• A word about Greg Giraldo

    Chances are that by now you’ve read a lot of Internet chatter about Greg Giraldo. I’ve been reading the same things since this morning. I’ve purposely held off on posting anything because, I honestly think it’s a private matter. However, I also honestly believe there’s a certain percentage of comedy fans that are well-intentioned and genuinely concerned about Giraldo– and that they deserve to have some credible info. At this

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    Last Comic Standing premieres Monday; Greg Giraldo, Craig Robinson go behind the scenes

    Last Comic Standing host Craig Robinson and judges Greg Giraldo and Natasha Leggero share some advice with viewers in three behind-the-scenes interviews. Robinson contemplates the similarities of hosting the show to his work as Darryl on The Office, Giraldo describes his peculiar way of identifying new talent, and Leggero reveals that co-hosts Giraldo and Andy Kindler are her role models. The three comedians also share their wisdom with people who

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    Andy Kindler, Last Comic Standing Judge: this season is a reboot

    After the show’s year hiatus, the premiere of Last Comic Standing on NBC is fast approaching. To be exact, it’ll officially stop approaching on June 7. If you followed the show’s six seasons, you’ll know that its created quite a divide among comedy fans and comedians alike. Some fans love that they were introduced to comedians on network television; other fans claim the show is fixed, that it waters down

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    Punchline Magazine giving away tickets to see Greg Giraldo

    We’re happy to announce we’re giving away a few pairs of tickets to see the amazing Greg Giraldo live at Comix in New York City.The shows are going down Thursday through Saturday, with two shows each on Friday and Saturday. Simply email us at punchlinemagazine@gmail.com and tell us that you’d like to be considered for a pair of tickets; also be sure to specify which show you’d like to attend.

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    Jerry Seinfeld sings Greg Giraldo's praises; Giraldo plays well with Paltrow

    On tonight’s episode of The Marriage Ref (NBC, 10 pm EST) — executive produced by Jerry Seinfeld and hosted by comedian Tom Papa — one of my top three favorite comedians Greg Giraldo will sit on the judges panel– next to friggin’ Gwyneth Paltrow. I never thought I’d see the day where these two were rubbing elbows. Paltrow is in one of those presumably fake Hollywood marriages to Coldplay mope

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    Can you say one country's comedians are 'better' than another country's comedians?

    In what I can only describe as one of the most pointless and ill-conceived analyses on the subject of comedy, Troy Media yesterday, in a pair of op-eds (“American Comedians Can’t Hold a Candle to their Canadian Counterparts” and “Why Americans Love Canadian Comedians”) makes the point that Canadian comedians are better than American comedians. “Better”— as if it can be quantified. I actually had to make sure, before writing

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    Last Comic Standing live semi-finals scheduled

    Can you smell it, comedy fans? It’s getting closer. The premiere – and return after a year hiatus – of NBC’s Last Comic Standing, set for June 7, is fast approaching. And not just because we know how to read a calendar, but because we found out when and where the semi-final showcases are being filmed. It’s going down April 13 and 14 at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA.

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    Giraldo, Ansari, DeGeneres to headline TBS' Just For Laughs festival

    “Very Funny” Festival: Just For Laughs presented by TBS is returning to Chicago this June for its second annual event. Boasting heavy hitters like Greg Giraldo, Aziz Ansari, Jim Norton, Ellen DeGeneres, Cedric The Entertainer, Denis Leary, and Russell Peters, the festival will be held over five nights at 12 different venues. Along with stand-up performances, several popular sketch shows are scheduled including Lucha VaVoom, and The Not Inappropriate Show

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    The 10 best comedy albums of 2009

    This past year was an incredibly strong time for stand-up comedy albums. It wasn’t easy for us to whittle down the list to just 10, but then what’s the fun in including everyone in a list? Like our list last year, the below selections have nothing to do with how popular each comedian is or how many copies of each album was sold. These are simply the albums we think

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    Michael Ian Black, Greg Giraldo film pilot for NBC, get tickets

    The Brits have done it again! The wildly popular island nation that offered up fabulous originals for fabulous Yank rip-offs like The Office, The Weakest Link, and Coupling (okay, maybe not Coupling) have now given us Have I Got News For You, a quiz show chock-full of political antics and hilarious hijinks. Premiering on NBC and hosted by Sam Seder of Air America fame, the show will feature team captains

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    Greg Giraldo calls Obama out + audio editorial

    Yesterday, I wrote about Greg Giraldo’s first ever hour-long special Midlife Vices will premiere this Sunday, Aug. 16 at 10 pm EST on Comedy Central. Having seen an advanced copy of the special last night, I’d like to strongly suggest you plan your weekend around this television event. For the time being, here’s some audio of me yammering on about why Greg Giraldo is one of the greatest working comics

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    It's about fucking time: Greg Giraldo's one hour special premieres Sunday

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m sure, many times on Punchline Magazine. Greg Giraldo is one of the best comedians working today. Personally, he constantly floats around in my top three, along with Marc Maron and Brian Regan. Well, Giraldo has FINALLY — after two half hour specials on Comedy Central, eight Comedy Central roast appearances, nine episodes of Comedy Central’s The Root of All Evil,

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    Greg Giraldo, Robin Quivers, more will roast Joan Rivers

    According to the folks over at Comedy Central, Joan Rivers is “in for a rippin.'” Boy, is she ever. With roasters like Brad Garrett, Carl Reiner, Gilbert Gottfried, Greg Giraldo, Jeffrey Ross, Lily Tomlin, Mario Cantone, Richard Belzer, Robin Quivers and Whitney Cummings, looks like comedy’s original diva will be needing more than a few tissues. (If her tear ducts are still capable of forming water, that is). Festivities for

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    Comedy Matters with Gabriel Iglesias, Colin Quinn, Jessica Biel

    SEARCHING FOR JERRY SEINFELD As many of you know, I’ve spent the better part of the last year, working with Comic Strip owner Richie Tienken on a book about the history of the club that launched the careers of superstars like Chris Rock, Larry Miller, George Wallace, Lewis Black, Paul Reiser and Jerry Seinfeld— to name just a few. We’re aiming for the book to come out in time for

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    Column: Comedy Matters with Chris Rock, Pablo Francisco, more

    CHRIS ROCK AND PAUL REISER AT THE STRIP The Comic Strip was and is still considered home to some of the biggest stars in the stand-up comedy business. Those stars openly acknowledge their debt to The Strip in a book I’m writing now about the legendary club. The Strip opened on June 1, 1976, and after 33 years is going stronger than ever. Owner Richie Tienken, who had left home

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