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Laughspin analysis: What does it take for a comedian to gain mainstream success?

Laughspin analysis: What does it take for a comedian to gain mainstream success?

By | August 30, 2011 at 8:41 am | 7 comments

It's been said many times over, but comedy is subjective. What makes one person laugh is almost assuredly different from what makes another person laugh. However, the debate intensifies, despite subjectivity being the main force at work here, what makes millions of people laugh...

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Laughspin’s look inside comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Part 13)

Laughspin’s look inside comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Part 13)

By | August 29, 2011 at 3:12 pm | No comments

Edinburgh -- What a difference a day makes. Being the last day of the Fringe for half the shows, there is a weight lifted off many a shoulders. The healed eyes of Chris Coxen are looking more alive, updating that he “feels like Tim Robbins when he breaks out of prison in The...

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Laughspin’s look inside comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Part 12)

Laughspin’s look inside comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Part 12)

By | August 29, 2011 at 2:17 pm | No comments

EDINBURGH -- When you’re a comedian watching another comedian’s show, what do you say when you get “crowd-worked?” I’m genuinely rooting for whoever is on stage so I don’t want to be combative or vague or clever when asked a question. So when I reluctantly wound up...

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Laughspin’s look inside comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Part 11)

Laughspin’s look inside comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Part 11)

By | August 28, 2011 at 9:20 am | No comments

EDINBURGH -- “Are you good, are you well? Are you having a good Fringe?” Apparently it is mandatory for every comedian at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to open their set with that inane line of questioning. A London comedian to remain nameless carried on for nearly three...

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Laughspin’s look inside comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Part 10)

Laughspin’s look inside comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Part 10)

By | August 26, 2011 at 4:28 pm | No comments

EDINBURGH -- I’m destroying myself and having a blast doing it. Last night, I went to bed at 7:30 am after a late-night after-party chocked full of the festival's finest comedians. Fortunately, there is too much comedy to take part in for a mere hangover to kill my energy and...

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Laughspin’s look inside comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Part 9)

Laughspin’s look inside comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Part 9)

By | August 25, 2011 at 2:27 pm | No comments

EDINBURGH -- Todd Barry knows his food. He has a whole “food chunk” in his act. His quest for food has created awkward exchanges on Twitter with the Kansas City Airport and followers from Los Angeles. Yet, when I ask him what’s good to eat here in Edinburgh, he recommends...

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Laughspin analysis: Can we all please try to learn how to take a f*cking joke?

Laughspin analysis: Can we all please try to learn how to take a f*cking joke?

By | August 25, 2011 at 1:55 pm | 4 comments

Go fuck yourself. Without a fraction of a second passing, that first sentence can be completely misinterpreted and spun out of context. Then, several hateful comment threads pop up around the Web without any investigation as to the simple questions of what, where, why or...

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Laughspin’s look inside comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Part 8)

Laughspin’s look inside comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Part 8)

By | August 24, 2011 at 2:03 pm | 2 comments

Edinburgh -- Let’s talk about the c-word. The c-bomb. The country without a tree. She-who-must-not-be-named. When “bitch” isn’t doing the trick. We know the word. A word I once vowed to never utter – until I met one. It’s strong, it’s vulgar, it’s a...

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Opinion: Why it’s crucial that comedy clubs develop talent if they want to survive

Opinion: Why it’s crucial that comedy clubs develop talent if they want to survive

By | August 22, 2011 at 9:45 am | 18 comments

In 1973 Johnny Carson moved the Tonight Show from Manhattan to Burbank and in one swift move, shifted the center of the comedy universe at the time from NYC to LA. Back then, the only way to make it “Big” in comedy was through the Tonight Show and its mystical gatekeepers....

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