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Video interview: A Tight Five with Hannibal Buress

By | July 29, 2010 at 11:47 am | One comment

The online comedy world has been abuzz all this week about the release of comedian Hannibal Buress' debut album My Name is Hannibal. We'd like to believe our early review of the disc weeks ago helped create said buzz. More than likely, however, it's just that the album, put out...

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Chris Fairbanks: Fairbanks!

By | June 6, 2010 at 11:51 am | 2 comments

A misconception of stand-up is that it has to be about jokes. The set-ups, punch lines, bait and switch; but Chris Fairbanks moves beyond this. That's not to say he doesn’t deliver some hilarious turns and jokes, it’s rather the real meat of his comedy comes more from...

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Cameron Esposito: Grab Them Aghast

By | June 2, 2010 at 9:08 pm | One comment

Cameron Esposito hasn’t had a Comedy Central special and she doesn’t frequent the hip indie New York City comedy clubs, but this art-house comic has some unique talent that’s made her a favorite among hometown Chicago audiences. Her raspy, excitable delivery is clean and...

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Tom Segura: Thrilled

By | May 26, 2010 at 10:47 am | 6 comments

Do not be deceived by the white suit Tom Segura wears on the cover of Thrilled: This comic is one dark dude. But he’s light enough, endearing enough and downright wacky enough to mock Mexicans, midgets, men and women without sounding like a fulminating Tea Party candidate or a...

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W. Kamau Bell: Face Full of Flour

By | April 23, 2010 at 9:59 am | One comment

"I don't mind the crowd dividing up," W. Kamau Bell says after a collective should-we-laugh? moment early on his debut album, Face Full of Flour. "That's when we're getting to shit." Bell gets to a lot of shit in a hurry here, proving himself one of our country's most adept...

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Isaac Witty: Zero Balance

By | February 3, 2010 at 9:37 pm | No comments

With a name like Isaac Witty, you’d have, no, you’d better be funny, especially when telling not one, not two, but three consecutive cell phone jokes, the 21st century equivalent of the 20th century stand-up standby: the airline-food lament. It sounds like an improbable way...

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Ryan Singer: How to Get High Without Drugs

By | January 19, 2010 at 11:22 pm | No comments

Although less incendiary than the explosive Lenny Bruce and more homespun than the irascible Bill Hicks, Ryan Singer nonetheless shares DNA with those great comic commandos, each of whom shot from the lip with howitzers. On How to Get High Without Drugs (Rooftop Comedy...

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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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Video interview: Laurie Kilmartin

By | September 9, 2009 at 10:39 am | No comments

Continuing our series of video interviews shot at the Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival earlier this summer, today we premiere an excellent discussion with comedian Laurie Kilmartin. We cover everything from why "I hate my baby" jokes are funnier than "I love my baby" jokes,...

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