• 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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    Nanette and 7 other comedy specials that are changing the game

    When you imagine a stand-up special, you might think about Eddie Murphy in a skintight leather suit or Richard Pryor directly in a spotlight against a black background or George Carlin standing in front of a huge USC mural. These are the images that tipify the modern comedy special. When audiences tune into Comedy Central or HBO, they expect a (cough) man, a microphone, and the laughs of a roaring

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    Comedy Central to release Drew Michael album Funny To Death (Audio Preview)

    We’ve been watching Chicago native Drew Michael rise up the comedy world ranks for years now— and for good reason. Since the release of the Comedians You Should Know album in 2011, wherein he’s one of a handful of comedians featured as part of that Chicago stand-up comedy collective, we were impressed with Michael’s point of view, his self-hating ways and his emotional vulnerability. His debut album Lovely hit the

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    Just For Laughs New Faces: Monroe Martin, Drew Michael, Michelle Wolf impress

    MONTREAL – The New Faces of Comedy, a beloved Just For Laughs tradition, is perhaps one of the most highly anticipated showcases to grace the Montreal mega-comedy festival each and every year. More than giving under-the-radar comedians a chance to shine among more established peers, the New Faces lineup also affords fans of comedy the opportunity to make the acquaintance of stand-up performers they might otherwise never have encountered. Sure,

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    Just For Laughs New Faces of Comedy announced

    Montreal’s Just For Laughs comedy festival just announced its New Faces of Comedy lineup for 2014. Each year Just For Laughs, the longest running comedy festival, chooses comedians they feel will break out in the next few years. It’s one of the most anticipated set of showcases of the festival, which runs until the end of July. This year’s New Faces of Comedy are as follows: Alingon Mitra, Brad Wenzel,

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    Laughspin Podcast, episode 71: Jon Lajoie, Greg Fitzsimmons, Amy Schumer

    After a week off from the traditional news-delivering Laughspin Podcast – you missed my amazing Jim Norton interview? – Mike and I are back to entertain and educate you in the ways of the comedy world. In this episode we listen to a new song from Jon Lajoie (maybe you know him as Taco from The League) about that Miley Cyrus performance at the MTV Video Music Awards. We also

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    Review: Comedians You Should Know (the album)

    Comedians crave the spotlight the way plants covet sunlight. So Wednesdays at Timothy O’Toole’s in Chicago, their lodge of sorts, Marty DeRosa, Danny Kallas, Joe Kilgallon, Mike Lebovitz, Drew Michael and Michael Sanchez reconvene their six-member comedy club: Comedians You Should Know. As if on a dimmer switch, the six sets on Comedians You Should Know (Red Bar Comedy Records) go from light to dusky to absolutely Marc Maron–facsimile dark.

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