• Laugh Tracks by Laughspin: Listen to Kevin Pollak, Chelsea Peretti, Doug Benson, Jason Gillearn (Podcast)

    This week on Laugh Tracks we travel to the Golden State for our first group of comedians from California. Cali has an overabundance of talented comics so for this episode we have a total of four great clips. KEVIN POLLAK – The multi-talented comic, actor, and webcast host, has been busy since the Reagan administration. He’s been releasing his Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show on a weekly basis with a cavalcade

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    Doug Benson inks deal with Alamo Drafthouse for movie interruption fun

    The Alamo Drafthouse cinema chain, once an institution exclusive to Austin, Texas, has spread its tendrils of movie-dom across the nation. For the uninitiated, the Drafthouse combines three elements into a holy triumvirate of a film-going experience: good flicks, a full waiter and meal service (read: booze brought to the table), and a nearly fascist commitment to eradicating talking and texting among audience members (maybe you remember this Patton Oswalt

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    Comedy at Fun Fun Fest, day 2: Tenacious D, Craig Robinson, Doug Benson, Jenny Slate

    AUSTIN — If the theme of day one of Fun Fun Fun Fest was Johnny Marr, the theme of day two was probably… pot. I wandered into the comedy tent early yesterday afternoon to find it already oppressively hot, steamy and full of wafting marijuana smoke. For those of you who are not in town to attend the fest, rest assured that the comedy tent (and its general lack of

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    Doug Benson’s new album ‘Gateway Doug’ available July 9 and also there are tour dates!

    Every year, comedian Doug Benson records a new comedy album on 4/20, and 2013 was no different. If the date doesn’t give you any indication as to what might have inspired the album, perhaps the name will. Benson’s newest comedy album Gateway Doug is set for a July 9 release on Aspecialthing Records. Taped live in San Francisco, Doug shares his thoughts on bees, ice castles, inebriation and a great

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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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    SXSW Comedy, day 8: The Benson Interruption, Eugene Mirman and product placement!

    AUSTIN — Yesterday was the eighth and final day of SXSW’s comedy shows, and I can’t think of a better way to close this year’s proceedings than with a fabulous slew of performances on Doug Benson’s The Benson Interruption podcast. Sitting alongside Benson onstage was a surprise guest, and one of my favorites: Eugene Mirman. The duo co-interrupted stand-up sets during the first half of the show from a fairly

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    SXSW Comedy, day 7: Fogelnest Files, Doug Benson, weird YouTube videos!

    AUSTIN — Friday marked the seventh day of comedy at SXSW 2013, but don’t be fooled – we’re not taking a breather over here in Austin. Let’s do the math: weekend + final days of SXSW + St. Patrick’s Day = pure pandemonium. It’s a perfect storm of mayhem and drunkenness. So taking a break from the insanity on the streets at the SXSW Comedy venue, Esther’s Follies, was a

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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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    Doug Benson: ‘Smug Life’ (Review)

    The Comedy King of the Stoners is back this year with an intriguing experiment. Doug Benson released his double CD, Smug Life, this week through Comedy Central Records. Here’s the deal: He recorded two shows, as usual on 4/20 (hehe), at Parlor Live Comedy Club in Bellevue, Washington– but this year the first show is “uncooked” and the second totally “cooked.” That is, he stayed sober for the first hour,

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    Hey, perverts: Listen to Chelsea Peretti read from ’50 Shades of Grey’

    On Doug Benson’s The Benson Interruption podcast, the usually-stoned comedian brings his comedy friends in to do stand-up while he routinely interrupts them as he pleases. It’s so fun, Comedy Central made a show out of it in 2010! Well, in the most recent episode, comedian and television show scribe Chelsea Peretti stopped by and strayed away from stand-up to read random excerpts from the popular erotica novel 50 Shades

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    The Laughspin Bridgetown Comedy Fest wrap-up with Todd Barry, Jon Glaser, more!

    I know, I know. It’s been days and days since the Bridgetown Comedy Festival wrapped up, but I needed that time to process the adventure. I saw so many shows over the course of the four-day run that some of it gets a bit fuzzy, so I had to storyboard my weekend and pick out my favorite all-around shows for you guys. First things first: I’m a Portland local and

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    SXSW Comedy, Day 8: Drunks, Doritos battle, pinatas, podcasts and the end!

    AUSTIN — South by Southwest ended not with a whimper, but a bang. An absurd, drunken bang. The combination of St. Patrick’s Day, the final evening of South by Southwest activities, and a Saturday night made for explosive potential at Esther’s Follies. Kicking off the evening was a taping of Howard Kremer and Kulap Vilaysack’s Who Charted? podcast, which featured guest Jonah Ray. The three catered their charts to Texas

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    SXSW Comedy, Day 7: The Benson Interruption, Ari Shaffir and more!

    AUSTIN — On the seventh day, God rested. Not so for comedy at South by Southwest – we’re still driving forward with more performances and more laughs. Onward! The Sklar Brothers kicked off a series of performances at Esther’s Follies with a taping of their Sklarbro Country podcast, punctuated by the folksy sounds of Canadian band The Sheepdogs. The duo was warmly received by a rowdy audience in high spirits

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    SXSW Comedy Day 5: Mike Birbiglia’s film ‘Sleepwalk With Me’ is raw, poignant, funny

    AUSTIN — Alright, y’all! We’ve officially passed the halfway point of South by Southwest, which means the interactive, tech-savvy nerds (in other words, my people) have departed to be replaced by hipsters in skintight jeans and horrifyingly thin mustaches. Dudes, please shave. But I digress. One of the highlights of South by Southwest this year was the screenings of Mike Birbiglia’s autobiographical fiction film – and directorial debut – Sleepwalk

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    SXSW Comedy Day 4: Judd Apatow crashes Pete Holmes’ podcast, Kumail Nanjiani and more!

    AUSTIN — For any comedy nerd, last night’s shows at South by Southwest were prettay prettay prettay good. Pete Holmes hosted the first ever live taping of his podcast, You Made It Weird. Joining the comic onstage was Kumail Nanjiani, who also performed in last night’s Funny or Die Showcase. The two are old friends – or, as Pete would say, long friends – so their witty repartee was quick

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