• Comedian Paul Morrissey’s new album is challenging for at-home listeners (Review + audio)

    Sometimes a crowd just isn’t on your side. Sometimes, timing isn’t on your side. And sometimes, the powers combine, and the time you’ve chosen to record your comedy album happens to be a time when the crowd doesn’t want to listen to or laugh at your jokes. This seems to be the unfortunate fate of Paul Morrissey’s latest release, Paul Morrissey’s Back. Recorded in front of a lukewarm crowd in

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    Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival announces lineup, Jim Gaffigan set to headline

    Jim Gaffigan will headline the sixth annual Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival, set to take over venues around Asheville, NC from Aug. 14 to 18. The hugely popular comedian  will play the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium on Thursday as part of “The America Tour,” and Ryan Singer (who’s album landed in our Top 10 Albums of Year list in 2010) is at the Altamont Theater on Friday. The festival attracts

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    Doug Stanhope shares a fan’s suicide note

    Doug Stanhope may have outdone himself in stomping on taboos with the post on his blog (and to his email list) today. He opened with a brief and fitting memorial to his friend and fellow comedian Frank Lunney, who, as Stanhope puts it, “croaked” in his sleep early last month at the age of 53. On what would have been Lunney’s 54th birthday, Stanhope writes: My good old buddy Frank

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    Carrie Fisher, Sharon Stone, Katey Sagal and more will roast Roseanne on Comedy Central (Video)

    UPDATE: Aug. 2 — Comedy Central has just announced the final additions to the dais: roast veteran Gilbert Gottfried and newcomers Ellen Barkin and Wayne Brady will be on hand to poke fun of the iconic comedian. —————– This weekend’s highly-anticipated Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne will be a gathering of legendary women set to burn one of history’s favorite sitcom stars. Actresses Sharon Stone and Carrie Fisher, and the

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    Modern Family cast wants $200,000 an episode

    The first table read for the heavily Emmy-nominated Modern Family’s fourth season is scheduled for tomorrow, but the stars may not show up. The six adult actors of the ABC sitcom have yet to secure contracts with producer 20th Century Fox. Sources say that representatives for ensemble members Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, and Sofia Vergara, who are negotiating together, are asking for around $200,000 an

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    Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb declare winner in ‘Today’ comedian contest (Video)

    In the second of its monthly “Quest for the Best” segment, NBC’s Today chose the best stand-up comedian. With Al Roker emceeing and surprise celebrity judges (and seasoned comedy experts…?) Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb presiding, three lucky up-and-coming comics made their daytime television debut from the Rockefeller Center studios in New York City. The “Quest for the Best” begins each month with a call for submissions in a

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    Comedian powered greeting card line launches

    Seattle stand-up staple David Crowe is breaking into the greeting card game — and inviting other comics to join him. Co-created with gift and greeting card company Compendium, Inc., Frank & Funny is the only greeting card line written completely and exclusively by professional stand-up comedians. The line currently features 48 cards by comics like Costaki Economopoulos, Meghan Flaherty, Dwight Slade, Crowe, and others. The cards range “from witty to

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    Robin Williams will play Eisenhower, mis-diagnosed patient in two new movies

    Robin Williams has been cast for two consecutive indie features, to begin production in the coming months. He’s set to play President Dwight Eisenhower in Lee Daniels’ The Butler alongside a star-studded cast that includes Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Vanessa Redgrave, Terrence Howard, John Cusack, Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda, and Colman Domingo. The film, which begins shooting later this month, features the true story of Eugene Allen, who served in

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    Jeff Daniels addresses Dumb and Dumber sequel rumor (Video)

    We’ve been jerked around on this news for a year and a half now, so what can we really expect? Jimmy Fallon posed this question to Jeff Daniels last night on Late Night, hoping to once and for all settle the flip-flopping news reports of a possible sequel to the classic comedy Dumb and Dumber, with original stars Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. The final verdict? We don’t know yet.

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    Will you be tuning in to Jimmy Fallon’s musical special on NBC?

    Next week on NBC, Jimmy Fallon will host and perform on a special that recaps some of his greatest Late Night musical moments. Since the network has removed many of Fallon’s parodies and covers from the Internet, the special will give fans a chance to see some of their favorites again. The one-hour primetime special will feature Fallon performing such hits as “Tebowie,” Fallon’s Tim Tebow-David Bowie mashup, and the

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    Eddie Izzard on his new role as a professional soccer executive: ‘I’m a determined bastard’

    The prolific Eddie Izzard has gotten his leather-heeled foot inside yet another unexpected door. After years of a successful and unconventional comedy and acting career, followed by his Marathon Man buzz, Izzard will now become an associate director of Crystal Palace Football Club, an English Football League team based in South Norwood, London. In case we’re not on the same page, remember Izzard is a British comedian and actor, stylishly

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    Watch Ricky Gervais, Brian Regan, Alec Baldwin and more in Jerry Seinfeld’s new Web series

    Jerry Seinfeld’s new web series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, is premiering July 19 at 9 pm ET on Crackle.com. Last week we showed you a short promo of the comedians Cars. This week, we bring you a longer promo in which they are Getting Coffee– plus chatting with Seinfeld about, you guessed it, nothing, in particular. Check it out! Can you name all the comics?

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    Viacom drops Daily Show, Colbert Report from online viewing due to DirecTV dispute

    Maybe a lot of viewers weren’t too upset to learn this week that DirecTV had dropped Viacom networks — including Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, and VH1 — because our favorite shows were still available online. But now that has changed. As the battle over increased fees escalates, Viacom’s latest move was to cut Internet access to streaming episodes of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, and several

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    Ed Helms in talks to star in ‘Vacation’ reboot, but will Chevy Chase return?

    The Office’s Ed Helms is in negotiations to star in a remake of the classic Vacation films, planned by New Line Cinema. Helms will play a grown-up Rusty Griswold, the son of Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) and Ellen Griswold (Beverly D’Angelo) from the original films, who, in the reboot will be embarking on a vacation with his own family. It’s interesting to note that Rusty has been played by five

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    Comedy Central releases new ‘Futurama’ Head In A Jar Creator app

    Futurama fans rejoice! Tonight at 10:30 p.m. EST, Comedy Central and the series’ creator Matt Groening have a special announcement during a livepost-show feature, “Futurama Live!” Streamed live online, Groening, joined by Executive Producer David X. Cohen and cast members Billy West, John DiMaggio, and Maurice LaMarche, will announce the launch of the latest “Futurama Head-In-A-Jar Creator” app. The free app, which was a huge success on iOS, is now

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