• The Laugh Factory offers paid VIP YouTube channel with premium videos

    YouTube just unveiled its first 30 paid video channels, and The Laugh Factory VIP property is the only comedy-centric offering. To be clear, you’ll still be able to access the Hollywood venue’s main YouTube channel, which boasts more than 157,000 subscribers and nearly 65 million video views. But if you want premium content, you’ll have to check out the VIP channel, which features The Kevin Nealon Show, The Supreme Court

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    Dane Cook told a joke about the Aurora shooting, disingenuous outrage sweeps the nation

    Can we stop? Seriously. Can we please stop dissecting every single word from the mouths of comedians? And while we’re at it, can we stop filming and taping everything so that we can use it as evidence against comedians? I’m talking to you, unseasoned comedy club attendees and mainstream media, who have no idea what you’re talking about. Amidst the Daniel Tosh controversy (which has been taken way too far)

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    Laugh Factory will stream content on PlayStation for a fee

    In an effort to further promote its brand, the Los Angeles based Laugh Factory will begin to stream content on PlayStation 3. Laugh Factory Live, as they’re calling it, will debut Sept. 1 for free. Come December, however, gamers and comedy lovers will have to drop $3 a month to keep the service. Merry Christmas. So, the question most comedy fans undoubtedly have is, Why would I pay for something

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    Amidst rape joke debate, The Onion envisions Daniel Tosh as a victim of brutal sexual assault

    In their News In Brief section, The Onion has taken on an incident at the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles, wherein Daniel Tosh addressed a heckler by saying — hyperbolically — that it would be funny if she was raped by five men right now. You see, the Tosh.0 comedian was doing rape jokes before the female audience member decided to shout out to Tosh that rape jokes are never

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    Miss USA Rima Fakih to make her stand-up comedy debut

    Compared to the average Miss USA (if there is such a thing) Rima Fakih has proved a colorful character since her crowning in 2010. The native of Lebanon appeared on the reality series WWE Tough Enough (where folks compete to become professional wrestlers); she’s appeared in a film called Throbbing Justice (best title ever) and she played herself in that Hugh Jackman movie about fighting robots last year. Oh, and

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    T.J. Miller talks about his harsh criticism of Dane Cook

    If you’ve been following the TMZ-ish look into stand-up comedy recently, you’ll know that comedians TJ Miller called out Dane Cook in a Twitter rant about his drop in set at the Hollywood Laugh Factory for being unnecessarily mean and grotesque on stage. Cook told Laughspin exclusively, “I’ve always felt that comedians can’t be critics,” Cook added, referencing the fact that so many fellow comics had things to say. “They

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    Exclusive: Dane Cook responds to comedians’ harsh reviews of his latest live set

    Dane Cook, the comedian many comedy fans love to hate, has once again come under fire. Last night, he popped in to his home club, the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles for a surprise set. And by some attendees’ accounts, Cook’s working out of new material didn’t sit well. In fact, fellow comedian T.J. Miller had many things to say. He said, in part, the following: Last night, [Dane Cook]

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    Hundreds of aspiring comedians show up for ‘In Living Color’ open auditions

    Hundrerds of aspiring and working comedians, improvisors and actors lined up outside of the soon-to-be-opened Laugh Factory Chicago on Dec. 20 to audition for the revamped In Living Color– a two-episode special run that Fox will premiere this spring. The smallscreen hopefuls traveled from all over the country to be seen by Jamie Masada, owner of the Hollywood, Long Beach, and Chicago Laugh Factories, who helped get Jamie Foxx and

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    ‘In Living Color’ holding open auditions

    If you’re excited that In Living Color is coming back to Fox, just wait until you hear this. Did you wait? OK, maybe you didn’t wait, but we’ll just let you in on this: In Living Color is going to have open casting calls in Chicago. On Dec. 20, the newly opened Laugh Factory in Chicago will be holding auditions from 11 am to 3 pm. Laugh Factory owner Jamie

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    Comedian Brody Stevens to Kevin Nealon: ‘I’m on heavy meds’ (Video)

    You may remember comedian Brody Stevens’ apparent meltdown in August. He pretty much kept us abreast of his every move through his Twitter feed @AllThingsBrody. At the time, most people didn’t know what to make of it. Laughspin writer Jake Kroeger put it this way: While his feed has gone from funny to hilarious to entertaining to fascinating to even worrisome (#meds and #gun have also been common hashtags), it’s

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    Comedy Matters with Billy Crystal, Russell Peters and more!

    Strip Action I flew out to LA to interview Billy Crystal for the book I’m writing on the 35 year history of The Comic Strip, with owner Richie Tienken. This was thanks to Bob Wachs who’s known Billy for all those years. Bob Wachs is Richie Tienken’s partner and the co-founder of The Comic Strip. Thanks to Bob, when the club opened on June 1, 1976, Billy was the first

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    Laugh Factory will open Chicago venue this summer

    In February, we reported that the Los Angeles-based comedy club, Laugh Factory would open a new location in Chicago, taking over the now abandoned space that once was the Lakeshore Theater. Today, we hear the new space will be ready for business in the summer. “To be able to bring the Laugh Factory to my ‘hometown’ is a dream come true and I could not be more thrilled,” says Emily

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    Laugh Factory coming to Chicago, taking over former Lakeshore space

    Chicago, the longtime home of sketch and improv comedy fixtures like Second City and iO, will gain another institution in the near future. The Hollywood-based Laugh Factory will be opening a location in the former northside home of the Lakeshore Theater, according to the Chicago Tribune. The Laugh Factory recently signed a lease on the movie theater-turned-comedy venue at 3175 N. Broadway and will renovate the interior and open as

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    Middle Eastern Comedy Festival to honor Jake Gyllenhaal

    Champions of Middle Eastern culture, Ronnie Khalil and Ryan Shrime are set to reinvent last year’s highly successful Middle Eastern Comedy Festival, to be held in Los Angeles, Oct. 4-7, 2010. The event will showcase stand-up comics of Middle Eastern descent, including Arabs, Israelis, Persians, Afghanis, and more, as well as stage a variety of comedy sketches. The festival will kick off at Hollywood’s Laugh Factory with a “brown carpet

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    Amanda Bynes stand-up comedy footage surfaces

    If you already feel like you haven’t accomplished anything in life, you’re about to feel worse. 24-year-old Amanda Bynes is retiring. Yes, you read correctly, she’s retiring at 24. After starring in multiple blockbuster movies, having two of her own TV shows, and a stint on the Nickelodeon sketch show All That Bynes has decided to walk away from her entertainment career of 14 years. Yes, you read that correctly

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