• Laughspin presents the 10 best comedy albums of 2011

    The end of the year is approaching fast, comedy fans. And so it’s time to count down the 10 best comedy albums of the year. As in years past, this list represents the albums we feel were the strongest. Let it be known: there were more than 150 comedy albums released this year. Let it also be known, that since we launched in 2005 (when we were Punchline Magazine), there

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    Sarah Silverman and friends raise money for NAACP at “glorious” anti-Rick Perry show

    Sarah Silverman has never shied away from employing racial slurs in her comedy, but she’s always maintained that—like any good comedian—she’s making a larger point about racism when she uses racist language, rather than exploiting offensive terms merely for the sake of shock value. Last night Silverman put her money where her mouth is with a new show, “Live at Niggerhead: Stripping the Paint Off Of Good Ol’ Fashioned Racism,”

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    Watch three comedians Occupy Wall Street in their own ways

    It’s the onus of comedy at large to question. Right? Naturally, the Occupy Wall Street protests have coincided quite well with that notion questioning the unregulated corporate culture in America. Comedian Lee Camp recently gave a spirited performance for protesters; and he’s not the only one. Without any of the traditional trappings of live comedy such as a stage, more comedians including Chappelle’s Show co-creator Neal Brennan have given their

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    The Laughspin interview with Jamie Kilstein: “The message always comes first”

    One of the only ways to tolerate listening to mainstream new programs’ discussion of the debt ceiling crisis, the 2012 presidential election, the economy remaining in the shitter, the inane bickering that continues to plague Congress, or pretty much anything involving the Tea Party, is to tell yourself that it’s all a huge joke. Sure, Michele Bachmann might have said The Lion King could be used to normalize homosexuality in

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    A short list of comedy albums you’ll want to buy now or in the near future

    Just in case you’re not of the album buying/downloading ilk, comedy albums have been coming out in droves over the last few weeks. Yes, it’s that time of year again, comedy fans. OK, we’re only saying that because several quality comedy albums have come out recently– like Marc Maron’s This Has To Be Funny and Wyatt Cenac’s Comedy Person. And there’s more on the horizon! Here’s a list of albums

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    Comedy kibbles and bits: links about funny shit

    It’s been a few days since I busted out some comedy links. So, here’s a list of some that deserve some attention. Start clicking away, you click-indicted clickers. Ving Rhames has been cast in a Comedy Central pilot, wherein he plays a former special ops agent. The show is called Black Jack; and Rhames’ character is named Black Jack. Get it? Ving Rhames is totally black, you guys. [Deadline] [caption

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    In his TV debut, Jamie Kilstein brings scathing commentary to Conan

    Conan O’Brien has a history of exposing not-quite-mainstream music to the masses via his late night show (now shows)– Slipknot, Bad Religion, anyone? He’s doing the same with comedy. On Tuesday, Jamie Kilstein — a comedian Punchline Magazine in 2008, told you dudes to watch — made his television debut on Conan. And instead of massaging his five-minute set to better fill the mold of popular television, Kilstein pretty much

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    Just For Laughs: Jamie Kilstein breathes life into socio-political comedy with one-man show

    MONTREAL – About a quarter of the way through Jamie Kilstein’s one-man show last night at Theatre Ste Catherine, I began thinking: this dude has the rhythm of a slam poet— the way he motors through monologues with precision, playing with intonation, being mindful of the mix of mono and multi-syllabic words, plain and fancy words, the word “fuck” and its variations, the concept of crescendos, respites and sweet release.

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    Sit tight for coverage of the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal

    Victor, the Just For Laughs official mascot

    MONTREAL — Hey, comedy fans. I just arrived in this great city to check out the 2010 installment of Just For Laughs, the longest running comedy festival in the world. Most comedy elite would also call it the most important of the fests, since it has been known for decades to give great pushes to comedians’ careers. To that

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    Wrap-up: Janeane Garofalo, Rob Riggle, Eugene Mirman at AltCom

    Opening the second AltCom show on Friday night in Somerville — that’s in the Greater Boston area — Eugene Mirman skewered the debate over what’s “alternative” perfectly as he read from a manifesto strictly defining the rules of alternative. The list included items like “art before commerce” and “smash old items and make new ones out of the bones of the status quo, human hair, and glue, and then smash

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    Punchline Magazine presents the 10 best comedy albums of 2008

    We’re excited to announce Punchline Magazine’s top 10 stand-up comedy albums as well as the one, most exciting up and coming stand-up comedian we think you should pay attention to in 2009. This list has nothing to do with record sales. This list simply represents the collective opinions of Punchline Magazine’s editors. Enjoy. #10 – TOM McCAFFREY, Lou Diamond Phillips? This debut album from New York City based comic Tom

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