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Laurie Kilmartin: Five Minutes to Myself

By | August 19, 2009 at 1:58 pm | One comment

Laurie Kilmartin walks onstage, assumes the Larry Craig “wide stance,” and then crosses the line separating civility and comedy — not because she’s vicious but because it’s her job. Using a sharp tongue instead of a steak knife, the mom in Kilmartin carefully cuts...

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Doug Benson: Unbalanced Load

By | August 10, 2009 at 12:17 pm | No comments

Doug Benson doesn’t use vastly different building blocks than other comedians to create his jokes; he just plays with them better. You can’t help but applaud his 100-percent-natural mischievous delivery or laugh at a guy who’s having as much fun as Benson is onstage. But...

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Bob Biggerstaff: Enjoy Guys!!

By | August 3, 2009 at 10:18 am | No comments

In addition to caddies to lug their golf clubs, boys to hand them their bats and their own cooks, dishwashers and launderers (what females call “wives” and what the swinish guys who still reside in male chauvinist pigsties call “significant bothers”), men now have a...

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Moshe Kasher: Everyone You Know Is Going to Die, And Then You Are

By | July 17, 2009 at 1:57 pm | One comment

Moshe Kasher stands onstage and makes people laugh, so the dictionary definition of comedian fits him, though the terminology needs some tailoring. After all, the description does not always suit Kasher snugly on his new CD, Everyone You Know Is Going to Die, And Then You...

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Various Artists: Comedy by the Numbers

By | June 25, 2009 at 5:03 pm | No comments

If comedy were a science, then maybe the Albert Einstein would have changed his name to Albert Brooks and been an ingenious funnyman instead of a brilliant physicist! (Or maybe he would have combined both professions and still invented the atomic bomb — a devastating weapon...

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Demetri Martin is in an Ang Lee film; and here is the trailer

By | March 26, 2009 at 5:05 pm | No comments

Guess this counts as one more Important Thing in comedian Demetri Martin’s life: the trailer from Taking Woodstock, the Ang Lee film about the monumental ’60s rock concert. In Lee’s first American movie since Brokeback Mountain, Martin plays Elliot Tiber, a small-time...

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Dan Naturman: Get Off My Property

By | March 20, 2009 at 9:44 am | No comments

If Dan Naturman weren’t a successful comic, he’d be the kind of persuasive salesman who could sell oil to sheikhs, clothes to nudists and a(nother) breast enlargement to Pamela Anderson. He’s that professional, that likable, that personable onstage. Although he sounds like...

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Joel McHale stars in NBC pilot

By | March 4, 2009 at 2:54 pm | No comments

In Hollywood, it’s pilot season, California’s equivalent of spring. Potential series sprout like dandelions across the TV landscape, and one of the prospects, the Sony/NBC-Universal comedy project Community, stars comedian Joel McHale, the hilarious host of The Soup on...

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Bo Burnham: Self-titled

By | March 4, 2009 at 2:28 pm | 9 comments

Without help from a bloodhound or its wizardly digital equivalent, Google, I may have found the sole teenager in America these days who can speak in longhand, not the BTW, OMG! LOL! shorthand prevalent in class, online, everywhere. That said, I must admit this fossil is LMAO...

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