Amman to host second annual comedy festival

By | November 4, 2009 at 11:08 am | No comments

Between Dec. 4 and 10, members of the Arab comedy world (yes, they do exist) will gather for the second annual Amman Stand-up Comedy Festival 2009. It's a Orbit Showtime/New York Arab American Comedy Festival joint, and, according to Mr. Omar Maani, Amman's esteemed mayor, it...

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Cleveland has an annual comedy festival!

By | November 3, 2009 at 4:15 pm | No comments

This week marks the beginning of the 2nd annual Cleveland Comedy Festival running from Nov 4-6. The festival was created last year by a group of local comics who wanted to show off the prowess of their comedy community.Various shows and events will be taking place across four...

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Alan Zweibel talks Saturday Night Live, Larry Sanders and Garry Shandling

By | November 2, 2009 at 11:12 am | No comments

In four decades of comedy writing, Alan Zweibel’s work has provided an enormous range of good answers to the constantly shifting cultural question of “What’s funny?” From the mainstream to the bizarrely experimental, Zweibel has written a number of plays, novels,...

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Artie Lange makes another memorable late night appearance

By | October 30, 2009 at 10:44 am | No comments

Eyebrow-raising comedian Artie Lange was in top form in his recent appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. After years of delivering highly offensive and hilarious on Late Night With Conan, producers surely must know what they're in for when they book him. Still, it's hard...

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Tony Clifton to host Andy Kaufman Award showcase

By | October 29, 2009 at 3:57 pm | No comments

We caught wind earlier this morning that the 5th Annual Andy Kaufman Award showcase will be hosted by none other than longtime Kaufman rival, Tony Clifton. Clifton, who was originally discovered by Kaufman in 1969 while performing in a seedy lounge in Las Vegas was revealed to...

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Comedy Central picks up Nick Swardson sketch show

By | October 29, 2009 at 12:05 pm | No comments

The fine folks over at Comedy Central announced today that Nick Swardson - he of the cherub-faced/devilish-eye gleam comedy dichotomy - will be premiering a brand new sketch series with the network, to debut in 2010. Having already had success with both his stand-up specials...

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French comic sued for anti-semitism

By | October 28, 2009 at 3:56 pm | No comments

A French stand-up comedian came under harsh criticism and legal woes after a controversial stunt went sour at a recent show. Dieudonné  M'bala M'bala was fined € 20,000 (US$ 30,000) for inviting convicted holocaust denier Robert Faurisson on stage and honoring him with a...

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NC comedy club celebrates 10,000th show

By | October 28, 2009 at 1:05 pm | No comments

Think New York and LA are the only two city’s with long-running comedy clubs? Guess again. Goodnight’s, of Raleigh, North Carolina just celebrated its 10,000th show on Saturday. The milestone was commemorated with a show by Jon Reep, a comedian who got his start at...

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Ricky Gervais tapped to host Golden Globes

By | October 28, 2009 at 10:52 am | No comments

In the wake of a few recent box office disappointments (didn't take The Invention of Lying long to go the way of the cotton gin, did it?), Ricky Gervais will be adding a more surefire endeavor to his resume: Golden Globes host. In a press statement, the head-honcho of the...

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