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Controversy over Upright Citizens Brigade flares, but is it much ado about nothing?

Controversy over Upright Citizens Brigade flares, but is it much ado about nothing?

By | January 30, 2013 at 11:56 am | 16 comments

What started as one comedian’s off-the-cuff vocal displeasure over the way a well-respected comedy institution runs its business evolved into a needlessly divisive, hostile online battle fought via Facebook updates and Tumblr posts. I’m not including screengrabs or...

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Recording Academy continues unhealthy Kathy Griffin obsession with fifth straight Grammy nomination

Recording Academy continues unhealthy Kathy Griffin obsession with fifth straight Grammy nomination

By | December 10, 2012 at 10:47 am | One comment

For the fifth year in a row, the Recording Academy lazily pushed Kathy Griffin onto the list of nominees for Best Comedy Album, despite the fact that -- once again -- her "album" is nothing more than the completely censored audio ripped from her latest Bravo special. This time,...

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Why Katt Williams reneging on his retirement is a terrible idea

Why Katt Williams reneging on his retirement is a terrible idea

By | December 7, 2012 at 12:02 pm | 2 comments

Oh, so you know how we told you Katt Williams announced his retirement? Right. Well, I guess he was just joking? “Katt is definitely not retiring,” his reps said in a statement. “He will be moving forward with the tour.” In fact, Williams is due to perform in Houston...

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Dropping Gilda Radner’s name from Gilda’s Club is disrespectful, but let’s not lose focus (Opinion)

Dropping Gilda Radner’s name from Gilda’s Club is disrespectful, but let’s not lose focus (Opinion)

By | November 29, 2012 at 3:48 pm | 4 comments

Since the Madison, Wisconsin chapter of Gilda’s Club announced this week their plans to change the name of their organization by removing any reference to late comedian and Saturday Night Live great Gilda Radner, after whom the non-profit was named, there’s been an...

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This open letter to Paul F. Tompkins illustrates all that is good about comedy

This open letter to Paul F. Tompkins illustrates all that is good about comedy

By | November 16, 2012 at 7:38 pm | One comment

It's not that we here at Laughspin need any convincing about the power and beauty of comedy. It's just that it's heartening to see the artform's effects on its fans from time to time. Hence, we're really excited about this open letter to Paul F. Tompkins, originally posted on...

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Did Jerry Seinfeld miss an opportunity with Michael Richards on Web series?

Did Jerry Seinfeld miss an opportunity with Michael Richards on Web series?

By | October 17, 2012 at 12:09 pm | 14 comments

Michael Richards said some really bad things in a comedy club seven years ago. Why can’t people let it go? We live in a time where celebrity is currency. More and more, people are over-reacting to things said in comedy clubs so that they can blog about it in a grab for their...

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Popular Tumblr blog is being made into a television show, and so is another one

Popular Tumblr blog is being made into a television show, and so is another one

By | October 12, 2012 at 2:12 pm | One comment

Scoring network television deals from your Twitter account is so 2011, you guys. The totally hip thing now, is using your Tumblr to get those highly-coveted opportunities. It’s happened two times this week, alone. First up is 20-Nothings, based on the Hollywood Assistants...

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Why Louis C.K. postponing season four of ‘Louie’ is a good idea

Why Louis C.K. postponing season four of ‘Louie’ is a good idea

By | October 10, 2012 at 12:36 pm | One comment

Ever since Louis C.K. struck a deal with FX three years ago to produce his own show, comedians across the country have been telling their agents and managers, "I want the Louis C.K. deal." At the heart of the deal is total creative freedom and control of the business aspects of...

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Justin Halpern scores Fox show deal with I Suck At Girls, despite failed S#*! My Dad Says

Justin Halpern scores Fox show deal with I Suck At Girls, despite failed S#*! My Dad Says

By | September 7, 2012 at 5:31 pm | One comment

Justin Halpern is hoping to get by with a little help from his friend Bill Lawrence (widely known for Scrubs and more recently Cougar Town) as the two team up for a new sitcom based on Halpern’s best-selling book, I Suck at Girls. It’s hard to forget the bomb that...

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