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Monty Python goes digital tomorrow

By | October 19, 2009 at 3:42 pm | No comments

No one expected a comprehensive digital release! Starting tomorrow, you’ll be able to buy the entire Monty Python catalogue on iTunes for the first time. That includes The Holy Grail, The Life of Brian, and all 45 original episodes of Monty Python’s Flying Circus. The...

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David Cross announces cable special

By | October 9, 2009 at 4:08 pm | No comments

David Cross just announced plans to immortalize his current stand-up tour in the form of a taped special. The announcement was made on the comedian’s official Facebook Page (not to be confused with his impersonated Twitter page). The taping will take place in Boston and air...

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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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Will Sarah Silverman ever be comfortable on the red carpet?

By | September 25, 2009 at 3:33 pm | One comment

One of the great things about stand-up comedy is that, unlike television and movie stars, a great stand-up is rarely judged on their appearance. No doubt, it doesn't hurt to be attractive to the masses even as a comic, but you can't point out too many instances of "he or she is...

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Was Jim Norton funny on Leno's network show?

By | September 16, 2009 at 10:46 am | 53 comments

Weeks ago, when Jay Leno announced that he had hired Jim Norton, the master of contemporary cringe comedy, to be a special correspondent on his new, presumably safe-for-the-masses variety show, I was a bit shocked. The reasons? First, I had no idea Leno had such advanced and...

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Todd Barry shows you how to fill your soap dispenser

By | September 9, 2009 at 2:27 pm | No comments

The other day, I used YouTube for something I never thought I would: to learn something. Specifically, I wanted to learn how to fix a leaky shower knob. In the end, all the tutorials didn't explain anything properly and proved useless. This video below, however, shot by Todd...

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Video interview: Andi Smith

By | September 2, 2009 at 11:52 am | One comment

In this freshly edited interview -- shot during this summer's Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival -- I get to talking with comedian Andi Smith about her two seasons on Last Comic Standing, her creepy male fans and how she earns extra cash working on porn sites. Be sure to pick up...

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Hasan Minhaj: Giving comedy the college try

By | August 24, 2009 at 2:51 pm | 4 comments

At just 23 years old, Hasan Minhaj is clearly ahead of the comedy curve. Only two years removed from graduating UC-Davis — where he founded the stand-up/sketch comedy group Gridiron Gang — Hasan is starting to make a name for himself on the national stage. Last year, he...

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Spinal Tap feels the wrath of Lego

By | August 18, 2009 at 10:23 am | No comments

In 2007, Spinal Tap fan Coleman Hickey made a Lego video for a Spinal Tap song and posted it on YouTube. The video, made for the song, “Tonight I’m Gonna Rock You Tonight,” gained quite a few fans, including the band itself. The classic heavy metal parody act, consisting...

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