• VIDEO: Laughspin Podcast with Robert Kelly, Rachel Feinstein, Kurt Metzger, Andrew Schulz

    Since I started covering comedy in 2005 – when Laughspin was called Punchline Magazine – the world of comedy has exponentially grown in popularity. Back then there was a handful of comedy festivals in the United States; now, there’s well over 50. More comedians are headlining theaters and comedy programming on television is everywhere. It used to be Comedy Central, along with HBO and Showtime to a much lesser degree,

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    Controversy over Upright Citizens Brigade flares, but is it much ado about nothing?

    What started as one comedian’s off-the-cuff vocal displeasure over the way a well-respected comedy institution runs its business evolved into a needlessly divisive, hostile online battle fought via Facebook updates and Tumblr posts. I’m not including screengrabs or quoting from those comments here, because, honestly, it’s not going to move the discussion further in any meaningful way— regardless of how poorly or well thought-out each opinion is. It’s enough to

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    Comedians Joe DeRosa and Kurt Metzger launch Web series about things they hate (Video)

    Comedians Joe DeRosa and Kurt Metzger are coming to Official Comedy on YouTube, and they want to make it clear that they’re sick of you telling them what to like, Internet. In their upcoming web show Overrated, they chime in on all the pop-culture bullshit that they deem overrated (ie. Words with Friends), and also show their support for the not-bullshit that doesn’t get the appreciation it deserves (ie. video

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    Interview: Kurt Metzger talks “trust fund pussy” comedians, Ugly Americans and more

    On his new album for Comedy Central Records, Kurt Metzger Talks To Young People About Sex, the titular comedian takes the tradition of a relentless, rough-around-the-edges East Coast comic to the next level. Metzger – he also voices the character  zombie Randall Skeffington on Ugly Americans, which is in its second season now – deftly takes aim at the famously terrible Cash4Gold commercials, “whores,” Michael Jackson (a bit you can

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    Review: Ugly Americans returns to Comedy Central with absurd storylines and surprising morals

    After a seven episode run earlier this year, Comedy Central’s Ugly Americans is back with more, with its season premiere set for Wednesday, Oct 6, at 10:30/9:30c. In case you missed the show’s initial run, there’s not all that much you need to know to start watching now. In fact, the first episode does a nice job by itself of setting the scene and reintroducing the main characters. The show’s

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    Maria Bamford, Nick Swardson, more to perform at Comic-Con for Comedy Central

    Comedy Central will travel with some of its comedian stars to San Diego’s ultra popular comic book convention and general nerdfest Comic-Con on July 23 and 24th. In addition to panels with the producers, writers, and cast of both Ugly Americans and Futurama, Comedy Central is producing a free comedy show on July 24. Hoted by Pete Holmes of Ugly Americans, Comedy Central Live will take place at the House

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    Carolines breakout artist: Kurt Metzger

    Print this page out to get $5 off admission to Kurt Metzger’s show at Carolines on June 8. Get more ticket info here. World famous comedy venue Carolines on Broadway and Punchline Magazine have joined forces to present the Breakout Artist Comedy Series. Each Tuesday, at Carolines in New York City, an emerging stand-up comedy star will headline their own show and prove just why they’ve been quietly building a

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