• Watch Steven Wright at the Boston Strong benefit show for Boston Marathon bombing victims (Video)

    Last night some of the world’s best known Boston-native performers – including comedians Dane Cook and Steven Wright – came together at the TD Garden in Beantown to raise money for The One Fund in honor of the victims of last month’s bombing at the Boston Marathon. Cook and Wright joined the likes of J. Geils Band, the Dropkick Murphys and, of course, Aerosmith, who closed the show with an

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    Louis C.K. and Jim Gaffigan help raise $42,000 for autism school

    Comedians Louis C.K., Jim Gaffigan and Keith Robinson performed tonight at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston in an effort to raise money for the New England Center for Children, a school for autism. By the end of the night, the NECC realized a $42,000 contribution thanks to the comedians and hundreds of enthusiastic comedy fans. The show came together quickly, as we reported late Friday, with C.K. agreeing to do

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    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

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    Louis C.K. surprises Boston with a charity show for autism awareness

    Louis C.K. has just made Boston-area comedy fans’ Monday a lot less crappy. We’re told he decided to perform at the Wilbur Theater this Monday to raise money for the New England Center For Children, whose mission is “to transform the lives of children with autism worldwide through education, research, and technology.” The organization has been long-supported by C.K.’s friend, Robert Smigel, famous comedy writer and creator and voice of

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    Women In Comedy Festival accepting comedian submissions (Video)

    You guys. The 4th Annual Women In Comedy Festival is going down March 21 through 25 next year in Boston. I’m letting you know for two reasons. The first, is that I got a chance to check out the fest last year and based on my experience, I believe that, if you live within a few hundred miles of the Greater Boston area and you enjoy laughing, you should get

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    Alec Baldwin and John Krasinski spar in New Era commercial

    Sportswear company New Era just went live with a hilarious commercial starring Alec Baldwin and John Krasinski. In it, the pair of NBC stars glorify the long standing rivalry between New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox Fans. Alec is the former; John’s the latter. The spot begins with Alec excusing himself from a fancy cocktail party to take a call from John, who asks, “Are you a Phillies fan

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    Video: Backstage with Morgan Murphy, Jen Kirkman, Kristen Schaal

    Over the weekend, I dropped by the Women in Comedy Festival, which was going down in Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts. The third annual event, which ran from March 9 – 13 hosted comedy panels, workshops and of course shows– lots of shows covering stand-up, sketch and improv. On Saturday, headliners Morgan Murphy, Jen Kirkman and Kristen Schaal (with sketch partner Kurt Braunohler) did two shows in Cambridge at the Brattle

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    Morgan Murphy, Kristen Schaal, more headline Women in Comedy Festival

    Morgan Murphy, punks!

    Hey, New England comedy fans! Boston’s Women in Comedy Festival is around the corner, and they’ve just released the lineup and schedule for the event. Some of the many performers include sketch duo Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunohler, Jen Kirkman and Morgan Murphy. And, if you’re interested in the nitty-gritty underbelly of comedic performance – how to break into the field, how to

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    Magners Comedy Festival kicks off in Boston next week

    The Sawx haven’t sucked in years, so what’s there to laugh at in Boston now? How about this: the Magners Comedy Festival, which lands at Tommy’s Comedy Lounge and Nick’s Comedy Stop, both on Warrenton Street, for eight shows over three nights, from Feb. 4–6. The festival kicks off on Feb. 4 with the semifinals of the Magners Comedy Stand-off from 8:30–10:30 p.m. at both venues. It’s not exactly the

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    Dom Irrera: Comedy’s reinvention story

    At 61, widely-respected stand-up veteran Dom Irrera hasn’t lost an ounce of his comedic relevancy. In fact, younger comedy fans are checking him out more than ever. So what’s Dom’s secret? “So he says ‘My wife’s a pain in the ass. She’s always busting my friggin’ agates. My daughter’s married to a real loser bastard. And I got a rash so bad on my ass, I can’t even sit down.

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    Gary Gulman: Sporting the funny

    Comedian Gary Gulman just may be his own biggest critic. But that won’t stop him from tearing into pro sports players as he hosts the first season of NESN’s Comedy All-Stars. Religion and politics have long been the comedic pressure points for stand-up comics. But in Boston, God’s devoted following barely rivals the zealousness of Red Sox Nation. And maybe that makes Gary Gulman’s job hosting a sports-based comedy show

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    Bo Burnham: Barely legal comedy

    A year ago, not-yet-legal Bo Burnham was just a scrawny kid from the suburbs who had a knack for writing funny songs. But now, millions of YouTube views and a record deal with Comedy Central have made the kid a star. If you spend a lot of time on YouTube, chances are you’ve heard of Bo Burnham. Since his first video postings –wherein Bo is seen performing funny songs in

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    Ray Ellin: On the Go!

    Throughout his career in stand-up, Ray Ellin has always sought new challenges. Now, after producing and directing documentary The Latin Legends of Comedy, the Boston bred comedian is about to see his efforts pay off big time. By Dylan P. Gadino As more than 200 people spill out from the showroom and enter the front corridor of the Comic Strip Live in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, a clean-cut, olive-skinned guy

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