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Andy Kaufman Award seeks unique stand-up talent

By | August 3, 2009 at 10:05 am | No comments

The fifth annual Andy Kaufman Award Competition is underway. The Competition serves as a showcase for up-and-coming comedians, as well as a celebration honoring the work of Andy Kaufman. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Kaufman’s death. Prospective contestants must...

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Eddie Izzard runs 30 miles a day for charity

By | July 30, 2009 at 1:16 pm | No comments

A Scottish band once had a hit about walking 500 miles. Leave it to an English comedian to run 1,000. Eddie Izzard will be running 30 miles a day for seven weeks, circling the UK, to raise money for Sport Relief - a biennial charity from Comic Relief that aids the world’s...

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New service offers insurance to comedians

By | July 29, 2009 at 2:04 pm | 2 comments

It’s hard to pursue comedy full time, and even harder to find health coverage when you decide to go for it. Thanks to the National Association of Comedians, things are about to get a little easier for the working comic. The recently launched organization provides the...

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Just For Laughs: If Andy Kindler was Secretary of Funny

By | July 29, 2009 at 11:31 am | No comments

[caption id="attachment_1783" align="aligncenter" width="350" caption="photo by Central Image Agency"][/caption] MONTREAL -- Every year, self-proclaimed underdog comedian Andy Kindler delivers the State of the Industry Address at the Just For Laughs festival. If you’re...

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Comedian gives stand-up crowds a chance to find love

By | July 27, 2009 at 2:04 pm | One comment

[caption id="attachment_1751" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Helen Hong"][/caption] When Comix in Manhattan first asked Helen Hong, TV producer and stand-up comedienne, to host a show that would attract an Asian crowd, Hong was pessimistic. “An Asian comedian...

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Just For Laughs: New Faces, part 2

By | July 27, 2009 at 12:06 pm | 3 comments

MONTREAL -- LA’s MIKE BRIDENSTINE kicked off the second half of the first New Faces show Thursday night, and immediately got chuckles from the crowd upon suggesting that, like Larry the Cable Guy’s Git-R-Done, he was advised to create a catch phrase for his comedy in order...

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Katt Williams gun charges dropped

By | July 27, 2009 at 11:53 am | No comments

Manhattan prosecutors have dropped gun charges against comedian Katt Williams. The comedian was arrested last November when police spotted three guns in his convoy. A representative from the DA’s office said prosecutors dismissed the case against Williams because they...

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Just For Laughs: Tommy Tiernan is a force

By | July 25, 2009 at 12:04 am | No comments

MONTREAL – Tommy Tiernan is a force. He’s a goddamn force. Spend an hour watching Ireland’s biggest comedian and you couldn’t disagree—unless you’re dead inside. His performance at the Imperial Theatre Friday night for the Just For Laughs festival yielded a partial...

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Just For Laughs: New Faces, part 1

By | July 24, 2009 at 9:32 am | One comment

MONTREAL -- Though there is what seems like an infinite number of shows programmed each night at Just For Laughs, what I find most important about the festival – from the prospective of a site that covers what’s new and great in comedy – are the New Faces shows. As you...

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