• Late night roundup: Gary Gulman, Jo Firestone, Samantha Ruddy, Paige Weldon, Django Gold, Corey Rodrigues

    Late night shows were jam-packed with stand-up this past week. Some of late night’s hilarious writers performed just feet away from their bosses. Other comedians like Samantha Ruddy and Corey Rodrigues made their late night stand-up debuts. Late Night with Seth Meyers and Jimmy Kimmel Live! took a week off of stand-up, but below you can enjoy over a half-hour of fantastic stand-up from both rising and veteran talents. The Tonight

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    Gary Gulman tapes You’ll Get Over It, new comedy special, on March 18 (Exclusive)

    Though Gary Gulman has been a favorite of fellow comedians and true comedy nerds for the better part of the last decade, the veteran comedian has, in the last year, been breaking through to mainstream comedy audiences. And with two stellar one-hour comedy specials and three comedy albums under his belt, Laughspin is pleased to exclusively report the Boston native will record his third hour-long stand-up comedy special on March

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    Dane Cook’s Troublemaker evolution and how the Brady Bunch changed his life (Exclusive)

    The premiere of Dane Cook’s newest comedy special Troublemaker on Comedy Central this Sunday at 10 pm ET isn’t just a representation of the veteran comedian’s evolution. It’s a homecoming of sorts. Comedy Central, after all, gave Dane his first few high-profile breaks. There was Premium Blend in 1998, his own half-hour special in 2000 and, most crucial, the release of his first album Harmful If Swallowed three years later.

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    New season of John Oliver’s New York Standup Show will feature W. Kamau Bell, Paul F. Tompkins, Reggie Watts, more!

    Dear, readers in the New York tri-state area: Cancel your evening plans from June 3rd to June 5th (Instant Netflix will still be there when you get home) because John Oliver will be taping the fourth season of Comedy Central’s John Oliver’s New York Standup Show at Webster Hall and you can be there as a witness. Tickets are available through The Black List NYC. There will be three shows

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    Laughspin presents: The 10 Best Comedy Albums of 2012

    It’s that time of the year again where we present to you, dear Laughspinners, the 10 best comedy albums of the year. I say this every year, but it’s true: Since launching in 2005 and since there were well over 100 comedy albums released in 2012, this has been the most difficult year to pick just 10 great albums. As with all lists of this nature, what you see below

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    The Laughspin Interview with Gary Gulman

    Late this year, we’ll see an all-new hour special from comedian Gary Gulman. But you need not wait for freshly-released material from the man. His new album No Can Defend is out now, and it’s an excellent display of funny. Gulman mesmerizes as he’s able to take the smallest of concepts — Netflix, bottled water, punctuation — and create extended, beautifully-crafted jokes around them. We caught up with Gulman recently

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    Multi-city comedy benefit featuring Maron, Papa, Quinn and more raises money for Haiti

    Jodi Lieberman, Amber J. Lawson and Zoe Friedman are three powerhouses in the world of comedy, and I’m proud to say I know them all! They teamed up to create Transforming The World Through Comedy, a philanthropic organization simply known as TWT, because they said they wanted to use the power of comedy to help those less fortunate than them. So last night they held the world’s first multi-city —

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    Gary Gulman: All I Want for Chanukah is Christmas

    Nothing harkens the heart to Christmas like colorful lights, Carolers and a Jewish child’s seething jealousy. When Gary Gulman was asked, “What do you want for Chanukah?” He answered, “Christmas!” Lucky for the rest of the world, that childhood longing was scarring enough to spawn a comedy career and the recording of the album All I want for Chanukah is Christmas. In this follow up to the very funny Conversations

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    Magners Comedy Festival kicks off in Boston next week

    The Sawx haven’t sucked in years, so what’s there to laugh at in Boston now? How about this: the Magners Comedy Festival, which lands at Tommy’s Comedy Lounge and Nick’s Comedy Stop, both on Warrenton Street, for eight shows over three nights, from Feb. 4–6. The festival kicks off on Feb. 4 with the semifinals of the Magners Comedy Stand-off from 8:30–10:30 p.m. at both venues. It’s not exactly the

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    Comedy Matters with Judah Friedlander, Ralphie May and more

    Comic Strip Xmas Party The truth is I liked my last column so much it was hard for me to start to write this one. That’s a dangerous thing for a writer to fall in love with his own stuff! Anyway, thanks to all of you who sent your condolences on my Mom. For the second year in a row, The Comic Strip had an amazing, kick-ass holiday party, and

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    Comedy Matters with Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock and more

    TRIBUTE TO MARJORIE GURIAN This column will be kind of a double column due to the sudden passing of my beloved Mom, Marjorie Gurian, right at the time my last column was due. It just kind of rocked me, and brought home the concept that all we have is today. [caption id=”attachment_4784″ align=”aligncenter” width=”350″ caption=”Marjorie Gurian and her son, me. on her 81st birthday. I took her to see Jewtopia.

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    Gary Gulman: Sporting the funny

    Comedian Gary Gulman just may be his own biggest critic. But that won’t stop him from tearing into pro sports players as he hosts the first season of NESN’s Comedy All-Stars. Religion and politics have long been the comedic pressure points for stand-up comics. But in Boston, God’s devoted following barely rivals the zealousness of Red Sox Nation. And maybe that makes Gary Gulman’s job hosting a sports-based comedy show

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