• In which Kyle Kinane remembers when he opened for a racist ventriloquist (Animated video)

    It’s Hump Day, and that means it’s time for another episode of Stand Down, the A.V. Club’s weekly animation series, wherein comedians tell a story about how horrendous their career’s used to be. Today’s subject is Kyle Kinane, who tells about the time he was opening for a racist ventriloquist “who was not Jeff Dunham.” We especially like the attention to detail near the end when Kinane vaguely mentions his

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    Tig Notaro remembers getting fired from a comedy show, almost dying (Animation)

    Each week, we’ve been featuring a new episode of Stand Down, the A.V. Club’s new animated series, wherein a comedian tells a story about a terrible time in their career. This week, Tig Notaro tells a chilling story of onstage bombing and near death. It’s not for the faint of heart. Check it out below and pass it on! Check out past episodes, featuring Maria Bamford, Jimmy Pardo, Reggie Watts

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    Jimmy Pardo once had a terrifying encounter with the Navy (Animated video)

    In the latest episode of the AV Club’s weekly animated series Stand Down, podcast pioneer, super stand-up comedian and Conan O’Brien’s warm-up comic, Jimmy Pardo regales us with a story about a performance he once gave at a Naval base. As is the case in all of Stand Down episodes — wherein comics remember some of their lowest career moments — things do not play out the way Pardo would’ve

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    Maria Bamford recounts teary experience at morning zoo radio show (Animation)

    In the second installment of the AV Club’s weekly animated series, Stand Down (where comedians tell a story about one of their lowest career points), we find Maria Bamford recounting a terrible experience with a morning zoo-type radio program. You can watch the first episode of Stand Down, featuring Patton Oswalt, here.

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