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Ricky Gervais wrote an essay for Easter and you should probably read it

Ricky Gervais wrote an essay for Easter and you should probably read it

By | March 29, 2013 at 9:32 am | No comments

In honor of Easter, the Christian holiday millions of people around the world will celebrate this Sunday by eating chocolate and ham and looking for colored eggs and possibly attending Mass, comedian Ricky Gervais has submitted an essay titled, A Holiday Message from Ricky...

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Why comedians should embrace (and control) the future of comedy school

Why comedians should embrace (and control) the future of comedy school

By | February 21, 2013 at 9:34 am | 23 comments

I remember sitting in my office in 2010 and reading Doug Stanhope's evisceration of stand-up comedy classes. I remember it very clearly, in fact, because at the time I was deep into strategizing how a "traditional" comedy club could become the next Upright Citizen's Brigade...

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Christina Applegate is out, Maya Rudolph is pregnant and other reasons Up All Night is doomed

Christina Applegate is out, Maya Rudolph is pregnant and other reasons Up All Night is doomed

By | February 18, 2013 at 5:54 pm | 5 comments

The drama currently surrounding NBC’s series Up All Night is beginning to rival that of Community from 10 months ago. When the latter show’s creator and executive producer Dan Harmon was ousted in May of last year, it blew the mind’s of the show’s cult followers. The...

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The decay of the influential comedian: four types of comics you should avoid

The decay of the influential comedian: four types of comics you should avoid

By | February 6, 2013 at 11:15 am | 16 comments

Periodically stand-up comedians will go through the rigors of the newspaper interview in which the writer will ask the inevitable question about our comedy influences to complete the article. Citing people like Pryor, Carlin and Hicks is a lot more sexy than Captain Rowdy, Danny...

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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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