• 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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    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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