• Lashonda Lester shines one last time in posthumous album Shondee Superstar

    In 2017, Lashonda Lester was riding a wave of stand-up superstardom. She was viewed as the Queen of Austin Comedy and the Funniest Person in Austin for 2016. Lester was opening shows for Marc Maron and was set to star in her own Comedy Central special. However, tragedy struck on April 6 of that same year when Lester, 41, died due to complications of a chronic kidney disease. Fans and

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    Chris Redd: But Here We Are is sharp and hilarious, but brief

    Comedian Chris Redd begins his debut album But Here We Are with a thunderous rebel yell and a warm greeting to those who were in attendance at Comedy on State comedy club in Madison, WI. “Hello white people,” he says. “I see you are still doing well.” After laughing, he adds, “That is not how I thought I was going to start this but here we are.” It is an introduction that

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    Jim Breuer: Live from Portland reminds you not to sleep on this comedy great

    When fans of stand-up are often asked to name who stands memorialized on their fictional Mount Rushmore of Comedy, many select a varying combination of superstars: George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Ellen DeGeneres, Sam Kinison, Dave Chappelle, Eddie Murphy, Garry Shandling, Joan Rivers, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock. But one name often overlooked during the deliberation process is Jim Breuer. The Saturday Night Live alum, whose memorable characters and spot-on impressions graced

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    Emma Arnold: Abortion. Abortion. Abortion. does nothing new with old topics

    There’s a peculiar feeling that comes with listening to the latest Emma Arnold stand-up album, Abortion. Abortion. Abortion., and it has little to do with her triumvirate use of the titular medical procedure. When someone tells a story in a distinctive and enthralling way, they will captivate an audience no matter how familiar the tale or how much they expect the endgame. With Arnold’s latest offering, it seems she prepares

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    Ryan Cownie a future superstar in debut comedy album

    When first looking at the tracklist for Ryan Cownie’s debut album I Can’t Die, one could easily say, “What am I getting into here?” After all, the digital set starts with a track titled Titties, an enthusiastic rally cry by Cownie for the audience to audibly confirm their overwhelming love for women’s breasts followed by his condemnation of their overtly sexist reactions. Yet, as you dive deeper into the despondent

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    Nathan Macintosh: To The Point has “infectious” energy in album we wish was longer

    Nathan Macintosh’s To The Point rapidly explores the crazy, off-the-cuff, and always eventful life of the Nova Scotian-born comedian. The near 22-minute performance by the Positive Anger podcast host delves into lessons learned on his journey from the Great White North to our nation’s comedy clubs stages and late night talk shows. Throughout the album, Macintosh is manic, frantic and overwhelming in his live performance. To The Point feels like

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    Album Review: Mike Bocchetti takes on the Rodney Dangerfield mantle in Thank You!

    After hearing the comedy of Mike Bocchetti for the first time, you might wonder “What’s the catch?” After all, he is not your typical stand-up despite being a veteran of the industry (he started performing in 1992). In fact, when the “Shakespeare of Staten Island” reached national recognition as a frequent guest of Opie and Anthony throughout the past decade, the hosts and their listeners often laughed at him and

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    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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    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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