• Laughspin Presents: The 20 Best Stand-up Specials of 2018

    None of you are going to agree with me on this list. And that’s okay. It’s not easy to do a year-in-review Top 10 List (or whatever arbitrary number Buzzfeed picks that day). The sheer volume of stand-up produced this year made things even more difficult. I watched every qualifying stand-up special that came out in 2018. Every. Single. One. I don’t like Top Anything lists because, it’s like, you didn’t

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    Hannibal Buress, Demetri Martin kick off Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival (Recap)

    AUSTIN – If the third time’s the charm, then the third year of Austin’s rapidly growing Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival has the c-word turned up to 30. And who better to kick off this third-year charm offensive than Demetri Martin– he of the understated charisma and quietly affecting ability to disarm literally anyone. Prior to Mr. Martin making his grand entrance at the Paramount Theatre on April 23, us

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    Hip-hop producer samples Aziz Ansari, Louis C.K., Hannibal Buress and more on new album (Audio)

    A little over a year ago, we told you about an experimental music producer by the name of GoJudo who had put together an album of songs that sampled bits from different comedians. GoJudo is back with a new album featuring different comedians entitled, Geronimo. The album features bits from Aziz Ansari, Louis C.K., Demetri Martin, Wyatt Cenac, Hannibal Buress, and Joe Rogan. You can stream or download the free

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    Dave Chappelle, Conchords lead a diverse group at Oddball Comedy Festival (Review)

    AUSTIN — If there’s one thing I learned at Funny or Die’s Oddball Comedy & Oddity Festival yesterday evening, it’s that Austin, Texas is a really, really hot place to kick off a national tour if said tour is hosted outdoors in August. If there are two things I learned, it’s that Dave Chappelle is back. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Fourteen thousand people braved the heat and the

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    Dave Chappelle, Flight of the Conchords will headline traveling comedy festival this summer

    For years now there’s been speculation as to whether Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock would team up for a live stand-up comedy tour. Alas, it doesn’t look like it’s happening anytime soon. However, Chappelle is going on tour this summer—and not by himself. He, along with the to-be reunited Flight of the Conchords will headline 13 cities between Aug. 23 and Sept. 22 for the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival.

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    Happy Father’s Day: 10 bits on being a dad with Patton Oswalt, Louis C.K., Jim Gaffigan, more!

    Tomorrow is Father’s Day, so whether he was your greatest idol growing up or a complete dead beat, you are obligated to acknowledge his existence. And if you’re a dad, milk it for all it’s worth. It’s the one day each year when your kids have to think of your positive qualities long enough to pick out a hallmark card and scribble their names on it. In honor of Father’s

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    10 great one line jokes from 10 great comedians (Photos)

    There’s nothing like a great one line joke. Just like it takes planning and smarts to deliver an amazingly funny longform story, it takes special talent to write and deliver a short joke that will stick with an audience. Below, we’ve chosen 10 of our favorites one-to-few-line jokes from Bob Newhart, Zach Galifianakis, Steven Wright, Jimmy Carr, Tommy Cooper, Jim Gaffigan, Demetri Martin, Rodney Dangerfield, Mitch Hedberg and Doug Benson.

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    Demetri Martin talks new stand-up special, movie projects and more! (Laughspin interview)

    As a graduate student, I love having conversations about the creative writing process for usually selfish reasons: I’ll have to write a dissertation in a few years, and want to compile as many potentially beneficial writing strategies as possible. So I was thrilled to once again speak with Demetri Martin about such things, whose disciplined productivity across comedic genres – books, TV, film, you name it – is a quality

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    Stephen Colbert, huge list of comedians celebrate National Voter Registration Day (Exclusive pics)

    Did you know there’s a huge presidential election going down in November? You did? Well, aren’t you just the little news junkie. How about this: Did you know tomorrow is the first ever National Voter Registration Day? You did not. Stop lying. In honor of this special day, wherein all Americans are encouraged to register to vote (if they haven’t already; you can’t register twice, you guys), a huge list

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    Bill Burr, Louis C.K. and more sampled for hip-hop album dedicated to comedy (Audio)

    Here’s something cool for you comedy nerds who are also fans of electronica and hip-hop. An experimental producer by the name of GoJudo has put together an EP called Aura, and every song samples comedy bits from different comedians, including Sarah Silverman, Louis C.K., Bill Burr, Demetri Martin and George Carlin. “I really, really appreciate what the comedians featured on Aura do,” GoJudo tells Laughspin. “The EP is a tribute

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    Watch Demetri Martin, Judah Friedlander on Comedy Central’s web series “The Download”

    Comedy Central’s web series The Download hosted by comedian Jordan Rubin, which premiered in March, continues with a new season. And with that comes the addition of new co-host Owen Benjamin, who replaces Molly McAleer. McAleer served as co-host for the entire first season and while Benjamin isn’t quite as easy on the eyes (sorry Owen, you’re a good looking guy and all but I don’t swing from that side

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    Demetri Martin working on animated series for Fox

    If all goes according to plan, multi-faceted comedian Demetri Martin will join a long, successful tradition of animated comedy at Fox, which boasts The Simpsons, Family Guy and most recently Bob’s Burgers. According to Deadline, Martin is finalizing a deal with the network, wherein he would voice the lead character and executive produce an animated series centered around a family living in the Pacficic Northwest. This would be Martin’s second

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    Interview: Demetri Martin’s ever-growing comedy portfolio

    Delving into a stand-up comedian’s creative process is often a mixed bag at best. Creating, tweaking, and performing a joke is an incredibly subjective experience, so communicating what that experience is like usually leaves something to be desired. Sometimes, though, we get lucky, and we catch a vivid glimpse into how comedy is born. Enter Demetri Martin. He’s worn many hats in the comedy world, from working as a correspondent

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    Win a dinner with Demetri Martin

    I’ve heard of authors offering incentives for pre-ordering and buying their books, but this one’s a new one to me. Demetri Martin is offering quite a prize to one lucky person who pre-orders his new book, This is a Book, by Monday afternoon: a dinner date. He’s buying. The instructions are fool proof. Pre-order the book, email the receipt to dinnerwithdemetri@gmail.com, and wait. If you’re lucky enough to win, Demetri

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    Punchline Magazine giving away Important Things with Demetri Martin

    You may know that the second season of Important Things with Demetri Martin, Comedy Central’s groundbreaking sketch show, hit stores recently. If you didn’t know this, believe us. It’s true. Might we suggest you run out pick that merch up asap? Let us also suggest you enter to win one of three copies of the entire first season of the show. Consider it a primer for the second season. Win

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