Video interview: Tommy Johnagin

By | September 30, 2009 at 10:33 am | No comments

In a new episode of A Tight Five, we talk to road warrior comedian Tommy Johnagin -- you may have recently seen him on his second appearance on Late Show with David Letterman -- about why he tends not to say bad words onstage, his low alcohol tolerance and more. Bonus: Comedians...

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Bill Cosby lends support to public schools

By | September 29, 2009 at 3:39 pm | No comments

If laughter is the best medicine, then perhaps funnymen (and women) of all stripes make the best healers. Such is certainly true in the case of Bill Cosby, who has pledged his support for helping to heal Detroit public schools of low-enrollment rates. Cosby will lend his famous...

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Stimulus money goes to teach comedy to troubled teens

By | September 29, 2009 at 1:14 pm | No comments

There’s been a lot of noise over what should and shouldn’t be funded by federal stimulus money. Think what you want, but a recent article in the San Diego Union-Tribune highlighted a very cool California program that teaches stand-up comedy to troubled teens using said...

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Denver comedian offers sage advice to newbies

By | September 25, 2009 at 5:18 pm | 2 comments

One of the most painful things about going to open mic nights is watching different people make the same mistakes over and over. In a very honest, straightforward, funny-‘cause-it’s-true AV Club article, Denver comic Greg Baumhauer's Top 9 List (10 is too cliché) should be...

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Will Sarah Silverman ever be comfortable on the red carpet?

By | September 25, 2009 at 3:33 pm | One comment

One of the great things about stand-up comedy is that, unlike television and movie stars, a great stand-up is rarely judged on their appearance. No doubt, it doesn't hurt to be attractive to the masses even as a comic, but you can't point out too many instances of "he or she is...

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Jim Breuer developing sitcom for NBC

By | September 24, 2009 at 5:17 pm | No comments

Comedian Jim Breuer is developing a new, semi-autobiographical sitcom for NBC, reports Variety. The Saturday Night Live alum explained that the pilot was inspired by his time spent raising children and caring for his elderly parents. "About seven or eight years ago I decided to...

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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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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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