• Jim Breuer talks new comedy metal album, Christmas and more (Exclusive interview and photos)

    Comedian, actor, writer and soon-to-be rock star, Jim Breuer has released a new music video for the song “Santa, Clause Ain’t Coming to Town,” which you can watch below. The former Saturday Night Live star stopped by my photography studio in Hoboken, NJ recently to take some promotional photos in preparation for the release of a new Heavy Metal comedy album he’s planning to put out in the spring of

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    Laughspin Podcast, episode 80: Mike Birbiglia interview

    On a brand new special episode of The Laughspin Podcast, I chat with comedian Mike Birbiglia, who has just released a new CD, DVD and digital download called My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend. If the title sounds familiar, it’s because this impeccable mix of straight-up stand-up and expertly crafted stories had a long successful life well before it was available for home consumption. I’m talking about a life that included 81 sold-out

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    Comedian Iliza Shlesinger on bridge trolls, going naked and confidence (Laughspin interview)

    Winning Last Comic Standing is a blessing and a curse. The blessing, of course, is that as a comedian you’ve scored a tremendous amount of face time on prime time network television. The curse comes in the form of outside pressure to go on and prove you’re not just a flash in the pan. For Iliza Shlesinger, who won season six of the NBC competition series in 2008, it has

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    Rob Delaney on his book, his magical child and how he’s like Toni Morrison (Laughspin Interview)

    It’s been only a year since Rob Delaney released his first comedy special – the stellar Live at the Bowery Ballroom – but the workhorse comedian has gifted the world with yet another gem: his first book, Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage. The book is funny, of course, but it’s liberally infused with darkly serious recounts and ruminations on Delaney’s pre-comedy life, which found the Boston

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    A super fun, super chill Laughspin interview with Patton Oswalt

    Okay guys. This conversation with Patton Oswalt needs a little context. I had just seen Oswalt deliver a hilarious and incredibly well-received set in a sweaty, packed comedy tent at Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest. And, like any chaotic festival, music from a nearby stage was continuously bleeding in. That meant that the sounds of Johnny Marr (of The Smiths) and Kurt Vile punctuated each comedian’s set. No complaints from

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    Donnell Rawlings on new comedy era, Guy Court and Chappelle’s Show (Laughspin Interview)

    Donnell Rawlings is often recognized from his iconic roles on Chappelle’s Show, namely Ashy Larry. And he doesn’t mind at all. Since his days as the ashy dice roller, he has continued touring his stand-up act, making his own comedy sketch videos and more recently has appeared as a talking head on MTV’s hit show Guy Code. His newest gig is as Judge Rawlings on MTV2’s recently debuted Guy Code

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    Donnell Rawlings makes rulings on marijuana, gay marriage, and more! (Exclusive Video)

    Donnell Rawlings was an ashy dice player on Chappelle’s Show. Then he taught you the finer aspects of manly living on Guy Code. Now on the upcoming MTV2 show Guy Court, he is the (dis)honorable Judge Rawlings making a verdict on cases allegedly violating guy code. I sat down with him to talk about comedy and adapting to a new digital age as a veteran stand-up. Stay tuned for that

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    Laughspin Podcast, episode 78: Interview with Vince August

    In September, comedian Vince August was forced to make a nearly impossible decision– either quit comedy or quit his job as a municipal court judge. In a story that has grabbed headlines from every major news outlet in America — not to mention England, Russia, China and more — the Supreme Court forced the veteran comic to choose. “The judge’s acting and comedy career is incompatible with the Code of

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    The very thorough Laughspin Interview with Pete Holmes

    Pete Holmes is not just a stand-up comic, but an all-encompassing comedian. Not only have you seen him perform stand-up on Comedy Central and Conan, but you’ve likely seen his digital shorts like Kid Farm or his Batman sketches (see below). Or you’ve seen shows he’s written for like the short-lived Outsourced. You could have seen his cartoon drawings in The New Yorker. And many have listened to his hit

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    Jimmy Pardo is renovating his closet: ‘It’s a very nice size’ (Exclusive interview and photos)

    Comedian Jimmy Pardo has just released a brand-spanking new album called Sprezzatura, which is a fast-moving, richly entertaining slice of comedy goodness.  You should buy the shit out of it here. It finds the Chicago native, current Conan staffer and podcast revolutionary liberally playing with his audience and slinging well-crafted jokes. You may be asking, ‘What does Sprezzatura mean?’ Well, I’m here to tell you that we don’t have the

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    Laughspin Podcast, episode 77: Lisa Lampanelli interview

    I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with comedian Lisa Lampanelli — aka the Lovable Queen of Mean — at her Manhattan apartment for The Laughspin Podcast. We chatted about a great many things, including her dramatic weight loss, her new one-woman show called Skinny Bitch: NOT A Standup Comedy Show, her handful of dead ex-lovers, her plans for the future and much more. I should mention that during

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    Laughspin Podcast, episode 76: Interview with Doug Stanhope

    Two days ago, just hours after finding out two of his best friends are dead — one due to an infection; the other from suicide — comedian Doug Stanhope sat down with with me in the green room at Levity Live comedy club in West Nyack, NY. Stanhope talks about what happened with his two friends, a married couple who lived next door to him in Bisbee, AZ. He also

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    Kathleen Madigan talks Netflix, friend Lewis Black, Sally Lunchbox, more (Laughspin interview)

    Over the past decade, Kathleen Madigan has quietly become one of the country’s most successful comedians. Although she’s been on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 15 times, Late Show with David Letterman six times, Conan twice, the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (and more), it’s not like she’s she has own talk show. And yet, she’s in the midst of criss-crossing the country performing at our nation’s finer

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    Eugene Mirman on his comedy fest, Bob’s Burgers, Larry the Cable Guy (Laughspin interview)

    Since the sixth annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival is set to go down from Sept. 26 to Sept. 29 in Brooklyn, NY, I thought now would be an excellent time to catch up with the man at least partially responsible for the absurdly titled festivities. To be fair, it was actually comedian Mike Birbiglia and producer Julie Smith who, all those years ago, joked about the concept of a festival

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    Laurie Kilmartin talks Conan, abortion jokes, motherhood and more (Exclusive video)

    We’ve been huge fans of comedian Laurie Kilmartin for years– and for good reasons. She’s a sharp, incisive comedian, an excellent writer and an all-around cool human being. And that’s why Laughspin contributor Crisman Richards sat down with Kilmartin before a recent set at the Punchline in San Francisco. The two chat about her experiences as a staff writer for Conan, her evolution as a stand-up, the problem with not

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