• Bo Burnham, Anthony Jeselnik represent U.S. comics well at Dublin fest

    DUBLIN — The final two days of Dublin’s Comedy Carnival offer a chance to catch seven gigs and over 20 comedians. Myself, I also got the opportunity to speak to sometime Demetri Martin collaborator and support act David O’Doherty (if you ever get the chance to catch Martin reciting his gags while the Irishman lays down a melody on his child’s electronic keyboard, do so) about New York’s antifolk movement

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    Natasha Leggero, Reggie Watts, more Americans impress at Dublin comedy fest

    DUBLIN — With circus tent venues and stiltwalkers milling around the beautiful Iveagh Gardens, Dublin’s Carlsberg Comedy Carnival, four days of stand-up in the heart of the Irish capital, attracts a host of top American comics alongside their Irish and British counterparts. Performing her first gigs in this part of the world, Illinois’ Natasha Leggero has impressed with her brash assurance. But she was unsettled by a British bachelor party,

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    Five UK comedians you need to know about

    Like the headline suggests, we at Punchline Magazine thought it was time to let you know about a handful of UK-based comedians you should keep your eyes on– the ones who aren’t Russell Brand, Ricky Gervais or Eddie Izzard, the dudes you already know about it. To that end, we asked our UK comedy correspondent Jay Richardson to shed some light on the topic. Below, are his results. Enjoy. ROBIN

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    Punchline Magazine’s dispatch from Kilkenny’s Cat Laughs Comedy Festival, part 2

    KILKENNY, Ireland — A hectic few days at Kilkenny, where I’ve interviewed eight comics and seen 33 of their sets – including a six hour run of gigs back to back on Saturday night, jogging from pub to theatre, to nightclub, to hotel conference room and back to pub – darting between merry revellers treating this festival like it’s designed for drinking and enjoying comedy in a convivial atmosphere with

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    Punchline Magazine’s dispatch from Kilkenny’s Cat Laughs Comedy Festival, part 1

    KILKENNY, Ireland — In terms of physical comedy, I can’t imagine Albuquerque’s Pajama Men get upstaged too often. But the abiding memory of the first gig I saw at this year’s Carlsberg Cat Laughs Festival in Kilkenny, Ireland, was of homegrown trio Des Bishop, Jason Byrne and Dara O’Briain awkwardly miming Bishop’s recent threesome debut, an impromptu performance for which the biggest laughs were cruelly reserved for O’Briain’s manbreasts. Part

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    Bill Hicks: Behind the previously unreleased interview

    Just this week, the audio of a never before heard interview with Bill Hicks was released online as part of the British comedy podcast Doubling Up. Co-host of the show and comedian Nick Doody conducted the interview in 1992; the legendary Hicks would die in 1994. And not only did Doody get a great interview out of Hicks; he got to open for the man in front of 1,500 people.

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