The embarrassing beginning: nine comedians’ roles they’d probably like to forget

As anyone in show business can attest to, the entertainment industry can be horribly cutthroat and demoralizing. Everyone has to pay their dues, do their time, and otherwise work their way from relatively uninspiring, embarrassing, or generically shitty roles and jobs. Of course, any occupation requires working up from the bottom, but the entertainment industry makes that journey a public one. And, sometimes, well-established actors have a dry spell and

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Tim Minchin, Robert Kelly, Sebastian Maniscalco dish on Modern Love at Just For Laughs

MONTREAL — First, a confession: before the show kicked off, I had no idea who Eric Stonestreet was. This is ignorance bred by poorness – there is no network or cable TV in my household, so shows like Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory (more on that in a following post) are as alien to me as the short-lived Aliens in the Family was to America. Ok, now that

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Exclusive: Comedians Bill Burr, Robert Kelly, Joe DeRosa talk about their new film, “Cheat”

“We’ve all lived the life. We’re not proud of it. We’re not ashamed of it. We’re just presenting it,” Bill Burr tells me during a recent chat I had with him, Robert Kelly and Joe DeRosa about their new short film, Cheat, which debuted at the TriBeCa Film Festival recently. He continues, “Joe was in a situation, it was basically the situation that we show in the movie.” As to

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Watch Robert Kelly and Jim Florentine argue about baseball player hairstyles

Be honest. How many years have you waited to watch comedians Robert Kelly and Jim Florentine argue about whether professional baseball players should sport long or short hair? If your answer is “zero” years, that means you’re not insane. And we’re with you. But now that it’s happened, we’re incredibly pleased it did. On the MLB Fan Cave debate show, Kelly (a bald man**) argued for the clean-cut, traditional look

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Watch Bill Burr, Robert Kelly and Joe DeRosa in “Cheat” trailer

Well here’s some comedy news that’s hoity and toity and cool: Comedians Joe DeRosa, Bill Burr and Robert Kelly will premiere their short film, Cheat, in the Short Narrative competition at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. The trio produced, wrote and star in the film about three friends’ quest to pull off the perfect score. For more on the film (based on a true story) which DeRosa

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Greg Giraldo benefit to be held at comedian's alma mater

Hot on the heels of last week’s huge benefit show at the Beacon Theater in New York for the family of Greg Giraldo, comes a two-night celebration of the well-loved comedian– this time, it’s going down at Columbia University, Greg’s alma mater. From March 7 – 8, at the Ivy League school’s Miller Theatre, comedians like Christian Finnegan, Ted Alexandro, Robert Kelly and Dwayne Perkins as well as Columbia alums

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Comedy Matters with Robert Kelly, Anthony Jeselnik, more

Strip Action On any given night you never know who you’ll see at The Comic Strip. One night recently we got the word that Kevin Hart would be stopping by, and as soon as people found out, the club was sold out. And that was on a Monday night. Then again, Kevin has about 300,000 followers on Twitter. One tweet from Kevin and you better have a club that seats

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Punchline Magazine presents the 10 best comedy albums of 2008

We’re excited to announce Punchline Magazine’s top 10 stand-up comedy albums as well as the one, most exciting up and coming stand-up comedian we think you should pay attention to in 2009. This list has nothing to do with record sales. This list simply represents the collective opinions of Punchline Magazine’s editors. Enjoy. #10 – TOM McCAFFREY, Lou Diamond Phillips? This debut album from New York City based comic Tom

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Photo fun: The Punchline Magazine 3rd anniversary show

PHOTOS by KEVIN DUFFY, Kevin Duffy Photography Two nights ago, Punchline Magazine celebrated its 3rd anniversary with an amazing show at Comix in New York. Some of the country’s biggest and best comedians came together onstage to perform in support of the magazine; Greg Giraldo, Tom Papa, Judy Gold, Christian Finnegan, Robert Kelly, Laurie Kilmartin, Pete Dominick and Ray Ellin were all there. For most of our readers not in

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Video interview: A Tight Five with Robert Kelly

Can you believe it, kids? We’re on episode nine of our weekly web series A Tight Five, wherein we sit down with some of the nation’s biggest comedians at Comix comedy club in New York City; then our friends at RooftopComedy package it all nice-like for your viewing pleasure. This week, we chat with Robert Kelly. You know him from Dane Cook’s Tourgasm, his new Comedy Central album Just The

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Robert Kelly: Cringe comedy with a side of sensitive

Just the Tip isn’t just the name of comedian Robert Kelly’s new Comedy Central album; it’s also where the former Tourgasm star’s career is headed. Ok, and it’s a reference to one of his dick jokes. But there’s a lot more to this tough Boston native. Robert Kelly is a bit tuckered but in a great mood as we stride through New York City’s West Village on a chilly March

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