• Eddie Murphy did NOT perform stand-up at the Comedy Store last night

    Despite, multiple reports implying he did Eddie Murphy did not make a return to stand-up comedy for the first time in over 25 years last night. Murphy didn’t perform at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles on Thursday night– but that didn’t stop a flurry of excited Twitter users and Web sites to report it anyway. It all started when Arsenio Hall tweeted out the following: Yo @Eddiemurphy … just went on

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    Jerrod Carmichael sponsors pee wee football team for Funny Or Die, launches live tour (Video)

    Fresh off his stint at Funny or Die´s Oddball comedy festival and winding down the promotional tour for his upcoming Spike Lee-helmed stand-up special, Jerrod Carmichael is on what you could call a bit of a hot streak. That type of success would get to anyone’s head, but Jerrod Carmichael wants to modestly assure us all that he is the best at staying humble. That’s why he teamed up with

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    David Letterman’s Robin Williams tribute: I had no idea he was in pain (Video)

    Last night on Late Show, David Letterman delivered a 10-minute tribute to Robin Williams, a man he first met at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles 38 years ago. The suicide of Robin Williams has seemingly affected the world of comedy and entertainment in a much more sincere and powerful way than most celebrity deaths. And Letterman has felt that pain as well. At the end of the tribute, Letterman

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    Katt Williams allegedly threatens cameraman with gun near Comedy Store, Williams denies it (Exclusive details)

    The troubled once-retired Katt Williams is in hot water yet again. This time, he is under investigation by Los Angeles police for allegedly brandishing a gun near the infamous Comedy Store on the Sunset Strip and threatening a man. Police responded to a 911 call of a man with a gun near the Comedy Store approximately around 2am, “but he was gone when we arrived,” Sgt. Dave Valentine of the

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    Watch Fozzie Bear perform stand-up comedy at the Comedy Store in Hollywood

    Unless you have some serious denial issues, you’ve undoubtedly seen at least one of the many viral videos and/or television commercials or trailers promoting the upcoming release of The Muppets, the live-action motion picture starring Jason Segel and Amy Adams. But what you haven’t seen is this vintage video, wherein famous Muppet posse member Fozzie Bear attempts stand-up comedy at the world-famous Comedy Store in Hollywood. The clip you’re about

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    Laughspin analysis: What does it take for a comedian to gain mainstream success?

    It’s been said many times over, but comedy is subjective. What makes one person laugh is almost assuredly different from what makes another person laugh. However, the debate intensifies, despite subjectivity being the main force at work here, what makes millions of people laugh at something versus what leaves them blankly staring at their TV screens. In the realm of reality TV, it seems in general that stand-up comedy —

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    Comedy Matters with Billy Crystal, Russell Peters and more!

    Strip Action I flew out to LA to interview Billy Crystal for the book I’m writing on the 35 year history of The Comic Strip, with owner Richie Tienken. This was thanks to Bob Wachs who’s known Billy for all those years. Bob Wachs is Richie Tienken’s partner and the co-founder of The Comic Strip. Thanks to Bob, when the club opened on June 1, 1976, Billy was the first

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    Amazing new video shows the outing of a joke thief

    “There is only one rule in comedy: You don’t steal jokes.” says Eric Gruber, host of the Mostly Normal Show at the Hollywood Improv Lab. Gruber at his own show outed former comedian Jason Garrett who stole, with no change in phrasing or performance, jokes from late comedian Mitch Mullany. It’s the only rule that, as a comedian, you absolutely cannot break. There are plenty of rules and guidelines to

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    Andy Kaufman’s alter ego Tony Clifton releases concert film; watch the trailer

    Andy Kaufman’s hilarious, but notorious alter-ego, sleazy lounge singer opener Tony Clifton is back with his very own concert film. Tony Clifton: Live on the Sunset Strip filmed last May at the world famous Comedy Store that was both shocked and amazed as audiences first were when he was part of Kaufman’s act. Making comedian Neil Hamburger, who recently made headlines by waging war with vitriolic Britney Spears fans over

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    Exclusive video interview: Whitney Cummings

    We’ve been following the bubbling rise of Whitney Cummings’ career for the last few years. An East Coast transplant living in Hollywood, she’s made a name for herself writing for the ultra popular Comedy Central roasts and then getting in front of the cameras for the first time at a roast last year, where she barbed icon Joan Rivers– and to rave reviews. She’s done it again, most recently at

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    Tony Clifton returns, whether you like it or not

    My previous run-ins with Tony Clifton have been well documented, but I can’t help but be excited by the news that the venerable lounge lizard has once again emerged from (what I assume is) a haze of hookers and booze for a four-night stand at the famous Comedy Store in Hollywood. The shows, May 16th, 19th, 20th, and 21st promise to inject new life into the Clifton legend for decades

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    Video interview with Nick Swardson

    Nick Swardson is a busy man. How busy? The self-described hard partyer has had to severely cut back on his alcohol intake to ensure he’s bright eyed and sharp for his many meetings and call times to movie sets. He’s currently in the midst of filming the flick Just Go With It, starring Jennifer Aniston, Nicole Kidman and Adam Sandler. What’s more is that we’ll see Swardson in his first

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    Heidi Montag's sister, Holly attempts stand-up comedy at Comedy Store

    Perhaps tired of her younger sister Heidi Montag getting all the attention from her recent Frankenstein-like battery of plastic surgeries, Holly Montag took to the stage at the famous Comedy Store in Los Angeles recently. After all, no profession screams “look at me” more than stand-up. And since The Hills, the MTV show Holly was featured on 17 times, was canned after last year, she, no doubt is looking to

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    Tom Hanks making movie about Leno and Letterman

    In the midst of NBC’s highly-publicized late night shuffle, development is underway on a movie about several of the players involved. William Knoedelseder‘s book, I’m Dying Up Here: Heartbreak and High Times in Stand-up Comedy’s Golden Era is being adapted for the screen by Playtone, Tom Hanks’ production company. The story focuses on The Comedy Store, LA’s premiere comedy club during the 70’s and 80’s and the venue where Jay

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    Stimulus money goes to teach comedy to troubled teens

    There’s been a lot of noise over what should and shouldn’t be funded by federal stimulus money. Think what you want, but a recent article in the San Diego Union-Tribune highlighted a very cool California program that teaches stand-up comedy to troubled teens using said monies. The program, “Laughter is the Best Medicine,” is taught by Sandi C. Shore – sister of Pauly – of LA’s Comedy Store dynasty. The

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