• 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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    The Daily Show’s Roy Wood Jr. and the carousel of comedy – Laughspin Interview

    Roy Wood Jr. doesn’t act like a comedian adored nightly on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. When we sat down at a table above New York City’s infamous Comedy Cellar, he asked about the latest Wolverine movie like we were comedy buddies catching up. Wood stays accessible because, to him, he isn’t above any other comedian. He’s just in a different part of the cycle. I asked rising New York

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    Martin Lawrence on Doin’ Time, boxing and Bad Boys 3 (Laughspin Interview)

    Though it’s been 14 years since he’s released a proper stand-up comedy special, Martin Lawrence’s presence on persistent influence to younger generations of comedian has never waned. With a national tour — three more dates coming up! — on the heels of his new special Doin’ Time: Uncut, which debuted on Showtime earlier this year and can now be viewed On Demand, Lawrence is poised to enter 2017 stronger than

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    Barry Crimmins: The hottest 63-year-old comedian in showbiz (Laughspin Interview)

    Barry Crimmins is one of the best comedians you’ve never heard of. The 40-plus year veteran came up with many names you know quite well: Steven Wright, Lenny Clark, Kevin Meaney, Bobcat Goldthwait, Paula Poundstone. He even ran two comedy clubs, The Ding Ho and Stitches, in the 1980s. Stand-up historians and avid comedy geeks know about Crimmins well. A comic’s comic, he never quite broke into the mainstream with

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    John Leguizamo goes dark for Perros (Laughspin Interview)

    There may be no contemporary actor as theatrically flexible as John Leguizamo. Cutting his teeth in the competitive 1980s New York stand-up comedy scene, the Colombian-born actor would eventually thrust himself into a career-defining, award-winning trio of one-man Broadway shows: Freak (1998), Sexaholix…A Love Story (2002) and Ghetto Klown (2011). Meanwhile, Leguizamo, 52, snagged television and film roles of nearly all varieties, including a stint on E.R., a Schwarzenegger flick,

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    Ricky Gervais … er, David Brent, is finally a rock star. Sort of. (Laughspin interview)

    Ricky Gervais has accomplished pretty much everything a young comedian dreams of accomplishing the day they decide to dedicate their lives to making people laugh. He created The Office, a cult comedy hit that premiered in 2001 in the UK and has since become a worldwide phenomenon and a matter of reference for even the most marginally deep conversation about the history and importance of comedy. His television career still

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    Jeff Ross will roast you tonight on Twitter, part of Slim Jim’s #SettleTheBeef movement (Interview)

    Jeff Ross doesn’t want you to call it a comeback. Roasting has been here for years. “Maybe it’s new to some people, but I’ve bee doing this for two decades,” the Roastmaster General tells Laughspin of the seemingly timeless tradition. The roast — and its younger cousin, the roast battle — has seen a mainstream resurgence over the last decade. Comedy Central’s infamous celebrity roasts of Pamela Anderson, Hugh Hefner, Charlie

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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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    Kevin Pollak talks ‘Misery Loves Comedy’ documentary (Laughspin Interview)

    Kevin Pollak’s Misery Loves Comedy is not just an adventure into the mindspace of stand-up comedians but an exciting exploration into the universal human conditions of misery, joy and hope. What started with the question, “Do you have to be miserable to be a comedian?” eventually evolved into a guide through the world of live performers. Pollak’s documentary, which raised over $54,000 on Kickstarter, features some of the nation’s top stand-up

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    Jim Norton talks about being Contextually Inadequate, political correctness, and the future of the Opie and Anthony Show on The Laughspin Podcast (Audio)

    Always engaging and never compromising, comedian Jim Norton doesn’t fear talking openly and honestly about what’s on his mind. By day, he is the co-host of the re-branded Opie Radio talk show (formerly the Opie and Anthony Show) on Sirius XM Satellite Radio. By night, he is one of the hardest working stand-ups in the business, constantly refining his material at New York-based night clubs like the famous Comedy Cellar

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    Chris Elliott talks David Letterman, The Rewrite, Schitt’s Creek (Laughspin Interview)

    Chris Elliott has had a long, storied career in film and television playing oddballs, jerks, and weirdos. There’s Chris Peterson, the 30-year-old paperboy in the cult favorite television series Get A Life. Larry, the awkward and aloof cameraman in Groundhog Day. There’s Woogie, the creepy and increasingly disgusting suitor in There’s Something About Mary. There’s Nathaniel Mayweather, the emotionally stunted seaman in Cabin Boy. And there’s Chris Monsanto, the eccentric U.S.

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    Chris Gethard heads to Fusion, Brett Davis takes over public access post (Exclusive interviews)

    As Chris Gethard prepares to make his long-overdue move to traditional cable television in April — he just inked a deal with Fusion — a last piece of his business is to hand down his Wednesday night time slot on Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) to a similarly innovative oddball of New York comedy, and he’s found the heir to his Public Access time slot in Brett Davis. “I think the

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    Jen Kirkman: The Laughspin Interview (or Proof of why Jen Kirkman is the Shit)

    Chatting one-on-one with Jen Kirkman is a little bit like breaking into the Museum of Natural History after hours. It’s an act that manages to be both nerdy and rebellious, where one could simply wander unsupervised through the halls, soaking up every ounce of information while giggling openly over the placard that says “homo erectus.” That’s because Kirkman – author, podcaster, and most importantly, comedian – seems to always be

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