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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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Elizabeth Beckwith: Putting the ‘functional’ in ‘dysfunctional childhood’

By | September 24, 2009 at 11:38 am | No comments

The natural kinship between comedy and therapy is almost always acknowledged, but never directly explored by either comedians or the fans who fund treatment for their neuroses. Enter Elizabeth Beckwith, a long-time vet of the stand-up stage who, on Oct. 6, will release her first...

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Ellen DeGeneres named new American Idol judge

By | September 9, 2009 at 10:46 pm | 2 comments

Is one of America's sweethearts ready to go tit-for-tat with one of America's smartest asses? (Ok, so Simon Cowell is British). Fans of veteran stand-up comedian Ellen DeGeneres will find out this season, when the comedian will join American Idol as the  fourth judge....

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Brit GQ names Michael McIntyre Comedian of the Year

By | September 9, 2009 at 4:14 pm | 2 comments

Across the pond, at least one major comedian is making one hellofva splash. Brit Michael McIntyre, a superstar in England but virtually unknown in the States, was named Comedian of the Year by the prestigious British GQ magazine in the mag's annual Men of the Year awards...

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Arlen Specter: closeted comedian?

By | August 21, 2009 at 1:07 pm | No comments

Continuing to further his reputation as an enigma wrapped in a mystery, Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA) pulled out some unexpected comedy chops while hosting a benefit show at the Pittsburgh Improv on Thursday. The senator, who made headlines earlier this year when he abruptly...

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