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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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Just For Laughs: Tommy Tiernan is a force

By | July 25, 2009 at 12:04 am | No comments

MONTREAL – Tommy Tiernan is a force. He’s a goddamn force. Spend an hour watching Ireland’s biggest comedian and you couldn’t disagree—unless you’re dead inside. His performance at the Imperial Theatre Friday night for the Just For Laughs festival yielded a partial...

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Just For Laughs: New Faces, part 1

By | July 24, 2009 at 9:32 am | One comment

MONTREAL -- Though there is what seems like an infinite number of shows programmed each night at Just For Laughs, what I find most important about the festival – from the prospective of a site that covers what’s new and great in comedy – are the New Faces shows. As you...

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Pat Dixon: Goodbye Forever, Fatty

By | July 21, 2009 at 10:02 am | No comments

If you didn't know better, you might mistake the title of Pat Dixon's newest comedy CD, Goodbye Forever, Fatty, as Dixon suggesting he's grown up from an awkward, pudgy former version of himself. You'd have taken the hook. When, seconds into the album, you find out it's actually...

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Moshe Kasher: Everyone You Know Is Going to Die, And Then You Are

By | July 17, 2009 at 1:57 pm | One comment

Moshe Kasher stands onstage and makes people laugh, so the dictionary definition of comedian fits him, though the terminology needs some tailoring. After all, the description does not always suit Kasher snugly on his new CD, Everyone You Know Is Going to Die, And Then You...

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Al Madrigal: Half Breed

By | July 17, 2009 at 12:54 pm | No comments

"Always get the name of the dog." That's a common refrain among journalists, a reminder that the beauty of any story is in the details. On Half Breed, Al Madrigal's latest comedy album, the master storyteller gives you the dog's name, address, favorite color and Social Security...

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Eugene Mirman and Kristen Schaal + The Color Purple?

By | June 30, 2009 at 10:55 am | No comments

Eugene Mirman and Kristen Schaal bowed for about a minute and a half in appropriate mock theatricality as they took the stage together for a rare co-headlining show at Boston's Wilbur Theatre on June 27. The Flight of the Conchords co-stars didn’t fill the 1,200 seat venue,...

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