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Jim Norton:Happy Endings: The Tales of a Meaty-Breasted Zilch

By | July 3, 2007 at 10:24 am | No comments

Whether you like stand-up comedy or not; whether you're a fan of comedian Jim Norton or not and -- this is important -- if you can suppress judgment on a man who not only enjoys being defecated on but also likes writing about it, you must read  Happy Endings: The Tales of a...

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Paul F. Tompkins: Impersonal

By | June 1, 2007 at 10:26 am | No comments

Comedians face a bit of a dilemma when recording an album. They can do all their best new material and risk repeating themselves night after night. Or they can record old material and risk sounding irrelevant or, worse, disinterested. So an album of older material called...

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Joe Rogan: Shiny Happy Jihad

By | May 25, 2007 at 10:11 am | No comments

Though he derides his half-a-decade worth of work on Fear Factor -- claiming no ownership of any of the horrid ideas acted out on said show -- stand-up comedian Joe Rogan does admit that given a hefty pay raise, he might just have agreed to another season. Of course, the set on...

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Jen Kirkman: Self Help

By | March 15, 2007 at 10:11 am | No comments

At the start of her debut album, stand-up comedian Jen Kirkman quickly disarms the at-home listeners with this, lest we start to think she's got some serious comedic skills: “No one knows who I am except this room and that's even like semi-debatable." It's a typical subtle...

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Kristin Key: Buckle Up!

By | March 13, 2007 at 10:17 am | No comments

On Buckle Up! Texas-born stand-up comedian Kristin Key leaves no stone unturned and no taboo untouched -- even if it means embarrassing the entire female species. To put it plainly, Key's style is not only manlier than her female comedic counterparts but also tougher than a lot...

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Don Friesen: Inexplicable

By | February 6, 2007 at 9:59 am | No comments

The term “observational humor" gets tossed around liberally when it comes to pegging a genre to a lot of comedians, but with Don Friesen, it's all too accurate. So why escape it? Thankfully, Friesen isn't afraid of the label and on Inexplicable, he proudly exploits it. In a...

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Greg Proops: Joke Book

By | January 30, 2007 at 9:55 am | No comments

By Jonathan Wexler Though he's most renowned for his time on the hit improv show Whose Line Is It Anyway? stand-up comedian Greg Proops proves with his new album Joke Book that, given time to think about his lines, he's even funnier. Joke Book is 65 minutes of completely...

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Matt Wohlfarth (aka Buzz Nutley): The ABC's of Stand-up Comedy

By | January 25, 2007 at 9:47 am | No comments

By Jonathan Wexler Matt Wohlfarth's ABC's of Stand-Up Comedy is a must-read for any touring comedian not yet world-famous. In just under 100, this e-book (found here) covers everything from how to write jokes and perform sets to finding clean bathrooms -- and does it...

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Maria Bamford: How to Win!

By | January 23, 2007 at 9:53 am | No comments

Mom, Dad and bad bosses remain in Maria Bamford's crosshairs. But on How to Win!, her new CD, the mild and crazy comedian hunts bigger game, too. Instead of harpooning her victims, though, Bamford, a mannerly Minnesotan, uses biting sarcasm to attack the pomposity, inequity and...

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