• Sarah Silverman live in Tel Aviv, Israel (Review)

    TEL AVIV — Last week Sarah Silverman was invited to participate in Israel’s third annual Presidential Conference, after which she performed two shows in Tel Aviv. The first of her two shows took place on Saturday night at Yarkon Park’s Wohl Amphitheatre, where the crowd was buzzing with excitement in several different languages, and sweating from the Israeli summer’s potent mix of heat and humidity. Todd Glass opened the show

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    A glance back at the South Beach Comedy Festival; Wanda Sykes, Adam Carolla and more

    Comedy Central’s South Beach Comedy Festival recently hit lower Miami Beach like an entertainment hurricane, providing a new nightlife option for local residents bored to tears with the 85 degree winters, golden beaches and clubs full of physically perfect people. On Wednesday, March 2, I took in the first show of the festival – Doug Benson at the Colony Theatre. In all fairness, it was 7:30 on a Wednesday night,

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    Inside Paul Mooney’s pay-per-view special “The Godfather of Comedy”

    Never before has a comedian decided to produce a Pay-Per-View stand-up comedy special. Who’s got the balls to do something like that, anyway. Paul Mooney does. And we were there to see it go down. Here’s what you could expect once it hits your television. Paul Mooney held the taping of his upcoming Pay-Per-View comedy special, “The Godfather of Comedy,” at the Cobb Energy Centre in Atlanta on Aug. 31.

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    Tom Simmons: Keep Up

    Tom Simmons – let’s place him in the underappreciated-comic category – recently released his fifth live album, Keep Up, which is full of astute, unique observations on life, society and many of the institutions encompassed within both. Simmons’ knack for writing bitingly honest but genuinely endearing material is fully displayed on the album; he waxes intellectual on topics ranging from racism, parenting and politics, to dogfighting, censorship and free chicken

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    Leslie Jones: Just wants to make you laugh

    Katt Williams was just looking for another female comic for his now-legendary It’s Pimpin Pimpin tour. What he got was Leslie Jones, a powerhouse presence onstage. The proof is in her new DVD Problem Child. Comedian Leslie Jones has no reason to be intimidated by the male-dominated comedy world. She is genuinely funny and she can beat most men up. The abrasive diva made the industry take notice after her

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    Atlanta comedy club says smaller is better

    One’s sense of humor is a personal thing— even more personal than one’s sense of style or taste in music, or food. That’s why seeing a live stand-up show is often an intimate experience; in a good room the comedian is never too far from the folks in the back row. But in a world where more than a few comics have recently morphed into rock stars telling jokes to

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    Paul Mooney: 100% flammable

    Punchline Magazine’s Noah Gardenswartz ignites the combustible writer and comedian, who will soon spread his fiery gospel on his Showtime special: Jesus Is Black, So Was Cleopatra– Know Your History. To many older comedy fans, Paul Mooney is the guy who wrote for Richard Pryor; to many younger comedy fans, Paul Mooney is the guy who played Negrodamus on Comedy Central’s Chappelle’s Show. However, the fact of the matter is

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    Bob and Tom: Ambassadors of Comedy

    For nearly a quarter of a century, Midwest radio gods Bob Kevoian and Tom Griswold have been pushing some of the greatest (but underexposed) comedians into the spotlight. With a new Comedy Central special, DVD and massive tour set to launch, the duo has just given comedy fans three more reasons to laugh. In 1983, radio personalities Bob Kevoian and Tom Griswold joined forces in Indianapolis to create The Bob

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    John Heffron: Walking the line

    Comedian John Heffron, season-two winner of Last Comic Standing, isn’t resting on his laurels. He’s navigating the waters of Internet comedy, psychoanalyzing hecklers, and, whether he likes it or not, cranking out new material as quick as his active mind will allow. By Noah Gardenswartz Stand-up comedian John Heffron’s career is at a crossroads. Four years removed from winning NBC’s Last Comic Standing and after the release of his third

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    Sam Tripoli: Dangerous Comedy

    Wild World of Spike star Sam Tripoli is a comedian who’s not afraid to take risks— literally. When he’s not cracking jokes as a headlining comic, he’s more than happy to drive through brick walls. By Noah Gardenswartz Stand-up comedian Sam Tripoli is living the dream. As if it weren’t enough to make a living getting drunk and telling jokes, he even gets to co-host his own TV show, Wild

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    Pat Brown: Moving Up!

    Recently voted Best Female Comic at the Las Vegas Comedy Festival, stand-up comedienne Pat Brown’s career is heading north- 900 miles north to be exact. By Noah Gardenswartz Comedienne Pat Brown will perform at any club, any time, anywhere. With 12 years of experience under her belt, Brown is as versatile a stand-up as you will find. Willing to go from black clubs and smoky bars to corporate events and

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    Ralphie May: Real Comedy

    Stand-up comedian Ralphie May might not have the traditional good looks or chiseled abs that translate to mass appeal. So where, then, does this Last Comic Standing star get off appealing to the masses? By Noah Gardenswartz The truth is not something stand-up comedian Ralphie May is afraid of. On stage, it’s a concept he embraces and is something he urges others to grab hold of. He doesn’t shy away

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    Aaron Karo: Ivy League Comedy

    What started as one e-mail to 20 friends has turned into 50,000 subscribers and a career in stand-up comedy. But Aaron Karo still uses his degree from Wharton. Sort of. By Noah Gardenswartz Comedian Aaron Karo has made quite a successful career out of partying. Taking his best memories as a rowdy college kid and turning them into a humor column called Ruminations turned out to be one hell of

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