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Lewis Black’s ‘The Root of all Evil’ premiere: 30 second review

By | March 12, 2008 at 7:06 pm | No comments

Not surprisingly, Lewis Black is a natural host and effective facilitator, though some of his one-line retorts fell flat. Greg Giraldo, arguably the most underrated comic of our time, argued that the Catholic Church was more evil than Oprah Winfrey, whom comedian Paul F....

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Ron White: the 30-second live review

By | March 11, 2008 at 7:53 am | No comments

I caught Ron White at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, NJ last Thursday. He’s got an entirely new hour of material. Didn’t play the hits (no “Tater Salad” story) but he’s got plenty of potential new hits. Best moment: he politely asks...

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Matt Belknap: stand-up comedy is a ‘form of heightened human expression

By | March 10, 2008 at 7:31 am | No comments

On Saturday, LAist posted a great interview with Matt Belknap, founder of Aspecialthing.com, comedy’s premiere message board. Not only does Matt give us a solid background into the genesis of the board as well as AST’s record label, but he also...

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Tommy Tiernan: Ireland's ambassador of comedy

By | March 10, 2008 at 3:56 am | One comment

With the release of his new CD/DVD, Something Mental and the premiere of his hour-long special on Comedy Central, Irish comedian superstar Tommy Tiernan makes a major dent in Stateside comedy this month. With palms up, Tommy Tiernan curls his fingers into fist formation and...

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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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