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Jim Jeffries shows his balls on Michigan stage

By | September 24, 2009 at 3:55 pm | No comments

You might think you know crazy comedy, but chances are, you ain’t got squat. If your idea of onstage wackiness conforms to the surrealistic antics of Andy Kauffman or the melon-smashing mania of Gallagher, clearly, you have a taste for the tame. Because, my friends, these...

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Russell Brand's intimate night in New York

By | September 17, 2009 at 12:37 pm | No comments

On a day's notice, and after hosting the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, comedian Russell Brand decided he wanted to work out some new material in front of a live audience at the Green Room in New York City. Just days before, he stood in the same room rehearsing his MTV bits...

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Aaron Karo is having more fun than you; the proof is in the book

By | September 16, 2009 at 12:01 pm | No comments

It’s hard not to feel a range of emotions while reading Aaron Karo’s new book – his third – I’m Having More Fun Than You. The nationally headlining comedian, who released his debut album on Comedy Central Records last year, will make you laugh for sure. But depending...

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Dwight York: Quickies

By | September 14, 2009 at 4:33 pm | One comment

Jokes come in all sizes; sometimes the smaller, the better. Dwight York proves that on Quickies, his barrage of bawdy and balmy humor. If he were being paid by the joke or laugh, either way he would bankrupt his record company, Stand Up! Records: This CD, one of the most...

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Laurie Kilmartin: Five Minutes to Myself

By | August 19, 2009 at 1:58 pm | One comment

Laurie Kilmartin walks onstage, assumes the Larry Craig “wide stance,” and then crosses the line separating civility and comedy — not because she’s vicious but because it’s her job. Using a sharp tongue instead of a steak knife, the mom in Kilmartin carefully cuts...

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Doug Benson: Unbalanced Load

By | August 10, 2009 at 12:17 pm | No comments

Doug Benson doesn’t use vastly different building blocks than other comedians to create his jokes; he just plays with them better. You can’t help but applaud his 100-percent-natural mischievous delivery or laugh at a guy who’s having as much fun as Benson is onstage. But...

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Bob Biggerstaff: Enjoy Guys!!

By | August 3, 2009 at 10:18 am | No comments

In addition to caddies to lug their golf clubs, boys to hand them their bats and their own cooks, dishwashers and launderers (what females call “wives” and what the swinish guys who still reside in male chauvinist pigsties call “significant bothers”), men now have a...

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Just For Laughs: If Andy Kindler was Secretary of Funny

By | July 29, 2009 at 11:31 am | No comments

[caption id="attachment_1783" align="aligncenter" width="350" caption="photo by Central Image Agency"][/caption] MONTREAL -- Every year, self-proclaimed underdog comedian Andy Kindler delivers the State of the Industry Address at the Just For Laughs festival. If you’re...

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Just For Laughs: New Faces, part 2

By | July 27, 2009 at 12:06 pm | 3 comments

MONTREAL -- LA’s MIKE BRIDENSTINE kicked off the second half of the first New Faces show Thursday night, and immediately got chuckles from the crowd upon suggesting that, like Larry the Cable Guy’s Git-R-Done, he was advised to create a catch phrase for his comedy in order...

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