• NBC’s ‘Last Comic Standing’ off to great start, first semi-finalists announced

    With judges Russell Peters, Roseanne and Keenen Ivory Wayans and host JB Smoove, Last Comic Standing made its triumphant return last night to NBC. And this time, with the guidance of executive producer Wanda Sykes, Last Comic Standing is being done right. In year’s past NBC went to great lengths in order to perpetuate the idea that all of the comedians participating were “up and coming,” whether they were in

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    The Laughspin video interview with Jimmy Shubert from Laughfest

    While at Laughfest in Grand Rapids last week, I caught up with comedian Jimmy Shubert just before he was about to get on a plane to Los Angeles. You may know Jimmy from his appearances on King of Queens; he also just did a spot on the CBS hit series 2 Broke Girls. If you’re really lucky, however, you’ve seen him onstage slinging jokes with old-school fervor, determination and with

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    Laughfest comedians speak out about healing through comedy

    You may or may not have noticed that we here at Laughspin have been pushing the upcoming Gilda’s Laughfest in Grand Rapids, Michigan pretty hard. I’m not about to try to convince you that we’ve been unbiased in our editorial coverage, our Tweets and our Facebook links; we’re biased. We love Laughfest. I was lucky enough to attend the inaugural fest for a few days last year; I was also

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    The 10 best stand-up comedy DVDs of 2009

    For the past few years, the release of stand-up CDs and DVDs seems to be more popular than ever. Sometimes a production company will release just a CD or just a DVD– sometimes they’re packaged together. The DVDs listed below fall under one of the last two categories. And although we, at Punchline Magazine, are bigger fans of the plain comedy album, sometimes, we admit, some material translates better on

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