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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 | 152 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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Moontower Comedy Festival, day 2: Dana Carvey and Amy Schumer!

Moontower Comedy Festival, day 2: Dana Carvey and Amy Schumer!

By | April 26, 2013 at 3:56 pm | No comments

AUSTIN – The second day of the second annual Moontower Comedy Festival brought us only first-stringers, and boy were we glad of it. Top-notch performers like Reggie Watts, Maria Bamford, Greg Fitzsimmons and Todd Barry no doubt left audiences in the appropriate amount of...

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Community recap: Troy and Abed switch bodies, Britta gets sad and also Pierce

Community recap: Troy and Abed switch bodies, Britta gets sad and also Pierce

By | April 25, 2013 at 11:33 pm | One comment

On tonight’s Community, Troy is Abed (and vice versa), banners are the new diorama and I am flying high on a cocktail of wine and Benadryl because I got a B12 injection yesterday that is making me tweaky as FUCK. You know how Van Gogh cut off his own ear because he had such a...

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Moontower Comedy Festival, day 1: Bill Hader, Anthony Jeselnik, Michael Che

Moontower Comedy Festival, day 1: Bill Hader, Anthony Jeselnik, Michael Che

By | April 25, 2013 at 12:48 pm | 4 comments

AUSTIN -- The opening night of Austin’s second annual Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival -- a four-day event spanning 12 venues and featuring 98 shows! -- brought audiences in close quarters with such comedy heavyweights as Marc Maron, Anthony Jeselnik, Maria Bamford and...

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An open love letter to Comedy

An open love letter to Comedy

By | April 24, 2013 at 12:44 pm | 3 comments

Stand-up comedy is beautiful. Killing in a night club is like orchestrating a symphony or painting a beautiful picture. Sometimes it’s also like a dude telling jokes about his dick to total strangers for money. For the moment I’d like to reflect on what stand-up is and why I...

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