• Joe Mande, Garfunkel & Oates and more will tape half hour specials for Comedy Central

    The Comedy Central Presents half-hour special was a staple goal for many stand-up comedians. It helped bring now popular comedians, such as Dane Cook, Jim Gaffigan and Mitch Hedberg, into the mainstream. Comedy Central did not order a new season of Presents for 2012, but it will be reborn as a new series of stand-up specials called, The Half Hour. And a dozen great comics will tape specials for the inaugural season next week. We’re excited to see half-hours from the following:

    -Joe Mande (pictured)

    -Rory Scovel

    -Jesse Popp

    -David O’Doherty

    -Michael Palascak

    -Garfunkel & Oates

    -Neal Brennan

    -Na’im Lynn

    -Brendon Walsh

    -Nick Vatterott

    -Maronzio Vance

    -Theo Von

    If you live in Boston, or the surrounding area, Comedy Central is looking for audience members for the tapings next week, February 28th-March 1st, at The Royale on Tremont St. There will be two shows a night, each featuring two comedians. Click here to request free tickets to a taping. The only requirements are that you are 21 years of age or older. Also you need to be a human.

    photo: Larry Armstrong/Politico

    Billy Procida

    Laughspin editor-in-chief Billy Procida is a stand-up comedian in New York City. He hosts The Manwhore Podcast where he talks to women he's hooked up with about sex, dating, and why they didn't work out. Reach him on Twitter.

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