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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Elizabeth Beckwith: Putting the ‘functional’ in ‘dysfunctional childhood’

By | September 24, 2009 at 11:38 am | No comments

The natural kinship between comedy and therapy is almost always acknowledged, but never directly explored by either comedians or the fans who fund treatment for their neuroses. Enter Elizabeth Beckwith, a long-time vet of the stand-up stage who, on Oct. 6, will release her first...

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Marc Maron's 'Scorching the Earth' hits Chicago

By | September 23, 2009 at 10:29 am | No comments

After debuting his one-man show Scorching the Earth in New York in January, running it through March and bringing it to Montreal for nine shows at Just For Laughs this past summer, Marc Maron is bringing his epic tale of love, sex and divorce to the Lakeshore Theater in Chicago...

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Comedy Central, Don Mischer Productions to relaunch 'The American Comedy Awards'

By | September 18, 2009 at 12:43 pm | No comments

Comedy Central is teaming up with the Emmy® Award-winning Don Mischer Productions to rebrand and relaunch The American Comedy Awards. Scheduled to premiere in 2010, the award show will honor the year's best in film, television, digital shorts and performance. The American...

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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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Was Jim Norton funny on Leno's network show?

By | September 16, 2009 at 10:46 am | 53 comments

Weeks ago, when Jay Leno announced that he had hired Jim Norton, the master of contemporary cringe comedy, to be a special correspondent on his new, presumably safe-for-the-masses variety show, I was a bit shocked. The reasons? First, I had no idea Leno had such advanced and...

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Wanda Sykes to make TV return with new HBO special

By | September 15, 2009 at 2:56 pm | No comments

Wanda Sykes will return to TV with her new HBO special Wanda Sykes: I'ma Be Me airing Saturday, October 10th. The show taped back in August and will include material she has recently toured with including topics about her coming out of the closet, the economy, and The...

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Kyle Cease comedy bootcamp adds comedic star power

By | September 15, 2009 at 1:16 pm | 2 comments

The Stand-up Bootcamp with Kyle Cease, a 60-hour intensive comedy workshop, opened enrollment this week. What makes this bootcamp unique is the group of established comics that have agreed to join Kyle Cease’s project. Louie Anderson, Jon Lovitz, Steve Byrne, Alonzo Bodden and...

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