Howie Mandel, Lena Dunham, Emma Stone and more share videos for #MyYoungerSelf campaign supporting mental health awareness

For more than a decade now, Howie Mandel has been an open book about struggling with mental health issues, namely Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, which, in his case, shows itself through an irrational fear of germs. But the comedian wasn’t always so forthcoming about his conditions. “There was always a stigma attached to mental health issues,” Mandel, who wasn’t diagnosed until he was an adult, once

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Theo Von talks ‘Deal With It’ on TBS, selling guinea pigs, finding a wife (Laughspin Interview)

Theo Von is the human embodiment of a small town success story. Born Theodor Capitani Vonkurnatowski in Convington, Louisiana (about 45 minutes north of New Orleans), the 34-year-old comedian began slinging jokes at a local coffee shop in 2003, driving 40 minutes just to perform seven minutes worth of material. “It was just a bunch of young guys trying to tell jokes, Von tells Laughspin. “I was all fired up.”

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Comedian Theo Von inks deal with TBS to host hidden-camera show ‘Deal with It’

Comedian Theo Von, a three-time guest essayist for Laughspin, has inked a deal with TBS to host its new hidden-camera show Deal With It. The network describes the Howie Mandel-produced reality series like this: …unsuspecting members of the public will be secretly dared to pull a prank on their unwitting companions with absolutely no time to prepare. If they agree to participate, they must obey all instructions given through an

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Howie Mandel developing celebrity stand-up comedy reality show

Putting celebrities in compromising or difficult situations is de rigueur for many reality shows – Celebrity Apprentice, Dancing with the Stars, and the always incredible I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here. These shows aren’t presented as comedies, but they’re pretty funny. Usually unintentionally. But a new celebrity-based reality program hopes to provide some purposeful laughs. Stand-up comedian-turned mega popular prime time game show host Howie Mandel — also

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Jeff Dunham, Dane Cook, Chelsea Handler top Forbes list of highest paid comedians

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If you’re like me, you’ve probably never associated Forbes with stand-up comedy, but in a recent article, the online source of all things business has published a list of the top-earning stand-up comics in the past year (June 2009-June 2010). Collectively, the bunch made a whopping $165 million; here’s the breakdown: 1. Jeff Dunham, $22.5 million 2. Dane Cook, $21 million 3. Terry Fator,

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