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Jim Norton: Comedy's Lovable Degenerate

By | January 15, 2007 at 6:51 pm | No comments

A true bastion of free speech, stand-up comedian Jim Norton -- the man on Opie and Anthony's third mic -- knows his way around a groan inducing joke-- not to mention the "casual encounters" section on Craig's List. Photos by Heidi Kikel for Punchline Magazine When we arrive...

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Paul Mecurio: On Top of his Game

By | November 18, 2006 at 5:37 pm | No comments

For the last decade, stand-up comedian Paul Mecurio has helped make The Daily Show what it is today. But now, with a new satirical sports show in the works, the former Wall Street lawyer is poised to break out on his own. By Dylan P. Gadino There’s a...

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Brian Regan: Simply Funny

By | November 6, 2006 at 6:24 pm | No comments

Stand-up comedian Brian Regan never had a sitcom, doesn’t have a movie credit to his name and you can’t see him on commercials. So how, then, did this Miami native reach the top of the comedy scene without the usual vehicles to high...

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Greg Giraldo: Good Day to Cross a River

By | October 15, 2006 at 9:37 am | No comments

There's a subtle streak of vulnerability running through Greg Giraldo's quick-fire succession of tirades on Good Day to Cross a River. It's not that he isn't sincerely angry or frustrated; he's both. It comes from someplace entirely human, a place that most “angry" comics...

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Demetri Martin: These Are Jokes

By | September 19, 2006 at 9:31 am | No comments

It's clear, if not from the name of his album alone then from the amazingly economical language in his bits, that Demetri Martin is a simple, unassuming man concerned with one thing: telling jokes. He's not one to work the crowd or to create segues after punch lines; and he...

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Norm Macdonald: Odd Man Out

By | September 18, 2006 at 9:05 am | No comments

Saturday Night Live alum and stand-up comedy veteran Norm Macdonald is a man unfettered by Hollywood producers and sitcom stooges. He’s a man finally free to corrupt young minds in style. Come and get it, kids! By Dylan P. Gadino Having woken up minutes ago...

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Jimmy Carr and Lucy Greeves: Only Joking: What's so Funny about Making People Laugh?

By | September 14, 2006 at 8:19 am | No comments

Known to American audiences as the sarcastic British host of Comedy Central's game show Distraction, Jimmy Carr -- a man who takes great joy in seeing contestants urinate on command, getting body-slammed by wrestlers and having cinder blocks smashed on their chests -- doesn't...

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Steve Trevino: That's How Daddy Does It

By | September 7, 2006 at 12:08 pm | No comments

It's not offensive that Steve Trevino calls women “fucking bitches" or spends more time than necessary time talking about how insane they are -- by now, even casual stand-up fans are numb to crass put-downs. It's more that there's little art to the way in which Trevino does...

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Norm Macdonald: Ridiculous

By | September 5, 2006 at 8:34 am | No comments

In the past year, there's been a great flux of comedic output: new cable shows, recently launched broadband shows and channels, live-performance CDs and stand-up- comedy-concert DVDs abound. So it's no wonder that without regular appearances on late-night television or on a...

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