• PBS special will feature Jerry Seinfeld, Carol Burnett, George Lopez, Lisa Lampanelli and more

    Mary Tyler Moore is set to host a PBS tribute to The Ed Sullivan Show entitled Ed Sullivan’s Comedy Legends. The retrospective airs on Aug. 6 and will feature Ed Sullivan veterans such as Carol Burnett, Rich Little, Jackie Mason, Anne Meara, Carl Reiner, Joan Rivers and Jerry Stiller. The show will also feature next generation comedians like Joy Behar, Kathy Griffin, Arsenio Hall, Lisa Lampanelli, Richard Lewis, George Lopez,

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    Punchline Mag analysis: Are comedians now destined to apologize forever?

    George Carlin famously said, “I think it’s the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately.” Most that read that quote don’t realize there is a horrific dark side to that quote. Often when crossing the line, as a comedian, you can go to a place that is incredibly offensive to people and, most importantly, not funny. Yet, in 2011, we see

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    Comedy kibbles and bits: morning links about funny shit

    Good morning, comedy news wanters. You may have noticed that from time to time, I’ve been collecting some links and throwing them at you some mornings. Why am I doing this, you might be asking. Well, sometimes we, at Punchline Magazine, need to get you comedy-related info that doesn’t quite deserve a full post on our oft-updated daily news blog (the section you’re reading right now). That’s where these things

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    George Carlin gets autotuned; what do you think?

    Autotuning speeches, interviews, and generally anything not already a song has become a fairly standard practice online. Just search on YouTube for “autotune” and you’ll find way too many videos that amp up old, decidedly non-musical content. With all the autotuned Obama speeches and newscasts, though, it’s hard to find stand-up comedy given the T-Pain treatment. But check out this video that surfaced a few days ago: it’s George Carlin’s

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    Lee Camp: Chaos For The Weary

    As perceptive and profane and profound as Lee Camp can be, he really does not represent a generation of new comic as much as the regeneration of an old one: George Carlin. Lucky him! Lucky us! His antic and intensely interesting new CD from Stand Up! Records, Chaos for the Weary (available Friday), even comes with the Carlin seal of approval, courtesy of Kelly Carlin, daughter of the late comic

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    Featured review: Jim Norton– Despicable

    Release date: March 8 In case you don’t know, Jim Norton is what George Carlin would have been had Carlin not been such a sweet and sensitive guy. On his aptly-titled third album Despicable – over half of the track titles (“Penguins are Assholes,” “Ron Jeremey’s Giant Cock,” “A Pile of Pussy”) would be unprintable in a mainstream publication – Norton gives his fans exactly the kind of abrasive, vulgar

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    My five favorite comedy albums and specials of all time

    You may have noticed the “Ask us your comedy questions” graphic on our pages. It links up to our page on Formspring, wherein you can ask a question and we’ll answer it! You can also ask us a question through our Tumblr page. Some of those sessions will end up here on our daily blog. Today, I’m answering a question from our Formspring page: What are your top five favorite

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    Glenn Wool: Let Your Hands Go

    While anyone can point out hypocrisy, and maybe even get a laugh, it takes a special kind of mind to mix the sardonic with the silly, the way Glenn Wool does on his album, Let Your Hands Go (Stand-Up! Records.) Wool doesn’t just touch on heavy topics, but rather dives, full force and unapologetically, into religion, his many past and current experiences with drugs and alcohol and homosexuality. He continues,

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    Comedians Greg Fitzsimmons, Ben Gleib pay tribute to George Carlin on radio show

    Two years after his death, Southern California Public Radio’s Patt Morrison and comedians Greg Fitzsimmons and Ben Gleib joined together to pay tribute to the influential comedian. During the show, Morrison asked Fitzsimmons and Gleib about their experiences with Carlin. Then she opened the lines to callers who had been affected by Carlin and his comedy. Callers reminisced about the effect Carlin’s comedy had on their lives. A few talked

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    Dave Chappelle breaks down man on man rape

    On his 1990 album, Parental Advisory, the late George Carlin makes the case against censors who say there’s just some topics that cannot be joked about because those topics are inherently unfunny or just plain mean. Take rape, Carlin says. “‘You can’t joke about rape; rape’s not funny.'” He concludes: “I can prove to you that rape is funny: Picture Porky Pig raping Elmer Fudd.” Well, last night Dave Chappelle,

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    Inside the George Carlin tribute, featuring Louis C.K., Kevin Smith, Ben Stiller, more

    Hundreds show up to the New York Public Library to honor the legendary George Carlin. His daughter Kelly and his co-author Tony Hendra, along with a handful of famous friends remind us why we miss George so much.

    Kelly Carlin and Tony Hendra, photo by Peter Foley

    Wednesday night in New York City, where George Carlin was born and raised, hundreds of fans – and a

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    Best of Spike Jones on DVD Dec. 12

    On Dec. 12, The Best of Spike Jones, a best-of compilation of The Spike Jones Show, will be released on a three-DVD box set from Infinity Entertainment Group. For those unfamiliar with Spike Jones (not Spike Jonze, who is quite different), Jones was the exalted “Master of Musical Mayhem,” a tremendously influential comedic bandleader of the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s; George Carlin has cited him many times as one of

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    George Carlin: The comedy legend’s daughter talks to Punchline Magazine about his ‘Last Words’

    After decades of setting the bar for stand-up comedy, George Carlin displayed a rare bit of bad timing by dying last year, just as we needed him most. In a career that included over two dozen comedy records, 14 HBO hour specials and three books, it’s remarkable to think how little Carlin revealed about his personal life in his work. It seems, now, like he was saving it up. In

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    Bill Cosby admits to plagiarizing George Carlin

    During Bill Cosby’s latest appearance on Late Show with David Letterman, the legendary comedian admits to stealing a portion of fellow legend George Carlin’s routine and “racing him out of the theater at night in an ongoing fevered competition,” according to the Huffington Post. Check out the clip below. Thoughts? Reactions? Is it really plagiarism?

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    Jimmy Dore: Waging war on stupidity

    In this time of national turmoil, political fear and uncertainty – laughing yet? –emerges a voice of reason, of strength and of hope. Not Obama, you silly geese. Even better: Citizen Jimmy – comedian Jimmy Dore – premieres his one-hour Comedy Central special this week. Watch it— unless you hate America. Our country is firmly planted in the shitter, folks: Gas prices are up to $4.60 a gallon on the

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