• New George Carlin album in the works (Exclusive)

    On the heels of the New York City Council’s decision to rename a city street after the late, legendary George Carlin, Laughspin hears there may be a new George Carlin album released in the coming months—not to mention a totally revamped GeorgeCarlin.com. Details are sparse right now, but Laughspin will have more news soon. An album of previously unreleased material would be the ultimate get for Carlin fans. In the

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    Two more music labels enter comedy business; Erik Griffin and Kurt Braunohler to release albums

    Quickly rising comedians Kurt Braunohler and Erik Griffin just signed deals to release their first live comedy albums, and both are doing so as two indie music record labels’ first comedians. Braunohler, the host of IFC’s absurd game show Bunk!, will record his debut album for Seattle-based Kill Rock Stars (Sleater-Kinney, Elliot Smith, The Decemberists) over two nights during four free shows in Seattle on Feb. 13 and Portland on

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    Comedian Paul Morrissey’s new album is challenging for at-home listeners (Review + audio)

    Sometimes a crowd just isn’t on your side. Sometimes, timing isn’t on your side. And sometimes, the powers combine, and the time you’ve chosen to record your comedy album happens to be a time when the crowd doesn’t want to listen to or laugh at your jokes. This seems to be the unfortunate fate of Paul Morrissey’s latest release, Paul Morrissey’s Back. Recorded in front of a lukewarm crowd in

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    James Adomian: ‘Low Hangin Fruit’ (Review)

    Comedian and actor James Adomian is no stranger to the stand-up spotlight, having been featured in the top 10 on season seven of Last Comic Standing as well having toured the nation performing with A-list comedians and at left-wing and progressive political events like YearlyKos, Laughing Liberally, and the National Conference for Media Reform. Along with being a part of the recent Comedy Bang Bang Live! show, Adomian is releasing his debut comedy CD, aptly entitled, Low

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    Epic analysis: George Carlin’s 17 best comedy albums

    This list will rank George Carlin’s albums in terms of overall quality, with special attention paid to both straight hilarity as well as philosophical pertinence. I chose albums rather than specials for three reasons: 1) most of Carlin’s albums simply were the audio from his specials [especially on the really important discs]; 2) He has more pre-HBO albums than he has non-album specials; 3) Almost every bit of material from

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    Andres Du Bouchet: “Naked Trampoline Hamlet” (Review)

    Comedian Andrés Du Bouchet’s Naked Trampoline Hamlet is one of the most innovative comedy albums of the last few years. Conan staff writer Du Bouchet has gotten to where he is in the comedy world through his mastery in absurdist humor, which fleshes itself out beautifully on this hour-long album, wherein he performs an packed bag of hilariously colorful characters. “Danny Yeah Yeah,” “Karl Management of Management Talent Management” and

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    Mike Stanley: “Tough Luck Chump” (Review)

    When Mike Stanley made a fat joke in Ohio, a woman stood up and scolded him. Stanley responded, “Lighten up.” His debut album Tough Luck Chump is littered with jokes like these: occasionally mean and cruel, and definitely downright raunchy. So if adult humor like this is what you’re into, then it’s a good bet Stanley’s your kind of comedian. The Chicago comedian tells us why he’s into porn scenes

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    The Laughspin interview with T.J. Miller

    Perhaps best known for his vomit-inducing camerawork in Cloverfield, T.J. Miller has been acting and doing comedy for almost as long as he’s been able to legally own a gun. He’s recently appeared in She’s Out of Your League and Yogi Bear, and his first one-hour stand-up comedy special is set to hit Comedy Central hour on Nov. 11. And somehow, in the midst of all that, T.J. has managed

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    Interview: Checking in with Patton Oswalt about “Finest Hour”

    It’s unique to see someone like Patton Oswalt, known to the mainstream for his many television and film roles (King of Queens, Ratatouille, Big Fan) staying so true to his stand-up roots. In his latest comedy album, out today, Finest Hour, which recently premiered as a Showtime special, Patton pits playfully ridiculous premises — Jesus trying to join the X-Men — against a more grown-up version of the comedian; among

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    The Laughspin interview with Jamie Kilstein: “The message always comes first”

    One of the only ways to tolerate listening to mainstream new programs’ discussion of the debt ceiling crisis, the 2012 presidential election, the economy remaining in the shitter, the inane bickering that continues to plague Congress, or pretty much anything involving the Tea Party, is to tell yourself that it’s all a huge joke. Sure, Michele Bachmann might have said The Lion King could be used to normalize homosexuality in

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    A short list of comedy albums you’ll want to buy now or in the near future

    Just in case you’re not of the album buying/downloading ilk, comedy albums have been coming out in droves over the last few weeks. Yes, it’s that time of year again, comedy fans. OK, we’re only saying that because several quality comedy albums have come out recently– like Marc Maron’s This Has To Be Funny and Wyatt Cenac’s Comedy Person. And there’s more on the horizon! Here’s a list of albums

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    Joe DeRosa: “Return of the Son of Depression Auction” (Review)

    Last year saw the release of several brilliant comedy albums, one of which was undoubtedly Joe DeRosa’s dark gem The Depression Auction. The album is filled with DeRosa’s characteristic angst and frustration. More important, though, The Depression Auction is, in a word, real. On stage, DeRosa doesn’t hold back. You can hear it in his voice; you can even read it in his album track titles: “I’ve Never Been in

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    Wyatt Cenac: “Comedy Person” (review)

    Wyatt Cenac’s debut album Comedy Person is smart, perceptive and witty— pretty much every characteristic one would ascribe to a stellar comedy album. Clocking in at over an hour long, the 13-track album covers a wide range of material while averting any lulls. It’s easy to conclude, even after a casual listen, that Cenac is a polished stand-up: his segues are smooth, his pacing is rhythmically solid and his material

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