• Ben Roy’s ‘No Enlightenment in Sobriety’ is motivational misery, salve for misanthropic minds (Review)

    If you follow modern stand-up comedy even casually, youʼre probably aware that booze and drugs arenʼt celebrated today like they once were. Humor superstars like Chris Hardwick, Marc Maron and Russell Brand have all become disciples of sobriety, bemoaning their dark years wasted as cross-eyed drunks. And it would be easy to dismiss Denver comic Ben Roy as just another addition to the Live, From The Wagon! comedy generation, if

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    Laughspin Interview: Dave Attell talks Comedy Underground, Road Work and club comedy

    After years of cementing his reputation as an unapologetically crass and thick-skinned comic of late-night cable TV – first with Comedy Central’s Insomniac and later with Showtime’s Dave’s Old Porn – Dave Attell was a natural selection to host Comedy Central’s first uncensored stand-up series, Comedy Underground with Dave Attell, premiering this Saturday at 1 am ET. This new show – which features all the “fucks,” “cunts,” and incest jokes

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    Comedy scene in Denver surges, is teeming with talented comics

    While the Internet may have democratized comedy, it didn’t make everyone a genius. There may be videos and showcases being assembled all over the US, but only a few regional scenes (Portland, Austin) have risen above their less organized counterparts and created thriving communities of comedians that not only attract the big-wigs from New York and L.A., but in some cases are making their own industry – one that doesn’t

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    Bill Maher: ‘Mormonism is a stupid religion’ and more Maher truths from Just For Laughs– Chicago

    CHICAGO — Closing out the final night of the Just For Laughs festival in Chicago, Bill Maher delivered a characteristic round of hyper-liberal comedy and vivid pop culture warfare. Commenting on everything from assisted suicide to NFL quarterback Tim Tebow, from Mormons and masturbation to Popes, pot, and Peggy Noonan, Maher’s set contained little material that hadn’t already been delivered in stand-up specials and his HBO show (one joke I

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    Just For Laughs, Chicago recap: Bob Newhart, Team Coco, Maria Bamford, more!

    CHICAGO — While there is still Bill Maher and a handful of smaller shows tonight, last night’s Bob Newhart performance and the round of killer stand-ups at Stage 773, pretty much wrapped up the Just For Laughs– Chicago festival. With a surprise set by Maria Bamford, some statistics from The Drinking Institute by Sean Flannery, and a punk rock cabaret from Bridgette Everette, 773 was popping with an exhaustive marathon

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    Just For Laughs, Chicago recap: Hannibal Buress, Seth Meyers, Al Madrigal, more!

    CHICAGO — In the absence of a high profile hockey game and a bombastically hyped thunderstorm, day four of Just For Laughs Chicago was a heavily attended night of wildly different styles of comedy. After seeing Seth Meyers, Hannibal Buress and Al Madrigal deliver some palatable stand-up to the nearly sold out Chicago Theatre, I headed down to Stage 773 for Bryan Cook’s Erotic Fan Fiction, where Kyle Kinane, Ben

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    Russell Brand at Just For Laughs, Chicago (Review)

    CHICAGO — It was a curious choice for Russell Brand to enter the Just For Laughs headlining stage to the Oasis track “Cigarettes & Alcohol,” considering that the famously sober comedian imbibes in neither. That said, his set was loaded to the gills with familiar stories of Brand’s pre-enlightenment indulgences, anecdotes of booze and birds (along with some high-minded social commentary) that anyone familiar with his Booky Wook series had

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    Denver comedy collective The Grawlix thrives without fleeing to the coasts

    Whether it’s Austin, Seattle or Detroit, every non-coast comedy scene deals with the same conundrum: You build a community of talented standups, and just when things are looking good, the scene’s most prominent comics ditch their home-town for the sink-or-swim world of L.A. or New York. Though Denver’s comedy trio, The Grawlix, are seeking to break that tradition, and with a highly successful monthly stage show, a hilarious web series

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