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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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When “Lopez Tonight” got axed, so did comedian Auggie Smith’s big break

When “Lopez Tonight” got axed, so did comedian Auggie Smith’s big break

By | August 15, 2011 at 1:23 pm | No comments

"I was supposed to be famous tonight." Those were the words of comedian Auggie Smith, while performing at Comedy Palace, an independent comedy show ran in the upstairs room of Chinese restaurant in Los Angeles. That very night, Smith was slated to perform on Lopez Tonight as...

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Star-A-Scopes: Like horoscopes, but more accurate — Aug. 15 – 21

Star-A-Scopes: Like horoscopes, but more accurate — Aug. 15 – 21

By | August 15, 2011 at 11:14 am | No comments

Aries: This week you’re going to organize and lead a covert military operation aimed at completely dismantling the IRS. It’s not going to feel right, but, trust me, all of these people need to die. They chose to work for an unjust, oppressive unconstitutional affront to the...

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Eddie Murphy will voice movie version of 1970s animated show “Hong Kong Phooey”

Eddie Murphy will voice movie version of 1970s animated show “Hong Kong Phooey”

By | August 11, 2011 at 9:59 pm | 2 comments

A big screen animated feature version of Hanna-Barbera's 1974 TV series Hong Kong Phooey has been green-lit with Eddie Murphy voicing the protagonist hero. It's totally understandable that movie execs have been inspired by the piles of money the Smurfs movie is racking up, but...

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Brody Stevens’ Twitter feed has become a must-follow for comedy nerds; but is the comic losing it?

Brody Stevens’ Twitter feed has become a must-follow for comedy nerds; but is the comic losing it?

By | August 10, 2011 at 6:55 pm | 4 comments

Many times, the most frustrating thing about a comedian can be trying to figure out when or if said comedian is joking or not. While Andy Kaufman based most of his career on challenging audiences and their expectations, irony and sarcasm can easily be lost on the public. They...

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