• Laughspin Podcast, episode 68: Donald Glover, Patrice O’Neal, Jim Gaffigan

    On a brand-spanking-new episode of The Laughspin Podcast, Mike and I get peeved (that’s right, PEEVED!) about a YouTube “star” who blatantly stole jokes and ideas from the late Patrice O’Neal. Also, we listen to a new track from Joe DeRosa’s new album You Will Die, which comes out Sept. 3. And if that’s not enough we deliver news on Rashida Jones, Jim Gaffigan, Donald Glover, the Comedy Central Roast

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    Jim Gaffigan’s television show might still happen at CBS

    The television gods are working in our favor. CBS is resurrecting Jim Gaffigan’s series, which they passed over this past pilot season. Now, according to reports, the network is redeveloping the show for the 2014-2015 season. The semi-autobiographical single camera comedy will focus on Gaffigan raising his five kids with his wife in New York. It is unclear if any of the original cast, besides Gaffigan, will return for the

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    Jim Gaffigan will write a second book, signs seven figure deal (Exclusive)

    Because of the wild success of his book Dad is Fat, comedian Jim Gaffigan has just signed a seven-figure deal to write his second, Laughspin can exclusively report. The new collection of essays — as yet untitled — will hit stores and online retailers next year and will be published by Crown Archetype, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group at Random House. It will be available in the United

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    12 jobs comedians had before they were famous: Kevin Hart, Jon Stewart, Louis C.K. and more!

    As shocking as it may sound, not every comedian joked his or her way straight to stardom. Before they were making you laugh onstage, in movies and on television, they were working regular dead-end jobs– you know, like most of us! From waiting tables to applying makeup to the dead, comedians have done it all. Below, we’ve listed 12 of our favorite before-comedy comedian jobs. (Click each photo for full

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    Happy Father’s Day: 10 bits on being a dad with Patton Oswalt, Louis C.K., Jim Gaffigan, more!

    Tomorrow is Father’s Day, so whether he was your greatest idol growing up or a complete dead beat, you are obligated to acknowledge his existence. And if you’re a dad, milk it for all it’s worth. It’s the one day each year when your kids have to think of your positive qualities long enough to pick out a hallmark card and scribble their names on it. In honor of Father’s

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    Jim Gaffigan’s five kids want you to buy Dad is Fat, so they can eat (Video)

    While his book Dad is Fat is already a New York Times bestseller, Jim Gaffigan knows his work is just beginning. And that work entails him making his five kids hawk Daddy’s book— unless, of course, they don’t want to eat. Check out the video below, which finds Gaffigan and his wife Jeannie’s adorable offspring dealing with downright Dickensian conditions all while attempting to persuade jaded New Yorkers to buy

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    10 great one line jokes from 10 great comedians (Photos)

    There’s nothing like a great one line joke. Just like it takes planning and smarts to deliver an amazingly funny longform story, it takes special talent to write and deliver a short joke that will stick with an audience. Below, we’ve chosen 10 of our favorites one-to-few-line jokes from Bob Newhart, Zach Galifianakis, Steven Wright, Jimmy Carr, Tommy Cooper, Jim Gaffigan, Demetri Martin, Rodney Dangerfield, Mitch Hedberg and Doug Benson.

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    New CBS comedy lineup revealed: Anna Faris, Robin Williams, Will Arnett (Updated + videos)

    We’ve already seen the new fall comedy lineups from NBC, Fox and ABC, and today CBS – the network with the traditionally highest comedy ratings – revealed theirs, including four new sitcom offerings which star the likes of Anna Faris, Will Arnett and Robin Williams. Let’s get to it! On Mondays at 8 pm this fall, How I Met Your Mother will begin its ninth and final season and will

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    The Laughspin Podcast, episode 54: The Lonely Island, Joe DeRosa, Jim Gaffigan

    On this new episode of the Laughspin Podcast, Mike and I deliver great news about a Phil Hartman project, a new Anna Faris series and also some sad news about comedian Rick Shapiro and more. We also listen to a new song from Andy Samberg’s comedy group The Lonely Island, a clip from my interview with Jim Gaffigan and a preview of Joe DeRosa’s new comedy special! And much more!

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    Laughspin Podcast, episode 53: Jim Gaffigan interview

    Jim Gaffigan has added yet another hyphen to his already multi-hyphenate life. The comedian, actor of television, film and yes, even Broadway, will officially become an author, as his parenting-themed book Dad is Fat becomes available in stores and online May 7. To be clear, this is not an advice book. If you know even a little about the veteran comedian, you know he’s not the type to claim he’s

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    Jimmy Fallon wins Grammy for best comedy album; Jim Gaffigan wins Laughspin readers’ poll

    Although the main ceremony for the 55th annual Grammy Awards hasn’t begun yet, we can tell you that Jimmy Fallon has snagged the award for Best Comedy Album for his work on Blow Your Pants Off, a set of funny songs featuring the likes of Eddie Vedder, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and Justin Timberlake. Fallon was up against Kathy Griffin, Lewis Black, Tenacious D, Margaret Cho and Jim Gaffigan, who,

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    Who should win the Grammy for best comedy album? (Poll)

    This Sunday, the Recording Academy will honor the best comedy album of 2012 by bestowing upon one of six artists a Grammy. Now, we’ve already established the Academy really doesn’t know shit about comedy so we thought it would be more valuable to ask you, dear Laughspinners and true comedy nerds, who should win. Below, are the nominees. Start voting and check back on Sunday for the results! Create your

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    Recording Academy continues unhealthy Kathy Griffin obsession with fifth straight Grammy nomination

    For the fifth year in a row, the Recording Academy lazily pushed Kathy Griffin onto the list of nominees for Best Comedy Album, despite the fact that — once again — her “album” is nothing more than the completely censored audio ripped from her latest Bravo special. This time, it’s called Seaman 1st Class and as in the past, the “album” isn’t even broken down into tracks; it’s just one

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    Portlandia guest stars will include Patton Oswalt, Jim Gaffigan, Roseanne and many more!

    As I said on the latest episode of the Laughspin Podcast, writers, producers and directors are, more and more, utilizing the it-takes-a-village approach to creating quality comedy television. In other words, there’s seems to be an increasingly inflated number of guest stars, cameos and story arc players embedded within many of our favorite full-time cast members on our favorite shows. Allow us to submit Portlandia’s updated list of guest stars

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    Bob Saget and friends raise $664,000 for Scleroderma research

    Family, friends and supporters came together Monday night at Carolines on Broadway in New York City for comedian Bob Saget’s annual scleroderma fundraiser, which raised over $664,000 by night’s end! The Scleroderma Research Foundation (srfcure.org) hosted ‘Cool Comedy – Hot Cuisine,’ a comedy show with delicious food made by celebrity chefs Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken. Many comedic friends of Saget — who lost his sister to the disease

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