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W. Kamau Bell, Jello Biafra inject thought into Fun Fun Fun Fest, Fred Armisen brings Ian Rubbish

W. Kamau Bell, Jello Biafra inject thought into Fun Fun Fun Fest, Fred Armisen brings Ian Rubbish

By | November 10, 2014 at 11:43 am | No comments

AUSTIN -- If Friday’s comedians at Fun Fun Fun Fest contended with the low lows of celebrity and popular culture, Saturday’s theme might as well have been “Damn the man, save the Empire.” Politics, politics, and more politics. W. Kamau Bell’s set, for example,...

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John Waters inspires at Fun Fun Fun Fest, Neil Hamburger, Rachel Bloom fit right in

John Waters inspires at Fun Fun Fun Fest, Neil Hamburger, Rachel Bloom fit right in

By | November 9, 2014 at 11:32 am | No comments

AUSTIN -- Once upon a time, before Formula One racing came to roost, before South by Southwest lay at the feet of Microsoft and Doritos, before everyone and their mother moved to the city to catch a whisper of hipness before it vanished into commodity, Austin quietly celebrated...

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Tig Notaro Live in Austin (Review)

Tig Notaro Live in Austin (Review)

By | October 24, 2014 at 12:26 am | 2 comments

AUSTIN – In a paradoxical municipality like Austin, Texas, where small-town mentality seems to prevail even as the city itself continues to balloon, it’s easy to see how a personality like Tig Notaro’s would sell out tickets like a scalper on Super Bowl Sunday. To begin...

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Marc Maron’s ‘river of rage’ flows freely at Just For Laughs

Marc Maron’s ‘river of rage’ flows freely at Just For Laughs

By | July 29, 2014 at 4:43 pm | No comments

MONTREAL – “Yes, there are problems.” The cold opening to Marc Maron’s intimate Place des Arts show drew huge laughs. The line was unexpected, yet not – after all, Maron traffics in problems, to heartwarming and introspective effect. And indeed, we really couldn’t...

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Kathleen Madigan, Judy Gold prove a perfect double bill at Just For Laughs

Kathleen Madigan, Judy Gold prove a perfect double bill at Just For Laughs

By | July 26, 2014 at 10:37 am | No comments

MONTREAL – With the venerable Judy Gold acting as opener, Kathleen Madigan’s headlining show could really have been a double bill for outstanding, fiery comics in peak form. As arbiters of bitingly hilarious, personalized comedy, the two women have been flexing powerful...

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Lewis Black veers off track to great effect at Just For Laughs (Review)

Lewis Black veers off track to great effect at Just For Laughs (Review)

By | July 26, 2014 at 9:02 am | No comments

MONTREAL – Lewis Black has never been one to shy away from a good vein-pulsing, temple-throbbing holler fest, and that’s exactly the type of forthright rage that keeps fans coming back for another dose of anger, one sold-out show after another. Which is why it was so...

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NBC’s ‘Last Comic Standing’ off to great start, first semi-finalists announced

NBC’s ‘Last Comic Standing’ off to great start, first semi-finalists announced

By | May 23, 2014 at 12:53 pm | 3 comments

With judges Russell Peters, Roseanne and Keenen Ivory Wayans and host JB Smoove, Last Comic Standing made its triumphant return last night to NBC. And this time, with the guidance of executive producer Wanda Sykes, Last Comic Standing is being done right. In year’s past NBC...

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HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver delivers Daily Show vibe but with f-bombs (Review)

HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver delivers Daily Show vibe but with f-bombs (Review)

By | April 28, 2014 at 11:53 am | No comments

UPDATE: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver may have opened to mixed reviews, but people were certainly willing to give the former Daily Show correspondent a chance! The premiere of the British comedian's new show opened with a strong 1.1 million viewers Sunday night at 11pm EST,...

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Dennis Miller praises Texas governor Rick Perry, gets some laughs at Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival

Dennis Miller praises Texas governor Rick Perry, gets some laughs at Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival

By | April 26, 2014 at 4:06 pm | 2 comments

AUSTIN – As day two of the Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival arrived on April 24, I crossed the threshold of the Paramount Theatre, wondering how exactly a comedian like Dennis Miller would be received by an Austin audience. Well known for his outspoken conservatism and...

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