• Opinion: Heckler videos are bad for comedy and here’s why

    Hecklers are one of the worst parts of the comedy club experience. It sucks for the comedian on stage and it ruins the show for most everyone in the crowd. There’s hardly a dispute about that. However, there are mixed feelings in the comedy community about the popularity of these ‘heckler takedown’ videos. Some say their popularity exposes more people to stand-up, which is good for comedians everywhere. Others argue

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    Opinion: In defense of heckler videos

    Hecklers are one of the worst parts of the comedy club experience. It sucks for the comedian on stage and it ruins the show for most everyone in the crowd. There’s hardly a dispute about that. However, there are mixed feelings in the comedy community about the popularity of these ‘heckler takedown’ videos. Some say their popularity exposes more people to stand-up, which is good for comedians everywhere. Others argue

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    What not to ask female comedians (and what you can ask instead)


    Women in comedy get asked all kinds of questions in interviews, during blind dates, or even in an Uber. You might be surprised at how often these ladies get the same old unoriginal, annoying, or somewhat offensive questions from just about everyone they talk to. Much like how Hollywood actresses are tired of answering, “Who are you wearing?” on the red carpet, there are a couple of questions that

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    10 Crashing moments that prove Pete Holmes has one facial expression

    After three full seasons, the Pete Holmes HBO show Crashing has officially come to an end. Judd Apatow confirmed the news during a recent appearance on Conan, where he lamented the end of the series and teased the possibility of an upcoming full-length Crashing movie. Regardless of whether a full-length Crashing movie happens or not, it’s safe to say that people have a lot of opinions about the HBO series,

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    Stormy Daniels upset a lot of comedians with comedy club gig

    Stormy Daniels made waves after announcing a headlining gig at Joke Joint Comedy Showcase in Houston. Comedians nationwide took offense to Daniels, who likely has never done a comedy open mic in her life, headlining a comedy club on name recognition alone. But here’s the rub: porn stars have been headlining comedy shows for years. Bree Olson made a web series, Bree Does Comedy, about an adult film star that

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    Eighth Grade is my favorite Oscars snub

    We need to talk about this year’s biggest Oscar snub: Eighth Grade. If you haven’t seen Eighth Grade, it is a coming-of-age comedy written and directed by Bo Burnham. It is a sweet, honest, heartwarming, and funny take on growing up that is masterfully written and directed. I am not the only one who thinks this. The film received rave reviews, including a 99% score on Rotten Tomatoes. A lot

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    Schitt’s Creek proves Pop TV is the next great comedy network you should be watching

    Schitt’s Creek is the little comedy show that could. The Eugene Levy-led sitcom you’ve probably seen ads for on the subway wavers between a cult classic and a sleeper hit. However, after it was nominated last year for the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Comedy Series, the Canadian comedy seems to have finally found some love from the mainstream. If you ever streamed Schitt’s Creek in the U.S., you

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    How to name your first comedy special

    Every time I read about someone’s comedy special or see an ad on the side of a bus, immediately after spit-taking the hot beverage that I’m casually sipping with a burst of seething jealousy as if I’m an evil villain in a sitcom, I think to myself, “What would my comedy special be called?” Obviously, I’d want to come up with an incredible name that would be so perfect it’d

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    Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Superstore are basically the same show and here’s why

    Cheers, Friends, Seinfeld, 30 Rock, Golden Girls, The Office, Parks and Recreation; NBC has given us some of the most iconic sitcoms of all time and Brooklyn Nine-Nine is poised to be its newest tentpole sitcom. After being unexpectedly dropped by Fox after five beloved seasons, Brooklyn Nine-Nine was picked up by NBC for a sixth season and last week’s premiere garnered 3.6 million viewers—up 71% from last year’s season

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    Opinion: Comedians should be able to test bad jokes…even Louis C.K.

    The most recent Louis C.K. controversy brings up the conversation about whether or not a stand-up stage is a sacred place. Comedy clubs have policies barring recordings of their comics and bigger names like Dave Chappelle have utilized special services to ensure their material is not leaked ahead of a big Netflix release. Laughspin has asked two stand-up comics to examine each side of the privacy of the comedy club.

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    Opinion: Louis C.K. should not expect a safe space on stage

    The most recent Louis C.K. controversy brings up the conversation about whether or not a stand-up stage is a sacred place. Comedy clubs have policies barring recordings of their comics and bigger names like Dave Chappelle have utilized special services to ensure their material is not leaked ahead of a big Netflix release. Laughspin has asked two stand-up comics to examine each side of the privacy of the comedy club.

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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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    Comedy Boom 2.0: Have we reached peak comedy?

    2018 was an incredible year for stand-up comedy. Thanks to Netflix’s continued persistence to flood your recommendations with new hourlong specials from a diverse array of comedians, it was impossible to be starved for laughter. Not only did we see dozens of specials this year, but we saw a surprising number of stand-up showcase series on various platforms and networks, an amount we haven’t seen since the original comedy boom.

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    The American Meme: Netflix doc whitewashes meme culture (Opinion)

    I have a secret. I love Vine. When Vine shut down last year, I turned to endless compilations of six-second comedy on YouTube. In the right circles, you will hear quotes like, “Stop. I could have dropped my croissant!” or, “Can I please get a waffle?” Which is probably why I was so excited for The American Meme. The Netflix documentary from director Bert Marcus came to the streaming platform last week

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    Equity in comedy: How financial struggles limit comedian upstarts and how we can help (Opinion)

    This year, more than any other before it, popular culture turned its eyes to the equity problem in entertainment. There were discussions about representation in all facets, from the imbalance of power in Hollywood based on gender to an analysis of LBTGQ roles on TV to reports about the sparse and inauthentic representation of minorities on screen. Like most sects of the entertainment industry comedy suffers from a diversity problem too. Comedy is mostly white and

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