Opinion

Laughspin analysis: When is it ok to laugh at dark comedy?

Laughspin analysis: When is it ok to laugh at dark comedy?

By | July 18, 2011 at 2:43 pm | 3 comments

While it's great that comedians are getting appreciated on America's Got Talent, hearing Piers Morgan call J. Chris Newberg's peformance "startlingly inappropriate" and Sharon Osbourne comment that his song was "just so, so wrong" is more than slightly obtuse (see video below)....

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Mila Kunis on the cover of GQ’s Comedy Issue: a step forward or back for women in comedy?

Mila Kunis on the cover of GQ’s Comedy Issue: a step forward or back for women in comedy?

By | July 12, 2011 at 12:23 pm | 6 comments

For their fourth annual Comedy Issue, mens's interest mag GQ has chosen actress Mila Kunis as their cover woman. It's newsworthy, I suppose, since she's not a dude; the likes of Zach Galifianakis, Seth Rogen, Tracy Morgan and Paul Rudd have graced the comedy-themed issue in...

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Adam Sandler’s “Jack & Jill” and why we’re all doomed

Adam Sandler’s “Jack & Jill” and why we’re all doomed

By | July 12, 2011 at 8:32 am | One comment

A high profile Television producer once told me about his industry, "It's show business, not show art." While that's true, there are, as with everything in this business, shades of grey. In the case of comedies at your local multiplex this summer, it's clearly all about the...

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Jon Stewart would make an excellent roast candidate, don’t you think?

By | July 8, 2011 at 4:06 pm | 10 comments

A few days ago Comedy Central unleashed the announcement that Charlie Sheen will be roasted in September and there has been plenty of buzz since. I recently posted about how roasts need more class, (i.e. roasting the ones we love), one can't help but think of who should be...

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Punchline Mag analysis: Comedians shouldn’t let Twitter affect their real-life act

By | July 7, 2011 at 12:54 pm | One comment

Yesterday, Lisa Cohen, founder of WitStream, the aggregating comedy ticker site, issued this advice to all people who try to be funny on Twitter: Stop sucking Favstar's dick. The suggestion was the headline of an editorial that makes this keen observation: comedians who depend...

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Advice to funny tweeters: stop sucking Favstar’s dick

By | July 6, 2011 at 4:47 pm | 10 comments

By Lisa Cohen founder of Witstream.com I’m glad the internet has made it so easy for people to express themselves. Self-expression is, as a rule, a good thing for humanity. Unfortunately the tantalizing power to respond immediately with a slap (or a suck up) has been handed...

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Punchline Mag analysis: Are comedians now destined to apologize forever?

By | July 5, 2011 at 5:21 pm | 9 comments

George Carlin famously said, "I think it's the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately." Most that read that quote don't realize there is a horrific dark side to that quote. Often when crossing the line, as a comedian, you can go to a...

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Punchline Mag analysis: Late night stand-up comedy spots not the career changer they used to be

By | June 27, 2011 at 12:11 pm | 3 comments

Late night talk shows used to be the break every comedian wanted. Five minutes on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson or the Late Show with David Letterman could catapult you from working comic to household name. And though it's nearly impossible to find a comedian who would...

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Dan Cummins: Star-A-Scopes– like horoscopes, but more accurate, June 20-26

Dan Cummins: Star-A-Scopes– like horoscopes, but more accurate, June 20-26

By | June 21, 2011 at 3:41 pm | No comments

[caption id="attachment_9732" align="alignright" width="200" caption="Dan Cummins"][/caption] It's time Punchline Magazine provides a valuable service to its readers-- beyond, of course, offering you the latest in comedy news and interviews. So, obviously, that means we're...

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