• Eugene Mirman, David Cross confirmed for inaugural Janelle James Comedy Festival in New York City

    After ten years, Brooklyn’s Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival is getting a rebrand. The inaugural Janelle James Comedy Festival will come to the Bell House this December. While the full line-up has not been announced, some of the talent that will be featured includes Eugene Mirman, Liza Treyger, David Cross, Mia Jackson, and Nore Davis. The festival will take place the weekend of December 4. Tickets and full lineups will come

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    Audible makes major comedy push with Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Eugene Mirman

    Audible, the Amazon-owned company largely known as the world’s biggest seller of downloadable audiobooks, has just made a major push into the world of comedy. Utilizing its Audible Channels platform and harnessing the talents of comedians Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Eugene Mirman and more, comedy lovers will now be able to enjoy a host of exclusive comedy programming, anchored by The Comedy Show Show with Will Arnett, described as an

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    Margaret Cho, Patton Oswalt, Paul F. Tompkins and many more join for musical comedy album benefitting OneKid OneWorld (Videos)

    The world of comedy takes on America’s past, present and future in the musical comedy album 2776. Created by Rob Kutner (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) and the Levinson Brothers (The Tonight Show), the album is a collection of 28 original songs with all proceeds going to the OneKid OneWorld foundation. 2776 features an impressive lineup of comedians including Patton Oswalt, Reggie Watts, Ira Glass, Margaret Cho, Paul F.

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    Comedian Eugene Mirman posts second White House petition, asking Obama to call Uganda president a ‘ding-dong-boob-poopy’

    As a response to his original White House petition being removed from the government’s Web site, comedian Eugene Mirman has just launched a revised version. Yesterday, Mirman launched a petition requesting that President Barack Obama tell Uganda “to go fuck themselves.” The reason? The president of the African nation signed into law an anti-gay bill that would severely punish its gay citizens. But because of the petition’s harsh language, it

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    Bill Cosby, Aisha Tyler, Greg Proops, many more announced for SXSW Comedy 2014

    SXSW Comedy 2014 has announced its line-ups for the monster March festival. Rising stars and comedy legends will grace the stages of Austin, TX from March 8 – March 15. Funny or Die will host An Evening with Bill Cosby. The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater will bring their famous ASSSSCAT troupe, along with improv group Doppelganger (which includes Saturday Night Live’s Sasheer Zamata) and storytelling show Blackout Drunk. Chris Gethard

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    Eugene Mirman on his comedy fest, Bob’s Burgers, Larry the Cable Guy (Laughspin interview)

    Since the sixth annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival is set to go down from Sept. 26 to Sept. 29 in Brooklyn, NY, I thought now would be an excellent time to catch up with the man at least partially responsible for the absurdly titled festivities. To be fair, it was actually comedian Mike Birbiglia and producer Julie Smith who, all those years ago, joked about the concept of a festival

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    You should probably watch Samuel L. Jackson perform this monologue

    Ok, so Eugene Mirman didn’t win the Reddit-powered Samuel L. Jackson contest, in which the actor promised to recite the most up-voted 300-word monologue in an effort to raise awareness of Alzheimers Disease. But the winning entry is excellent, and Jackson only makes it better. Watch below. Be sure to subscribe to the weekly Laughspin Podcast on iTunes or on SoundCloud for all the latest comedy news, audio clips and

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    Eugene Mirman on bringing festival to Boston: I don’t want to just sell out to any urinal company (Video)

    There’s been a recent surge in famous people using Kickstarter to fund their pet projects, and the trend is receiving quite a bit of backlash. But before you swear off donating to someone you’ve seen on television, consider helping Eugene Mirman bring his Brooklyn-based Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival to Boston this summer. And keep in mind, Mirman’s been producing his festival since 2008 and has used Kickstarter before to help

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    Let’s hope Samuel L. Jackson will be reciting an absurd monologue written by Eugene Mirman (Update)

    As a way to raise awareness and funds for non-profit organization, the Alzheimer’s Society, Samuel L. Jackson has asked Reddit users to submit 300-word monologues, one of which he will recite on video for all to witness. And thankfully, comedian Eugene Mirman has taken the veteran actor up on his offer. The monologue writer with the most up votes by midnight (PST) will win the prize. And with 86,269 up

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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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    Watch Eugene Mirman disparage his college alma mater yet inspire students during hilarious graduation speech

    In 2009, Eugene Mirman was asked to give a commencement speech for the graduating class of his high school, and just a few days ago he got to do it again at his Alma Mater Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. The comedian and co-star of Fox’s animated hit Bob’s Burgers managed to deliver a speech that disparaged the school and its uber-liberal graduating class of “hipsters and self-righteous hippies” for

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    Laughspin’s 12 favorite comedian graduation speeches, featuring Colbert, Fey, Poehler and more!

    It’s graduation season and you know what that means! Someone somewhere is sitting through a three hour procession of watching 200 people wearing oversized gowns stand in line to shake somebody’s hand. Hooray! But seriously, congratulations to all you recent grads. You make us proud! In honor of this joyous time of year, Laughspin has rounded up our favorite commencement speeches given by comedians. Folks like Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey,

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    SXSW Comedy: Day 2, feat. Marc Maron, Kristen Schaal, Eugene Mirman and more!

    AUSTIN — Audiences entering Esther’s Follies on Day 2 of South By Southwest’s comedy series were greeted not with a closed curtain and dim lights, but with Marc Maron sitting in a large plush easychair onstage. “I don’t believe in fourth walls,” he said. That might as well be the motto for Maron’s characteristically off-the-cuff WTF podcast, which taped yesterday to a packed house. Joining Maron was legendary actor and

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    Let’s take a long, hard look at Comedy Central’s development slate for 2011-2012

    This morning Comedy Central released its development slate for 2011-12. So, what does that mean? Basically, it’s a giant list of shows the network is officially working on for the next year. An incredibly small number of these shows will actually see the light of day. But it’s exciting nonetheless to see some great comedians making some huge strides in the business. So, let’s get to it, shall we? Perhaps

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    Comedians come together to honor the late Mike DeStefano (Video)

    Sometimes people say the comedy world is a cold world filled with backstabbing and people getting screwed over. Cris and Paul Italia, and Patrick Milligan of Cringe Humor proved that to be false recently. As part of the New York Comedy Festival, they held a tribute to Mike DeStefano, a talented comic they were working with who left us much too young. The event was held at the Tribeca Performing

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