• Eddie Murphy did NOT perform stand-up at the Comedy Store last night

    Despite, multiple reports implying he did Eddie Murphy did not make a return to stand-up comedy for the first time in over 25 years last night. Murphy didn’t perform at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles on Thursday night– but that didn’t stop a flurry of excited Twitter users and Web sites to report it anyway. It all started when Arsenio Hall tweeted out the following: Yo @Eddiemurphy … just went on

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    How to be a cool comedy show producer

    Hey there. Before we get started, let me clarify the title of this post. This is not how to produce a cool comedy show as in, your show will be the new cool popular indie show that comedians are desperate to get on because they think a spot on the show means they “made it” then once they do it they later realize nothing is everything. I have no idea

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    Tig Notaro Live in Austin (Review)

    AUSTIN – In a paradoxical municipality like Austin, Texas, where small-town mentality seems to prevail even as the city itself continues to balloon, it’s easy to see how a personality like Tig Notaro’s would sell out tickets like a scalper on Super Bowl Sunday. To begin with, Tig is excessively weird – and of course, we mean that as the highest imaginable compliment. As a stand-up, her style has long

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    When comedians heckle comedians, no one wins– especially when the heckler is slightly homophobic

    I did a show on recently at a local club. There was a newer comic on the bill as well– a newer comic but a grown man. Like probably 40. His set was pretty unintelligible– just a lot of general yelling about thick butts and how sexy he finds them. And not in a clever way. I mean, who doesn’t like thick butts? But just saying that you like thick

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    Amy Schumer on making people squirm, death threats and her comedy evolution (Laughspin Interview)

    If 2012 was a good year for Amy Schumer – and it was – 2013 will undoubtedly be a great one. Having premiered her first hour-long stand-up special Mostly Sex Stuff (videos below) on Comedy Central in August, Schumer is now in the midst of shooting her own sketch series for the network. You’ll have to wait until April 30 for the first episode. But the good news is that

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    When does heckling a comedian become sexual harassment?

    I’m not trying to brag, but I get heckled a lot. Usually it’s something questioning my mental stability, like, “You’re weird,” or, “That’s too fucked up.” To which I can usually laugh and say, “You’re welcome.” After so many nights of drunken self esteem deflation, I rarely get angry at the audience for talking or heckling. Heckling is an unfortunate obstacle that most of us will have to surmount. It’s

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    Laughspin’s look inside comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Part 14)

    Edinburgh — “You cannot leave the Fringe until you’ve seen Simon Munnery.” Munnery is a staple of the Edinburgh Fringe, this year taking to the stage at The Stand Comedy Club through the run. With his effortless ability to wax poetic in intricate rants and clever prose, Munnery is the prototype for intellectual British stand-up. There was no angle to Hats Off For The 101ers, and Other Material, which he

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    Laughspin’s look inside comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Part 12)

    EDINBURGH — When you’re a comedian watching another comedian’s show, what do you say when you get “crowd-worked?” I’m genuinely rooting for whoever is on stage so I don’t want to be combative or vague or clever when asked a question. So when I reluctantly wound up in the front row of London-based comedian Matt Green’s show, I had to take a beat to consider my response when asked “what

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    Laughspin’s look inside comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Part 6)

    EDINBURGH — “We’re artists. We shouldn’t have to prostitute ourselves.” That battle cry came wafting over the high-walls of The Pear Tree’s outside courtyard. On-stage is The Anti-Poet, Paul Eccentric on clever beat-poetry vocals and Ian Newman keeping the upright bass beat flowing. It’s 4 pm on a Sunday afternoon and they are performing to about 100 lager-draining audience members with their humor-bent songs. It was a struggle to label

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    Laughspin’s look inside comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Part 5)

    EDINBURGH — Nazis are hilarious! That statement might be a tough sell but dare I say Frank Sinazi has pulled it off. Crooning hits such as “Third Reich” (That’s Life), “Gestapo” (Chicago), or “Strangers on my Plane” (Stranger in the Night), Sinazi has the packed hangar-like room in complete submission. Let me spell it out: he is Frank Sinatra and Adolph Hitler blended into a smoothly offensive lounge act. Sinazi

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    Laughspin’s look inside comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Part 4)

    “I’m highly intelligent and very funny.” Steve Hughes is staying right on stage at the Fringe festival’s staple late-night show Spank! At this point, the bold, unapologetic Australian “comic’s-comic” has walked about a third of the audience. Mind you, it’s 2:45 am and Spank! has been running since 10 PM. Leon, one of the show’s hosts, shouts at Steve from the side of the stage “are you fucking with me?”

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    Laughspin’s look inside comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Part 3)

    EDINBURGH — Much time has past since my days of barking the Upper West Side of Manhattan to promote a comedy show. Standing out in the cold for two to three hours shouting “hey folks, comedy tonight! Comedians seen on comedycentralhbolastcomicstandingshowtimethetonightshowletterman” (yes, it came out as one multi-syllabic word). The only thing separating me from an ambling homeless man was flyers. Well, I’ve come full-circle as I embarked on a

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    Sarah Silverman, Ricky Gervais, Louis C.K. among headliners for New York Comedy Festival

    Big comedic guns Sarah Silverman, Ricky Gervais and Louis C.K. are scheduled to perform at the eighth annual New York Comedy Festival, which will span both Manhattan and Brooklyn between Nov. 9 – 13. Other headliners will include Tracy Morgan, Bill Maher, Wanda Sykes, Norm Macdonald and Kathy Griffin, according to the New York Times, who scored the news before organizers make it official tomorrow. Most of the headliners listed

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    Dave Chappelle upsets charity audience with “sh*tty show” (Video)

    UPDATE: 7:30 pm EST Dave Chappelle performed last night — this time, it was a 10-minute spot at Hard Rock Live (same venue) in Hollywood, FL and apologized for his “bad attitude” at Friday night’s show. For the full story, read the original account below. It seems Dave Chappelle, despite his god-like status in the world of stand-up comedy, is not immune to awkward shows. Last night, the comedian was

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