Opinion

Reader question: How do you leave a soul-crushing job to pursue a career in comedy?

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

You may have noticed that we've been answering some comedy-related reader questions in this here space. Most of these questions come to us via Punchline's Formspring page; some of them come from our Tumblr. The one we're rolling out for you today, however, comes from our friend...

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This Golden Globes ad with Ricky Gervais is absurd

By | January 14, 2011 at 11:54 am | No comments

Listen. We're as happy as any comedy fan that Ricky Gervais is hosting the Golden Globes-- if for no other reason than it's nice to see great comedians getting high-profile, high paying gigs. But really, Golden Globes peeps: this ad is completely absurd. And we're pretty sure...

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My five favorite comedy albums and specials of all time

By | December 30, 2010 at 1:28 pm | 5 comments

You may have noticed the “Ask us your comedy questions” graphic on our pages. It links up to our page on Formspring, wherein you can ask a question and we'll answer it! You can also ask us a question through our Tumblr page. Some of those sessions will end up here on our...

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Reader question: Has the HBO hour comedy special lost its prestige?

By | December 13, 2010 at 4:59 pm | 3 comments

[caption id="attachment_16873" align="alignright" width="200" caption="The HBO hour comedy special is still a goal for most comedians, but its no doubt lost some of its prestige over the years."][/caption] You may have noticed the “Ask us your comedy questions” graphic on...

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Reader question: What is a comedian's ultimate career goal?

By | December 3, 2010 at 3:18 pm | 2 comments

You may have noticed the “Ask us your comedy questions” graphic on our pages. It links up to our page on Formspring, wherein you can ask a question and I’ll answer it! You can also ask us a question through our Tumblr page. Some of those sessions will end up here on our...

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Grammy committee once again proves they don't give a shit about comedy

By | December 2, 2010 at 12:42 pm | 12 comments

Ah, yes. It's that time of year again when the mainstream entertainment industry reminds us just how much they don't give a shit about the world of stand-up comedy by doling out Grammy nominations to some of the least deserving -- but wildly popular -- artists. It's also the...

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Reader question: Does comedy always have to be funny?

By | November 29, 2010 at 11:10 am | 3 comments

You may have noticed the "Ask us your comedy questions" graphic on our pages. It links up to our page on Formspring, wherein you can ask a question and I'll answer it! You can also ask us a question through our Tumblr page, which is here. Some of those sessions will end up here...

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Lewis Black chats about his new book + an informal review of I'm Dreaming of a Black Christmas

By | November 4, 2010 at 2:34 pm | No comments

Last night, as part of the New York Comedy Festival, Lewis Black sat down with fellow author Bill Scheft to discuss Lew's newest tome I’m Dreaming of a Black Christmas at Barnes and Noble in Union Square. Check out a pair of photos below. [caption id="attachment_16117"...

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Ask us a question about comedy

By | October 28, 2010 at 1:02 pm | One comment

Hey, Punchline Magazine readers. Glad you're here. For the last few weeks, I've been enjoying answering some of your comedy-related questions on our Formspring page. You may have noticed. You may not have. If you're unsure as to what Formspring is, it's basically a social...

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