• Dane Cook’s Troublemaker evolution and how the Brady Bunch changed his life (Exclusive)

    The premiere of Dane Cook’s newest comedy special Troublemaker on Comedy Central this Sunday at 10 pm ET isn’t just a representation of the veteran comedian’s evolution. It’s a homecoming of sorts. Comedy Central, after all, gave Dane his first few high-profile breaks. There was Premium Blend in 1998, his own half-hour special in 2000 and, most crucial, the release of his first album Harmful If Swallowed three years later.

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    VIDEO: Laughspin Podcast with Robert Kelly, Rachel Feinstein, Kurt Metzger, Andrew Schulz

    Since I started covering comedy in 2005 – when Laughspin was called Punchline Magazine – the world of comedy has exponentially grown in popularity. Back then there was a handful of comedy festivals in the United States; now, there’s well over 50. More comedians are headlining theaters and comedy programming on television is everywhere. It used to be Comedy Central, along with HBO and Showtime to a much lesser degree,

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    Robert Kelly: Live at the Village Underground premieres Friday, pre-order available (Videos)

    Robert Kelly is set for a stellar 2015. In a few months, the veteran comedian will be seen in Denis Leary’s newest FX dramedy Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll where he plays Bam Bam, the drummer of fictional band The Heathens (fronted by Leary, himself). But before that, in fact this Friday, Jan. 9 at midnight, Robert Kelly’s new one-hour stand-up comedy special Live at the Village Underground will premiere on Comedy Central. But

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    Comedy Central announces Robert Kelly concert film premiere

    Comedy Central will air Robert Kelly: Live at the Village Underground on Friday, Jan. 9 at midnight EST. Although you recently saw him do stand-up on Comedy Underground with Dave Attell, Kelly hasn’t done a special with the network since his 2008 Comedy Central Presents. Now Robert Kelly is a little bit older. And he’s still just as raw. His latest hour of material covers his experiences with aging and

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    Comedy Central snags Robert Kelly: Live at the Village Underground

    Robert Kelly is coming back to Comedy Central next year. Comedy Central will broadcast Kelly’s latest one-hour special Robert Kelly: Live at the Village Underground in January 2015. Kelly financed the stand-up film independently with Apostle and originally premiered the special at The Rhode Island International Film Festival in August. This will be his first stand-up special on Comedy Central since his half-hour Comedy Central Presents special in 2008. The

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    Laughspin Podcast, episode 96: Robert Kelly interview

    On a new episode of The Laughspin Podcast, Laughspin editor Dylan Gadino hangs out with comedian Robert Kelly at his home in New York State. Gadino and Kelly chat about the comedian’s own podcast You Know What Dude, his upcoming role in Denis Leary’s new FX series Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, his new hour long comedy special, what true happiness is and his new role as a father. “This year has been very

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    Comedian Rich Ceisler dies from rare Guillain-Barré syndrome

    Laughspin regrets to report that Boston comedian Rich Ceisler has passed away. Ceisler, a comedy veteran of over 30 years, fell ill last month while performing on a cruise ship in the Caribbean. He came down with the rare Guillain-Barré syndrome, a disorder that causes the body’s immune system to attack the nervous system. He was flown off the ship to a hospital in the Dominican Republic, where he passed

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    Robert Kelly’s ‘Live at the Village Underground’ headed to Rhode Island International Film Festival

    Robert Kelly’s upcoming stand-up comedy film Robert Kelly: Live at the Village Underground, has been accepted into the Rhode Island International Film Festival, one of a handful of qualifying fests for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Live at the Village Underground will make it’s worldwide premiere at the festival between Aug. 5 – 10. The special was filmed on June 17 at the Comedy Cellar at the

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    Comedian Robert Kelly cast in Denis Leary comedy pilot for FX

    Denis Leary’s new pilot for FX Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll has added comedian Robert Kelly to its cast. Kelly, a nationally touring stand-up comic, will play Bam Bam, a washed-up drummer of fictional band The Heathens. He hangs around lead character Johnny (played by creator and executive producer Leary), an almost-rock star trying to get his failed ’90s band back together. Times have been hard on Bam Bam and he’s not as optimistic

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    ‘Documentary’ on Patrice O’Neal is perfect for true fans (Video)

    A nearly 50-minute video chronicling the last few years of late comedian Patrice O’Neal’s career has surfaced. Labeled as a documentary online, it’s closer to a tribute, as it features dozens of clips of audio commentary from comedian friends like Jim Norton, Louis C.K., Robert Kelly, Dane Cook, and more, but doesn’t delve much into the comedian’s life, nor does it include new interviews conducted expressly for the project. Produced

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    Patrice O’Neal benefit will include Bill Burr, Colin Quinn, Jim Norton, Dave Attell and more

    Today marks the one-year anniversary of comedian Patrice O’Neal’s death, so it’s appropriate, then, that a live show in honor of the man has been announced. On Feb. 19 at 8 pm at the New York City Center, comedians Colin Quinn, Jim Norton, Dave Attell, Bill Burr, Robert Kelly, Rich Vos, Keith Robinson, Ian Edwards, Wil Sylvince and Marina Franklin will join onstage to raise money for O’Neal’s mother and

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    Meet us in New York for Robert Kelly and Joe DeRosa’s book release party and comedy show!

    On Tuesday, Oct. 16, comedians Robert Kelly and Joe DeRosa will celebrate the release of their new book Cheat: A Man’s Guide to Infidelity (out Oct. 9) with two stacked shows in New York City as part of the annual CMJ Music Marathon. The dynamic duo will host 7 pm and 9:30 pm shows featuring Colin Quinn, Rich Vos and Keith Robinson at the Comedy Cellar at the Village Underground

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    Jim Norton, Morgan Murphy, more to roast Oscars on newly launched TweetRoast

    For years, Twitter has been an excellent platform for professional and amateur comedians alike to make their quips seen in 140 characters or less. The concept of live-Tweeting an event, especially, has become an esoteric art form. To prove it, you need to look no further than the deluge of hilarious comedian-generated Tweets from last night’s Republican Presidential debate in Arizona, which aired live on CNN. And come this Sunday,

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    Comedians come together to honor the late Mike DeStefano (Video)

    Sometimes people say the comedy world is a cold world filled with backstabbing and people getting screwed over. Cris and Paul Italia, and Patrick Milligan of Cringe Humor proved that to be false recently. As part of the New York Comedy Festival, they held a tribute to Mike DeStefano, a talented comic they were working with who left us much too young. The event was held at the Tribeca Performing

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    Colin Quinn, Robert Kelly and more come together to honor late comedian Mike DeStefano

    As you may recall, comedian Mike DeStefano passed away this past March due to a heart attack. Left mostly unknown was his recently completed one-man show, Drugs, Disease, and Death: A Comedy, an emotional albeit highly entertaining piece that was only seen five times. DeStefano’s legacy continues, though: some New York comedians are holding a benefit — part of the New York Comedy Festival — in his honor at 8

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