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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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Comedian George Lopez vows to bow out at 55

By | February 15, 2008 at 7:50 am | No comments

In nine years, when comedian George Lopez turns 55, he’ll quit stand-up comedy because he doesn’t want to risk his health. The 46-year-old comic became a spokesman for the National Kidney Foundation after he went through a kidney transplant in...

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Comic Strip Live sets its sights on Guinness World Record

By | February 13, 2008 at 4:23 pm | No comments

The Comic Strip Live in New York City will set out to set a Guinness World Record by hosting a 50-hour comedy show. From June 3 at 8:30 p.m. to June 5 at 10:30 p.m., the Upper East Side club will welcome more than 200 comics to their stage. Money will be raised from audience,...

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Stand-up comedy unites Muslims and Jews

By | February 13, 2008 at 10:58 am | No comments

As I do most Wednesday mornings, I was clicking through the virtual pages of the University of Florida’s newspaper The Independent Florida Alligator. While it’s by far my favorite periodical with an animal-inflected name (ever since Cat...

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Larry the Cable Guy auctioning off his pickup

By | February 12, 2008 at 1:15 am | No comments

Comedian Larry the Cable Guy is auctioning off his 2000 Dodge Ram Pickup for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. As part of eBay’s Giving Works program, a place on the auction site for non-profit charitable organizations, the truck will appear on the site...

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Comedy at the Edge giveaway: the rest of our winners

By | February 8, 2008 at 8:54 am | No comments

Well, it didn’t take long for our readers to send in photos of themselves enjoying Punchline Magazine in order to win a free copy of Richard Zoglin’s book, Comedy at the Edge: How Stand-up in the 1970s Changed America. All five copies of the...

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‘Lost’ star may return to stand-up comedy

By | February 8, 2008 at 7:53 am | No comments

Jorge Garcia, that big dude who plays Hugo ‘Hurley’ Reyes on Lost, kinda almost, sort of, in a way, implied that he might return to his roots as a stand-up comic. It was something I did because it was great showcase yourself as both a performer and a writer. But I...

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Comedy Clubs and Venues

By | February 6, 2008 at 12:50 pm | No comments

State by State ALABAMA Comedy Club Stardome - Birmingham - www.stardome.com/index2.cfm ARIZONA Improv - Tempe - www.improv.com The Comedy Spot - Scottsdale - www.thecomedyspot.net Laffs Comedy Caffe - Tucson -...

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Damn hippies in Vermont are electing stand-up comics to the House

By | February 6, 2008 at 8:33 am | No comments

Leave it to the open-minded, tree hugging, syrup sugaring, Patagonia-wearing bunch of “we don’t want to bomb Iraq and force our piggy way of life on the mid east” residents of Vermont to elect a gay stand-up comic to their house of...

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