Opinion

Punchline Mag analysis: Do modern comedy roasts need more class?

By | June 6, 2011 at 12:38 pm | 2 comments

As we reported exclusively last week, Comedy Central's plans for a roast of Kid Rock this summer were cancelled. So, one can't help but wonder which pop culture icon Comedy Central will lay their sights on next. People so enjoyed the likes of Anthony Jeselnik (see below),...

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Comedian Dan Cummins gives you Star-A-Scopes

By | May 31, 2011 at 2:54 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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Punchline Magazine poll: Where do you want your live comedy?

By | May 24, 2011 at 3:25 pm | 3 comments

In an article about a rise in independent comedy shows in LA, Brand X writes, "...these gatherings serve as proof that Angelenos want to see fresh new comics without having to pony up for a two-drink minimum, and that they’re willing to travel a little farther down Sunset to...

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Is ‘The Office’ easier to watch without Steve Carell?

By | May 20, 2011 at 3:38 pm | 2 comments

Dear God, Please don’t destroy the world on Saturday; I need to live long enough to find out who’s the boss of the Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin. I know this is akin to taking your name in vain, but I am worshipping The Office again, especially without the god of...

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Will mainstream awards shows ever give comedies the respect they deserve?

By | May 19, 2011 at 2:02 pm | 6 comments

[caption id="attachment_23236" align="alignright" width="200" caption="Woody Allen: Our only hope?"][/caption] In a recent article outlining what movies were the "talk of the festival" at Cannes this year, the Los Angeles Times mentioned Woody Allen's comedy Midnight In Paris....

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In what setting is a comedy album best recorded?

By | May 12, 2011 at 5:38 pm | 3 comments

Though recording a comedy album of any kind is largely just a matter of capturing spoken word, the sound quality of the laughter is something to consider. Last night I (along with more than 100 others) was lucky enough to watch Patton Oswalt run through the new special he's...

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Larry King says performing stand-up comedy is "orgasmic"; also "it's not brain surgery"

By | May 11, 2011 at 2:12 pm | 8 comments

In what will probably go down as one of the all-time creepiest statements about the art of stand-up comedy, former talk show host turned-comedian Larry King has described the act of performing comedy onstage as "orgasmic." When writer R. Scott Reedy asks King, "How does it feel...

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Sarah Silverman is brilliant in dramatic turn on "The Good Wife"

By | May 11, 2011 at 12:19 pm | One comment

Last night, Sarah Silverman guest starred on an episode of The Good Wife, a drama that stars Julianna Margulies. When the announcement was made back in March about Silverman's upcoming appearance, I obviously thought the comedian would be inserted into the storyline for some...

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Punchline Magazine analysis: Is it ever OK to heckle a comedian?

By | May 11, 2011 at 11:28 am | 5 comments

The implicit agreement when you go to a live comedy show -- whether it's stand-up, sketch, or improv -- is that you are there to be entertained and hopefully you do some laughing. Thus, the dynamic of a comedy show should be: the audience sits and listens and the comedian or...

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