• Yannis Pappas talks Maurica, Mr. Panos and his journey back to comedy (Laughspin Interview)

    When I first started doing stand-up in college, I used to produce dorm shows at NYU to create stagetime and would be somewhat frugal in who I put on my shows, only wanting the funniest. A comic I booked asked if I would put his friend Yannis up, who I still didn’t know at the time having only been doing comedy for maybe a year. I said, “Sure. I can

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    Laughspin Podcast, episode 92: Gilbert Gottfried talks new podcast, Aflac, SNL, Shakespeare and more!

    On this week’s episode of The Laughspin Podcast, I sat down with the legendary, iconic and often controversial Gilbert Gottfried. And here’s a little behind-the-scenes info on what went down that day I visited his New York apartment. Gottfried greets me at his door in a bathrobe and little else. Scandalous! I’m assuming he was wearing drawers. Though I was afraid I had mixed up the time of our appointment,

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    Last Comic Standing’s Mike Vecchione talks new album, the comedy grind, more (Interview)

    If you were sitting in a comedy club and saw Mike Vecchione get on stage without knowing anything about him, you’d think that a cop or a firefighter quit the force to do comedy. You might expect a “tough guy” voice or maybe something akin to a former frat guy telling you the funny ways to chug a beer. So the shock that your average audience member might experience hearing

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    Don Rickles will not get pooped on by Triumph the Insult Comic Dog (Exclusive video)

    Iconic comedian Don Rickles will be celebrated tomorrow as Spike TV premieres One Night Only: An All-Star Comedy Tribute to Don Rickles at 9 pm ET. Laughspin was in attendance when it was shot at the historic Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York. So we know what’s in store for viewers– and you’re not going to want to miss it. On hand to honor the still-performing Rickles, 88 was Tina

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    Theo Von talks ‘Deal With It’ on TBS, selling guinea pigs, finding a wife (Laughspin Interview)

    Theo Von is the human embodiment of a small town success story. Born Theodor Capitani Vonkurnatowski in Convington, Louisiana (about 45 minutes north of New Orleans), the 34-year-old comedian began slinging jokes at a local coffee shop in 2003, driving 40 minutes just to perform seven minutes worth of material. “It was just a bunch of young guys trying to tell jokes, Von tells Laughspin. “I was all fired up.”

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    Ben Acker, Ben Blacker, John Hodgman talk Thrilling Adventure Hour ahead of Town Hall show

    The Thrilling Adventure Hour is a glorious amalgam of old-school and contemporary art, a throwback to a simpler time and yet highly evolved, sophisticated and simultaneously goofy as hell. The Thrilling Adventure Hour is super fucking cool. And it’s about to invade New York for its biggest event yet; tomorrow, Saturday, May 10 at 8 pm (buy tickets here!), the madness descends on Town Hall’s 1,500 seats. For the dedicated

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    Eddie Izzard ‘Force Majeure’ Interview: ‘The Melting Pot can save the World’

    On the surface, Eddie Izzard and Arnold Schwarzenegger don’t seem to have much in common. Izzard is hilarious; Schwarzenegger isn’t funny (on purpose, at least). Izzard is a slight dude – barely 5’8” – who cross-dresses and wears lipstick while Schwarzenegger stands 6’2” and is the old-fashioned archetypal man’s man. But Izzard, an iconic comedian and one of the world’s most delightfully strange artists, admires the former Mr. Universe’s approach

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    Laughspin Interview: Dave Attell talks Comedy Underground, Road Work and club comedy

    After years of cementing his reputation as an unapologetically crass and thick-skinned comic of late-night cable TV – first with Comedy Central’s Insomniac and later with Showtime’s Dave’s Old Porn – Dave Attell was a natural selection to host Comedy Central’s first uncensored stand-up series, Comedy Underground with Dave Attell, premiering this Saturday at 1 am ET. This new show – which features all the “fucks,” “cunts,” and incest jokes

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    Kevin Allison on life after The State, storytelling, Risk! podcast and more (Laughspin Interview)

    If the name Kevin Allison doesn’t set off a chorus of recognition bells in your head, chances are you’ve become acquainted with the man better by his impressive cavalcade of hilarious, omnipresent characters on The State – that fondly remembered relic of ‘90s sketch comedy achievement. Alongside cast-mates like Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter and Thomas Lennon, Allison was responsible for some of television’s (not to mention MTV’s) most innovative

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    Laughspin Podcast, episode 89: Hannibal Buress interview

    On the latest episode of The Laughspin Podcast, I had the pleasure of chatting with the mighty Hannibal Buress. The dude has a lot going on, but most importantly, his new one-hour stand-up comedy special Live From Chicago premieres March 29 on Comedy Central. I’ve already watched the entire thing and I promise you will not be disappointment. You can check out some previews here. Or you can move right

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    With Stick of Truth, Matt Stone reflects on South Park early years: It would play on Nickelodeon now

    Seventeen years after the season one premiere of South Park on Comedy Central, the once-humble animated series has turned into one of the largest comedy franchises of all time. Its creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker have gone on to produce movies, a Broadway hit (Book of Mormon) and now a massively anticipated roll-playing video game. South Park: The Stick of Truth came out yesterday for for PS3, Xbox 360

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    Laughspin Podcast, episode 87: Ted Alexandro interview

    On this brand new episode of The Laughspin Podcast, I had the immense pleasure of chatting with Ted Alexandro, one of my all-time favorite comedians. Recorded in his Queens, NY apartment, Ted and I talked about his new special I Did It – it just came out today and you could download it here for whatever price you’d like – as well as how he expresses himself artistically when he’s

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    Laughspin Podcast episode 86: Live at SF Sketchfest with Natasha Leggero, Brett Gelman, Sara Schaefer, Lauren Ashley Bishop

    Recorded live at the Dark Room theater in San Francisco during SF Sketchfest on Jan. 25, I was thrilled to welcomes guest co-host Lauren Ashley Bishop and guests Natasha Leggero, Brett Gelman and Sara Schaefer to The Laughspin Podcast! I have to say, this was tons of fun, you guys. Lauren did an outstanding job helping me host, Sara opened up, Natasha was her usual evil/charming self and Brett —

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    SF Sketchfest: Conversations with the San Francisco comedy fest founders

    In the dark of winter, hundreds of the most joyful people imaginable descend upon San Francisco for the funniest cult this side of Jonestown: SF Sketchfest. The 18-day occupation from Jan. 23 – Feb. 9 — details here — celebrates established favorites and up-and-coming personalities in sketch, improvisation, stand-up and this golden age of podcasting while simultaneously commemorating the history of comedy. Below, Laughspin talks with festival co-founders Cole Stratton,

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    Nick Kroll tells Laughspin what it took to make ‘Cake Train’ a reality

    If you watched the season two premiere of Kroll Show last night on Comedy Central, then you know exactly what the Cake Train is. You also wish the Cake Train was real. If you didn’t watch, please do yourself a favor and watch it– hopefully you or a friend DVR’d it because as of this writing, the clip isn’t on Comedy Central’s site. Suffice it to say Cake Train is

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