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Watch this robot do comedy and feel your soul die an unbearable death

Watch this robot do comedy and feel your soul die an unbearable death

By | August 19, 2013 at 11:09 am | 4 comments

If you’d like to lose all faith in science and continue to question why the world’s most brilliant people waste time and money researching bullshit, please read on. For the second time ever, a robot has been created and then set loose on a comedy club stage— because, uh,...

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When comedians heckle comedians, no one wins– especially when the heckler is slightly homophobic

When comedians heckle comedians, no one wins– especially when the heckler is slightly homophobic

By | August 13, 2013 at 11:36 am | 5 comments

I did a show on recently at a local club. There was a newer comic on the bill as well-- a newer comic but a grown man. Like probably 40. His set was pretty unintelligible-- just a lot of general yelling about thick butts and how sexy he finds them. And not in a clever way. I...

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Patton Oswalt writes on rape jokes, heckling and joke stealing

Patton Oswalt writes on rape jokes, heckling and joke stealing

By | June 17, 2013 at 12:31 pm | 6 comments

Patton Oswalt on Friday posted a lengthy missive that had comedy fans chattering all weekend. The three-part “Closed Letter To Myself About Thievery, Hecking and Rape Jokes” found the always-introspective Oswalt amidst a heightened degree of self-revelation and theory. In...

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Just For Laughs, Chicago recap: Bob Newhart, Team Coco, Maria Bamford, more!

Just For Laughs, Chicago recap: Bob Newhart, Team Coco, Maria Bamford, more!

By | June 16, 2013 at 2:12 pm | No comments

CHICAGO -- While there is still Bill Maher and a handful of smaller shows tonight, last night's Bob Newhart performance and the round of killer stand-ups at Stage 773, pretty much wrapped up the Just For Laughs-- Chicago festival. With a surprise set by Maria Bamford, some...

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Just For Laughs, Chicago recap: Hannibal Buress, Seth Meyers, Al Madrigal, more!

Just For Laughs, Chicago recap: Hannibal Buress, Seth Meyers, Al Madrigal, more!

By | June 15, 2013 at 1:45 pm | One comment

CHICAGO -- In the absence of a high profile hockey game and a bombastically hyped thunderstorm, day four of Just For Laughs Chicago was a heavily attended night of wildly different styles of comedy. After seeing Seth Meyers, Hannibal Buress and Al Madrigal deliver some palatable...

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Feminist writer debates Jim Norton: calls comedy clubs ‘dark basements full of angry men,’ makes rape joke (Video)

Feminist writer debates Jim Norton: calls comedy clubs ‘dark basements full of angry men,’ makes rape joke (Video)

By | May 31, 2013 at 2:28 pm | 55 comments

Last night’s debate between comedian Jim Norton and Jezebel writer Lindy West on Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell was moving swimmingly until the latter characterized comedy clubs as “dark basements full of angry men.” It was in response to Bell’s question, “Are...

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Comedian Christina Walkinshaw endures sexual harassment onstage, club won’t book her again

Comedian Christina Walkinshaw endures sexual harassment onstage, club won’t book her again

By | May 23, 2013 at 4:13 pm | 6 comments

Toronto-based comedian Christina Walkinshaw landed what seemed like a decent gig last September-- $500 for four feature spots at Yuk Yuk’s at Casino Niagara in Ontario. Upon arriving at the club, however, she became suspicious of the venue’s odd heckler policy, which read,...

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Kickstarter abuse: Why are you giving your money to wealthy celebrities?

Kickstarter abuse: Why are you giving your money to wealthy celebrities?

By | April 29, 2013 at 3:11 pm | 150 comments

Kickstarter is amazing. It’s especially amazing for industrious, talented artists who lack the connections and capital usually needed to realize their dreams. In fact, it’s been a pleasure recently to see photographer Seth Olenick’s book of comedian portraits, comedian Sue...

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Moontower Comedy Festival, day 3: Janeane Garofalo, Michael Ian Black, Chelsea Peretti!

Moontower Comedy Festival, day 3: Janeane Garofalo, Michael Ian Black, Chelsea Peretti!

By | April 27, 2013 at 1:29 pm | 3 comments

AUSTIN – Day three of the Moontower Comedy Festival showered audiences with far more outstanding talent than rain, though both made appearances all over the city. Much more astonishing than water falling from the sky – a true Texas rarity – was the hodgepodge of megastar...

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