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Jim Gaffigan: Beyond the Pale

By | January 29, 2006 at 12:53 pm | No comments

Over the years, Jim Gaffigan has used three major themes in his stand-up act: food, his appearance and what he describes as the “inner voice." These tools and the way in which Gaffigan fashions jokes from them have made him one of the nation's most popular stand-up comedians,...

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Just for Laughs: A Look Back (2006)

By | January 28, 2006 at 8:22 am | No comments

Reflecting on this year’s edition of the world’s biggest comedy festival By the time my parents caught Bill Cosby: Himself on HBO and committed one of its showings to videotape, I was nine years old. I had never before seen a television...

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Marc Maron: Tickets Still Available

By | January 10, 2006 at 12:24 pm | No comments

At the start of Tickets Still Available, Marc Maron opines about how he's tired of comedy albums that are simply funny, that there should exist at least one that makes listeners uncomfortable and sad. Midway through the hour-long disc, you realize he was only half...

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Andy Andrist: Dumb it Down for the Masses

By | January 10, 2006 at 8:04 am | No comments

No matter how anti-status quo we consider typical alternative comics today, the truth is they rarely turn on their audience so much that they make the customers cringe or squirm in their seats. Although listeners can't see the audience at the Skyline Comedy Club in Appleton,...

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Judy Gold: Breaking the Sterotypes

By | January 9, 2006 at 7:29 am | No comments

The versatile comic spent five years traveling the country interviewing Jewish mothers. By her journey’s end she had enough material for her one-woman show and, in the process, learned a lot about herself. By Dylan P. Gadino It’s not too hard...

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Zach Galifianakis: Look Who it Isn't

By | January 7, 2006 at 12:50 pm | No comments

There are three possible conclusions one can render about Zach Galifianakis by the end of Look Who It Isn't : Galifianakis is egomaniacal to the point of dragging us through his successful career; Galifianakis, as he writes on the DVD's back cover, really does think failure is...

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D.C. Benny: Funny Mother Flower

By | January 3, 2006 at 8:22 am | No comments

In an effort to convince the audience that they are really just talking to friends, not performing a string of premeditated jokes, some comics stock their sets with bits based on believable premises. The idea is that whether these bits are pure fiction, 100 percent true or a...

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Greg Giraldo: Born to Mock

By | December 19, 2005 at 7:46 am | No comments

Comedy saved him from the clutches of corporate law. Now, who’s going to save the world from Greg Giraldo? By Dylan P. Gadino Moments before Greg Giraldo arrives on the New York City set of his show, the producers fill no fewer than seven stage monitors...

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Mitch Fatel: The Power of Panties Compels Him

By | December 5, 2005 at 12:06 pm | One comment

The veteran Tonight Show guest's hilarious new album proves his love for women. But at the end of the day, he really just wants to tell jokes -- and see some panties. Mitch Fatel is a tired man, having spent the previous night at his sister's suburban-New York house,...

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