Joe Rogan: Talking Monkeys in Space

By | April 29, 2010 at 1:07 pm | No comments

A loopy hour-long lecture with hilarious punch lines describes Talking Monkeys in Space, the latest CD from the always voluble and volcanic Joe Rogan. Consider this release from Comedy Central Records, Comedy 303, a master class in creative joke writing from Rogan, whose...

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Gabourey Sidibe hosts a strong Saturday Night Live, complete with lots of cast giggles

By | April 26, 2010 at 10:16 am | One comment

The great thing about having a brand new star as the host of Saturday Night Live is the sense of anticipation for what is ultimately completely unpredictable. The opening monologue, a sassy musical number to the tune of Betty Everett’s “The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His...

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W. Kamau Bell: Face Full of Flour

By | April 23, 2010 at 9:59 am | One comment

"I don't mind the crowd dividing up," W. Kamau Bell says after a collective should-we-laugh? moment early on his debut album, Face Full of Flour. "That's when we're getting to shit." Bell gets to a lot of shit in a hurry here, proving himself one of our country's most adept...

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New Kevin Pollak web series Vamped Out lacks laughs

By | April 16, 2010 at 2:01 pm | 2 comments

Kevin Pollak’s new web series Vamped Out premiered this week on Babelgum. But for someone who was named one of the top 100 comedians of all time by Comedy Central, this faux documentary about a real life vampire certainly lacks any jokes. The documentary focuses on Alowisus...

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Chris Hardwick's Nerdist Podcast hits home

By | April 15, 2010 at 12:20 pm | No comments

Comedy nerd is a term that has been used to describe me. I don't know if that's a fair assessment but I do love comedy. Watching it, talking about it, writing it - I even love just listening to other people talk about it. I feel like it's safe to assume that most the readers...

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Simon King: Unfamous Comedian

By | April 13, 2010 at 10:13 am | 4 comments

Dear java junkies and caffeinds of all kinds: To survive that, oh, one minute when Starbucks closes to clean the coffee machines and drag the bulging moneybags to the bank, may we suggest you mainline the adrenaline teeming from Unfamous Comedian, the Robin Williamsian–wild...

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Tina Fey was a welcome change to SNL, but episode still suffered

By | April 12, 2010 at 12:49 pm | One comment

When Tina Fey was announced as the upcoming host of SNL, my gut reaction was simply “YES!” After all, when a talented member of the cast – and in this case an amazing writer, too – returns, it’s an event. So, hope immediately went sky high for really crisp writing and...

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Punchline Magazine’s dispataches from Melbourne’s International Comedy Festival, part 4

By | April 9, 2010 at 3:05 pm | No comments

I was thrilled to learn that singer Ali McGregor was hosting her own late night variety show and even more thrilled when my husband Christian [Finnegan] was booked to perform on it. Back when Comix was still brand new (as though 3.5 years makes it old!) I produced a music show...

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Punchline Magazine’s dispataches from Melbourne’s International Comedy Festival, part 3

By | April 9, 2010 at 10:11 am | No comments

One of my first nights at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival I attended David O’Doherty “David O’Doh-party” at the Forum Theatre, a grand space with Grecian statues and a sky blue ceiling in the entry and hallways. It is meant to serve as a theater so the stage...

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