour talk show. The as-of-yet officially titled show will air on Sirius’ new Indie Talk Channel. “It’s going to...

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Greg Proops: Politics unusual

By | February 18, 2008 at 8:11 am | 5 comments

There are few minds in stand-up comedy more complex than Greg Proops'. Sometimes it's a goofy place from where big words are expelled in the name of quick laughs. At other moments -- now more than ever -- a snarled path of incisive and wholly hilarious sociopolitical...

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