• Laughspin’s 10 Best Comedy Releases of 2014

    With 2015 breathing down our necks it’s time to count down the best comedy releases of 2014. It’s something Laughspin has been doing since 2008 and we’re not about to stop—especially since commercially available comedy output has increased exponentially since then. It used to be there were comedy albums and comedy DVDs. Now there’s audio downloads, DRM-free comedy specials, VOD, specials available only on streaming sites and more. It’s made

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    Nick Vatterott’s no-label Laughspin Interview

    I met up with Nick Vatterott in the new “alt mecca” that is Williamsburg, Brooklyn where we arrived wearing the exact same London Fog overcoat (“Take that, Nick Turner!”). He hands me the new promo item for his debut album, For Amusement Only, something he sees as the future of comedians hawking merch after shows. Instead of carrying around a big box of CDs, he hands me a card with

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    Comedy Central to release Cristela Alonzo, Nick Vatterott debut albums

    Comedy Central Records is releasing comedy albums from two stellar stand-up comedians. Cristela Alonzo, creator and star of the new ABC series Cristela, will see her debut comedy record Some of the Hits become available on iTunes and Amazon on Tuesday, Nov. 4. Alonzo has impressed thus far on her sitcom which is being touted for bringing an original, fresh voice leading a minority-led cast. Comedy powerhouse Nick Vatterott will

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    The Half Hour on Comedy Central: Brendon Walsh and Nick Vatterott (preview videos)

    On week three of Comedy Central’s new stand-up comedy showcase show, The Half Hour, comedians Brendon Walsh and Nick Vatterott premiere their new specials. And as we do each week, we wanted to give you a taste of each comic via a pair of previews, which you can peep below. Check them out, and be sure to tune in to Comedy Central on Friday at 11 pm EST to catch

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    Joe Mande, Garfunkel & Oates and more will tape half hour specials for Comedy Central

    The Comedy Central Presents half-hour special was a staple goal for many stand-up comedians. It helped bring now popular comedians, such as Dane Cook, Jim Gaffigan and Mitch Hedberg, into the mainstream. Comedy Central did not order a new season of Presents for 2012, but it will be reborn as a new series of stand-up specials called, The Half Hour. And a dozen great comics will tape specials for the

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    Comedian Nick Vatterott wins Andy Kaufman Award

    While Will Ferrell recently earned one of comedy’s highest honors in the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, there’s another prestigious comedy award that isn’t as well known, but, arguably, just as intriguing. Every year, the Andy Kaufman Award is given to comedians that embody the boldness and originality in spirit of the comedy legend from which it carries its name. Past winners undoubtedly fit the bill as they include

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    Watch the worst cop show ever, because it’s really the best cop show ever

    Hey, USA, TNT, NBC, ABC, CBS, and any other channel or network that has a stock procedural cop drama; your time has come to an end. The Taper is here. As almost every possible angle of having a scripted TV show on investigating crime has been done, Sarah Schaefer (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon) found one of the tiny nooks of the genre that hasn’t: crime scene tapers. That’s right,

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