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The Laughspin Interview with Jimmy Pardo

The Laughspin Interview with Jimmy Pardo

By | August 8, 2011 at 10:20 am | One comment

Being a big fan of Jimmy Pardo's work and helping bring his Never Not Funny Podcast to Chicago, I was really looking forward to this interview. I call Pardo while he’s driving to Conan, where he’s the opening act each night. He's anxious to get right to the questions. When...

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Andy Kindler’s State of the Industry Address at Just For Laughs; yep, he still hates Dane Cook and Jay Leno

Andy Kindler’s State of the Industry Address at Just For Laughs; yep, he still hates Dane Cook and Jay Leno

By | July 30, 2011 at 5:45 pm | 3 comments

MONTREAL – Andy Kindler is a force; perhaps even The Force of which that nut Obi-Wan was always flapping his old man space gums about. Watching him perform… well, I hesitate to use the exhausting phrase “comedian’s comedian,” for fear of riddling this recap with...

Posted in: Opinion, Reviews

Punchline Mag analysis: Comedians shouldn’t let Twitter affect their real-life act

By | July 7, 2011 at 12:54 pm | One comment

Yesterday, Lisa Cohen, founder of WitStream, the aggregating comedy ticker site, issued this advice to all people who try to be funny on Twitter: Stop sucking Favstar's dick. The suggestion was the headline of an editorial that makes this keen observation: comedians who depend...

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Punchline Mag analysis: Late night stand-up comedy spots not the career changer they used to be

By | June 27, 2011 at 12:11 pm | 3 comments

Late night talk shows used to be the break every comedian wanted. Five minutes on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson or the Late Show with David Letterman could catapult you from working comic to household name. And though it's nearly impossible to find a comedian who would...

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As promised, Larry King attempts stand-up comedy (VIDEO)

By | December 21, 2010 at 3:06 pm | 5 comments

Last night on The Tonight Show, Jay Leno probed Larry King about his rumored plans to embark on a stand-up comedy tour. After minimal coaxing, the newly-retired broadcaster got up to do a few bits. He stressed that his normal act consists of storytelling. Since time was limited,...

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Jay Leno, Dana Carvey, more to celebrate comedy club’s 50th anniversary

By | September 14, 2010 at 12:33 pm | No comments

It's a Pasadena legend, and with 50 years in the biz under its built, we don't have any trouble seeing why. The "it" in question here is the Ice House Comedy Club, and on Sunday, Oct. 10, will celebrate its 50th year as a stand-up stalwart at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. This...

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How hard is Conan O'Brien laughing at Jay Leno's low ratings?

By | September 3, 2010 at 12:25 pm | 4 comments

We'll probably never know the answer to this question, seeing as Conan O'Brien isn't the type to gloat about his good fortunes (well, maybe a little). But he's got to be pleased with this morning's news that The Tonight Show with Jay Leno has registered its lowest summer...

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Video interview: A Tight Five with Nick Thune

By | August 27, 2010 at 10:25 am | 2 comments

The new installment of our video interview series A Tight Five brings us to comedian Nick Thune. Recorded while we were at the Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival earlier this year, this may go down as the interview recorded latest in the day in the three year history of A Tight Five....

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Joan Rivers to Letterman: I was exiled from late night television

By | July 23, 2010 at 4:42 pm | 2 comments

Here’s a little Late Night television history lesson. There once was a man named Johnny Carson; he was the host of The Tonight Show. Joan Rivers was good buddies with him, and was his official fill-in. Rumor has it, that around that time, NBC was drawing up a list of names...

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