• Funny Women of a Certain Age creator fought against ageism and sexism…and won

    Carole Montgomery is a funny woman of a certain age, which is why her new Showtime stand-up showcase is so important to her. At age 47, comedian Montgomery moved back home to New York City in 2006 with high hopes of a third act for her stand-up career. She had almost three decades of experience under her belt. From the smoky Brooklyn rooms of the early 1980s with Andrew Dice Clay

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    RuPaul’s Drag Race star Nina West: I’m the John Goodman of drag

    Bob the Drag Queen, Bianca Del Rio, Katya Zamolodchikova. Many iconic comedy queens have become household names after performing on RuPaul’s Drag Race and this season Nina West is set to be the next big comedy icon in the world of drag. Before competing on Drag Race, West won Entertainer of the Year in 2008. She also started the Nina West Fund which raises money for charities through drag performances.

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    Daniel Sloss: People that get offended by jokes don’t have any friends

    Daniel Sloss looks like the water boy at a tiki torch rally. You’d never pit the Scottish comedian for a male ally in the war against toxic masculinity just by looking at him, but he’s made it the focus of his new show, Daniel Sloss: X. Sloss, who has made waves in the States with his two-part debut Netflix special Live Shows, frequently admits that his opinions are works in

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    Keith Robinson on health recovery, how he’ll convince Kevin Hart to produce his next special

    The New York City comedy scene is full of brilliant, compelling performers who are widely respected by their peers, yet never become household names like Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, or Amy Schumer. Certainly, Keith Robinson can be counted amongst them—and he knows it. His Twitter bio says, “I’ve done a lot of things! Trust me.” Those things include, but are not limited to, being a finalist on Star Search, writing on

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    Liza Treyger on Louis CK, TJ Miller: Being a comedian is a privilege, not a right

    Liza Treyger has a simple request to her colleagues: Stop touching women you barely know at work. She’s tired of dudes she doesn’t like kissing her on the cheek when she asks them not to or strangers rubbing her lower back. Treyger noticed a distinct shift in behavior after the 2016 election and was disappointed to learn that many of her comedy friends held some troubling positions on sexual abuse

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    Amy Sedaris brings humor to DIY crafts (Interview)

    Seated at a long table of judges Amy Sedaris eats cookie after cookie and writes down her thoughts on a sheet attached to the clipboard. She is the special guest judge of an annual cookie bake-off at the Lower East Side Girls Club, a community center that operates full-service arts, science, and civic engagement programs in lower Manhattan. This is not the first time female comedians have come out to

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    Exclusive: Meet the man suing Conan O’Brien for joke theft (Interview)

    Most, if not all, comedy writers dream of performing on, writing for, or hosting a late night talk show. The opportunity to showcase your abilities to millions of viewers at home is at the peak of many comedians’ dreams. So imagine you’re watching The Tonight Show (or Late Show or Full Frontal) and see one of your beloved jokes come out of the mouth of the host…and you weren’t attributed.

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    Dave Hill’s Podcasting Incident is Back! Tell your Mom (Interview)

    Dave Hill isn’t what you’d consider a political comedian, per se, but when he tweets something like “Fuck you, festering shitbag” to Donald Trump it’s not exactly off brand. But that’s only because he follows it up with a week-long onslaught of deconstructed Mom jokes as responses to those Trump supporters who pilloried Hill for such an “anti-American” sentiment. Hill’s takes on classic Mom insults ranged from “Your Mom sucks.

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    Nore Davis: I won’t let Donald Trump date my material (Exclusive Track)

    In an era where everyone is telling you to ‘stay woke,’ can you be too woke? Comedian Nore Davis’ new album asks just that question. His newest album, Too Woke, comes out November 23 a.k.a Black Friday. The album is something new from the Inside Amy Schumer alum. In the album, Davis plays a range of characters that represent different ways to be a black man in America. He uses

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    Emily Heller: Comedians should talk about money more (Interview)

    If you haven’t heard of Emily Heller before, it’s high time that you do. Whether she’s playfully grilling experts on her podcast Baby Geniuses (alongside cartoonist Lisa Hanawalt), sharing bits of her comedic brain on Late Night with Seth Meyers, or spilling words in the writer’s room for HBO’s Barry, Heller is 100% committed to keeping her comedy honest about just how bonkers it is to be a person. Fittingly,

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    Jason Mewes talks Jay and Silent Bob Get a Reboot, Clerks 3, and branching out on his own (Interview)

    Jason Mewes has had an unexpected career—unexpected in that he certainly didn’t think growing up that he’d be acting and directing movies. Once viewed as just Kevin Smith’s slapstick sidekick, Mewes has grown into a career that is all his own. Since the original View Askewniverse titles, the New Jersey native has starred in roles that don’t involve weed-related hijinx, and he made his feature film directorial debut this year

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    Lizz Winstead, Lady Parts Justice blend comedy and activism at Golden Probe Awards (Interview)

    Lady Parts Justice League, founded by Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead, will unveil the second annual Golden Probe Awards this weekend from the historic Town Hall theater in New York City. The satirical award show seeks to raise awareness about legislators restricting women’s reproductive rights by nominating local politicians for tongue-in-cheek awards like Best Original Science or Best Adaptation of Reality. The event had all the trappings of a real

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    The Laughspin Interview with Jason Salmon (Exclusive Tracks)

    Jason Salmon operates on one principle: If it’s funny, it’s funny. Unlike comedy purists, the engineer-turned-actor-turned-comedian is not above altering his jokes if he finds them to be too offensive. He ultimately arrives at the same decision in an end-around fashion that doesn’t involve morals, political correctness, or empathy for those offended by jokes. Salmon, whose album Force of Nature debuts October 23, wants everyone in the room to be brought

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    Ted Alexandro stresses the importance of owning your own comedy special in 2018 (Interview)

    Ted Alexandro is a beloved comic’s comic who continues to add to his prolific career. During his 25+ years in the industry, he has had two half-hour specials on Comedy Central, appeared on a variety of late night shows, and performed at iconic venues like Madison Square Garden and Carnegie Hall. If you’re a fan of stand-up, you should be a fan of the New York-native currently touring with Jim

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    EXCLUSIVE FULL ALBUM PREMIERE: Scout Durwood – ‘Take One Thing Off’

    “I came up as a performer in queer nightlife, so a lot of what other pop songs were about didn’t resonate with me,” comedian, actress and singer Scout Durwood says about “Go Go,” one of the 19 tracks that make up her debut musical comedy album Take One Thing Off. After one listen of the entire album, however, one can argue the dearth of popular music easily embraced by the

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