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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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Laughspin’s look inside comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Part 5)

Laughspin’s look inside comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Part 5)

By | August 21, 2011 at 2:28 pm | No comments

EDINBURGH -- Nazis are hilarious! That statement might be a tough sell but dare I say Frank Sinazi has pulled it off. Crooning hits such as “Third Reich” (That’s Life), “Gestapo” (Chicago), or “Strangers on my Plane” (Stranger in the Night), Sinazi has the packed...

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Laughspin’s look inside comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Part 4)

Laughspin’s look inside comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Part 4)

By | August 20, 2011 at 1:43 pm | No comments

“I’m highly intelligent and very funny.” Steve Hughes is staying right on stage at the Fringe festival’s staple late-night show Spank! At this point, the bold, unapologetic Australian “comic's-comic” has walked about a third of the audience. Mind you, it’s 2:45...

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How much should comedians play up their ethnicity?

How much should comedians play up their ethnicity?

By | August 19, 2011 at 5:01 pm | 11 comments

This year late night TV has seen the likes of Reggie Watts, Hannibal Buress, Ian Edwards, and more bring their unique stand-up comedy to the masses on Conan, the Late Show with David Letterman, and Jimmy Kimmel Live. Recently, Portland comic Ron Funches killed it with his...

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Laughspin’s look inside comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Part 3)

Laughspin’s look inside comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Part 3)

By | August 19, 2011 at 11:53 am | No comments

EDINBURGH -- Much time has past since my days of barking the Upper West Side of Manhattan to promote a comedy show. Standing out in the cold for two to three hours shouting “hey folks, comedy tonight! Comedians seen on...

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Laughspin’s look inside comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Part 2)

Laughspin’s look inside comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Part 2)

By | August 18, 2011 at 10:27 am | No comments

EDINBURGH -- Everybody is playing dress-up and I feel left out. Turning a corner onto “The Royal Mile” in Edinburgh’s City Centre, I found myself in the belly of the beast – a Virgin-Money sponsored street fair - surrounded by costumed performers everywhere. This is...

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Comedy Matters with Billy Crystal, Russell Peters and more!

Comedy Matters with Billy Crystal, Russell Peters and more!

By | August 18, 2011 at 10:10 am | One comment

Strip Action I flew out to LA to interview Billy Crystal for the book I’m writing on the 35 year history of The Comic Strip, with owner Richie Tienken. This was thanks to Bob Wachs who’s known Billy for all those years. Bob Wachs is Richie Tienken’s partner and the...

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Al-Quaeda message board poster threatens David Letterman’s life

Al-Quaeda message board poster threatens David Letterman’s life

By | August 17, 2011 at 6:02 pm | One comment

According to an Al-Quaeda message board, the tongue of David Letterman, "a lowly Jew," needs to be cut off. EW.com reports that Letterman made a jab at the recent death of suspected terrorist leader Ilyas Kashmiri; and now, somehow, that warrants the talk show host's death. By...

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Laughspin’s look inside comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Part 1)

Laughspin’s look inside comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Part 1)

By | August 17, 2011 at 9:32 am | One comment

EDINBURGH -- The Edinburgh Fringe Festival has been going for two weeks now and the city has the vibe of a raging party around 4 am when half the bodies still moving are residually intoxicated and/or deliriously over-tired. Maybe that’s just Scotland. Ironically, it seems the...

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