• George Carlin (1937-2008): Rest in Peace

    UPDATED: 8:45 pm EST George Carlin died at about 6 pm last night in Los Angeles. He was the first comic I ever became obsessed with. I will miss him. My heart goes out to his family and friends. No doubt, their loss is much greater than my own. Rest in Peace, George. Thank you for introducing me to stand-up comedy. Thank you for everything. Read Reuters obit here. I’ve

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    Bo Burnham: Barely legal comedy

    A year ago, not-yet-legal Bo Burnham was just a scrawny kid from the suburbs who had a knack for writing funny songs. But now, millions of YouTube views and a record deal with Comedy Central have made the kid a star. If you spend a lot of time on YouTube, chances are you’ve heard of Bo Burnham. Since his first video postings –wherein Bo is seen performing funny songs in

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    Taking Stock: Tolerated Joke Theft

    Joke stealing has been getting a lot of attention lately, due to the battle between Joe Rogan and Carlos Mencia. Joke theft is always going to exist, for the simple reason that stealing jokes is a lot easier than writing them. But there’s a brand of purloined punch line that no one seems to mind so much: the “stock line.” The existence of “stock” is a generally accepted and erroneous

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    Lord Carrett: Of Human Bondage

    I’m new to Manhattan, and the first Christmas in a new city is always strange. My first Christmas in Los Angeles, my finances wouldn’t allow me to head home for the holidays, and by the time Christmas Eve rolled around I was “over” Christmas. I decided to have the least Christmas-y Christmas ever, so I rented Leaving Las Vegas. When you rent a movie about a guy who goes to

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