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Stand-up comedy being used as the best medicine

By | November 11, 2009 at 11:21 am | No comments

It's been said, time after time, that laughter is the best medicine. Indeed, one would be hard pressed to find a skillful comedic wordsmith without his or her share of personal insecurities and biographical traumas. (See: Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor, et al). But now, one...

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Nick Swardson was born to be a star

By | November 10, 2009 at 5:40 pm | No comments

Well, at least that's what the title of his first starring feature, Born to be a Star, would have you believe. Set for release on Labor Day of 2010, the film will unfold a plot line that plays along the lines of "Napoleon Dynamite meets Boogie Nights" according to Swardson's...

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Amman to host second annual comedy festival

By | November 4, 2009 at 11:08 am | No comments

Between Dec. 4 and 10, members of the Arab comedy world (yes, they do exist) will gather for the second annual Amman Stand-up Comedy Festival 2009. It's a Orbit Showtime/New York Arab American Comedy Festival joint, and, according to Mr. Omar Maani, Amman's esteemed mayor, it...

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Comedy Central picks up Nick Swardson sketch show

By | October 29, 2009 at 12:05 pm | No comments

The fine folks over at Comedy Central announced today that Nick Swardson - he of the cherub-faced/devilish-eye gleam comedy dichotomy - will be premiering a brand new sketch series with the network, to debut in 2010. Having already had success with both his stand-up specials...

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Ricky Gervais tapped to host Golden Globes

By | October 28, 2009 at 10:52 am | No comments

In the wake of a few recent box office disappointments (didn't take The Invention of Lying long to go the way of the cotton gin, did it?), Ricky Gervais will be adding a more surefire endeavor to his resume: Golden Globes host. In a press statement, the head-honcho of the...

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Is ‘Seriously, Who Farted?’ Nick Swardson’s stand-up swan song?

By | October 9, 2009 at 1:12 pm | 2 comments

Nick Swardson likes to tell the media how eager he is to quit stand-up comedy -- he told me point blank a few months ago -- and focus all his attention on feature films. He should really reconsider. Not that a successful run as a scene-stealing thespian should be anything but...

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Lenny Bruce auction begins Oct. 13

By | October 7, 2009 at 5:48 pm | No comments

Lenny Bruce lives! Well, at least, his stuff does. From Oct. 13 - 28, fans of the original blue-streak comedian can bid on a few of the man's rare collectibles and personal items, including, "Bruce family photos, personal letters, a type writer from his early years, his bedroom...

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Bill Cosby lends support to public schools

By | September 29, 2009 at 3:39 pm | No comments

If laughter is the best medicine, then perhaps funnymen (and women) of all stripes make the best healers. Such is certainly true in the case of Bill Cosby, who has pledged his support for helping to heal Detroit public schools of low-enrollment rates. Cosby will lend his famous...

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Jim Jeffries shows his balls on Michigan stage

By | September 24, 2009 at 3:55 pm | No comments

You might think you know crazy comedy, but chances are, you ain’t got squat. If your idea of onstage wackiness conforms to the surrealistic antics of Andy Kauffman or the melon-smashing mania of Gallagher, clearly, you have a taste for the tame. Because, my friends, these...

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