• Album Review: Sara Schaefer soothes the soul in Live Laugh Love

    When you first look at the cover art for Sara Schaefer’s second comedy album Live Laugh Love, you would think you were about to listen to an Elizabeth Gilbert-esque sage tell the story of how she embarked on an internal, spiritual breakthrough that’s universally relatable to a wide audience. However, after listening to the Virginia-born comedian’s hour-long set, you will experience something more enjoyable and possibly more soothing for the

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    Saturday Night Live recap: Don Cheadle leads SNL bounceback episode

    It’s surprising this was Don Cheadle’s first time hosting Saturday Night Live since the Avengers star has been a household name for years. Cheadle brought his acting chops to every role he played Saturday night no matter how silly, which really elevated this week’s SNL. While some sketches fell a little flat, there were a lot of hits. Most of those hits came from risky or flat out weird sketches

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    Album Review: Greg Stone is blue, but charming, in The Amazing Greg Stone

    According to many famous comedians, political correctness is suffocating the creativity of those within the comedy world. Most notably, Jerry Seinfeld said of today’s comedy climate, “There’s a creepy PC thing out there that really bothers me,” going so far to say he had to change his set in order not to offend a younger audience. However, there are many comics today that, despite the political climate, still throw caution

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    Album Review: Henry Rollins relives punk rock days in Keep Talking, Pal

    It’s been said that “all comedy is subjective.” The exception to that rule is Henry Rollins. Rollins, the former frontman to the California punk band Black Flag, has spent the majority of his post-music career performing live spoken word and comedy shows across the country—a practice that has produced many hours of interesting, engaging and hilarious material. With the release of his latest live album, Keep Talking, Pal, produced by

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    Laughspin Presents: The 20 Best Stand-up Specials of 2018

    None of you are going to agree with me on this list. And that’s okay. It’s not easy to do a year-in-review Top 10 List (or whatever arbitrary number Buzzfeed picks that day). The sheer volume of stand-up produced this year made things even more difficult. I watched every qualifying stand-up special that came out in 2018. Every. Single. One. I don’t like Top Anything lists because, it’s like, you didn’t

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    Saturday Night Live recap: Jason Momoa is really hot, but is he funny? (Videos)

    We all know Jason Momoa is very hot. This week the Aquaman star hosted Saturday Night Live for the first time. It’s surprisingly more difficult when the host is a hot man. Not because hot men aren’t funny, but because the show often leans too heavily on the fact that they are stone cold hunks for jokes. Sometimes these jokes work, sometimes they don’t. It hinges on the host’s likeability.

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    Saturday Night Live recap: Claire Foy keeps SNL ship afloat

    This week’s episode of Saturday Night Live featured Claire Foy as the guest host. For a first-time host who isn’t known for her comedy chops, Foy did really well. She was often the best part of the sketches she was in. The Crown star showcased her range, committed to characters, and even showed off a multitude of accents she can do. While Foy shined, the episode overall had some hits

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    Mitch Hedberg – The Complete Vinyl Collection is a thing all comedy fans should have

    As is the case for any quality box set these days, it’s not so much about the origin material. After all, box sets don’t exist so that an artist’s biggest fans can have access to a slickly-packaged sentimental bundle of garbage bits. Inherent in the entire concept of such a release is greatness, right? Right! Well then the reasons Mitch Hedberg: The Complete Vinyl Collection exists are pretty damn obvious.

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    Inside Amy Schumer third season premieres tonight on Comedy Central. Prepare to be pleased.

    Oh, Amy Schumer, how will we ever stop having gi-normous comedy crushes on you if you don’t quit being so goddamn awesome? But actually, a better question probably is, why would we want to stop in the first place? After the smash success of Inside Amy Schumer’s first two seasons, a lot of pressure must be riding on the Schum crew to keep coming up with killer, bite-sized comedy that

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    Daily Show’s Aasif Mandvi and Funny Or Die launch ‘Halal in the Family.’ Watch all four episodes now.

    Family sitcoms of the 80’s followed a tried and true formula: an out of touch but well-meaning dad, the peacemaker mom, cool but combative teenage kids and a corny but catchy theme song that tied it all together. While the recipe for a successful comedy has long since evolved, some modern day funnymen are using the old school technique to spread a message of tolerance. Halal In The Family, a

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    Seeing Other People: Hilarious web series probes the awkwardness of a BFF breakup

    It’s hard to think of anyone more qualified than a comedian to shed funny light on the painful process of enduring a friendship breakup. Luckily, with the launch of the new web series Seeing Other People, we get not one comedian, but four of them to mend our broken hearts while tickling our funny bones. The brainchild of writers and actors Brooke Van Poppelen and Giulia Rozzi (who co-star alongside Patrick

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    Bo Burnham, Brian Posehn at Gilda’s LaughFest deliver from opposite ends of the spectrum

    GRAND RAPIDS — By Saturday night’s end here at Gilda’s LaughFest I was happily bathed in classically executed musical comedy theatrics set inside a gorgeous 1,500-seat venue and alternatively a persistent stream of dick-and-fart jokes delivered from a stage housed in a gritty, few-hundred-seat rock club. The experience proved that, regardless of subject matter and presentation, comedy of any shape — so long as it’s in a master’s hands —

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    Patton Oswalt at Gilda’s LaughFest delivers a pristine, memorable performance (Review)

    GRAND RAPIDS — Before launching into his closing bit — a story about a disinterested, lazily-costumed clown at a child’s birthday he attended with his five-year-old daughter — Patton Oswalt admitted to an audibly appreciative crowd last night at the Fountain Street Church, “Thank you, guys. I needed this so bad.” Moments later when the veteran comedian began acting out the scene in which said clown emerged from the trees

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    Jim Jefferies at Gilda’s LaughFest: Bill Cosby, infant death, gun control all fair game for comedy (Review)

    GRAND RAPIDS — “Turns out Bill Cosby is a rapist….If I was going to be raped, I’d like to be raped by Bill Cosby. I’ve been a fan of his for years. And how else are you going to meet him?” And so began an evening with Jim Jefferies at the Fountain Street Church (yes church) as part of the fifth annual Gilda’s LaughFest. Throughout the better part of the

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    Tommy Ryman named Best of Midwest at Gilda’s LaughFest (Review)

    GRAND RAPIDS — Minnesota comedian Tommy Ryman was crowned Best of the Midwest — and was handed a check for $2,500 — late last night here as he edged out nine other comedians in what has become an annual highlight of Gilda’s LaughFest, now in its fifth year. A semifinalist during the most recent season of Last Comic Standing, the bespectacled,  buttoned-down Ryman presented a near perfect mix of unassuming

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