• Charlie Murphy, Rob Stapleton release trailer for Comics Turnt Up, new comedy reality series (Video)

    Charlie Murphy and comedian/producer Rob Stapleton are launching a new reality series called Comics Turnt Up, billing it as “the realest reality show on TV.” Though the nearly four minute trailer recently uploaded to YouTube is filled with backstage fights, girlfriend drama and tense conversations about the business of comedy, there’s no hint as to where or when “on TV” Comics Turnt Up will live. Starring comedians Charlie Murphy, Rip

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    Tracy Morgan on Eddie Murphy: He taught me I could be sexy and funny at the same time (Video)

    As Eddie Murphy is working on a television series based on his hugely popular Beverly Hills Cop movie franchise, some of the comedy world’s greats spent a night in Los Angeles to honor the man. Chris Rock, Tracy Morgan, Samuel L. Jackson, Arsenio Hall, Brett Ratner, Martin Lawrence and Jeffrey Katzenberg and Eddie’s brother, comedian Charlie Murphy gathered for Eddie Murphy: One Night Only, which will air on Spike TV

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    Chris Rock, Tracy Morgan and more will honor Eddie Murphy on Spike TV

    Although comedy fans have been trying to get Eddie Murphy back on the stand-up stage for years and frowning all the way, they can’t deny the indelible mark he’s left on the world of comedy. Because of that, Comedy Central honored Murphy with the Icon trophy at last year’s first annual Comedy Awards. And now another Viacom property – Spike TV – will dedicate an entire special to the legendary

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    Charlie Murphy tells college crowd “Fuck You,” leaves the stage

    Steve Martin once wrote, “Stand-up is seldom performed in ideal circumstances.” For stand-up comics, distractions abound, and I feel that Charlie Murphy would definitely agree. In this brief excerpt of only about one minute of actual performance, the audience at Grambling State University during their homecoming weekend, certainly doesn’t seem to care much for the show—from their incessant murmuring in the background to finally booing him to his tipping point.

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    Kyle Kinane, Tammy Pescatelli, more added to Vancouver comedy fest

    Kyle Kinane

    If you’re sad that Montreal’s Just for Laughs is over and you want another Canadian comedy festival to get excited about, look no further. Vancouver’s ComedyFest just announced several more acts for their September festival of all things comedy. Among the additions is Kyle Kinane (new video interview here), who was recently named in Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch and regularly opens for Patton

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    Comedy Matters with Judah Friedlander, Ralphie May and more

    Comic Strip Xmas Party The truth is I liked my last column so much it was hard for me to start to write this one. That’s a dangerous thing for a writer to fall in love with his own stuff! Anyway, thanks to all of you who sent your condolences on my Mom. For the second year in a row, The Comic Strip had an amazing, kick-ass holiday party, and

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    Comedy Matters with Bobby Lee, Jeffrey Ross and more

    CHRIS ROCK STEPS UP In 1986, Chris Rock was discovered at the Comic Strip by owner Richie Tienken and Eddie Murphy. The story goes that Chris was setting up chairs and cleaning up in exchange for stage time, in a deal he made with Lucien Hold, the legendary manager of the club. One night Eddie Murphy came in to see Tienken, who was his manager for 11 years, and asked

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    Margaret Cho, Behrendt and Murphy to release DVDs

    Image Entertainment has acquired three live stand-up comedy performances from comedians Margaret Cho, Charlie Murphy and Greg Behrendt. The specials will each be released on DVD in November. “These latest acquisitions are part of Image’s commitment to bringing the best live comedy performances to retailers,” said Bill Bromiley, executive of Image Entertainment. “We continue to grow our extensive comedy catalog with some of the hottest names in stand-up. Margaret Cho’s

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