• Matt Braunger is Finally Live in Portland in new stand-up special

    Matt Braunger wants you to wonder: Can an idiot also be a comic genius? Braunger’s new hour-long stand-up special Finally Live in Portland will hopefully answer the question for you on February 5. The MADtv star puts out his third comedy special, recorded in a former porno theatre called The Paris. It’s the Portland thing to do. Finally Live in Portland is talking about naked old men, drunk Nazis, anal

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    Comedy Central, CC:Studios enlist Idiotsitter, Roustabout, Matt Braunger, more (Video)

    Comedy Central announced its latest development slate for its Internet incubator CC:Studios. CC:Studios has given the green light to five new series to go into development to be released exclusively on Comedy Central’s website. After the department’s successes with This is Not Happening (Ari Shaffir’s stand-up show) and Idiotsitter, (pictured above) which will make their television debuts this year, the network appears invested in testing a show’s popularity online before

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    An Extremely Indulgent Essay About My Process/Current Mindstate and a Shameless Promotion For My Upcoming Hour Special Taping

    I’ve made the mistake of sleepwalking through my life. Who hasn’t? No, I don’t mean like Mike Birbiglia did. Or, does? What I mean is my focus had been fixed on the not-as-important things – career status, where I thought I’d be and might not be at this point, what other people are doing or getting – instead of what’s truly important and real, like my life and relationships– and

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    South By Southwest comedy, day 4: Sinbad kills it, Jim Breuer gets real and more

    AUSTIN – To borrow the words of the great philosopher Ice Cube, today was a good day. The story kicks off on Tuesday with some serendipitous moments only possible at an event like SXSW, where the city of Austin’s innate quirkiness morphs into something produced and promoted with a glossier sheen. I wandered over to a small lot south of the Convention Center’s chaos in search of food (an enormous

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    Bridgetown Comedy Festival, day 4: Theme Park with Oscar Nunez, Janet Varney, Michael Hitchcock, Natasha Leggero

    PORTLAND — My last stand at this year’s Bridgetown Comedy Festival came via the world of long-form improv, a tightrope walk that can provide brilliance and failure in heaping helpings. Luckily, we were in the hands of a bunch of masters: Theme Park, the improv group that features Oscar Nunez of The Office, Michael Hitchcock (Best In Show, United States of Tara), and Janet Varney (Dinner & A Movie, Burning

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    Bridgetown Comedy Festival, day 2: Dad Boner, Ian Karmel, Peter Serafinowicz, more!

    PORTLAND — The appearance of Funny Over Everything on the schedule for the Bridgetown Comedy Fest comes as no surprise for local stand-up fans. The monthly event never fails to surprise and delight via some smart booking decisions (recent shows have featured Kyle Kinane, Hannibal Buress, and Nate Bargatze) and the chance to drink in the wit of the city’s best comedy voices. The Bridgetown edition of FOE (held, as

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    Watch three previews from Matt Braunger’s new comedy special ‘Shovel Fighter’

    Matt Braunger will unleash his first ever hour-long stand-up special, Shovel Fighter, on Comedy Central this Saturday at 11 pm ET. This is something we’ve been highly anticipating ever since the release of his stellar album Soak Up the Night in 2009. (Read our interview with him here). To get you, dear Laughspinners, properly pumped for this weekend’s premiere, allow us to gift you with a trio of previews. Each

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    The Laughspin Bridgetown Comedy Fest wrap-up with Todd Barry, Jon Glaser, more!

    I know, I know. It’s been days and days since the Bridgetown Comedy Festival wrapped up, but I needed that time to process the adventure. I saw so many shows over the course of the four-day run that some of it gets a bit fuzzy, so I had to storyboard my weekend and pick out my favorite all-around shows for you guys. First things first: I’m a Portland local and

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    Let’s take a long, hard look at Comedy Central’s development slate for 2011-2012

    This morning Comedy Central released its development slate for 2011-12. So, what does that mean? Basically, it’s a giant list of shows the network is officially working on for the next year. An incredibly small number of these shows will actually see the light of day. But it’s exciting nonetheless to see some great comedians making some huge strides in the business. So, let’s get to it, shall we? Perhaps

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    VIDEO: Matt Braunger is the grossest Casanova ever

    Let’s face it: for most male stand-ups, playing a suave character is inherently funny– because, comics are typically not-at-all suave, right? Well, comedian Matt Braunger takes this comic truth to the next level in the new Atom.com video, Roy Fabcock. In addition to an impenetrable air of mystery, Fabcock has a unique calling card that makes him a favorite of local mattress outlets. Check out the video below, which was

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    Comedy Central’s Hot List with Aziz Ansari, Kumail Nanjiani and more on Sunday, watch previews

    This Sunday at 10 pm EST, Comedy Central is it’s stand-up comedy special Comedy Central’s Hot List, featuring killer sets from nine of today’s hottest young comedians. In the meantime, you can preview clips from each comedian on Comedy Central’s Hot List website. The special features Anthony Jeselnik, Aziz Ansari, Jon Lajoie, Nick Kroll, T.J. Miller, Whitney Cummings, Donald Glover, Kumail Nanjiani and Matt Braunger. Here are some choice clips:

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    Comedy Central locks down John Oliver stand-up comedy series

    Remember a few weeks ago when we reported on a series of stand-up tapings being hosted by John Oliver? You’re about to see the fruits of those tapings, and then some. Comedy Central has ordered six one-hour episodes of the series, which is appropriately titled John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show. “When John Oliver said he wanted to host a stand-up series featuring his favorite comics, the only real question

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    Matt Braunger: Soak up the laughs

    Matt Braunger has had the deep respect of his LA and Chicago comedy scene contemporaries for years. But thankfully, with a powerful, albeit brief stint on MadTV, a new album on Comedy Central Records and a robust tour schedule, the Oregon native has become a national hit. Go ahead, try not to laugh at Matt Braunger. We dare you. Watch his rubber face bend around the room and back again,

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    Matt Braunger, Ty Barnett lead the best and the brightest at the Aspen comedy fest

    ASPEN, CO — The second night of the Aspen Rooftop Comedy festival found us at the Wheeler Opera House for three shows, the first of which was Rooftop’s Best and Brightest, featuring Cameron Esposito, Moshe Kasher, Jessi Campbell, Ty Barnett and Matt Braunger. Of this lineup, I was only unfamiliar with the work of Esposito, and Kasher, save for a few quick glances online at their Rooftop Comedy clips. So

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