When comedians write poetry

Often, the context in which poetry and comedy come together is one of ridicule. Many comedians will poke fun at the unchecked artistic license in being maudlin, depressing, alienating and overly political; these are things that poets are often guilty of. Yet, what’s hardly seen and noticed is funny people actually writing poetry and making it funny. Believe it or not, it does happen and it’s written by some of

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Review: Carnage may seem pretentious but is laugh-out-loud funny

It’s strange to think that anything billed as a comedy with big names gets undeservedly overlooked by comedy fans, but such is the case with Roman Polanski’s adaptation of Yasmina Reza’s hit stage play God of Carnage. With a stellar cast — Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Cristoph Waltz and John C. Reilly — Carnage, though still somewhat preening in it’s identity as a stage play about the unavoidable truths of

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Watch Bill Murray, Frances McDormand in the trailer for Wes Anderson’s ‘Moonrise Kingdom’

As one can clearly see from the trailer of Wes Anderson’s latest film Moonrise Kingdom, not much has changed in the realm of all things Wes Anderson. There are still plenty of cool, well-respected, famous actors (Edward Norton, Jason Schwartzman, Frances McDormand), there’s still an off-kilter setting with off-kilter characters (a summer camp in 1965 filled with children that fall in love and run away together), and, of course, there’s

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Watch comedian Jon Dore search for an NBA replacement on ‘Conan’

It’s almost been three weeks since the return of the NBA and whether they will ever make up to NBA fans for their regular season stoppage is a question that still hangs in the air. Well, as far as comedian Jon Dore is concerned, it’s more than a question that still lingers. For Dore, the NBA has pretty much a broken a promise that has stayed a broken promise, which

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Watch Tom Scharpling’s newest, brilliant music video featuring Chris Gethard and more!

If there was such a realm of music videos that could have a ruler, Tom Scharpling would undoubtedly be king. The host of The Best Show on WFMU and podcast Low Times has made his mark bridging some of the best in comedy with some of the best in music in unforgettably funny music videos. His past videos feature comedians Kurt Braunohler and Wyatt Cenac in The Stepkids’ “Legend in

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Videos of late comedian Angelo Bowers surface online

If you keep up with comedy news, you know that a very talented comedian, Angelo Bowers, passed away as a result of a car accident involving a drunk driver. The full story is here. At the time of his passing, Angelo didn’t have a Twitter account and any clips online of his stand-up, save for a random video of Bowers at the Ha Ha Cafe in LA that’s less than

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Comedy Bang Bang will become a television show on IFC

IFC has started their comedy programming in 2012 off with a “bang.” There has been an incredible amount of hype surrounding the second season of Portlandia (and for good reason) with Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, not to mention their live tour that’s touring the country. Also, wildly popular and critically acclaimed comedy podcast Comedy Bang Bang (once known as Comedy Death Ray) from Scott Aukerman (pictured above) has been

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Comedian blatantly steals Doug Stanhope’s material, fans revolt

If you’re a regular reader of Laughspin, there is no need to extoll on the honesty of writing one’s own comedic material as a comedian and not stealing others. We posted plenty about that in 2011. If you’re not, then know that not only is stealing jokes wrong, it’s theft of intellectual property, which is something that’s illegal in several more areas than just comedy. With that in mind, it

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Why it’s illogical to be angry at Bill Maher and SNL for their Tim Tebow insults

It should be no surprise to anyone that Bill Maher would make a remark pointing out the inconsistencies of Christianity. Yet, after tweeting “Wow, Jesus just fucked #TimTebow bad! And on Xmas Eve! Somewhere in hell Satan is tebowing, saying to Hitler ‘Hey, Buffalo’s killing them,” many Christian pundits and televangelists expressed their rage against the remark. Just before this, Pat Robertson ripped Saturday Night Live for also making fun

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The Laughspin interview with Eddie Pepitone

You might have have heard him singing his own name on Last Comic Standing a few seasons ago, you might have seen him yell at Conan O’Brien, or you might have seen him in the hit web series Puddin’ but, in any case, everyone, comedy fan or no, needs to see Eddie Pepitone. Pepitone is a comedy veteran that is arguably at the top of his game and branching out

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Watch comedian Jamie Lee take on Norway’s butter shortage with her own video editorial

Whether you knew or not, American comedians have been guilty of exploiting the so-called Norwegian butter shortage for humor. Also, whether you knew or not, there was a Norwegian butter shortage and the self-described “famous celebrity” and blogger in Norway, Tommy, is incredibly outraged of the jovial ribbing of said butter shortage. It may be real or fake, but, undoubtedly, the rant has gone viral, especially after being mentioned by

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HBO cancels ‘Bored to Death’ and two other quality comedies

UPDATE: 12/22/11 — 3:40 pm ET Bored to Death creator Jonathan Ames ended up spending $1,600 on drinks in two different bars in Brooklyn. All for his fans. Check out Vulture’s play-by-play account of the festivities. UPDATE: 12/21/11 — 11 am ET Jonathan Ames has invited New York City area fans to share a drink (on him!) to mourn the loss of Bored to Death, the show he created. “I

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Watch Maria Bamford, Dave Koechner, and more in Santa Claus campaign videos

There hasn’t been a recent GOP debate, so the pan for comedy gold in the political realm is momentarily sparse. But Funny or Die will not be stopped by the lack of debates or bizarre soundbites from which to produce web videos in order to make fun of the candidates vying for the Republican presidential ticket. Today, FoD has Dave Koechner, Maria Bamford, Christopher McDonald and Andre Royo (Bubbles from

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Watch Martin Scorcese’s ‘Taxi Driver’ become a comedy

Nothing can ever repair the egregious snub of Martin Scorsese for the best director Oscar in 1977 for his classic film Taxi Driver. The trailblazing drama and the unforgettable “You talkin’ to me?” scene has served as a universal reference in pop culture for almost 30 years– South Park has even referenced it (you remember when Mr Garrison plans to assassinate Kathie Lee Gifford, right)? With that being said, it’s

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Golden Globe nominations reveal absurd choices in comedy

Normally, when it comes to comedy during awards season, a big issue of contention is the categories that comedy is thrown into. Within the Golden Globes nominations announced earlier this morning, many comedy noms come from the musical and/or comedy category. However, if you look at the nominations of said Golden Globes, there’s a bigger issue at hand. First off, it’s great that Bridesmaids is getting nominated for Best Comedy/Musical

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