RooftopComedy’s National College Comedy Competition semifinalists, pt 1

By | March 12, 2008 at 9:15 am | No comments

The first round of Rooftop Comedy’s National College Comedy Competition is almost complete. There’s only a handful of schools left in the web site’s nationwide search to find the funniest college comedians in the fields of both sketch and stand-up. For more...

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Portland-area hobos gay for Brett Favre, thanks to Green Bay comedian

By | March 12, 2008 at 8:46 am | No comments

A bit of funny, kinda sad news from Portland’s Bridgetown Comedy Festival: It seems festival performer and comedian Nick Mortensen had high hopes of distributing a few t-shirts he had made to some of the larger names at the fest. But his “Gay for...

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San Francisco Chronicle asks: What is laughter and why do it?

By | March 12, 2008 at 7:44 am | No comments

There’s an in-depth, interesting piece in today’s San Francisco Chronicle that tries to define what laughter is and why it is we laugh. Comedians Will Durst, Paula Poundstone and Emo Philips, among others, are quoted throughout the story. But if...

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Wednesday stand-up clip: Mick Betancourt

By | March 12, 2008 at 4:00 am | No comments

Comedian Mick Betancourt doesn’t just tell jokes; he offers helpful life tips. Tip one: taking acid before a Christmas party isn’t smart. Check it...

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Harry Potter author plans stand-up comedy book

By | March 11, 2008 at 12:53 pm | No comments

In a fairly nebulous article in the UK’s Daily Mirror today, it was reported that Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is planning to write a book “about a stand-up comedian.” It’s unclear whether that means...

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Ron White: the 30-second live review

By | March 11, 2008 at 7:53 am | No comments

I caught Ron White at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, NJ last Thursday. He’s got an entirely new hour of material. Didn’t play the hits (no “Tater Salad” story) but he’s got plenty of potential new hits. Best moment: he politely asks...

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Tuesday stand-up video: Thomas J. Kelly

By | March 11, 2008 at 1:13 am | No comments

New York City comedian Thomas J. Kelly isn’t so surprised that New York Governor Eliot Spitzer was caught with prostitutes. He is, however, a bit disappointed that he had the ladies imported from other states. Check it out. Governor Humor on...

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Jon Stewart to host autism benefit; Will Ferrell, Sarah Silverman, Adam Sandler, more to appear

By | March 10, 2008 at 1:54 pm | No comments

Tickets went on sale today for Night of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Benefit for Autism Education on April 13 at 8 p.m, an event that will air live on Comedy Central from New York City’s Beacon Theatre. It’s the third time the cable giant has...

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Matt Belknap: stand-up comedy is a ‘form of heightened human expression

By | March 10, 2008 at 7:31 am | No comments

On Saturday, LAist posted a great interview with Matt Belknap, founder of, comedy’s premiere message board. Not only does Matt give us a solid background into the genesis of the board as well as AST’s record label, but he also...

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