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Steven Wright inducted into Hall, a city’s comedy history celebrated

By | December 22, 2008 at 2:30 pm | 3 comments

Comedian Fran Solomita said it best during his set last Monday night: “How perfect it is that Steven Wright is the first inductee into a Hall of Fame that doesn’t physically exist.” In fact, Wright was the unanimous choice to be honored at the inaugural Boston Comedy Hall...

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Report: Tommy Davidson hosts NESN Comedy All-Stars

By | December 10, 2008 at 4:38 pm | No comments

If you don’t live in New England, you’ve probably never heard of NESN, the local channel covering Red Sox and Bruins games. But, if you do live in New England, and you’re addicted to sports, you probably spend a lot of time glued to NESN, at least during...

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The Boston Comedy Festival steams on, one more night to go

By | September 20, 2008 at 4:26 pm | No comments

Last night of semi-finals were Friday at the BCF, which has had me and dozens of other comics making nightly trips to the Hard Rock for five consecutive nights. That should be illegal. In the first contest, Rob O’Reilly and Mario DiGiorgio advanced. And, for all the...

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More things that happened at the Boston Comedy Festival

By | September 19, 2008 at 1:10 pm | No comments

Alright, so, admittedly, I haven’t been the most diligent of bloggers as far as the Boston Comedy Festival goes. Or went. (See: my promise to cover it as it unfolded for evidence of failure and Sean McCarthy’s essential blog for the way I might’ve done it if I had even the...

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Shandling, Stewart, Black, Belzer, and others announced for Carlin tribute

By | September 16, 2008 at 11:39 am | No comments

The Kennedy Center has announced some of the participants honoring the late George Carlin at the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor event on Nov. 10. So far, the list includes: Jon Stewart, Bill Maher, Garry Shandling, Lily Tomlin, Denis Leary, Joan Rivers, Lewis Black, Richard...

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Notes from the Boston Comedy Festival, but mostly…Tony Clifton

By | September 15, 2008 at 11:06 am | No comments

I had planned to make this entry the first in my very ramshackle attempt at covering the contest portion of the Boston Comedy Festival - where $10,000 prize money and industry exposure is up for grabs - as it unfolds. And, I did manage to catch about half of the first...

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Gary Gulman: Sporting the funny

By | July 28, 2008 at 1:37 am | No comments

Comedian Gary Gulman just may be his own biggest critic. But that won't stop him from tearing into pro sports players as he hosts the first season of NESN's Comedy All-Stars. Religion and politics have long been the comedic pressure points for stand-up comics. But in Boston,...

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Paul Provenza: Not all about the laughs

By | July 7, 2008 at 1:17 am | One comment

Paul Provenza is one of the most well-respected comedians of the last two decades, but there came a point in his career when using comedy to simply make people laugh ceased to become a challenge for him. So The Aristocrats director embarked on a new comedic vision (some of that...

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Alternative Comedy Festival hits Boston; will Beantown ever laugh the same?

By | May 13, 2008 at 4:57 am | No comments

Check out exclusive photos of AltCom by Rob Turbovsky here. What the hell is alternative comedy? That seemed to be the question posed by AltCom -- that is the Alternative Comedy Festival in Boston, or near Boston, really -- or at least the question I posed to festival...

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