• Tony Clifton’s ‘Live on the Sunset Strip’: Punchline Magazine reviews the rough cut

    Fans and co-conspirators alike crammed into the Silent Movie Theater in Los Angeles last week for a sneak preview of an early cut of Tony Clifton: Live on the Sunset Strip. The documentary captures the highs, lows, and on-stage vagina shavings of Tony Clifton’s four-night stand at the Comedy Store in May 2010, which commemorated the 25th anniversary of his first show after the death of his creator, Andy Kaufman.

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    Kevin Smith is not a comedian, but he’ll give you the George Carlin treatment on Oct. 23

    For Kevin Smith, his upcoming EPIX performance special, Kevin Smith: Too Fat for 40, is both a happy accident and a culmination of many of his recent, high profile battles with cyber antagonists and Southwest Airlines (he was kicked off a flight for being too large; see video below). Throughout a recent discussion with bloggers at his Los Angeles podcasting theater, the SModcastle, Smith, with his trademark honesty and profanity,

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    Louis C.K.: Escape to reality

    Louis C.K. gets a second shot at being a television star, as his FX series Louie premieres tomorrow. Regardless of ratings, however, the veteran performer has long ago locked up his position as one of the most important comedians of our time. Here’s why. As sharp a comedian as he is, Louis CK has never quite succeeded in translating the dark hilarity of his stand-up into his other work. In

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    Joe DeRosa: The Depression Auction

    In The Depression Auction, Joe DeRosa mixes outrage – a solid stand-up staple – with something much less common but more interesting, an attempt at maturity. He doesn’t let anyone off the hook, including himself. Rare is the comic who makes himself relate to George W. Bush in those seven infamous minutes that he sat there, reading to children, after being informed of the 9/11 attacks. DeRosa does it by

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    Interview: ‘I Am Comic’ director Jordan Brady

    If it were possible to apply the themes of a documentary as heartbreaking and inspiring as King of Kong (2007’s geeky video game players documentary) to a profession as drug-ridden as stand-up comedy, I Am Comic just about pulls it off. Former stand-up Jordan Brady mixes memorably funny interviews about the basics of comedy with an unexpected and inspirational tale of creative rebirth. Brady takes an Aristocrats-style approach to assembling

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    Tony Clifton spotted outside bondage-themed night club

    I spotted Tony Clifton nightclubbing outside of Voyeur in West Hollywood, late Friday night before  he began his string of shows at The Comedy Store, which started last night. He promised that much when I interviewed him a few days ago. He told me: “We’re going out Friday night. It’s a big night. We’re going to go to all of the places that night. Got a big limo. We’re going

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    Tony Clifton returns, whether you like it or not

    My previous run-ins with Tony Clifton have been well documented, but I can’t help but be excited by the news that the venerable lounge lizard has once again emerged from (what I assume is) a haze of hookers and booze for a four-night stand at the famous Comedy Store in Hollywood. The shows, May 16th, 19th, 20th, and 21st promise to inject new life into the Clifton legend for decades

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    Bobby Slayton: The comedy pitbull never rests

    Long overdue, the legendary Bobby Slayton will premiere his first hour long cable comedy special and DVD. Born to be Bobby finds the pitbull sharper and more venomous than ever. For nearly thirty years, Bobby Slayton’s X-rated fearlessness has made him the quintessential club comic. “The Pitbull of Comedy” doesn’t discriminate on the basis of race, gender, or sexual preference. Or, maybe it would be more accurate to say he

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    Steve Agee: Comedian for all seasons

    Just days away from the premiere of the third season of the Sarah Silverman Program, Steve Agee — one half of the most dynamic gay couple on television — gets deep about reality television, Twitter and his dramatic shift in the popular Comedy Central series. Steve Agee is best known as half of the gay couple that lives across the hall from Sarah Silverman in The Sarah Silverman Program. He

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    Sarah Silverman Program screens two episodes of new season at live Q&A session

    Sarah Silverman, Steve Agee, Laura Silverman last night at Largo in Los Angeles.

    After over a full year off the air, the Sarah Silverman Program returns to Comedy Central next month, and the lucky few (and those of us who can blend in with the lucky few) were at a screening of the first two episodes at the Largo in LA last night. No spoilers from

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    Tony Clifton: Andy Kaufman’s spirit carries on

    In the late 1970s, the late legendary comedian Andy Kaufman met and befriended Las Vegas lounge act Tony Clifton– or so the story goes. Shortly after that, however, we all learned that Andy was Tony… maybe. Either way, Tony’s back in the spotlight just in time for the release of the new book Dear Andy Kaufman, I Hate Your Guts. If there were one thing that I know now that

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    George Carlin: The comedy legend’s daughter talks to Punchline Magazine about his ‘Last Words’

    After decades of setting the bar for stand-up comedy, George Carlin displayed a rare bit of bad timing by dying last year, just as we needed him most. In a career that included over two dozen comedy records, 14 HBO hour specials and three books, it’s remarkable to think how little Carlin revealed about his personal life in his work. It seems, now, like he was saving it up. In

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    Alan Zweibel talks Saturday Night Live, Larry Sanders and Garry Shandling

    In four decades of comedy writing, Alan Zweibel’s work has provided an enormous range of good answers to the constantly shifting cultural question of “What’s funny?” From the mainstream to the bizarrely experimental, Zweibel has written a number of plays, novels, films, sitcoms, one-liners, and sketches. He sold jokes to Catskills comics for $7 a piece in the early ‘70s before he was hired by Lorne Michaels to be one

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    Eugene Mirman and Kristen Schaal + The Color Purple?

    Eugene Mirman and Kristen Schaal bowed for about a minute and a half in appropriate mock theatricality as they took the stage together for a rare co-headlining show at Boston’s Wilbur Theatre on June 27. The Flight of the Conchords co-stars didn’t fill the 1,200 seat venue, but the crowd that was gathered there stayed energetically giddy for two hours in which Mirman and Schaal performed together and apart and

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    Wrap-up: Janeane Garofalo, Rob Riggle, Eugene Mirman at AltCom

    Opening the second AltCom show on Friday night in Somerville — that’s in the Greater Boston area — Eugene Mirman skewered the debate over what’s “alternative” perfectly as he read from a manifesto strictly defining the rules of alternative. The list included items like “art before commerce” and “smash old items and make new ones out of the bones of the status quo, human hair, and glue, and then smash

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