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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New service offers insurance to comedians

By | July 29, 2009 at 2:04 pm | 2 comments

It’s hard to pursue comedy full time, and even harder to find health coverage when you decide to go for it. Thanks to the National Association of Comedians, things are about to get a little easier for the working comic. The recently launched organization provides the...

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Just For Laughs: If Andy Kindler was Secretary of Funny

By | July 29, 2009 at 11:31 am | No comments

[caption id="attachment_1783" align="aligncenter" width="350" caption="photo by Central Image Agency"][/caption] MONTREAL -- Every year, self-proclaimed underdog comedian Andy Kindler delivers the State of the Industry Address at the Just For Laughs festival. If you’re...

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Comedian gives stand-up crowds a chance to find love

By | July 27, 2009 at 2:04 pm | One comment

[caption id="attachment_1751" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Helen Hong"][/caption] When Comix in Manhattan first asked Helen Hong, TV producer and stand-up comedienne, to host a show that would attract an Asian crowd, Hong was pessimistic. “An Asian comedian...

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Just For Laughs: New Faces, part 2

By | July 27, 2009 at 12:06 pm | 3 comments

MONTREAL -- LA’s MIKE BRIDENSTINE kicked off the second half of the first New Faces show Thursday night, and immediately got chuckles from the crowd upon suggesting that, like Larry the Cable Guy’s Git-R-Done, he was advised to create a catch phrase for his comedy in order...

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Katt Williams gun charges dropped

By | July 27, 2009 at 11:53 am | No comments

Manhattan prosecutors have dropped gun charges against comedian Katt Williams. The comedian was arrested last November when police spotted three guns in his convoy. A representative from the DA’s office said prosecutors dismissed the case against Williams because they...

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