• Mike Stanley: “Tough Luck Chump” (Review)

    When Mike Stanley made a fat joke in Ohio, a woman stood up and scolded him. Stanley responded, “Lighten up.” His debut album Tough Luck Chump is littered with jokes like these: occasionally mean and cruel, and definitely downright raunchy. So if adult humor like this is what you’re into, then it’s a good bet Stanley’s your kind of comedian. The Chicago comedian tells us why he’s into porn scenes

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    Rory Scovel: “Dilation” (Review)

    How to describe Rory Scovel: think Bert Kreischer meets Anthony Jeselnik. That is, picture a storyteller, philosopher, and absurdist, whom you can’t quite decide whether he’s a nice guy or a huge asshole. Either way, he’s pretty damn funny. And if that description sounds good to you, you’ll dig Dilation, Scovel’s debut album. A perfect example of Scovel’s brand of comedy comes on “Walk” when he berates people who think

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    Baron Vaughn: “Raised By Cable” (Review)

    Baron Vaughn’s debut album Raised By Cable is an hour-long set of highs and lows that will most likely polarize audiences. It’s not that you’ll either love it or hate it; it’s more that you’ll either find it highly interesting, or highly forgettable. The Las Vegas native has a perspective that is wholly unique, and a personality that is generally likable. When he tones down his zany, high-energy side, he’s

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    Comedy club suing television show “Glee”

    A comedy club in Oxford, England is taking legal action against Twentieth Century Fox Entertainment because of the show Glee. The comedy club—the Glee Club—was opened in 1994, and the name was trademarked in 2001. According to the Oxford Mail, the club’s owner says, “There is significant and mounting evidence that there is confusion in the minds of the public, that we are somehow associated with or connected to the

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    Comedy Central will air hour-long “Colbert Report” with Radiohead

    On Monday, Sept. 26, The Colbert Report will air a special one-hour episode at 11:30 pm ET and will feature indie rock darlings Radiohead. The show’s format will be essentially be the same; however, the network has made room for expanded interviews and performances. The Thom Yorke-fronted band will perform songs off their most recent album The King of Limbs, as well as a new, previously unreleased track “The Daily

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    Joe DeRosa: “Return of the Son of Depression Auction” (Review)

    Last year saw the release of several brilliant comedy albums, one of which was undoubtedly Joe DeRosa’s dark gem The Depression Auction. The album is filled with DeRosa’s characteristic angst and frustration. More important, though, The Depression Auction is, in a word, real. On stage, DeRosa doesn’t hold back. You can hear it in his voice; you can even read it in his album track titles: “I’ve Never Been in

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    Wyatt Cenac: “Comedy Person” (review)

    Wyatt Cenac’s debut album Comedy Person is smart, perceptive and witty— pretty much every characteristic one would ascribe to a stellar comedy album. Clocking in at over an hour long, the 13-track album covers a wide range of material while averting any lulls. It’s easy to conclude, even after a casual listen, that Cenac is a polished stand-up: his segues are smooth, his pacing is rhythmically solid and his material

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    Interview: Lavell Crawford’s climb to Cosby-status comedy

    Comedian Lavell Crawford made a name for himself when he finished in second place on season five of Last Comic Standing. Crawford has parlayed that exposure into tremendous success. He recently filmed an episode of Comedy Central’s ratings monster Workaholics, and has been a regular on E!’s Chelsea Lately and TBS’s Lopez Tonight (RIP). Perhaps most intriguing, Crawford landed a role on AMC’s acclaimed series, Breaking Bad, an incredibly dark

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    AJ Finney: “My Brain Don’t Work No Good” (Review)

    “The hardest part about killing a unicorn,” AJ Finney declares, “is sobering up after about three days and trying to explain to your neighbor why you’ve been shooting arrows through his motorcycle.” This is Finney in a nutshell: a self-affirmed idiot-boozehound with a penchant for drugs, sex and mayhem. On his debut album My Brain Don’t Work No Good, Finney truly sees the humor in unfortunate situations. After undergoing a

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    Adam Newman: “Not For Horses” (Review)

    Adam Newman’s debut album Not for Horses (Rooftop Comedy Productions) is a diverse collection of observations from the mind of an intelligent, young comedian. Need proof? Newman spans everything from embarrassing public exploits while dog-sitting, the obvious lack of ghostwriting in Snoop Dogg’s autobiography and the odd decision-making of basketball player Dikembe Mutombo. The album’s strongest overriding characteristic is that, for the most part, there are no lulls. Newman takes

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    Dave Waite: “Kaboom” (Review)

    About halfway through Kaboom (available July 19), comedian Dave Waite pointedly declares, “I need a hobby.” Virtually obsessed with “ladies,” “titty bars” and all things porn, the Cincinnati native’s 41-and-a-half minute debut album covers a variety of topics, ranging from former jobs to a more-than-interesting social life to how his parents threatened to sell him to gypsies if he didn’t do his homework. These premises are comedic goldmines, but overall

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