• Equity in comedy: How financial struggles limit comedian upstarts and how we can help (Opinion)

    This year, more than any other before it, popular culture turned its eyes to the equity problem in entertainment. There were discussions about representation in all facets, from the imbalance of power in Hollywood based on gender to an analysis of LBTGQ roles on TV to reports about the sparse and inauthentic representation of minorities on screen. Like most sects of the entertainment industry comedy suffers from a diversity problem too. Comedy is mostly white and

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    Laugh Exchange app moves comedy game show to the afternoon (Exclusive)

    In the same week Bo Burnham said that comedy clubs should be “torn down,” the innovative mobile comedy app Laugh Exchange is altering its format to make the app more accessible. Laugh Exchange is moving the times of its show format from 8:00 p.m. EST to 12:30 p.m. EST on Monday, Wednesday and Friday in order to accommodate the schedules of its users, who previously had to wait until after 1:00

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    Brooklyn Nine-Nine Star Chelsea Peretti Announces Exit on Twitter

    Bad news for Brooklyn Nine-Nine fans today: Chelsea Peretti announced that she will not be returning for the saved sixth season of the beloved police sitcom. At least not as a series regular. However, showrunner Dan Goor assured fans that we will 100% see Gina on NBC at some point. “I mean, she got run over by a frickin’ bus, and she only missed like a week of work.” “I

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    Barry Crimmins: The hottest 63-year-old comedian in showbiz (Laughspin Interview)

    Barry Crimmins is one of the best comedians you’ve never heard of. The 40-plus year veteran came up with many names you know quite well: Steven Wright, Lenny Clark, Kevin Meaney, Bobcat Goldthwait, Paula Poundstone. He even ran two comedy clubs, The Ding Ho and Stitches, in the 1980s. Stand-up historians and avid comedy geeks know about Crimmins well. A comic’s comic, he never quite broke into the mainstream with

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    Doug Stanhope Seeso comedy special, co-produced by Johnny Depp (Watch a preview)

    Check out this just-released clip of Doug Stanhope’s new Johnny Depp-produced stand-up special, No Place Like Home slated to premiere September 15 on the online streaming comedy channel Seeso. Seeso is promoting the special with the advertising caveat, “Warning: Not For The Easily Offended,” as Stanhope keeps with his cynical, controversial, and poignant comedic style by covering trigger-worthy topics like Caitlyn Jenner, Gabrielle Giffords, The Duggar Family, mental illness, Vietnam vets and ISIS. The special was

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    What’s happening with Laughspin?

    Oh, hey. You may have noticed we haven’t really been updating Laughspin in any consistent or meaningful way since June. Sure, we posted Dana Gould’s brilliant keynote address from the latest installment of the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal. But, really, that was about it. Some of you have reached out asking what’s up. And someone even took the time to post on Reddit about the lack of hot

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    Paul F. Tompkins podcast to hit iTunes Aug 1

    Mark your calendars everyone. The first episode of the hugely anticipated podcast from Paul F. Tompkins is complete. The Pod F. TomPkast was recorded this week at TV/Film Composer, Eban Schletter’s studio. Chances are, many of our readers are familiar with Schletter’s work on Mr. Show. The triumphant completion of The Pod F. TomPkast was humbly announced via the dedicated twitter page with a simple, “I am born.” Tompkins’ own

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    Carolines breakout artist: James Smith

    Print this page out to get $5 off admission to James Smith’s show at Carolines on July 20. Get more ticket info here. World famous comedy venue Carolines on Broadway and Punchline Magazine have joined forces to present the Breakout Artist Comedy Series. Each Tuesday, at Carolines in New York City, an emerging stand-up comedy star will headline their own show and prove just why they’ve been quietly building a

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    Backyard comedy at its finest

    Remember how Highlights Magazine would have one picture on the front cover and then an almost identical picture on the back but whacky things going terribly wrong? Well the video I watched today of Daniel Songer is the Back Cover of Highlights Magazines of Stand-up Comedy. I have watched this clip 10 times already today and I keep finding new things that bring tears of laughter to my eyes. You

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    Bo Burnham: Barely legal comedy

    A year ago, not-yet-legal Bo Burnham was just a scrawny kid from the suburbs who had a knack for writing funny songs. But now, millions of YouTube views and a record deal with Comedy Central have made the kid a star. If you spend a lot of time on YouTube, chances are you’ve heard of Bo Burnham. Since his first video postings –wherein Bo is seen performing funny songs in

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    Andi Smith: Homeperm

    OK, so you may not need to shower in Lysol after listening to Homeperm, but you may want to keep a spray bottle of boiled water nearby so you can at least sponge-bathe (with the rough side of the sponge or maybe even steel wool). After all, you may feel more than dirty, you may feel downright Pig Pen grimy after convulsing in laughter at Andi Smith’s wickedly inappropriate and

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    Taking Stock: Tolerated Joke Theft

    Joke stealing has been getting a lot of attention lately, due to the battle between Joe Rogan and Carlos Mencia. Joke theft is always going to exist, for the simple reason that stealing jokes is a lot easier than writing them. But there’s a brand of purloined punch line that no one seems to mind so much: the “stock line.” The existence of “stock” is a generally accepted and erroneous

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    Lord Carrett: Of Human Bondage

    I’m new to Manhattan, and the first Christmas in a new city is always strange. My first Christmas in Los Angeles, my finances wouldn’t allow me to head home for the holidays, and by the time Christmas Eve rolled around I was “over” Christmas. I decided to have the least Christmas-y Christmas ever, so I rented Leaving Las Vegas. When you rent a movie about a guy who goes to

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