• 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 lineup revealed: Todd Barry, Reggie Watts, Kristen Schaal, many more

    Adding two days of programming seems to have been the least of what South By Southwest has done to bolster its comedy credibility. The list of comedians performing between March 10 – 17 in Austin, TX, which Laughspin can reveal now, is not only massive but is so crammed with some of the biggest names in the business as well as some of your favorite up and comers. Todd Barry,

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    Laughfest comedians speak out about healing through comedy

    You may or may not have noticed that we here at Laughspin have been pushing the upcoming Gilda’s Laughfest in Grand Rapids, Michigan pretty hard. I’m not about to try to convince you that we’ve been unbiased in our editorial coverage, our Tweets and our Facebook links; we’re biased. We love Laughfest. I was lucky enough to attend the inaugural fest for a few days last year; I was also

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    SF Sketchfest lineup reads more like a comedy nerd’s bucket list than a real festival

    Producers of the 11th Annual SF Sketchfest posted their line-up, which reads more like a comedy nerd’s “bucket list” than a real line-up for something that will actually be happening in several weeks. For starters, Sketchfest will host Eddie Izzard, the original founding members of the Upright Citizens Brigade, The Paul F. Tompkins Show, Pretty Good Friends with Eugene Mirman, Meltdown with Jonah Ray & Kumail Nanjiani, WTF and Marc

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    South By Southwest expands their comedy reach; Janeane Garofalo calls it “a natural fit”

    Good news, comedy fans. It looks like like super music, arts and hipster festival SXSW will be expanding its comedy reach in 2012. Although the word “comedy” isn’t on the official list of arts the Austin, TX event covers – music, film, interactive is what they go with – every comedy nerd knows that SXSW boasts some of the best and unique voices in stand-up each year. Earlier this year,

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    Laughspin’s look inside comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Part 14)

    Edinburgh — “You cannot leave the Fringe until you’ve seen Simon Munnery.” Munnery is a staple of the Edinburgh Fringe, this year taking to the stage at The Stand Comedy Club through the run. With his effortless ability to wax poetic in intricate rants and clever prose, Munnery is the prototype for intellectual British stand-up. There was no angle to Hats Off For The 101ers, and Other Material, which he

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    Laughspin’s look inside comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Part 12)

    EDINBURGH — When you’re a comedian watching another comedian’s show, what do you say when you get “crowd-worked?” I’m genuinely rooting for whoever is on stage so I don’t want to be combative or vague or clever when asked a question. So when I reluctantly wound up in the front row of London-based comedian Matt Green’s show, I had to take a beat to consider my response when asked “what

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    Laughspin’s look inside comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Part 11)

    EDINBURGH — “Are you good, are you well? Are you having a good Fringe?” Apparently it is mandatory for every comedian at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to open their set with that inane line of questioning. A London comedian to remain nameless carried on for nearly three minutes at the top of his set, confirming that people in the audience were “good” and asking what their names were. It was

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    Laughspin’s look inside comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Part 7)

    EDINBURGH — Ask yourself an important question: do you have a “Disney STD?” Or worse, a “Disney STD-VD?” Before you check for Sebastian in your crotch, let me translate that a Disney “STD-VD” is Thom Tuck’s acronym for the “Straight To DVD” movies that Disney has unleashed upon the World. In his show of that name, Thom finds brilliant comedy in the garbage throwaways from Mickey’s vault. The devout reader

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    Laughspin’s look inside comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Part 5)

    EDINBURGH — Nazis are hilarious! That statement might be a tough sell but dare I say Frank Sinazi has pulled it off. Crooning hits such as “Third Reich” (That’s Life), “Gestapo” (Chicago), or “Strangers on my Plane” (Stranger in the Night), Sinazi has the packed hangar-like room in complete submission. Let me spell it out: he is Frank Sinatra and Adolph Hitler blended into a smoothly offensive lounge act. Sinazi

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    Laughspin’s look inside comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Part 3)

    EDINBURGH — Much time has past since my days of barking the Upper West Side of Manhattan to promote a comedy show. Standing out in the cold for two to three hours shouting “hey folks, comedy tonight! Comedians seen on comedycentralhbolastcomicstandingshowtimethetonightshowletterman” (yes, it came out as one multi-syllabic word). The only thing separating me from an ambling homeless man was flyers. Well, I’ve come full-circle as I embarked on a

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    Laughspin’s look inside comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Part 1)

    EDINBURGH — The Edinburgh Fringe Festival has been going for two weeks now and the city has the vibe of a raging party around 4 am when half the bodies still moving are residually intoxicated and/or deliriously over-tired. Maybe that’s just Scotland. Ironically, it seems the eldest local Scots are the most chipper and spry right now. There is no doubt the Fringe owns this city for the month of

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    Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival lineup revealed; Kristen Schaal, John Oliver, Aisha Tyler among participants

    What began as a joke amongst jokers, has now become an annual comedy tradition in the New York City metro area. It’s the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival; and it’s now in its fourth year. And we’re happy to reveal this year’s lineup. The “fest” will span two venues in Brooklyn — the Bell House and Union Hall — from Sept. 15 – 18 and will host a stellar cast of

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    Sarah Silverman, Ricky Gervais, Louis C.K. among headliners for New York Comedy Festival

    Big comedic guns Sarah Silverman, Ricky Gervais and Louis C.K. are scheduled to perform at the eighth annual New York Comedy Festival, which will span both Manhattan and Brooklyn between Nov. 9 – 13. Other headliners will include Tracy Morgan, Bill Maher, Wanda Sykes, Norm Macdonald and Kathy Griffin, according to the New York Times, who scored the news before organizers make it official tomorrow. Most of the headliners listed

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    Arizona and Charleston, NC planning comedy festivals

    There are a few well-known centers of comedy in the nation: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco. These places have consistently birthed some really incredible comics of all varieties, and boast some wonderful venues and festivals to boot. Some other locales in the U S of A, though, have their own comedy festivals. Why should the big cities have all the fun, am I right? First, registration for

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