• 10 tips on taping your stand-up set from the bookers who watch them

    A constant plague upon my existence as a comedian is getting that elusive tape to send to bookers. For a comic, having a great video of your stand-up set is vital. You need it to get booked on just about everything from comedy clubs to Conan. However, many comedians of every experience level don’t understand what a good tape looks like. I had the pleasure of chatting with a few

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    Bill Cosby, Marc Maron, Amy Schumer headline 2014 New York Comedy Festival

    The New York Comedy Festival, in association with Comedy Central, has announced its star-studded line-up for this year’s festival. Comedy favorites Marc Maron, Amy Schumer & Maria Bamford share the bill with legendary stand-up comedian Bill Cosby (whose new NBC sitcom recently finalized negotiations). The 11th annual New York Comedy Festival features some of comedy’s biggest stars in New York City’s greatest venues. The event will bring over 200 comedians

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    Patton Oswalt, Megan Mullally, more want a Los Angeles comedy festival (Video)

    Kickstarter has become a friend to independent musicians, artists, filmmakers, writers and performers everywhere truly making D.I.Y. projects a little easier and allowing for promotion at the same time. Comedian Abbey Londer has decided to take advantage of the site using it to raise money and awareness for RIOT. RIOT, if funded, will be a weekend-long comedy festival taking place in downtown Los Angeles and will showcase the variety of

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    Third installment of Michael Moore’s comedy fest canceled due to beer event

    Usually, beer and comedy go together like peas and carrots, but apparently not in Traverse City, Michigan. The Traverse City Comedy Arts Festival, founded in 2010, won’t be happening this year due to a scheduling conflict with the Traverse City Winter Microbrew and Music Festival. The beer fest is slated to go down Feb. 10-11, which would have overlapped with the comedy festival. Founder Michael Moore (yes, that Michael Moore)

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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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    Video: Eugene Mirman uses Kickstarter to fund Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

    Old and busted: corporate sponsorship. New hotness: Kickstarter-funded ventures. So that means Eugene Mirman’s on the cutting edge of hot. The comedian announced that the next installment — the fourth, as some might call it — of the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival will be funded by grassroots cash donated online, presuming they meet their $18,000 minimum. Even though Mirman says the fest started as a joke, it’s a big deal

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    Doug Benson, Eugene Mirman, Amy Schumer, more confirmed for Bumbershoot festival

    Doug Benson

    When I think about my favorite stand-up comedy venues, giant fields with thousands of hipster music fans generally aren’t among the top ten. Maybe it’s old school, but there’s something about the dive-y, tiny comedy club that carries a hell of a lot of appeal. Recently, though, comedy has found a new place in the giant music festival (Bonnaroo and South By Southwest, anyone?)

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    Exclusive: Lewis Black, Nick Kroll talk about upcoming Bonnaroo performances

    Just like the music stages at the 10th Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival offering a wildly diverse array of styles, this year’s Comedy Tent has also broadened its scope to include not only some of the best and edgiest stand-up around but spoken word, puppets and a couple of television casts. Expertly booked by Rocky Benloulou-Dubin, this year’s performers include Lewis Black, the 420 Comedy Blaze hosts by Cheech Marin

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