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Steve Hofstetter: Who Books That?

By | March 19, 2007 at 8:20 pm | No comments

By Steve Hofstetter I grew up in New York City, and not in the way that people from Connecticut did. I lived a few blocks from a subway and fewer blocks from a project. We moved when I was in high school and, as the crow flies, my new bedroom window was less than 30 feet from a...

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Don Friesen: Inexplicable

By | February 6, 2007 at 9:59 am | No comments

The term “observational humor" gets tossed around liberally when it comes to pegging a genre to a lot of comedians, but with Don Friesen, it's all too accurate. So why escape it? Thankfully, Friesen isn't afraid of the label and on Inexplicable, he proudly exploits it. In a...

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Greg Proops: Joke Book

By | January 30, 2007 at 9:55 am | No comments

By Jonathan Wexler Though he's most renowned for his time on the hit improv show Whose Line Is It Anyway? stand-up comedian Greg Proops proves with his new album Joke Book that, given time to think about his lines, he's even funnier. Joke Book is 65 minutes of completely...

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Matt Wohlfarth (aka Buzz Nutley): The ABC's of Stand-up Comedy

By | January 25, 2007 at 9:47 am | No comments

By Jonathan Wexler Matt Wohlfarth's ABC's of Stand-Up Comedy is a must-read for any touring comedian not yet world-famous. In just under 100, this e-book (found here) covers everything from how to write jokes and perform sets to finding clean bathrooms -- and does it...

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D.C. Benny: On the Rocks: Semi-factual fiction

By | December 12, 2006 at 6:34 pm | No comments

He always took the train home right before the holidays. Same jacked-up ass-rape fares but less people. The train was nice because he could think and drink; more of the second but enough of the first. When he got to his hometown he did his family time....

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Lord Carrett: Of Human Bondage

By | December 10, 2006 at 2:04 pm | No comments

I'm new to Manhattan, and the first Christmas in a new city is always strange. My first Christmas in Los Angeles, my finances wouldn't allow me to head home for the holidays, and by the time Christmas Eve rolled around I was “over" Christmas. I decided to have the least...

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Christian Finnegan: Two For Flinching

By | October 16, 2006 at 6:09 pm | 2 comments

By Christian Finnegan (that is, Christian Finnegan wrote the review below about his own album) I recently had the supreme misfortune of receiving an advance copy of Two for Flinching, the debut CD by purported humorist Christian Finnegan. You may recognize Finnegan as the...

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Eugene Mirman: The Strange Days of…

By | September 2, 2006 at 8:55 am | One comment

Rising from from a hip, close-knit scene in New York City, Russian-born Eugene Mirman is twisting traditional stand-up comedy into something incredibly odd. And no one's safe... not robots, not Star Trek and certainly not Richard Dreyfuss. By Caroline...

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The Friars' Club Private Joke File

By | May 1, 2006 at 12:05 pm | No comments

Reviewed by Keith Hernandez Edited by Barry Dougherty with a forward by Lewis Black Lewis Black thinks they help you travel through time; Richard Belzer believes they date back to Cleopatra's Egyptians. Whatever their proper use or origin, one thing's for certain: Dirty...

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