• Artie Lange talks rehab, radio, getting back to comedy and more! (Video)

    Comedy Juice, run by LA comic Mark Serittella, is now a regular show at Gotham, every Tuesday night at 10 P.M. I heard that my buddy Artie Lange was going to come in to do a guest spot so I packed up my video equipment and ran down in hopes of catching up with him. I hadn’t seen him since before he went to rehab, and he was very open

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    Kevin Hart lends his talents to African American news site

    The Grio.com is the first African-American video news site, specifically geared towards bringing stories of interest to that community. Launched by NBC News, it’s editorial mission is to be the primary news source for the Black community on a national level. February is Black History Month and so they are interviewing 100 people who they feel are making a positive effect in the Black community. One of those people, not

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    Mike Birbiglia preps for ‘Sleepwalk With Me’ premiere at Sundance

    Comedian and pro story-teller Mike Birbiglia came to the Comic Strip in New York City (photo above) to shoot a segment for the Sundance Film Festival, going down later this month. Word got out that he was coming and the place got real packed, real quick. Back in 2008, Mike had a hit show with Sleepwalk With Me (which eventually became a book an a live album) at the Bleecker

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    Inside Patrice O’Neal’s ‘going home’ services

    The comedy world is still in shock from the passing of the great Patrice O’Neal. I attended the services for Patrice Monday at the Park Avenue Christian Church, on 85th Street and Park Avenue in New York City. I purposely did not use the word “funeral” because the program for the service was entitled “Going Home Services” for Patrice O’Neal. Plus “funeral” is such a sad word, and as sad

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    Comedians come together to honor the late Mike DeStefano (Video)

    Sometimes people say the comedy world is a cold world filled with backstabbing and people getting screwed over. Cris and Paul Italia, and Patrick Milligan of Cringe Humor proved that to be false recently. As part of the New York Comedy Festival, they held a tribute to Mike DeStefano, a talented comic they were working with who left us much too young. The event was held at the Tribeca Performing

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    Multi-city comedy benefit featuring Maron, Papa, Quinn and more raises money for Haiti

    Jodi Lieberman, Amber J. Lawson and Zoe Friedman are three powerhouses in the world of comedy, and I’m proud to say I know them all! They teamed up to create Transforming The World Through Comedy, a philanthropic organization simply known as TWT, because they said they wanted to use the power of comedy to help those less fortunate than them. So last night they held the world’s first multi-city —

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    Ricky Gervais on possibly hosting the Oscars: “I’d be fired immediately”

    Last night, as part of the New York Comedy Festival, multi-faceted, award winning comedian Ricky Gervais was the guest of honor at a fascinating and highly-entertaining conversation at 92Y, moderated by Bill Carter of The New York Times. Gervais, of course, along with his creative partner, comedian Stephen Merchant, created The Office which is now shown in 90 countries. Even China is considering creating a version– which should be especially

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    Inside the Andy Kaufman Awards with Kristen Schaal, Reggie Watts and more

    Andy Kaufman was one of the most unusual, most talented, and most creative comics ever to hit the stage. He left us too young, but his memory certainly lives on. Manager/producer Wayne Rada, (who also books CB’s Comedy Club), produced the 7th Annual Andy Kaufman Awards at Gotham Comedy Club and– I spent two nights there watching the semi-finals and then the finals. Contestants are not supposed to try and

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    No joke: Tracy Morgan pulls off dramatic role in “Son Of No One”

    Most people in the entertainment industry acknowledge that it’s harder to do comedy than drama. But when you’re used to being funny, sometimes it’s hard to be serious– or to be taken seriously. Richard Belzer crossed over successfully in his work on television as Det. John Munch, a role he first brought to life on Tom Fontana’s Homicide: Life On The Street, and then carried over to Law and Order:

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    MTV goes back to its roots with animated comedy “Good Vibes” starring Josh Gad

    MTV has always been an innovator, but now they’re going back to their roots. The network had Mike Judge bring back Beavis and Butt-head the hit animated show from the 90’s and had David Gordon Green create Good Vibes, a show that follows Beavis and Butt-head on Thursdays at 10:30 pm ET. I saw a screening of Good Vibes at a panel recently held at Comic Con in New York

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    Louis C.K. works out material for his new special at the Comic Strip (Photo)

    I think it was Chris Rock who told me during an interview I did with him for the book on the history of The Comic Strip — and I’m paraphrasing here — that a comedy club to a comic is like a gym to an athlete. You go to a comedy club to work out. That’s where you try out new stuff– if it’s a “safe room!” Most comics don’t

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    Brett Ratner receives lifetime achievement award as “Tower Heist” hits theaters tomorrow

    Brett Ratner was recently honored at The Friars’ Club in New York City during the third annual Friars’ Club Comedy Film Festival produced by powerhouse Exec. Director Charlie Prince, and his team, including Director of Communications, Jaime Marsanico. The festival screened over 60 international films over the five days. It was a HUGE amount of work and they are to be commended! Brett Ratner is one of the most accomplished

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    Carlos Mencia addresses weight loss onstage: I don’t have AIDS, he jokes

    Believe it or not, Carlos Mencia is the 17th of 18 children, and was born in Honduras. As an infant he was sent to the US to be raised by an aunt and uncle in the Maravilla Projects in Los Angeles,” but went back to Honduras as a teenager to get away from the gang culture in his neighborhood. When he came back to the U.S., the school system took

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    Comedy Matters with Jimmy Fallon, Nick Cannon and more!

    The Comic Strip hosted the 6th Annual NY’s Funniest Reporter Show, which was produced as always by Ryan McCormick and Mark Goldman of Goldman McCormick PR, and it was a super successful event.

    Jeffrey Gurian with Fox News Channel’s Courtney Friel. She puts the “Fox” in Fox News!

    The contestants were Jane Velez-Mitchell from Headline News, (who I think is such a great person! ) Greg

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    Judah Friedlander, Steven Wright, Tom Papa, more perform for Laugh For Sight

    Comedy Matters doesn’t only talk about comics. It talks about the people who make the comedy world what it is, a wonderful place to be! Chris Mazzilli, owner of Gotham Comedy Club, is a special kind of guy and a very charitable man. I don’t think it’s any accident that there are so many charitable events at Gotham. Laugh for Sight is a national charity which raises awareness and funding

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