• Comedy Club’s new Louis C.K. policy shirks responsibility (Opinion)

    After receiving (merited) backlash to Louis C.K.’s first unexpected drop-in set on August 26th, the Comedy Cellar made a move that conveniently shifts the onus of their booking choices back onto the audience. Rather than take a stand in either direction, the Comedy Cellar’s way of dealing with the “controversy” of Louis C.K.’s return is by posting a new disclaimer sign in the club (which is also printed on tickets).

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    How to book your own stand-up comedy tour: A long but, by no means, definitive guide

    Hello. My name is Ron Babcock and I’m a comic in Los Angeles. Last year I went on a coast-to-coast tour for three months. I hit 34 cities, did 82 shows and drove 12,023 miles in a 1975 Mercedes Benz named Harvey. (If you want to see photos, search #benzit on instagram. Or you can buy the 70 page color photobook here for $15.) I also made money. Well, I broke even.

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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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    Why Katt Williams reneging on his retirement is a terrible idea

    Oh, so you know how we told you Katt Williams announced his retirement? Right. Well, I guess he was just joking? “Katt is definitely not retiring,” his reps said in a statement. “He will be moving forward with the tour.” In fact, Williams is due to perform in Houston tonight at the Toyota Center. His impromptu announcement came after he spent a rough few days in Seattle, getting arrested, being

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    Laughspin’s 11 favorite “Back in Black” segments from The Daily Show

    Tomorrow, Comedy Central will release Lewis Black’s newest stand-up comedy album The Prophet. The album is a time capsule of sorts as its a recording of Black onstage in 1990. That means you’re going to hear a lot of vitriol aimed toward the likes of George Bush, Dan Quayle and the Exxon Valdez. Think of it as a history lesson, strained through the lens of one hyper-angry, wholly hilarious comedian

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    Premature cancellation: 10 comedy shows that left the world too soon

    It seems every season there’s a sad departure of a comedy series that had potential. Usually it’s a slight bummer but then you find a replacement during that time slot each week and you stop mourning the loss. But a few shows have graced us in the last 15 years who were gone far too soon. Their cancellations bring firey rage to thousands of fans and their one-liners live on

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    Laughspin analysis: When is it ok to laugh at dark comedy?

    While it’s great that comedians are getting appreciated on America’s Got Talent, hearing Piers Morgan call J. Chris Newberg’s peformance “startlingly inappropriate” and Sharon Osbourne comment that his song was “just so, so wrong” is more than slightly obtuse (see video below). That’s not “wrong” at all. It’s not even close. Did Sharon forget about Black Sabbath and what they sang about? Newberg has a line in the song, “Opening

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    Watch Seth Meyers masterfully skewer athletes at the ESPY awards

    Saturday Night Live alum Seth Meyers became the first comedian to return for a second run at hosting the ESPYs since Dennis Miller’s two-year run when the award show began. All of America’s top athletes (and several Canadians who snuck in) gathered together at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles two night’s ago to honor each other with awards voted on by the fans; it’s kind of like the Kids’

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