• Report: Andy Kaufman is dead

    Despite the best efforts of Michael Kaufman to convince the world otherwise, his brother, iconic comedian Andy Kaufman is dead. That’s the report from The Smoking Gun, who just posted details responding to a new round of rumors that supported Kaufman didn’t die of lung cancer on May 16, 1984 and, instead, faked his own death. Michael Kaufman appeared onstage at the Gotham Comedy Club in New York on Monday;

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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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    Carlos Mencia addresses weight loss onstage: I don’t have AIDS, he jokes

    Believe it or not, Carlos Mencia is the 17th of 18 children, and was born in Honduras. As an infant he was sent to the US to be raised by an aunt and uncle in the Maravilla Projects in Los Angeles,” but went back to Honduras as a teenager to get away from the gang culture in his neighborhood. When he came back to the U.S., the school system took

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    Judah Friedlander, Steven Wright, Tom Papa, more perform for Laugh For Sight

    Comedy Matters doesn’t only talk about comics. It talks about the people who make the comedy world what it is, a wonderful place to be! Chris Mazzilli, owner of Gotham Comedy Club, is a special kind of guy and a very charitable man. I don’t think it’s any accident that there are so many charitable events at Gotham. Laugh for Sight is a national charity which raises awareness and funding

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    Comedy Matters with Billy Crystal, Russell Peters and more!

    Strip Action I flew out to LA to interview Billy Crystal for the book I’m writing on the 35 year history of The Comic Strip, with owner Richie Tienken. This was thanks to Bob Wachs who’s known Billy for all those years. Bob Wachs is Richie Tienken’s partner and the co-founder of The Comic Strip. Thanks to Bob, when the club opened on June 1, 1976, Billy was the first

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    VIDEO: Comedian Rachel Feinstein goes grandma on R&B star Ginuwine

    Fast-rising comedian Rachel Feinstein recently debuted her stellar 30-minute stand-up special on Comedy Central; we’ll see her on the network again, thankfully, when she joins Amy Schumer, Marina Franklin and Nikki Glaser in what has been dubbed The Smarter Sex Stand-up Comedy Special. For now, we wanted to share this jokes.com exclusive video with you. If you’re familiar with Rachel’s stand-up at all, you know she’s a skilled character actress

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    Paul Mecurio: Must-see show this weekend + giveaway

    We’re giving away two pairs of tickets to see Paul Mecurio headline at Gotham Comedy Club in New York. Simply e-mail us at punchlinemagazine@gmail.com with your full name and address. And tell us which show you want to attend. Show info is here. Do you know Paul Mecurio? If not, let us give you a brief intro. Dude left abandoned his Georgetown Law degree and career as an investment banker

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    John Oliver, Robert Klein to perform at benefit for the blind

    Robert Klein, John Oliver and more will perform at a benefit to raise funds for the blind. On Sept. 20, Gotham Comedy Club in New York will host the fifth annual Laugh for Sight benefit, which will benefit retinal degenerative eye disease research. Klein, who we interviewed back in June, and The Daily Show’s Oliver will be joined by Jessica Kirson and Brian Fischler, cofounder/president of Laugh for Sight, will

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    Comedy Matters with Andy Kindler, Natasha Leggero, Bill Murray, more

    Comic Strip Documentary Blows Up We were excited enough when Chris Rock agreed to exec. produce the documentary film for the 35th anniversary of The Comic Strip. Now Abby Russell and Brent Sterling-Nemetz of Letterbox Pictures, who are actually shooting the film have really stepped it up, and have just shot Jay Leno, Billy Crystal, Joe Piscopo, Arsenio Hall, Richard Lewis, Carol Leifer, Kevin Nealon, and Richard Belzer for the

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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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    Comedy Matters with Bobby Lee, Jeffrey Ross and more

    CHRIS ROCK STEPS UP In 1986, Chris Rock was discovered at the Comic Strip by owner Richie Tienken and Eddie Murphy. The story goes that Chris was setting up chairs and cleaning up in exchange for stage time, in a deal he made with Lucien Hold, the legendary manager of the club. One night Eddie Murphy came in to see Tienken, who was his manager for 11 years, and asked

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    Comedy becomes more viable work option in recession

    It seems that during this recession there has been an increased number of amateurs in entering the world of stand-up comedy. With high unemployment rates  and therefore less financial risk for some, more and more wannabe comics are choosing to enter the fray. “If you’re bringing home a nice paycheck, and you’ve got a nice executive position and you announce to your wife or your parents that you’re giving it

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