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Nick Swardson: Party

By | October 16, 2007 at 10:41 am | No comments

You'd be hard-pressed to find a stand-up comedian -- a good one, anyway -- that doesn't drop at least a little bit of sadness, anger or some form of edge into his act. It just seems part of the package; well-adjusted, incredibly happy people most times make bad comics. And it's...

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Marc Maron: Heartbreaking Comedy

By | October 8, 2007 at 10:46 am | No comments

How do you turn frayed emotion and freshly splayed wounds into something brilliantly funny? Ask veteran stand-up comedian Marc Maron. Inherent in most great comedy, and in most great art of all kinds, is tragedy and heartbreak. Even the most optimistic stand-ups find a way to...

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Comedy Death-Ray: Various Artists

By | September 4, 2007 at 10:35 am | No comments

As with any art compilation -- whether it's a book of landscape paintings, a CD of jazz standards or a double-live album collection of some of LA's best known and under-the-radar comics -- there's  going to be, at best, some disposable samples and, at worst, so much collateral...

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Mike Birbiglia: Stand-up comedy's next future legend

By | September 1, 2007 at 10:37 am | No comments

With the release of his new Comedy Central offering, My Secret Public Journal Live, comedian Mike Birbiglia proves he's no longer an up-and-comer. Punchline Magazine tells you why, at the age of 29, this New York City comic is his generation's best. When I interviewed Mike...

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Todd Barry: Quiet Confidence

By | August 27, 2007 at 9:59 am | No comments

Comedian Todd Barry doesn't need to yell to get his points across. His jokes serve him just fine, thank you. By Dylan P. Gadino Veteran stand-up comedian Todd Barry has a habit of slowly seeping into comedy fans' subconscious. Maybe it's his trademark voice. You know the one:...

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Bob Saget: That Ain't Right

By | August 21, 2007 at 10:34 am | One comment

If someone told you that stand-up comedy was something Bob Saget just kind of fell into after his "King of Family-friendly Television "reign ran its course, you wouldn't be surprised, correct? Even after watching his HBO special That Ain't Right (premiering Aug. 25; in stores...

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Andi Smith: "I hope Paris Hilton dies"

By | August 6, 2007 at 9:50 am | No comments

Sometimes this crazy world doesn't make much sense -- war, disease, St. Louis-based stand-up comedian Andi Smith being voted off this season of Last Comic Standing. Fret not, sweet babies. Punchline Magazine is here to sing you a lullaby and help make sense of it all.* by...

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Tom Papa: Our (Comedy) Hero

By | July 30, 2007 at 9:40 am | No comments

Having joined artistic forces with Rob Zombie, veteran stand-up comedian and longtime Jerry Seinfeld road warrior, Tom Papa enters the world of El Superbeasto and comes out ready to battle evil...sort of. By Dylan P. Gadino Comedian Tom Papa is not your typical hero. He's not...

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Tom Green: Spinning a New Web of Comedy

By | July 23, 2007 at 9:34 am | No comments

Three years after MTV dropped his show, Tom Green --with backing from ManiaTV -- installed a half-million-dollar broadcast studio in his living room. Hundreds of thousands of Tom Green fans now clamor each night not for their remotes, but instead for their keyboards and...

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