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Reggie Watts: Master of the absurd

By | May 17, 2010 at 10:12 am | 2 comments

Nobody's quite sure what to make of Reggie Watts— not even Reggie Watts. This happens when you've never done the same show twice. Watts, the New York-via-Seattle absurdist-via-music, is doing what hardly anybody dares in the world of stand-up comedy — making it all up as he...

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From the archives… Doug Stanhope: I’m Happy as Shit

By | May 13, 2010 at 1:24 pm | No comments

photo by Chris Saunders This interview was originally posted on Punchline Magazine on Nov. 30, 2009 Doug Stanhope's newly released album From Across the Street is exactly what you'd expect-- that is, if you're a sick and twisted human being. How many comics...

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W. Kamau Bell: Face Full of Flour

By | April 23, 2010 at 9:59 am | One comment

"I don't mind the crowd dividing up," W. Kamau Bell says after a collective should-we-laugh? moment early on his debut album, Face Full of Flour. "That's when we're getting to shit." Bell gets to a lot of shit in a hurry here, proving himself one of our country's most adept...

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Natasha Leggero: Funny, with pants or without

By | March 8, 2010 at 11:06 am | No comments

Natasha Leggero just keeps turning heads. A prolific stand-up performer whose intelligent musings earned her a regular seat on Chelsea Lately, she'll appear on Comedy Central's new post-apocalyptic series Ugly Americans premiering March 17. She also has a starring role in an...

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Doug Stanhope: “I’m Happy as Shit.”

By | November 30, 2009 at 10:02 am | No comments

photo by Chris Saunders Doug Stanhope's newly released album From Across the Street is exactly what you'd expect-- that is, if you're a sick and twisted human being. How many comics today could get away with comparing themselves to the 9/11 hijackers? How many could...

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Matt Braunger: Soak up the laughs

By | September 3, 2009 at 1:56 pm | No comments

Matt Braunger has had the deep respect of his LA and Chicago comedy scene contemporaries for years. But thankfully, with a powerful, albeit brief stint on MadTV, a new album on Comedy Central Records and a robust tour schedule, the Oregon native has become a national hit. Go...

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Pat Dixon: Goodbye Forever, Fatty

By | July 21, 2009 at 10:02 am | No comments

If you didn't know better, you might mistake the title of Pat Dixon's newest comedy CD, Goodbye Forever, Fatty, as Dixon suggesting he's grown up from an awkward, pudgy former version of himself. You'd have taken the hook. When, seconds into the album, you find out it's actually...

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Al Madrigal: Half Breed

By | July 17, 2009 at 12:54 pm | No comments

"Always get the name of the dog." That's a common refrain among journalists, a reminder that the beauty of any story is in the details. On Half Breed, Al Madrigal's latest comedy album, the master storyteller gives you the dog's name, address, favorite color and Social Security...

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Aziz Ansari: Downtown comedy for the masses

By | May 19, 2009 at 9:49 am | No comments

[caption id="attachment_3539" align="alignleft" width="275" caption="photo by Seth Olenick"][/caption] In the past few years, Aziz Ansari has gone from well-respected downtown New York City comedian to high-profile star of MTVs Human Giant, NBC's Parks and Recreation, and now...

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