• Hundreds of aspiring comedians show up for ‘In Living Color’ open auditions

    Hundrerds of aspiring and working comedians, improvisors and actors lined up outside of the soon-to-be-opened Laugh Factory Chicago on Dec. 20 to audition for the revamped In Living Color– a two-episode special run that Fox will premiere this spring. The smallscreen hopefuls traveled from all over the country to be seen by Jamie Masada, owner of the Hollywood, Long Beach, and Chicago Laugh Factories, who helped get Jamie Foxx and

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    The Laughspin interview with Greg Fitzsimmons

    Greg Fitzsimmons is an Emmy-award winning writer and comedian who has written for such shows as Ellen and Lucky Louie. As far as memorable jokes made during a stand-up set on a late night talk show goes, his “My dream job is to someday be a late night talk show host, but it’s tough, Mexicans are stealing all our jobs,” on Lopez Tonight, rivals Louie Anderson’s “I can’t stay long,

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    The Laughspin interview with Gabriel Iglesias

    Although Gabriel Iglesias is a hugely popular comic with Mexican-American ethnic background, he makes it clear that he’s not into being labeled merely as a “Latino” comic. He can expertly play to all types of audiences, thank you very much. He’s proven years ago he is by no means a niche act. And while the world may know Iglesias from his many appearances on Comedy Central, the Tonight Show with

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    Interview: Checking in with Patton Oswalt about “Finest Hour”

    It’s unique to see someone like Patton Oswalt, known to the mainstream for his many television and film roles (King of Queens, Ratatouille, Big Fan) staying so true to his stand-up roots. In his latest comedy album, out today, Finest Hour, which recently premiered as a Showtime special, Patton pits playfully ridiculous premises — Jesus trying to join the X-Men — against a more grown-up version of the comedian; among

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    The Laughspin interview with Iliza Shlesinger

    She may look like the cute girl next door, but don’t try to get fresh with Iliza Shlesinger. The comedian packs a devastatingly honest punch, which she currently uses to break the bad news to the contestants on her new television dating show Excused premiering Sept 12 (check your local listings). She was also the youngest person and the only woman to win NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Shlesinger is already

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    Interview: Kevin Hart talks to Laughspin about his concert film “Laugh At My Pain”

    Kevin Hart is incredibly well known among comedy fans for his Comedy Central specials and albums I’m a Grown Little Man and Seriously Funny, as well as for his roles in the Scary Movie franchise, Death at a Funeral, and Little Fockers. Hart is combining his work in stand-up and feature films for a big screen release of his latest comedy special Laugh At My Pain, set to be released

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    The Laughsin interview: Jackie Martling talks Howard Stern, Artie Lange and why he left radio’s best job

    Jackie Martling has been a stand-up comedian for over 30 years. He’s best known for being a full time member of the Howard Stern Show from 1986 – 2001 where he regularly wrote bits for the show and fed Howard lines. In 2001, Jackie left the show over a contract dispute which is still an occasional topic of conversation on the show. His move to walk away from the Stern

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    The Laughspin Interview with Jimmy Pardo

    Being a big fan of Jimmy Pardo’s work and helping bring his Never Not Funny Podcast to Chicago, I was really looking forward to this interview. I call Pardo while he’s driving to Conan, where he’s the opening act each night. He’s anxious to get right to the questions. When I try to make small talk he jokingly berates me for not going to see him do stand-up recently at

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    Interview: Kurt Metzger talks “trust fund pussy” comedians, Ugly Americans and more

    On his new album for Comedy Central Records, Kurt Metzger Talks To Young People About Sex, the titular comedian takes the tradition of a relentless, rough-around-the-edges East Coast comic to the next level. Metzger – he also voices the character  zombie Randall Skeffington on Ugly Americans, which is in its second season now – deftly takes aim at the famously terrible Cash4Gold commercials, “whores,” Michael Jackson (a bit you can

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