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Kelsey Grammer, Ben Stiller, Maroon 5, more added to Comedy Central’s autism benefit show

By | March 31, 2008 at 8:54 am | No comments

Kelsey Grammer, Ben Stiller, Maroon 5 and The Roots have been added to the lineup of Comedy Central’s live event, Night of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Concernt for Autism Education, organizers announced today. The show will be aired live on Comedy Central...

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Monday stand-up video: Paul F. Tompkins

By | March 31, 2008 at 4:01 am | No comments

Comedian Paul F. Tompkins has nothing against new dads. He’s just a bit bored by the same old speech. Check it...

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Sneak Peak: from Robert Kelly’s debut Comedy Central release, ‘Just the Tip’

By | March 28, 2008 at 5:35 pm | No comments

Comedy Central will release Robert Kelly’s album, Just the Tip on April 8. But for you, fine Punchline Magazine readers, we’ve rolled out this special sneak peak. Listen to Kelly warn you about the dangers of getting a handy while whacked out on painkillers. powered...

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Response to Variety’s ‘Why standups are sitting out primetime’: How bedraggled can stand-up be?

By | March 27, 2008 at 4:55 pm | No comments

Variety’s Brian Lowry posted a column titled “Why standups are sitting out primetime” last Friday, which partly explored the idea that as of late, comedians have been landing game show host jobs as opposed to sitcom deals. I say...

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Comedy Central announces Jim Gaffigan’s ‘Sexy Tour’; tickets on sale Friday

By | March 25, 2008 at 5:38 am | No comments

Comedy Central today announced that starting Aug. 15, comedian Jim Gaffigan will embark on a 20-city tour — dubbed “Comedy Central Live Starring Jim Gaffigan: The Sexy Tour” — where he will perform all new material. Gaffigan’s Dec. 6 Austin date...

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Howard Stern + Opie & Anthony = Sirius-XM Merger gets green light

By | March 24, 2008 at 12:25 pm | No comments

The Justice Department approved the merger of Sirius and XM Satellite Radio on Monday, saying the deal was unlikely to hurt competition or consumers. So what does this mean for comedy fans? We’ll have to see. But the thought of Howard Stern & Opie and Anthony in one...

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Comedian looking to establish a credible stand-up comedy scene in Lebanon

By | March 24, 2008 at 8:25 am | No comments

Lebanese comedian Nemr Abou Nassar has given himself a monumental task: creating a well-respected stand-up comedy scene in his country. Nassar is part of a small but growing comedy circuit in the tiny nation, bordered by Syria, Israel and the Mediterranean Sea. According to...

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Stand-up comedy book to become film: Carlin, Martin, Pryor featured

By | March 22, 2008 at 4:41 am | No comments

Oscar-winning filmmaker R.J. Cutler bought the rights to the recently published Comedy at the Edge: How Stand-up in the 1970s Changed America and is planning to produce a documentary version of the book. Comedy legends George Carlin, Steve Martin, Richard Pryor and more will...

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NYC Underground Comedy Festival is more about quality, not quantity, in 2008

By | March 21, 2008 at 12:25 pm | No comments

Organizers of this year’s New York City Underground Comedy Festival announced today their intentions to scale back the amount of festival shows and up the quality of the participating comedians. “We still want to present new, quality faces to the industry...

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