• Watch comedian Josh Blue’s PSA about Cerebral Palsy

    Ever since Josh Blue snagged the winner title on season four of NBC’s Last Comic Standing, the Denver-bred performer has made a respectable career as a nationally, headlining comic. As a positive byproduct, he’s also shined light on Cerebral Palsy, which Blue has. The neurological disorder, usually caused by brain damage at birth or shortly thereafter, affects nearly half a million Americans, according to the American Academy of Neurology Foundation,

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    The Laughspin interview with Iliza Shlesinger

    She may look like the cute girl next door, but don’t try to get fresh with Iliza Shlesinger. The comedian packs a devastatingly honest punch, which she currently uses to break the bad news to the contestants on her new television dating show Excused premiering Sept 12 (check your local listings). She was also the youngest person and the only woman to win NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Shlesinger is already

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    Laughspin analysis: What does it take for a comedian to gain mainstream success?

    It’s been said many times over, but comedy is subjective. What makes one person laugh is almost assuredly different from what makes another person laugh. However, the debate intensifies, despite subjectivity being the main force at work here, what makes millions of people laugh at something versus what leaves them blankly staring at their TV screens. In the realm of reality TV, it seems in general that stand-up comedy —

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    Interview: Lavell Crawford’s climb to Cosby-status comedy

    Comedian Lavell Crawford made a name for himself when he finished in second place on season five of Last Comic Standing. Crawford has parlayed that exposure into tremendous success. He recently filmed an episode of Comedy Central’s ratings monster Workaholics, and has been a regular on E!’s Chelsea Lately and TBS’s Lopez Tonight (RIP). Perhaps most intriguing, Crawford landed a role on AMC’s acclaimed series, Breaking Bad, an incredibly dark

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    Howie Mandel developing celebrity stand-up comedy reality show

    Putting celebrities in compromising or difficult situations is de rigueur for many reality shows – Celebrity Apprentice, Dancing with the Stars, and the always incredible I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here. These shows aren’t presented as comedies, but they’re pretty funny. Usually unintentionally. But a new celebrity-based reality program hopes to provide some purposeful laughs. Stand-up comedian-turned mega popular prime time game show host Howie Mandel — also

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    Tommy Johnagin: “Stand Up Comedy 2” (Review)

    It’s no secret among my circle of friends that I gravitate towards edgy comedy. I love being punched in the gut by a barrage of vulgarity and shock à la George Carlin, Bob Saget, even Louis C.K. or Marc Maron. I want to come out of a show with my soul destroyed and my faith in humanity shaken. Fun times! Immersion in that flavor of comedy meant listening to Tommy

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    Bridgetown Comedy Festival: Day 1

    PORTLAND, OR – The first night of Portland’s 4th annual Bridgetown Comedy Festival began last night and the skies of Oregon shined down. Literally. Like, it was over 50 degrees, you guys. There was sunshine. Every hipster in attendance was excited, but they would never tell you that. With 19 shows at eight venues along the popular Hawthorne Boulevard – there was a lot of laughter to be had. Though

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    Comedian Mike DeStefano dies

    Comedian Mike DeStefano, well respected for his brutally honest approach to stand-up comedy, passed away last night after suffering a heart attack. DeStefano, who gained some mainstream success last year due to his final five stature in the most recent season of Last Comic Standing, was set to perform his one-man show A Cherry Tree in The Bronx on Wednesday at the Barrow Street Theater in New York City. He

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    Last Comic Standing’s Myq Kaplan releases new animation

    In the newest example of stand-up comedy set to animation, comedian Myq Kaplan talks about the type of music he prefers to be introduced with when onstage, mocks his friends who build pyramids, and reveals who the Jewish savior actually is. Kaplan is currently on the nationwide Last Comic Standing tour (info on that here) and released his debut album Vegan Mind Meld earlier this year.

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    Video interview: Mike DeStefano

    Just before the finale of Last Comic Standing, Punchline Magazine’s Matthew Gill had a great chat with comedian Mike DeStefano, who landed in the final five of the NBC competition show. But honestly, his appearances on the show had nothing to do with us wanting to meet up with the man. We’ve been quietly following his career for the last few years, mostly in New York, and were delighted when

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    Video interview: Last Comic Standing winner Felipe Esparza

    Just days after comedian Felipe Esparza took first place in NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Punchline Magazine’s Matthew Gill sat down with the winner in East LA to chat about Felipe’s $250,000 check, how young comics should handle the craft and much more. Check it out. And to get a taste of Felipe’s comedy, check out his finale performance on Last Comic Standing from Monday. And check out more Matthew Gill

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    Last Comic Standing FINALE: It’s Winner Time

    9:00 p.m. Well, we’ve arrived at tonight’s season finale, this one’s for all the clams. Clam, bam, thank you, ma’am. Here we are montaging through the season up until this point. Semifinalists turned into ten finalists, who scientifically morphed into the FINAL FIVE. Now that the suspense is set, let’s announce tonight’s special guests: Kathy Griffin, Tom Papa, and Fred Willard. 9:02 p.m. The top five are brought out (Felipe

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    Last Comic Standing, Week 8: Last Chance to Vote, America

    9:00 p.m. Oh gosh, the Battle for the Title is upon us! We’re down to 6 contestants. Final Six might not have the alliterative ring of Final Five, but my sixth sense wouldn’t have it any other way. 9:01 p.m. Craig Robinson earned a Ph.D. since last week and is OK with dropping the L word on us. Alas, that’s love, not lesbian. But wait, all you fans of White

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    Last Comic Standing Live Blog, Week 8: Getting Heated (Like the Weather)

    9:00 p.m. Back in the reality trenches with this week’s gripping installment of Where in the World is Carmedian San Diego? No, but really each of the top 7 are stating their names and original locations for their intros tonight, and the Feds are probably keeping track on a server somewhere. But the ice is already broke through! I guess saying where you hail from is pretty much like seeing

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    Andy Kindler goes all Mel Gibson on Last Comic Standing hopeful; listen to the audio

    Listen, folks. We’re not usually into gossip mongering. But when one of the judges of Last Comic Standing gets caught on tape in a Mel Gibson-like meltdown — not against his wife, but against an aspiring comedian — we feel it’s our job to expose it to the comedy loving masses. Listen below, as comedian and LCS judge Andy Kindler goes off on an unidentified hack comic, berating her for,

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