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Sarah Silverman, Ricky Gervais, Louis C.K. among headliners for New York Comedy Festival

Sarah Silverman, Ricky Gervais, Louis C.K. among headliners for New York Comedy Festival

By | August 9, 2011 at 4:00 pm | No comments

Big comedic guns Sarah Silverman, Ricky Gervais and Louis C.K. are scheduled to perform at the eighth annual New York Comedy Festival, which will span both Manhattan and Brooklyn between Nov. 9 - 13. Other headliners will include Tracy Morgan, Bill Maher, Wanda Sykes, Norm...

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Don’t heckle Aziz Ansari unless you want to be called a c*nt

Don’t heckle Aziz Ansari unless you want to be called a c*nt

By | August 8, 2011 at 3:21 pm | No comments

Old law of comedy: if you are a stand-up comic, you will be heckled. It happens to everyone at some point, no matter how good you are. Even if you’re someone as kickass at the craft as Louis C.K. Much of the time, those potentially uncomfortable moments can also be hilarious,...

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Doug Benson album “Potty Mouth” to be released Aug. 30

Doug Benson album “Potty Mouth” to be released Aug. 30

By | August 8, 2011 at 2:53 pm | No comments

The most prolific pothead in comedy, Doug Benson will release his fourth album, Potty Mouth on Aug. 30. It's his third for Comedy Central Records and his fourth overall. His first, Professional Humoredian, put out by A Special Thing Records in 2008, landed the number one album...

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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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Steve Carell’s comedian documentary finds a home at Showtime

Steve Carell’s comedian documentary finds a home at Showtime

By | August 4, 2011 at 3:15 pm | One comment

Documentaries about comedy – or comedians – are like catnip for me. I love a good peek behind the curtain to try to understand what makes a comic tick. As Marc Maron said recently at Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival, after all, comics are philosophical, sensitive,...

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Doug Stanhope will play Icelandic prison, encourages fans to get arrested

Doug Stanhope will play Icelandic prison, encourages fans to get arrested

By | August 3, 2011 at 12:09 pm | No comments

Doug Stanhope is no stranger to performing at non-traditional venues. He was one of the first touring comedians to start hitting rock clubs on a regular basis in an effort to avoid the politics of proper comedy clubs. His newest album Oslo -- Burning the Bridge to Nowhere was...

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Rory Scovel successfully does stand-up in total darkness, accompanied by live music

Rory Scovel successfully does stand-up in total darkness, accompanied by live music

By | August 3, 2011 at 11:42 am | 2 comments

When performing comedy in front of a live audience, it's strongly recommended that the stage be lit. If specifically performing stand-up, it's also recommended that indie rock music not be playing during the performance. Given how obvious those two observations are, going...

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Exclusive video: Marc Maron’s complete keynote address from Just For Laughs

Exclusive video: Marc Maron’s complete keynote address from Just For Laughs

By | August 2, 2011 at 1:33 pm | 14 comments

The 29th edition of Montreal's Just For Laughs comedy festival came to an end on Sunday after weeks of shows, panels, street fairs and speeches. But one speech, Marc Maron's keynote address on July 28 during the Comedy Conference portion of the festival is what resounded most...

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Watch Jarrod Harris make his late-night debut on “Lopez Tonight”

Watch Jarrod Harris make his late-night debut on “Lopez Tonight”

By | August 2, 2011 at 11:13 am | No comments

While Louis C.K. rounded out his tour of prime time and late night talk shows on Letterman a few nights ago, up and coming stand-up comedian Jarrod Harris made his foray into the late night world on Lopez Tonight. As part of the recent Southern Comedy Quartet Tour featuring Rory...

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