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Comedy becomes more viable work option in recession

By | August 10, 2009 at 10:47 am | 2 comments

It seems that during this recession there has been an increased number of amateurs in entering the world of stand-up comedy. With high unemployment rates  and therefore less financial risk for some, more and more wannabe comics are choosing to enter the fray. "If you're...

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Jim Norton, DL Hughley to join cast of new Leno show

By | August 6, 2009 at 4:01 pm | No comments

Can Jay Leno’s new primetime comedy/talk show rescue NBC from ruin? Who knows. But one thing is certain: comedy will be the priority, with a slightly diminished focus on the talk. NBC has announced that The Jay Leno Show, set to air at 10PM 5 days a week, will feature a cast...

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Woman is first to earn stand-up comedy degree

By | August 6, 2009 at 11:41 am | 3 comments

Hannah George has become the first woman to graduate with a degree in stand-up comedy. George studied at Southampton Solent University in the South of England, the only university in the world to offer a degree in stand-up. The three-year-old program covers the history of...

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Wednesday stand-up video: Kristen Schaal

By | August 5, 2009 at 1:06 pm | No comments

There is no way to best prepare you for this clip. Kristen Schaal is joined on stage by Kurt Braunohler in a bit that involves song, dance, and pretending to be a...

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Are free tickets the answer for comedy clubs during the recession?

By | August 5, 2009 at 10:45 am | 2 comments

While some comedy clubs have been forced to switch formats or even close due to the economic downturn, Stanford and Sons Comedy Club in Kansas City continues to thrive. The club continues to have packed crowds for its shows, drawing audiences at pre-recession levels. Their...

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Michael Moore plans comedy festival

By | August 3, 2009 at 11:36 am | No comments

Filmmaker Michael Moore announced plans to organize a comedy festival in Traverse City, Michigan, where he lives. Moore will co-organize the event with comedian Jeff Garlin, star of HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” The Traverse City Comedy Arts Festival will take place over...

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Andy Kaufman Award seeks unique stand-up talent

By | August 3, 2009 at 10:05 am | No comments

The fifth annual Andy Kaufman Award Competition is underway. The Competition serves as a showcase for up-and-coming comedians, as well as a celebration honoring the work of Andy Kaufman. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Kaufman’s death. Prospective contestants must...

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Monday stand-up video: Tony Woods

By | August 3, 2009 at 10:00 am | No comments

Our clip today comes from Rooftop Comedy and was selected by Funny People co-star Eric Bana. I found it amusing that he chose a comic joking about kangaroos - animals native to his home turf. Does this mean he always prefers comedy about...

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Eddie Izzard runs 30 miles a day for charity

By | July 30, 2009 at 1:16 pm | No comments

A Scottish band once had a hit about walking 500 miles. Leave it to an English comedian to run 1,000. Eddie Izzard will be running 30 miles a day for seven weeks, circling the UK, to raise money for Sport Relief - a biennial charity from Comic Relief that aids the world’s...

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