Just for Laughs: A Look Back (2006)

By | January 28, 2006 at 8:22 am | No comments

Reflecting on this year’s edition of the world’s biggest comedy festival By the time my parents caught Bill Cosby: Himself on HBO and committed one of its showings to videotape, I was nine years old. I had never before seen a television...

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Robert Hawkins: Smackin' Kittens

By | January 27, 2006 at 12:48 pm | No comments

Robert Hawkins dives right into this 45-minute album without any introduction: “Today is seven months, 10 days, no cigarettes for me." The crowd applauds his accomplishment, and Hawkins admits to appreciating the congratulations. But he feels "guilty because you don't know...

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Marc Maron: Tickets Still Available

By | January 10, 2006 at 12:24 pm | No comments

At the start of Tickets Still Available, Marc Maron opines about how he's tired of comedy albums that are simply funny, that there should exist at least one that makes listeners uncomfortable and sad. Midway through the hour-long disc, you realize he was only half...

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Andy Andrist: Dumb it Down for the Masses

By | January 10, 2006 at 8:04 am | No comments

No matter how anti-status quo we consider typical alternative comics today, the truth is they rarely turn on their audience so much that they make the customers cringe or squirm in their seats. Although listeners can't see the audience at the Skyline Comedy Club in Appleton,...

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Judy Gold: Breaking the Sterotypes

By | January 9, 2006 at 7:29 am | No comments

The versatile comic spent five years traveling the country interviewing Jewish mothers. By her journey’s end she had enough material for her one-woman show and, in the process, learned a lot about herself. By Dylan P. Gadino It’s not too hard...

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Zach Galifianakis: Look Who it Isn't

By | January 7, 2006 at 12:50 pm | No comments

There are three possible conclusions one can render about Zach Galifianakis by the end of Look Who It Isn't : Galifianakis is egomaniacal to the point of dragging us through his successful career; Galifianakis, as he writes on the DVD's back cover, really does think failure is...

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D.C. Benny: Funny Mother Flower

By | January 3, 2006 at 8:22 am | No comments

In an effort to convince the audience that they are really just talking to friends, not performing a string of premeditated jokes, some comics stock their sets with bits based on believable premises. The idea is that whether these bits are pure fiction, 100 percent true or a...

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Spazzing Out with Christian Finnegan

By | December 19, 2005 at 8:04 am | No comments

Working his comedic mojo on stage, TV and now the big screen, Christian Finnegan gets the last laugh. By Noah Fowle It’s a Friday afternoon and Christian Finnegan is sitting down for a leisurely lunch in New York City before he hits road. His first...

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Greg Giraldo: Born to Mock

By | December 19, 2005 at 7:46 am | No comments

Comedy saved him from the clutches of corporate law. Now, who’s going to save the world from Greg Giraldo? By Dylan P. Gadino Moments before Greg Giraldo arrives on the New York City set of his show, the producers fill no fewer than seven stage monitors...

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