• Whitney Cummings, Daniel Tosh, and more affected by Southern California fires

    Fires are raging in Southern California and people have taken to social media to share the wreckage left by the blazes. Over 31 people have reportedly died as a result of the fires and homes lost number in the thousands. The town of Paradise, California has found itself completely wiped out by the flames. Many of those evacuated from dangerous areas have returned home to ghostly ash and debris. The

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    Jason Mewes talks Jay and Silent Bob Get a Reboot, Clerks 3, and branching out on his own (Interview)

    Jason Mewes has had an unexpected career—unexpected in that he certainly didn’t think growing up that he’d be acting and directing movies. Once viewed as just Kevin Smith’s slapstick sidekick, Mewes has grown into a career that is all his own. Since the original View Askewniverse titles, the New Jersey native has starred in roles that don’t involve weed-related hijinx, and he made his feature film directorial debut this year

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    Free isn’t Free: How the Los Angeles comedy scene is cheating itself

    I will be the first to say it. I love the word “free.” Not paying for stuff gets me super wet. Sometimes I go onto the “FREE” section of Craigslist and pleasure myself to pictures of wooden pallets and piles of dirt. I will also be the first to admit that while “free” is always tempting, it is not always good. Especially when it comes to art. Artists will do

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    Patton Oswalt, Megan Mullally, more want a Los Angeles comedy festival (Video)

    Kickstarter has become a friend to independent musicians, artists, filmmakers, writers and performers everywhere truly making D.I.Y. projects a little easier and allowing for promotion at the same time. Comedian Abbey Londer has decided to take advantage of the site using it to raise money and awareness for RIOT. RIOT, if funded, will be a weekend-long comedy festival taking place in downtown Los Angeles and will showcase the variety of

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    Opinion: Why it’s crucial that comedy clubs develop talent if they want to survive

    In 1973 Johnny Carson moved the Tonight Show from Manhattan to Burbank and in one swift move, shifted the center of the comedy universe at the time from NYC to LA. Back then, the only way to make it “Big” in comedy was through the Tonight Show and its mystical gatekeepers. Would you be seen by the Tonight Show scouts? Would you make it through the booking process? Would Johnny

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    Dane Cook will help roast Motley Crue at music festival

    It turns out Comedy Central isn’t the only ones who can organize a celebrity roast. As part of the fourth annual Sunset Strip Music Festival in Los Angeles, comedian Dane Cook and friends will set out to verbally destroy (and honor!) iconic rock band Motley Crue. The roast goes down Aug. 20 and will close out the three-day music and interactive festival, which kicks off tomorrow night, which will boast

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    Don’t heckle Aziz Ansari unless you want to be called a c*nt

    Old law of comedy: if you are a stand-up comic, you will be heckled. It happens to everyone at some point, no matter how good you are. Even if you’re someone as kickass at the craft as Louis C.K. Much of the time, those potentially uncomfortable moments can also be hilarious, as you can see in the clip below. Justice served, C.K. style (Although, to be fair, it is a

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    Comedy duo Walsh Brothers take “planking” to a new level; let’s watch!

    The argument can be made that an internet fad really goes viral when the comedy world takes notice and does its own version. Along these lines, “planking”, the act of taking pictures of people in a face down rigor mortis position in unusual places (like on top of a drive thru menu), has followed suit. Originally started by a couple of 20 year olds in England, planking took off throughout

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    LA comedy represents in Portland; a SoCal perspective on the Bridgetown Comedy Festival

    As the fourth annual Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland came to a close yesterday, some of the best, brightest, and most original in comedy were put on display to uproarious, standing room only crowds. This is especially true for the LA comedy scene. Looking at the list of almost 200 scheduled performers at Bridgetown, over a third of them are based out of Los Angeles. Portland, seemingly a more indie-minded

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    Tony Clifton’s ‘Live on the Sunset Strip’: Punchline Magazine reviews the rough cut

    Fans and co-conspirators alike crammed into the Silent Movie Theater in Los Angeles last week for a sneak preview of an early cut of Tony Clifton: Live on the Sunset Strip. The documentary captures the highs, lows, and on-stage vagina shavings of Tony Clifton’s four-night stand at the Comedy Store in May 2010, which commemorated the 25th anniversary of his first show after the death of his creator, Andy Kaufman.

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    Punchline Magazine analysis: What exactly is a ‘solo sketch show?’

    Stand up, sketch, and improv traditionally represent the three main forms of live comedy. Over the last few years, however, there have been derivations of the three forms into shows focused on storytelling or the comic playing multiple characters. Then, there’s the oft-criticized one-person show. The three forms used to exist nearly exclusive from each other, but as comedian Kyle Kinane recently said in an interview with Austinist, “We’re all

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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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    Would you vote George Lopez for mayor?

    This morning, hugely popular comedian and talk show host George Lopez told Good Day LA that he was planning on running for mayor of the city in eight years. He said it pretty seriously. So seriously, in fact, that we thought we’d take it kind of seriously. He explains his reasoning in the video below. You can be the judge as to whether he was for real or just looking

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    Ben Gleib covers Stony Awards for MySpace Comedy (VIDEO)

    If you’re not a complete pothead, you may not know what the Stony Awards are. But we’re here to tell you they exist. They’ve existed and have been nurtured in the loving arms of High Times magazine for 10 years, in fact. It’s the one time of the year when we, the people stoned, can choose things like what the best stoner movie of the year was or who the

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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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