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South By Southwest comedy, days 5 and 6: Chris Gethard gets naked, Superego gets weird (Photos)

South By Southwest comedy, days 5 and 6: Chris Gethard gets naked, Superego gets weird (Photos)

By | March 14, 2014 at 1:18 pm | No comments

AUSTIN – The city of Austin is well known for its quirky eccentricity, as reflected in its mostly official motto, “Keep Austin Weird.” And South by Southwest has a tendency to exacerbate said weirdness, particularly where the comedy scene is concerned. Today, I have two...

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South By Southwest comedy, day 4: Sinbad kills it, Jim Breuer gets real and more

South By Southwest comedy, day 4: Sinbad kills it, Jim Breuer gets real and more

By | March 13, 2014 at 3:46 pm | No comments

AUSTIN – To borrow the words of the great philosopher Ice Cube, today was a good day. The story kicks off on Tuesday with some serendipitous moments only possible at an event like SXSW, where the city of Austin’s innate quirkiness morphs into something produced and promoted...

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South By Southwest Comedy, day 2: Comedy Bang Bang, Fred Armisen, Sasheer Zamata

South By Southwest Comedy, day 2: Comedy Bang Bang, Fred Armisen, Sasheer Zamata

By | March 11, 2014 at 3:07 pm | No comments

AUSTIN – Okay, forewarning: there was too much legit Sunday night to be able to comprehensively share all of the laughs with you, dear readers, but I will do my damnedest to offer the highlights. Checked out three shows, all in a row, and lived to tell the tale....

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Laugh Tracks by Laughspin: Listen to Kevin Pollak, Chelsea Peretti, Doug Benson, Jason Gillearn (Podcast)

Laugh Tracks by Laughspin: Listen to Kevin Pollak, Chelsea Peretti, Doug Benson, Jason Gillearn (Podcast)

By | March 10, 2014 at 1:18 pm | No comments

This week on Laugh Tracks we travel to the Golden State for our first group of comedians from California. Cali has an overabundance of talented comics so for this episode we have a total of four great clips. KEVIN POLLAK – The multi-talented comic, actor, and webcast...

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Blue Eyes On The Bay: How an ill-fated live comedy show led to love

Blue Eyes On The Bay: How an ill-fated live comedy show led to love

By | February 26, 2014 at 11:04 am | 17 comments

Last year a group of Sacramento-based comics and I drove to San Francisco to hit some open mics and pizza shops. I’ve been to plenty of open mics, so I was more excited about the pizza. Not just because I’m a glutton, but because pizza places don’t usually stink of awkward...

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Comedy about Dennis Rodman and North Korea dictator Kim Jong Un is happening, because what’s funnier than human rights violations?

Comedy about Dennis Rodman and North Korea dictator Kim Jong Un is happening, because what’s funnier than human rights violations?

By | February 24, 2014 at 11:17 am | 3 comments

What’s funnier than a dictator-led country, whose government enslaves hundreds of thousands of its citizens in labor camps – children included! – publicly executes people for owning a Bible and maintains no freedom of the press? Well, Tim Story, director of such hits like...

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Will Ferrell’s production company starts division for female comedies, but does the label help or hurt?

Will Ferrell’s production company starts division for female comedies, but does the label help or hurt?

By | February 12, 2014 at 1:44 pm | 8 comments

News surfaced today that Gary Sanchez Productions – that’s Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy – will establish a production division in charge of developing female-centic movies. The new arm of the wildly successful company will be lead by Jessica Elbaum, who’s...

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Comedian Dieudonné M’bala M’bala banned for being ‘anti-Semitic’

Comedian Dieudonné M’bala M’bala banned for being ‘anti-Semitic’

By | January 10, 2014 at 1:54 pm | 2 comments

Moments before he was scheduled to perform for 5,000 fans on Thursday, French comedian Dieudonné M’bala M’bala learned his gig – the kickoff to a 22-city national tour – was canceled. After striking down a ban on the show, the highest court in France reversed the...

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Comedian Natasha Leggero responds to vile supporters of WWII veterans

Comedian Natasha Leggero responds to vile supporters of WWII veterans

By | January 3, 2014 at 5:07 pm | No comments

Well-respected comedian and actress Natasha Leggero has been under fire ever since she made what many consider an outrageously offensive joke during Carson Daly's New Year's Eve broadcast on NBC. At the heart of this brand new fake-outrage-powered controversy is a Twitter...

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