• Stuckey & Murray Sing the Songs of Stuckey & Murray: Live at Ars Nova

    Ah, the comedy song. It’s almost a four-letter word. When it’s bad, it’s terrible, and when it’s good, it might just only be chuckle funny. Either way, it’s a gamble — if your premise is tired, or your punchline not punchy enough, you’ve committed to a full two to three minutes until you can move on. There’s no on-the-fly redirecting or playing to the crowd that a regular stand up

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    Sandra Bernhard: Our favorite button pusher

    Comedy icon Sandra Bernhard headlines Rooftop Comedy’s Out Loud Comedy and Arts Festival — running Oct. 7 – 10 — in San Francisco. In in an interview with Punchline Magazine, the versatile force of nature tells all! Sandra Bernhard – actress, comedian, musican, pusher of societal buttons – has been a major league hitter in the entertainment game since the late ‘70s. Her career has spanned the administrations of presidents

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    Lachlan Patterson: Jokes To Make Love To

    Ostensibly subdued and almost downright subliminal, Lachlan Patterson lulls his audience into a state of relaxation and trust with a turnabout that does not fail to deliver the funny. Jokes To Make Love To (Rooftop Comedy Productions) has the dizzying effects of lying on a beach drinking too many umbrella-adorned rum drinks. Throughout his debut album, you’ll no doubt find yourself nodding and laughing, first with recognition, then with surprise;

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    Kevin Camia: Kindness

    Hate to agree with Grouchy Old Pinheads Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin, but it really is time to “take back America” — from them and the rest of their oilier-than-the-Gulf-Coast ilk. Apparently Kevin Camia agrees, because he amusingly pierces the pompous and ostentatious, the humorless and clueless, the cloyingly cute and annoyingly hip on Kindness (Rooftop Comedy Productions). Laughing as he minces his myriad victims doesn’t make Camia callous; his

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    Video interview: A Tight Five with Nick Thune

    The new installment of our video interview series A Tight Five brings us to comedian Nick Thune. Recorded while we were at the Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival earlier this year, this may go down as the interview recorded latest in the day in the three year history of A Tight Five. Very exciting. Also, exciting? The interview itself. We get to chatting about where Thune’s career is headed now that

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    Video interview: Chris Fairbanks

    In a new installment of our interview series A Tight Five, we sit down with LA-based comedian Chris Fairbanks in the green room of the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, CO, where he performed earlier this summer, part of the Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival. We get into Chris’ unique joke-telling style, a story of redemption involving Cyndi Lauper, his wardrobe choices for the cover shoot for his album and much

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    Robert Buscemi: Palpable

    Not that Robert Buscemi deceives the IRS when he writes “comedian” on the occupation line of his tax return; it’s just that his overriding job is engineer of his nonstop train of thought. On Palpable, his new release from Rooftop Comedy Productions, the paradoxical Buscemi takes the audience at the Lincoln Lodge in Chicago and listeners everywhere else on an often impressive express ride through his equally corny and ingenious,

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    Tom Simmons: Keep Up

    Tom Simmons – let’s place him in the underappreciated-comic category – recently released his fifth live album, Keep Up, which is full of astute, unique observations on life, society and many of the institutions encompassed within both. Simmons’ knack for writing bitingly honest but genuinely endearing material is fully displayed on the album; he waxes intellectual on topics ranging from racism, parenting and politics, to dogfighting, censorship and free chicken

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    Exclusive video interview: A Tight Five with Moshe Kasher

    In a new installment of our series A Tight Five, we sit down with comedian Moshe Kasher. Those comedy nerds that follow the latest and greatest in stand-up no doubt know Moshe from his many festival and TV appearances and his highly acclaimed album Everyone You Know Is Going To Die, And Then You Are. (You can read our review here). You may even know him from our feature at

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    Video interview: A Tight Five with Hannibal Buress

    The online comedy world has been abuzz all this week about the release of comedian Hannibal Buress’ debut album My Name is Hannibal. We’d like to believe our early review of the disc weeks ago helped create said buzz. More than likely, however, it’s just that the album, put out by Stand Up! Records, is great and that Buress is an exciting, young comedian who happens to be super easy

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    Chris Fairbanks: Fairbanks!

    A misconception of stand-up is that it has to be about jokes. The set-ups, punch lines, bait and switch; but Chris Fairbanks moves beyond this. That’s not to say he doesn’t deliver some hilarious turns and jokes, it’s rather the real meat of his comedy comes more from something else: seemingly stream of consciousness comedic rambling. He’s a master of a nervous, almost jazz-like spontaneous prose, so free-flowing yet forward-moving

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    Cameron Esposito: Grab Them Aghast

    Cameron Esposito hasn’t had a Comedy Central special and she doesn’t frequent the hip indie New York City comedy clubs, but this art-house comic has some unique talent that’s made her a favorite among hometown Chicago audiences. Her raspy, excitable delivery is clean and intelligent, and one would imagine her improv performances (her true comedy background) to be enjoyable as well. Unfortunately, her debut CD, Grab Them Aghast needs some

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    Tom Segura: Thrilled

    Do not be deceived by the white suit Tom Segura wears on the cover of Thrilled: This comic is one dark dude. But he’s light enough, endearing enough and downright wacky enough to mock Mexicans, midgets, men and women without sounding like a fulminating Tea Party candidate or a Ragin’ Palin apostle on his delightfully deranged and dippy debut CD, available now from Rooftop Comedy Records. His engaging personality, irresistible

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    W. Kamau Bell: Face Full of Flour

    “I don’t mind the crowd dividing up,” W. Kamau Bell says after a collective should-we-laugh? moment early on his debut album, Face Full of Flour. “That’s when we’re getting to shit.” Bell gets to a lot of shit in a hurry here, proving himself one of our country’s most adept racial commentators with a blistering wit and a willingness to say what you quickly realize you’ve always thought. He is

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    Isaac Witty: Zero Balance

    With a name like Isaac Witty, you’d have, no, you’d better be funny, especially when telling not one, not two, but three consecutive cell phone jokes, the 21st century equivalent of the 20th century stand-up standby: the airline-food lament. It sounds like an improbable way to hook a likely cell-absorbed crowd, but Witty (his given name, incidentally, not a gimmicky stage name) lands three successive punch lines at Go Bananas

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