• RuPaul’s Drag Race: Every comedian who ever sashayed down the runway

    RuPaul’s Drag Race is an entertainment juggernaut. After ten seasons of the show, a lot of talent has sashayed their way down the mainstage. From Drag Race’s humble beginnings on Logo to the bright lights of VH1, hundreds of celebrity guests and judges joined RuPaul for a shot on the runway. While some celebrity appearances like Henry Rollins or Nancy Pelosi might have left viewers scratching their heads, comedians and

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    13 queer comedians you didn’t know you need to know

    Queer comedians are no new fad (despite what some disgruntled dudes who didn’t get a Netflix half-hour will tell you). In 1994, Lea DeLaria became the first openly LGBTQ comedian to appear on American TV. On the Arsenio Hall Show, she took the stage for her set and proudly announced, “It’s the ’90s. It’s hip to be queer and I’m a BIG dyke.” In the last 25 years, queer comics

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    State of the Union: Late night hosts clap back at Donald Trump

    Late night comics responded quickly to President Donald Trump’s second State of the Union address on Tuesday. Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers, Jimmy Fallon, James Corden, and Trevor Noah all took turns jabbing at the tempered speech shortly after it aired. In Trump’s State of the Union speech, the president took a hard line on immigration, despite his apparent theme of unity. The comedians took a hard line against

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    16 tips to improve your late night writing packet from a network judge

    Over the last four years, I’ve judged 300 late night writing packets for a major network. As a writer myself, I know just how difficult it is to write a strong comedy packet. I’ve spent many sleepless nights sweating over topical jokes as I bounce between feelings of pride, self-loathing, and a fear that no one will even read my work. So I get it. And as a reader (albeit

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    7 Super Bowl commercial cameos you might have missed

    Super Bowl commercials are a big draw for those who would otherwise binge Game of Thrones during the game. Enlisting an A-List celebrity is one way to create buzz for your product. Several prominent comedians appeared in this year’s Super Bowl commercials adding some humor to the lackluster evening. Didn’t catch them? Laughspin is breaking down which funny people appeared during the most watched ads of the year quicker than you

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    15 funny Super Bowl commercials to get you ready for Sunday

    Super Bowl LIII is here. For people who have to Google “What teams are playing this year?” the Super Bowl is all about the commercials. As TV’s most-watched event, it is important for brands to make sure their ad is memorable. Some commercials take a sentimental or serious tone, but most Super Bowl commercials try to stand out with through humor. Sometimes they flop, but other times, Super Bowl ads

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    How to tell your parents you’re a comedian

    “Mom, Dad, I have something to tell you: I’m a comedian.” Any comic out there looking to crossover from aspiring amateur to skilled professional will eventually need to clue in their family to their wacky world. Coming out is a brave step and could result in some unpredictable reactions from Mom and Dad (or whoever raised you to be this way). Here are some examples of what to expect when

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    Kevin Hart, Amy Schumer, and more join the #10YearChallenge

    Everyone and their mother have been participating in the #10YearChallenge on social media recently. Comedians have enthusiastically joined the craze posting side-by-side comparison of themselves in 2009 vs. 2019. The challenge evolved from Facebook where users were posting their first profile picture alongside their current profile picture. Of course, a lot of comics are having fun with the meme with less-than-sincere flashbacks. Check out some of our favorites below! Ellen

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    America’s Got Talent: 9 comedians return for Champions season

    America’s Got Talent is bringing back the best of the best with their special edition season, America’s Got Talent: The Champions. The Champions season follows 50 acts that previously shined during previous seasons of AGT from all over the world. From those 50, nine are comedians (and don’t worry, we aren’t counting ventriloquists or jugglers as comedians). Stand-ups didn’t fare well on the competition show until we saw New York

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    9 hilarious queer podcasts to try this year

    The LGBTQ community has come out of the shadows when it comes to entertainment. Many queer people are starting to tell their own stories through web series, blogs, and Instagram hashtags. And podcasts. Queer-led podcasts have been popping up in spades over the years and they’ve been absolutely fabulous. While many podcasts can be sad or inspirational, LGBTQ comedy podcasts have gained devoted followings from both queer and straight podcast

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    Comedians of the World: Navigating each region of Netflix’s global stand-up event

    Netflix just dropped over 20 hours of stand-up with their new global comedy event Comedians of the World. The event may be some Americans’ first experience of stand-up comedy from other countries but in different languages. The series showcases half-hour sets from 47 different comedians in 13 different regions in 8 different languages. With almost a full day’s worth of content, Comedians of the World can feel daunting, but Laughspin

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    Sober January motivation: 9 comedians who got clean

    It’s Sober January for many people as the calendar turned to 2019. Many out there take the month off drinking for Sober January, while others may have made their New Year’s resolution to get clean. Kicking an addiction is always a popular New Year’s resolution and drinking less is reportedly in the top ten reported popular resolutions for 2019. Getting sober is hard, but many accomplish it. With help from meetings,

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    10 types of comedy specials we saw in 2018

    I’ve said it once and I will say it again: 2018 was an insane year for stand-up comedy. We saw dozens and dozens of hourlong specials, and even a ton of shorter specials, non-stand-up live performances, and more. Netflix is partially to blame for what some mistakenly see as an oversaturation of the market. They’ve dumped an impressive amount of money into stand-up that has made them the de facto

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    Every 2018 stand-up comedy special: annotated

    Last week, Laughspin released our end-of-year list of 2018’s best hourlong stand-up specials (didn’t see who made the list? Go read that first!). Many likely disagreed with parts or all of my assessment. Many also didn’t watch every comedy special of 2018 like I did. To show my work, I am sharing the Google Spreadsheet containing all of my semi-arbitrary ‘scores’ and comments. Yes, you can read what I had

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    7 comedy concepts that died in 2018

    Comedy thrived in 2018. A seemingly endless number of stand-up specials came out from Kid Gorgeous to Nanette. New sitcoms like Barry and The Conners made us laugh and comedy films like Crazy Rich Asians and Sorry to Bother You brought diversity to the forefront. However, as the year closes, it is also important to look back on the things we lost in comedy this year—a memorium of sorts for

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