• The Laughspin Interview with the Sklar Brothers

    The Sklar Brothers are making a push for that oft-referred to, but rarely explained, “next level” in comedy. Riding on the wave of their popular Earwolf podcast, Sklarbro Country, having just dropped their new album Hendersons and Daughters, and appearing on Conan (see video below), the inimitable comedy team of Randy and Jason Sklar has made their mark on the comedy world. Laughspin caught them getting ready for Conan to

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    When does heckling a comedian become sexual harassment?

    I’m not trying to brag, but I get heckled a lot. Usually it’s something questioning my mental stability, like, “You’re weird,” or, “That’s too fucked up.” To which I can usually laugh and say, “You’re welcome.” After so many nights of drunken self esteem deflation, I rarely get angry at the audience for talking or heckling. Heckling is an unfortunate obstacle that most of us will have to surmount. It’s

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    Laughspin’s look inside comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Part 14)

    Edinburgh — “You cannot leave the Fringe until you’ve seen Simon Munnery.” Munnery is a staple of the Edinburgh Fringe, this year taking to the stage at The Stand Comedy Club through the run. With his effortless ability to wax poetic in intricate rants and clever prose, Munnery is the prototype for intellectual British stand-up. There was no angle to Hats Off For The 101ers, and Other Material, which he

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    Laughspin’s look inside comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Part 12)

    EDINBURGH — When you’re a comedian watching another comedian’s show, what do you say when you get “crowd-worked?” I’m genuinely rooting for whoever is on stage so I don’t want to be combative or vague or clever when asked a question. So when I reluctantly wound up in the front row of London-based comedian Matt Green’s show, I had to take a beat to consider my response when asked “what

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    Laughspin’s look inside comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Part 11)

    EDINBURGH — “Are you good, are you well? Are you having a good Fringe?” Apparently it is mandatory for every comedian at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to open their set with that inane line of questioning. A London comedian to remain nameless carried on for nearly three minutes at the top of his set, confirming that people in the audience were “good” and asking what their names were. It was

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    Laughspin’s look inside comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Part 7)

    EDINBURGH — Ask yourself an important question: do you have a “Disney STD?” Or worse, a “Disney STD-VD?” Before you check for Sebastian in your crotch, let me translate that a Disney “STD-VD” is Thom Tuck’s acronym for the “Straight To DVD” movies that Disney has unleashed upon the World. In his show of that name, Thom finds brilliant comedy in the garbage throwaways from Mickey’s vault. The devout reader

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    Laughspin’s look inside comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Part 6)

    EDINBURGH — “We’re artists. We shouldn’t have to prostitute ourselves.” That battle cry came wafting over the high-walls of The Pear Tree’s outside courtyard. On-stage is The Anti-Poet, Paul Eccentric on clever beat-poetry vocals and Ian Newman keeping the upright bass beat flowing. It’s 4 pm on a Sunday afternoon and they are performing to about 100 lager-draining audience members with their humor-bent songs. It was a struggle to label

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    Laughspin’s look inside comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Part 5)

    EDINBURGH — Nazis are hilarious! That statement might be a tough sell but dare I say Frank Sinazi has pulled it off. Crooning hits such as “Third Reich” (That’s Life), “Gestapo” (Chicago), or “Strangers on my Plane” (Stranger in the Night), Sinazi has the packed hangar-like room in complete submission. Let me spell it out: he is Frank Sinatra and Adolph Hitler blended into a smoothly offensive lounge act. Sinazi

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    Laughspin’s look inside comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Part 3)

    EDINBURGH — Much time has past since my days of barking the Upper West Side of Manhattan to promote a comedy show. Standing out in the cold for two to three hours shouting “hey folks, comedy tonight! Comedians seen on comedycentralhbolastcomicstandingshowtimethetonightshowletterman” (yes, it came out as one multi-syllabic word). The only thing separating me from an ambling homeless man was flyers. Well, I’ve come full-circle as I embarked on a

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    Watch comedian Mike E. Winfield deal with sleeping audience member; what would you have done?

    There’s a number of ways in which a skilled comedian can handle a persistent heckler. Sometimes, it’s a matter of straight-up engagement; maybe ignoring said heckler shuts them down; perhaps a burly bouncer can help out. Dealing with hecklers is an art in itself. But how does a comedian deal with a sleeping audience member? That happens a lot less, and so there’s not a lot of history we can

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    Laughspin’s look inside comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Part 1)

    EDINBURGH — The Edinburgh Fringe Festival has been going for two weeks now and the city has the vibe of a raging party around 4 am when half the bodies still moving are residually intoxicated and/or deliriously over-tired. Maybe that’s just Scotland. Ironically, it seems the eldest local Scots are the most chipper and spry right now. There is no doubt the Fringe owns this city for the month of

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    Veteran comedian Vic Dunlop dies

    It’s rare these days to find a stand-up who is both clean comic and funny. The two seem mutually exclusive in the contemporary comedy scene. Vic Dunlop, for the most part, was one of the few exceptions (one of the clips below is not ultra clean). Known for his prop buggy eyeballs and kind heart Dunlop was a true legend who never stopped loving what he did. A Vietnam War

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    Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival lineup revealed; Kristen Schaal, John Oliver, Aisha Tyler among participants

    What began as a joke amongst jokers, has now become an annual comedy tradition in the New York City metro area. It’s the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival; and it’s now in its fourth year. And we’re happy to reveal this year’s lineup. The “fest” will span two venues in Brooklyn — the Bell House and Union Hall — from Sept. 15 – 18 and will host a stellar cast of

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    Sarah Silverman, Ricky Gervais, Louis C.K. among headliners for New York Comedy Festival

    Big comedic guns Sarah Silverman, Ricky Gervais and Louis C.K. are scheduled to perform at the eighth annual New York Comedy Festival, which will span both Manhattan and Brooklyn between Nov. 9 – 13. Other headliners will include Tracy Morgan, Bill Maher, Wanda Sykes, Norm Macdonald and Kathy Griffin, according to the New York Times, who scored the news before organizers make it official tomorrow. Most of the headliners listed

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    Don’t heckle Aziz Ansari unless you want to be called a c*nt

    Old law of comedy: if you are a stand-up comic, you will be heckled. It happens to everyone at some point, no matter how good you are. Even if you’re someone as kickass at the craft as Louis C.K. Much of the time, those potentially uncomfortable moments can also be hilarious, as you can see in the clip below. Justice served, C.K. style (Although, to be fair, it is a

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