• Comedian Jeannette Rizzi to star in special ‘Blindsided’ performance, proceeds going to Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services

    Comedian Jeannette Rizzi will star in a special performance of her solo show Blindsided at 7:30 pm on Thursday, Oct. 20 at the Hollywood Improv. Tickets ($25 each) are now available on the Improv’s website with all proceeds going to Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services. As raw as it is funny, Blindsided is a personal journey about an all-American teen growing up in rural Florida who is, without any warning,

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    Steve Carell’s celebrity game show ‘Riot’ boasts Tom Green, D.L. Hughley, Mayim Bialik, more!

    Steve Carell’s celebrity improv game show Riot has been ordered to series and will feature famous guests including Jason Alexander, Cheryl Hines and Carell himself! Originally developed under the name Slide Show, Riot has a regular cast of contestants playing improv games with Hollywood celebrities while on a stage that is slanted at a 22-degree angle. Think Whose Line Is It Anyway? meets Wipeout!. Executive producer and contestant Carell brought

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    Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood at Just For Laughs (Review)

    MONTREAL – While the art of improv can be a polarizing comedy sub-genre for comedians and comedy fans alike, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone hating on those who are part of the Whose Line is it Anyway? family. Specifically, master improvisers Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood have always been dependably capable at spinning almost any thought, concept or motion into pure comedic gold – turning the barest of joke

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    Jenna Elfman shines a light on comedy charity Laugh For Sight (Interview)

    Jenna Elfman is known not just for her wide-ranging work on television and in movies, but also for her varied philanthropic causes. Most recently, the Damages actress walked in the Red Dress Collection fashion show – along with Rebecca Romijn, Hilary Duff and more – on Feb. 8 (pictured above), to support The Heart Truth organization, which promotes heart disease-awareness among women. And tonight, she’s bringing her talents to the

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    Marc Maron, Harland Williams to play benefit show for late comic Angelo Bowers

    This coming Wednesday, Jan. 11, at the Improv in Hollywood, Marc Maron, Harland Williams and more will perform at a show to benefit the family of late comedian Angelo Bowers, who died early Tuesday morning after sustaining injuries from a car crash caused by a drunk driver. He was 26. Ticket sales will also go to help paying comedian Josh Adam Meyers’ hospital bills. Meyers was in the car with

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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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    Jeffrey Ross, Eddie Pepitone, more celebrate National Lampoon Twitter Awards (Videos)

    You might have heard rumor, but it’s true: The National Lampoon Twitter Awards were not a joke. Even though Jeffrey Ross said in his acceptance speech, “I want to thank National Lampoon for reminding us that they exist,” and Modern Family co-executive producer Danny Zuker claimed he felt better when he won an Emmy a month ago, the #NLTwitterAwards were not some fun hashtag that @PattonOswalt made up. In fact,

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    National Lampoon Twitter Awards guests revealed; event goes down Oct. 6

    On Oct. 6, the folks at National Lampoon will be performing a great service for the comedy community. They’ll be honoring the best comedic Twitterers of our time. The 1st Annual National Lampoon Twitter Awards is going down at the Melrose Improv in Los Angeles (some tickets available) that night; and comedian Eddie Pepitone – one of the most skilled Twitter artists ever – will play host to the event.

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    Interview with Rob Riggle, ultimate Renaissance comedy machine

    Comedian Rob Riggle is everywhere. He’s on the big screen, the small screen, and stages across America, and now, on a webseries produced by AXE Shower Gel and Comedy Central Digital, hosting the AXE Dirtcathalon. Punchline Magazine got a chance to catch up with Riggle and his amazing story of how he came to do almost everything (sketch, stand-up, acting, improv, etc.) all at the same time. You have three

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    Matt Walsh: High on improv

    Improvisation in cinema has been tried a few times over history. The films of auteur Robert Altman were noted to use a script as merely a blueprint from which the actors improvised from. As the sophistication of certain audiences has risen, improvisation on screen has become more frequent with shows such as Larry David’s cult status show Curb Your Enthusiasm. Matt Walsh, one of UCB’s founder, is now stepping into

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    Starbucks-owned Seattle’s Best Coffee launches Second City comedy show

    Today, in “cool brands partnering with comedy groups” news, we have a quick item from Seattle’s Best Coffee. The Starbucks-owned coffee enterprise is debuting its “Declare Your Level Show” on April 13, an online improv comedy show. Here’s how it works: actors and directors from Second City will perform some sketches, and Facebook fans will have the opportunity to see and participate in said performance when they “like” Seattle’s Best

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    Interview: Who are you, Reggie Watts?

    What Reggie Watts does onstage has been described in many different ways the last few years. Mostly it comes down to “comedian” or “musical comedian.” After all, Comedy Central Records released his album Why Shit So Crazy? last year; he’s toured with comedians (Conan, anyone?) and cut his teeth on the national comedy scene. But he barely tells any jokes. Onstage it’s all about music– music that’s improvised every night

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    Doug Benson, George Lopez, Dana Gould take part in “Tweet The Joke”

    Doug Benson

    Aside from being an outlet for inane and narcissistic status updates, Twitter is a first-class outlet for stand-up comedians, whether they’re making punchy jokes or interacting with their fans. Our friends at the Improv have somewhat recently launched “Tweet The Joke,” takes that quality one step further, and adds the possibility of free stuff for everyone. Here’s how it works: a comedian — this

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    Improv giving away pre-loaded hard drive with Dane Cook tracks

    Check this out, comedy fans. The Improv is giving away a sweet, new 320 GB hard drive. But that’s not all. It’s going to come pre-loaded with every single track Dane Cook has put out– including the complete best-of album I Did My Best, which just hit stores. We’re not going to lie to you: In order to enter this contest, you have to do some light legwork (or typing).

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    The Improv holds national contest for comedians

    The Improv, the country’s biggest comedy club chain, has just unveiled a new contest for stand-up comedians around the country. The 5 Spot gives comics the chance to be flown out to LA to perform in front of the club’s national booker. So, let’s get right to the details, shall we? To register, go to the 5 Spot web page, create an Improv Comedian Profile and start inviting people to

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