• Louis CK: I’ve been ‘to hell and back’ and lost $35 million (Exclusive)

    The Louis C.K. comeback controversy continues to unfold. The still-adored stand-up comedian—who last year admitted to frequent workplace sexual harassment by masturbating in front of or asking to masturbate in front of multiple women—has dropped in at multiple New York City comedy clubs this week, Laughspin has confirmed. Unlike his previous controversial appearances, the fallen star is finally talking about the sexual misconduct and what he’s been up to the

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    Dave Chappelle’s Netflix special Bird Revelation is the perfect rape joke

    Dave Chappelle slaps the mic to his knee and laughs—he’s playing the famed Comedy Store. “Everything’s funny, until it happens to you.” From the start of his Netflix special The Bird Revelation, Chappelle’s brow is furrowed, face flat, as he levels his Black experience to that of white feminists who dragged him in the name of #MeToo for expressing “as little empathy as possible.” The audience laughs with the Chappelle’s Show star as he

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    Lahna Turner: How I Lost 500 Pounds (guest post)

    The following is a guest post by comedian and songstress Lahna Turner, who has just released the first ever comedy music and visual album. Titled LIMEADE, it’s available now on Amazon, YouTube and iTunes. For more info check out, lahnaturner.com. ——————— When I was just 23 and straight out of college, I had the opportunity to travel through India with my Israeli boyfriend Gil who I had met that summer

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    Comedy Cellar Underground Debate Series is serious business

    There’s a table in the back corner of the Greenwich Village staple, Olive Tree Cafe, that’s marked, “Comedy Cellar Comedians Only.” A bold statement from a plain and unassuming dark brown wooden table. But if that table could talk, its words would be profane, fiery, brilliant, poignant, hilarious – and could probably do killer impressions of some of the best comedians in modern times. Co-founded in 1982, by the late

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    13 times Harry Shearer made Simpsons fans say ‘Exxxxxcellent!’

    Doh! When it was recently announced that Harry Shearer would be leaving The Simpsons after 26 years, mega-fans were feeling a bit more than what a mere annoyed grunt could express. It’s not just the fact that Shearer is departing – following what amounts to virtually an entire career lifetime with one series, it’s reasonable to expect that the stars will want to retire gracefully and move on when the timing

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    Tracy Morgan settles with Walmart in lawsuit over 2014 car crash

    Did the Walton family make a New Years resolution to be less cartoonishly evil or something? If so, it seems they’ve been really trying to stick by it. First, there was the announcement in February that Walmart would be raising its minimum wage for workers to at least $9 per hour. And now, we’ve gotten word last week that the big box conglomerate has “done right by” Tracy Morgan, who

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    Margaret Cho: the PsyCHO comedian has Tooken our hearts again (INTERVIEW)

    Oh, Margaret Cho. Whether she’s psycho, or one bad mother, or charitably spreading her charity through charitable acts – like a little campaign you may have heard of, #BeRobin – the unstoppable comedian and actress never ceases to amaze, surprise, and blow audiences completely away. And get this; she’s been doing stand-up since she was 14. Fourteen. What were you doing at fourteen? If you’re like me, you were probably

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    Comedy saved me at my lowest point: Project UROK founder Jenny Jaffe helps teens deal with depression, suicidal thoughts

    Comedian Jenny Jaffe’s childhood was anything but comical. During her high school years, she was diagnosed with a multitude of mental illnesses, which included her having extreme anxiety, OCD and suicidal thoughts. “It wasn’t something I talked to really anybody in my life about,” Jaffe, 24, tells Laughspin. “There was this long uphill battle. But, then the hill got less steep.” After years of therapy and pursuing her love of comedy through

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    21 Chris Farley life lessons: What we learned from the man who was Matt Foley

    This year Tommy Boy turned 20 years old. So, I promptly went out and bought a subscription to AARP Magazine. And then exclaimed “holy shnikes!” as any sensible Chris Farley fan would do. But for real, it’s really been 20 years? Seems like only yesterday we were reenacting all our favorite lines from the very best Farley/Spade vehicle – and truthfully, who doesn’t still bust out “fat guy in a

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    Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Laughter and the art of survival

    I just finished watching Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt for a third time on Netflix, and I’m having some feelings about it. Namely, wow. They really did it. They managed to make a sitcom with a central premise that revolves around a victim of kidnapping and abuse. Yup, that actually happened. And the narrative is so spot-on that many elements of the show’s storyline appear to be lifted directly from a few

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    How to book your own stand-up comedy tour: A long but, by no means, definitive guide

    Hello. My name is Ron Babcock and I’m a comic in Los Angeles. Last year I went on a coast-to-coast tour for three months. I hit 34 cities, did 82 shows and drove 12,023 miles in a 1975 Mercedes Benz named Harvey. (If you want to see photos, search #benzit on instagram. Or you can buy the 70 page color photobook here for $15.) I also made money. Well, I broke even.

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    Madonna’s stand-up on Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon: Rest in Peace, Comedy

    You work your whole life trying to perfect what you do, overcoming hurdles and obstacles, wending your way through the intrinsically byzantine labyrinth of the industry surrounding your passion. Then one day, the gate keepers who purport to uphold the standards and quality to which you aspire – to which you have been aspiring your entire life – lower their escutcheons. They let through someone who has never spent a

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    Free isn’t Free: How the Los Angeles comedy scene is cheating itself

    I will be the first to say it. I love the word “free.” Not paying for stuff gets me super wet. Sometimes I go onto the “FREE” section of Craigslist and pleasure myself to pictures of wooden pallets and piles of dirt. I will also be the first to admit that while “free” is always tempting, it is not always good. Especially when it comes to art. Artists will do

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    Luisa Omielan thigh gap video goes viral. Comedian gets 8 million views on Facebook!

    British comedian Luisa Omielan is, like her hero Beyoncé, bold and unafraid. Unafraid of enjoying the shit out of a high-calorie dinner, unafraid of “upgrading” her self-esteem, and COMPLETELY unafraid of de-pantsing herself, onstage, on camera, right in the middle of the Melbourne Comedy Festival. In the process, she’s also managed to amass more than 8 million views of the proceeding video on Facebook. Have you even met 8 million

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    Terrifying Lucille Ball statue needs to be removed!

    Now here’s one from the truly freaky files. By now, most every American with basic access to cable television or a standard Internet hookup is well familiar with I Love Lucy. Even more so than her show, it’s easy to visualize images of her iconic face: it’s been almost 26 years since her death, but the groundbreaking actress and comedienne is still imminently recognizable. Therefore, it’s kind of amazing that

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