• Nancherla, Wetterlund, Morril among impressive New Faces at Just For Laughs (Review)

    MONTREAL – Now in its 31st yeah, Montreal’s world famous Just For Laughs comedy festival is itself more a seasoned veteran than a fresh new face, but that doesn’t exclude a hopeful new crop of untested comic talents from the fest’s decidedly robust lineup. Each and every year, the “New Faces” show injects a bit of unfamiliar variance into a roster of the already established comedy elite, and while casual

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    Holy Fuck. Live Comedy. (Album review)

    There comes a point in every comedy fans’ life when they start to question what exactly it is that makes them laugh. Consuming hours of stand-up specials and comedy albums, reading memoirs by the greats, attending live shows, and streaming podcasts like no tomorrow, these individuals are on the lengthy path to self discovery. If you’re one of these souls, get ready to cut this journey short. Holy Fuck, the

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    Bill Maher: ‘Mormonism is a stupid religion’ and more Maher truths from Just For Laughs– Chicago

    CHICAGO — Closing out the final night of the Just For Laughs festival in Chicago, Bill Maher delivered a characteristic round of hyper-liberal comedy and vivid pop culture warfare. Commenting on everything from assisted suicide to NFL quarterback Tim Tebow, from Mormons and masturbation to Popes, pot, and Peggy Noonan, Maher’s set contained little material that hadn’t already been delivered in stand-up specials and his HBO show (one joke I

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    Russell Brand at Just For Laughs, Chicago (Review)

    CHICAGO — It was a curious choice for Russell Brand to enter the Just For Laughs headlining stage to the Oasis track “Cigarettes & Alcohol,” considering that the famously sober comedian imbibes in neither. That said, his set was loaded to the gills with familiar stories of Brand’s pre-enlightenment indulgences, anecdotes of booze and birds (along with some high-minded social commentary) that anyone familiar with his Booky Wook series had

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    John Oliver is great as The Daily Show host, obviously (Video)

    If last night was the first time you ever watched The Daily Show with Jon Stewart – we’re making believe, ok?! – you would’ve simply assumed that Jon Stewart was a 35 year-old British dude. But what did you expect? Oliver has been nothing but brilliant through his five-plus years as a correspondent on the critically acclaimed show. There were no blunders, no awkward moments, nothing that would’ve raised eyebrows.

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    Why you should watch Jim Breuer’s new comedy special And Laughter for All

    If you’ve been following veteran comedian and former Saturday Night Live star Jim Breuer’s stand-up comedy career over the last few years, you’re well aware the guy formerly most known as Goat Boy and uber pothead Brian from the cult comedy Half-Baked, has changed the focus of his joke-slinging ways. The once hard-partying comedian has become, as he explains it, “domesticated.” During a chat this week with Breuer, he tells

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    Michael Cera’s short film Brazzaville Teen-ager is a work of art, if not funny (Video + Review)

    There’s surely more succinct ways in which to espouse the power of music or to explore the complications inherent in relationships between parents and their offspring than to produce a nearly 20-minute art film: Music can heal. Also, sometimes it’s hard to talk to your dad. Done. But where’s the fun in that? Enter Michael Cera’s just-released short film, Brazzaville Teen-ager, in which he stars alongside Charles Grodin and pop

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    Jimmy Kimmel, Hannibal Buress, Chris Hardwick drop by Shorty Awards to deliver much needed laughs (Review)

    The winner of the Best Comedian on Twitter goes to…Rafinha Bastos! Wait, who? Here’s the deal:  Bastos is a Brazilian stand-up comedian and television personality south of the Equator. And by the way, Brazil is only slightly smaller than the States, both by population and area. Still, there’s a decent chance you don’t know who he is– nor have you heard of most of the Shorty Awards nominees for Best

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    ‘A Universal Language’ is a confrontational, hilarious study in comedy and religion (Review)

    If not for the recent success of Argo, it’d be difficult to imagine a more unlikely film premise then one in which a group of clueless do-gooders purposely place themselves in harms way within the politically charged Middle East. But that’s precisely the premise of Igal Hecht’s newest documentary, A Universal Language, which is set to debut April 14 at the Toronto Jewish Film Festival and on the Documentary Channel

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    Sadiki Fuller’s album Single Again: clean comedy with just enough edge (Review)

    Sadiki Fuller’s latest album, Single Again (Uproar! Entertainment) offers a well-crafted behind-the-scenes view into the comedian’s personal and romantic life that proves that there is most definitely a place for clean humor in today’s comedy scene. The San Francisco native, who used to be the mascot for the Golden State Warriors before quitting to pursue comedy full-time, dishes, among other things, on about his relationships, helping the homeless, seeking out

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    Gilda’s LaughFest review: Lewis Black makes our imminent demise fun

    GRAND RAPIDS – Despite the insanely vigorous national touring schedule – including many stops in Michigan – he’s maintained over the years, it has been a long time since Lewis Black has set foot in Grand Rapids. Leave it to the organizers at Gilda’s LaughFest (of which the show was a part) to change that. But as he told the crowd of 2,200 people at the DeVos Performance Hall last

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    Equally intelligent and silly, Ryan Singer’s ‘Comedy Wonder Town’ is essential listening (Review)

    With his high-energy delivery and unpretentious leanings, there’s not a lot to dislike about comedian Ryan Singer. And it’s not just us saying it: In the last few years, he’s won over audiences headlining the nation’s finer comedy clubs and was hailed by Marc Maron in Rolling Stone as a comedian “who should be big.” And, to our joy, he’s just released his second full-length album Comedy Wonder Town through

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    Comedian Paul Morrissey’s new album is challenging for at-home listeners (Review + audio)

    Sometimes a crowd just isn’t on your side. Sometimes, timing isn’t on your side. And sometimes, the powers combine, and the time you’ve chosen to record your comedy album happens to be a time when the crowd doesn’t want to listen to or laugh at your jokes. This seems to be the unfortunate fate of Paul Morrissey’s latest release, Paul Morrissey’s Back. Recorded in front of a lukewarm crowd in

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    World famous Comic Strip gets the book treatment in ‘Make ‘Em Laugh’

    If you consider yourself a comedy nerd in any capacity, next time you visit New York City, you’ll need to drop by the legendary Comic Strip Live, which sits proudly on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. It’s where a seemingly countless number of iconic comedians got their start: Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy, Ray Romano, Jon Stewart, Louis C.K., Sarah Silverman, Dave Attell and Jerry Seinfeld are but a few names. The

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    Tom Segura takes hilarious aim at everyone on ‘White Girls with Cornrows’ (Review + audio)

    Throughout his sophomore release, comedian Tom Segura offers a hilariously cynical view of modern society, poignant ruminations about the people around us and, perhaps most importantly, some words of wisdom, a portion of which center around the title of the album, White Girls with Cornrows. Self-released by Segura, White Girls takes aim at guys who wear cowboy hats — “I think it’s time to see an end to the man

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