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From the archives… Greg Giraldo: Born to Mock

By | June 3, 2008 at 8:54 am | No comments

(Originally published Dec. 2005) Comedy saved him from the clutches of corporate law. Now, who's going to save the world from Greg Giraldo? Moments before Greg Giraldo arrives on the New York City set of his show, the producers fill no fewer than seven stage monitors with a...

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Maysoon Zayid: Comedian without borders

By | May 26, 2008 at 1:52 am | One comment

Comedian Maysoon Zayid knows no borders. Onstage, her jokes find their way into the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, her traditional Palestinian father and the facts that she's Muslim, has cerebral palsy and is still a virgin in her early 30s. Offstage, she spends time in the West...

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Audio fun: Comedians deal with the audience

By | May 19, 2008 at 1:34 am | 4 comments

At the most basic level, a stand-up comedian's job is to make his or her audience laugh. So what happens when the audience acts out, making the comic's job as difficult as possible. Listen up to find out. If you're reading this, there's a good chance you've been to your share...

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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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Drew Hastings: Farming for laughs

By | May 12, 2008 at 2:38 am | No comments

What happens when a Midwesterner moves to LA, makes a name for himself as a comic and then moves back to the Midwest far from the bustling West Coast comedy scene? Something that we can't wrap up in one witty word. But we can tell you it's good and stuff. Read on. Not long...

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Ben Bailey: Riding high in the Cash Cab

By | May 5, 2008 at 1:35 am | No comments

Beep, beep! Get out of Ben Bailey's way. He's speeding toward the top, but the red-hot veteran comedian stops long enough to open up to Punchline Magazine Compared to, say, Chris Rock and Dane Cook -- whose celebrity wattage even eclipses the spotlight that illuminates both...

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Dov Davidoff: Jokes from the junkyard

By | April 28, 2008 at 2:01 am | No comments

Comedian Dov Davidoff has shared the big screen with Mark Wahlberg in Invincible and the small screen with Jeff Goldblum in NBC's Raines. Onstage, however, the New Jersey native shares the spotlight with a bunch of people you've never heard of. James, Bill, Sarah or whoever it...

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Reno Collier: Blue Collar Comedy 2.0

By | April 21, 2008 at 4:29 am | One comment

With a little help from his friends -- Larry the Cable Guy, Jeff Foxworthy included -- comedian Reno Collier is quickly climbing his way to the top of the next generation of blue collar comedy stars. After humbly starting his stand-up career one night at an open mic at...

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John Caparulo: It’s just comedy

By | April 21, 2008 at 4:28 am | One comment

Plainspoken, Midwestern guy John Caparulo may have a fancy friend in Vince Vaughn, but he's not looking to fancy up the rules of stand-up comedy. He's just keeping it funny. In a year's time John Caparulo has gone from slightly known touring comedian to one of the most visible...

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