• 16 tips to improve your late night writing packet from a network judge

    Over the last four years, I’ve judged 300 late night writing packets for a major network. As a writer myself, I know just how difficult it is to write a strong comedy packet. I’ve spent many sleepless nights sweating over topical jokes as I bounce between feelings of pride, self-loathing, and a fear that no one will even read my work. So I get it. And as a reader (albeit

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    New Year’s Resolutions: Stand-up comedians share their plans for 2019

    We’re so sorry to remind you, but it’s New Year’s Resolution time! Yep, it’s that terrible time of year when one must consider the sad Venn diagram of who they are and who they want to be and then bring those circles a little closer together. It’s empowering, depressing, and scary. So for inspiration, we asked some of the world’s funniest people to divulge their 2019 New Year’s Resolutions. Here’s what

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    Full Frontal with Samantha Bee donates massive home to El Refugio for Christmas on I.C.E. special

    Well, this is heartwarming. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, the Emmy-winning TBS series, is donating a six-bedroom house to a group that lodges families of detained immigrants.  The receiving organization, called El Refugio, provides housing for families visiting loved ones at the Stewart Detention Center in rural Lumpkin, Georgia. The house has 20 beds, a 20-person dining room, and is newly renovated. Bee herself called it “beautiful.” There are no hotels

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    Jerry Seinfeld clarifies PC culture comments on Ricky Gervais Sirius XM show (Video)

    Jerry Seinfeld sounded off on PC culture during Ricky Gervais’s SiriusXM show Ricky Gervais Is Deadly Sirius, and not in the way you might expect. For years, it’s been rumored that Seinfeld refuses to do college shows because he’s disgusted with the restrictions put on comedy acts by liberal institutions. But on Gervais’s show, he set the record straight. When Gervais brings up the topic, the Long Island native begs, “Please

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    13 Gift Ideas for the Comedian in Your Life

    Attention, friends, family, and lovers of comedians! Did you know that comedians need gear?! It’s true! Being a comedian isn’t all mouth sounds and ripped jeans and someone else’s microphone. And since being an up-and-coming stand-up comic isn’t a big moneymaker, there’s a good chance your funny friend will appreciate a practical present. Here are some great holiday gift ideas for the wonderful comedian in your life. A phone tripod, $10

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    11 comedians who are more conservative than you thought

    Stand-up comedians, as well as the rest of the entertainment industry, are typically seen as liberals and anti-Trump. Although you probably saw many popular comedy stars campaigning for Hillary Clinton in 2016 or encouraging a blue wave during last week’s midterm elections, it’s not common you see celebrities defending President Donald Trump. On Sunday, November 4, a pro-Trump “Deplorables” comedy tour kicked off in Dallas with a show the following night in Houston.

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    5 mistakes that will tank your indie comedy show

    Emily Winter is a stand-up comedian, writer, and producer based out of New York City. She runs three Time Out NY Critics’ Pick comedy shows in Brooklyn: BackFat Variety, Comedy at Rose Gold, and Side Ponytail. Last year, she co-created WHAT A JOKE, a nationwide anti-Trump comedy festival with shows in over 20 cities that raised more than $50K for the ACLU. In early 2018, I began recording a miniseries podcast called How

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