Video: Bill Hicks’ previously banned performance on Letterman last night

By | January 31, 2009 at 12:07 pm | No comments

As we mentioned yesterday, David Letterman was planning on showing a performance by Bill Hicks he had decided not to air in 1993 because it was too controversial. Last night, he made good on his promise, having Bill’s mom, Mary on the show, apologizing profusely for his...

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Lewis Black, Charles Grodin team up for Children’s Health Fund benefit

By | January 30, 2009 at 4:15 pm | No comments

Photos by Traci Gilland. Last night, the first Annual Children’s Health Fund benefit show was held at Gotham Comedy Club in New York the event was the brainchild of actor Charles Grodin, a CHF advisory board member. The night opened with Grodin singing an earnest rendition...

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Boston comedy fixture sues club owner

By | January 30, 2009 at 3:09 pm | No comments

  Boston stand-up comedy staple Steve Sweeney is suing the owner of Boston’s most popular comedy space, the Comedy Connection (which recently moved to the Wilbur Theatre). At the heart of lawsuit is Sweeney’s claims that Bill Blumenreich reneged on a deal that...

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Bill Hicks’ banned last performance on Letterman tonight

By | January 30, 2009 at 12:52 pm | No comments

Viewers of Late Show with David Letterman tonight will be treated to legendary stand-up comedian Bill Hicks’ last video taped performance– a performance that was supposed to air on Letterman’s show in 1993 but was banned by the talk show host and his...

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Friday stand-up video: Tom Papa

By | January 30, 2009 at 12:06 pm | No comments

Comedian Tom Papa has a problem with people– all people, it seems. It’s not every day you hear a rant-filled Papa. Check out this clip, which was recorded at Punchline Magazine’s third anniversary show at Comix in New York in October of last year. For more...

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Preview: North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival

By | January 30, 2009 at 10:18 am | No comments

When the North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival was conceived in 2001, its goal was modest: Its creators wanted to produce quality sketch shows for students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and local audiences. Since that time, the festival has grown...

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Memphis comedy club will close next month

By | January 29, 2009 at 7:06 pm | No comments

Sad news for stand-up comedy fans living in the Memphis: the city’s one and only comedy club, Comedy TN, is shutting down at the end of February, according to The club’s owner, Sammy Marten, blames steadily declining business on the weak economy. “We...

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Video: Whitest Kids U’ Know hit the big screen

By | January 29, 2009 at 2:19 pm | No comments

It turns out America’s favorite, most popular most disturbed sketch group The Whitest Kids U’ Know have been busy training their fucked-up minds for feature-length films. Or at least two of the kids have. Trevor Moore and Zach Cregger have teamed up to write and...

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Stand-up comedy sheds new light on mental illness

By | January 29, 2009 at 2:11 pm | No comments

Kim Van Dyck and Alex Winstanley are living with schizophrenia. They are also the stars of the Canadian based comedy program, Stand up For Mental Health. The program was started by David Granirer who found success using laugh therapy to treat those with mental illness or...

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