Browsing Tag Paul F. Tompkins

John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show

By | January 6, 2010 at 10:18 pm | No comments

People planning to watch John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show may want to reserve their own sofas to assure getting a good seat to this comedy-show equivalent of an all-star game. The lineups for the series, which premieres Friday at 11 p.m. on Comedy Central, are teeming with...

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The 10 best comedy albums of 2009

By | December 9, 2009 at 10:29 am | No comments

This past year was an incredibly strong time for stand-up comedy albums. It wasn't easy for us to whittle down the list to just 10, but then what's the fun in including everyone in a list? Like our list last year, the below selections have nothing to do with how popular each...

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Will Sarah Silverman ever be comfortable on the red carpet?

By | September 25, 2009 at 3:33 pm | One comment

One of the great things about stand-up comedy is that, unlike television and movie stars, a great stand-up is rarely judged on their appearance. No doubt, it doesn't hurt to be attractive to the masses even as a comic, but you can't point out too many instances of "he or she is...

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Comedy Matters with Bobby Lee, Jeffrey Ross and more

By | September 7, 2009 at 10:25 am | No comments

CHRIS ROCK STEPS UP In 1986, Chris Rock was discovered at the Comic Strip by owner Richie Tienken and Eddie Murphy. The story goes that Chris was setting up chairs and cleaning up in exchange for stage time, in a deal he made with Lucien Hold, the legendary manager of the club....

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Video interview: A Tight Five with Paul F. Tompkins

By | June 24, 2009 at 9:48 am | No comments

This week on A Tight Five, I sit down with one of the industry's most respected performers, Paul F. Tompkins. Our discussion goes everywhere from me issuing Paul an official apology on behalf of Punchline Magazine, why he's such a snappy dresser and what his story-telling style...

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