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Russell Brand will host MTV awards again

By | July 15, 2009 at 11:00 am | No comments

Russell Brand will return as host of the MTV Video Music Awards. The British comedian hosted the ceremony last year with Britney Spears, bringing in a record number of over 23 million viewers for the network. He also made headlines for mocking the Jonas Brothers. “This year...

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Greg Giraldo, Robin Quivers, more will roast Joan Rivers

By | July 14, 2009 at 3:44 pm | No comments

According to the folks over at Comedy Central, Joan Rivers is "in for a rippin.'" Boy, is she ever. With roasters like Brad Garrett, Carl Reiner, Gilbert Gottfried, Greg Giraldo, Jeffrey Ross, Lily Tomlin, Mario Cantone, Richard Belzer, Robin Quivers and Whitney Cummings, looks...

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Monday stand-up video: Andy Kaufman

By | July 13, 2009 at 1:37 pm | No comments

By far, Andy Kaufman remains as my all-time favored comic. Depending on what you think of Kaufman, you will now think that either I appreciate real comic genius or that I am retarded. In this classic footage, Andy is sharing the Great Gatsby with an all too eager crowd....

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Robin Williams to tape HBO special

By | July 13, 2009 at 11:38 am | No comments

HBO has announced its plans for a new Robin Williams comedy special.  The special will be filmed during his November show at D.A.R. Constitution Hall in Washington.  The stand-up performance—Williams’ fifth for HBO—is part of Williams’ “Weapons of...

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Fred Travalena memorial planned

By | July 10, 2009 at 5:06 pm | 2 comments

A public memorial for late Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Fred Travalena was announced by the comedian impressionist's family, to take place on Sat., July 18 at 1 pm. The event will be held at The Church of the Way, and confirmed attendees include Shirley MacLaine, Rip Taylor, and...

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Josh Sneed's "The Detention Show" feat. Punchline Magazine

By | July 10, 2009 at 10:13 am | No comments

When I was in Aspen a few weeks ago to cover the Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival, comedian Josh Sneed invited me to hang out on his podcast, The Detention Show. It was a good way to spend the afternoon hours before the stand-up shows going on that night. I have to say, Sneed runs...

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Comedian Cain Lopez passes away

By | July 9, 2009 at 8:20 pm | 25 comments

It was announced today that Latino comic, Cain Lopez has passed away.  While details have not yet been released, according to Lopez' Myspace profile, in 2003  he was diagnosed with jaw cancer. After 14 hours of surgery, 2 weeks in intensive care, and six weeks of radiation...

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Will Seinfeld’s new TV ad campaign work this time?

By | July 9, 2009 at 5:25 pm | One comment

Looks like Jerry Seinfeld is stepping into the spotlight again, but it's not what you think. Rather than a series about nothing, Seinfeld's new deal is definitely about something: a minuscule Australian building society, that is. Chortle reports that for the next two years, the...

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Comic uses unconventional venues to start comedy movement

By | July 9, 2009 at 4:04 pm | 2 comments

When stand-up comic, Chris Fox first started out in Greensboro, NC, comedy venues were hard to come find. Taking a lesson right out of the Comedians of Comedy handbook, Fox and his comedy pals started hosting their own comedy events in partnership with local punk bands. "It's a...

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