• 13 queer comedians you didn’t know you need to know

    Queer comedians are no new fad (despite what some disgruntled dudes who didn’t get a Netflix half-hour will tell you). In 1994, Lea DeLaria became the first openly LGBTQ comedian to appear on American TV. On the Arsenio Hall Show, she took the stage for her set and proudly announced, “It’s the ’90s. It’s hip to be queer and I’m a BIG dyke.” In the last 25 years, queer comics

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    Seeso’s Stand-up Streaming Festival in full swing: Janeane Garofalo, Brian Posehn drop new specials

    When I began covering the world of stand-up comedy more than 11 years ago, the way in which we consumed laughs was drastically different. There were only a few networks that ran original stand-up comedy specials. HBO, of course, was the most respected; it’s what every stand-up comedian aspired to accomplish. And the comedy album, obviously, was there—but in far lower numbers than we’re getting now. I remember actually being

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    Laughspin’s 10 Best Comedy Releases of 2014

    With 2015 breathing down our necks it’s time to count down the best comedy releases of 2014. It’s something Laughspin has been doing since 2008 and we’re not about to stop—especially since commercially available comedy output has increased exponentially since then. It used to be there were comedy albums and comedy DVDs. Now there’s audio downloads, DRM-free comedy specials, VOD, specials available only on streaming sites and more. It’s made

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    Laughspin Podcast, episode 95: Cameron Esposito on Jay Leno, marijuana, dairy farmers, more!

    On the latest episode of the Laughspin Podcast, I sat down with comedian, force of nature and admitted ThunderCat, Cameron Esposito. You may have read some of Cameron’s essays here on Laughspin— like this one about the overturn of DOMA or this other one about dealing with hecklers or maybe even this one where she explained her amazing experience on Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. That last one is something

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    Comedian Cameron Esposito on Catholicism, sex education and the downfalls of tradition

    I was onstage, transitioning from a hilarious bit about lesbian porn into some pretty sweet butt sex material, when I heard a lady’s voice yell out, “They didn’t teach you that at _____!” _____ is the name of my high school, and even though this particular show was in my hometown of Chicago, someone yelling that detail at me was a surprise. I was raised 15 miles outside the city.

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    Seven things I didn’t expect from my network television debut

    1. I’d find out the night before I got the call on Labor Day — late in the evening — that I’d be appearing on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson the next night. I think Craig is charming and smart and great at his job, so I was stoked about the booking. And I actually appreciate that the universe didn’t let me know any sooner so I didn’t

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    When comedians heckle comedians, no one wins– especially when the heckler is slightly homophobic

    I did a show on recently at a local club. There was a newer comic on the bill as well– a newer comic but a grown man. Like probably 40. His set was pretty unintelligible– just a lot of general yelling about thick butts and how sexy he finds them. And not in a clever way. I mean, who doesn’t like thick butts? But just saying that you like thick

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    Comedian Cameron Esposito on the overturn of DOMA, her girlfriend and the strength of family

    Yesterday morning my dad called to say he was so, so happy for me and my girlfriend about the DOMA news. I asked him if he was happy for himself too, that he’d be able to see his daughter married. “I am so, so happy for me too.” he said. He was the first person I talked to yesterday – well besides my girlfriend who was sleeping next to me

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    Cameron Esposito: Grab Them Aghast

    Cameron Esposito hasn’t had a Comedy Central special and she doesn’t frequent the hip indie New York City comedy clubs, but this art-house comic has some unique talent that’s made her a favorite among hometown Chicago audiences. Her raspy, excitable delivery is clean and intelligent, and one would imagine her improv performances (her true comedy background) to be enjoyable as well. Unfortunately, her debut CD, Grab Them Aghast needs some

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    Women in Comedy Festival: the Punchline Magazine recap

    Comedian and co-producer of the fest Maria Ciampa

    Last weekend the Women in Comedy Festival went down in Boston. Comedian Aparna Nancherla was invited to perform. We invited her to report back to Punchline Magazine for a bit of a recap. The results are below. Enjoy! This past weekend, I went up to Boston, Massachusetts for the second annual Women in Comedy Festival produced by Maria

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    Matt Braunger, Ty Barnett lead the best and the brightest at the Aspen comedy fest

    ASPEN, CO — The second night of the Aspen Rooftop Comedy festival found us at the Wheeler Opera House for three shows, the first of which was Rooftop’s Best and Brightest, featuring Cameron Esposito, Moshe Kasher, Jessi Campbell, Ty Barnett and Matt Braunger. Of this lineup, I was only unfamiliar with the work of Esposito, and Kasher, save for a few quick glances online at their Rooftop Comedy clips. So

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