• Doug Benson album “Potty Mouth” to be released Aug. 30

    The most prolific pothead in comedy, Doug Benson will release his fourth album, Potty Mouth on Aug. 30. It’s his third for Comedy Central Records and his fourth overall. His first, Professional Humoredian, put out by A Special Thing Records in 2008, landed the number one album of the year on Punchline Magazine’s annual Top 10 albums list. Recorded on April 20 (4/20, the national pothead holiday), Potty Mouth will

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    The Laughspin Interview with Jimmy Pardo

    Being a big fan of Jimmy Pardo’s work and helping bring his Never Not Funny Podcast to Chicago, I was really looking forward to this interview. I call Pardo while he’s driving to Conan, where he’s the opening act each night. He’s anxious to get right to the questions. When I try to make small talk he jokingly berates me for not going to see him do stand-up recently at

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    Steve Carell’s comedian documentary finds a home at Showtime

    Documentaries about comedy – or comedians – are like catnip for me. I love a good peek behind the curtain to try to understand what makes a comic tick. As Marc Maron said recently at Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival, after all, comics are philosophical, sensitive, thoughtful, sweet, neurotic, angry and fucked up. Who wouldn’t want to learn more about people like that? We first learned about a crazy-exciting project

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    Doug Stanhope will play Icelandic prison, encourages fans to get arrested

    Doug Stanhope is no stranger to performing at non-traditional venues. He was one of the first touring comedians to start hitting rock clubs on a regular basis in an effort to avoid the politics of proper comedy clubs. His newest album Oslo — Burning the Bridge to Nowhere was recorded in an abandoned building in Norway, where Nazis used to hang out. And today, Stanhope announced a new project: He’ll

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    Rory Scovel successfully does stand-up in total darkness, accompanied by live music

    When performing comedy in front of a live audience, it’s strongly recommended that the stage be lit. If specifically performing stand-up, it’s also recommended that indie rock music not be playing during the performance. Given how obvious those two observations are, going against both of them would be, in most cases, just plain daft. Leave it up to one Rory Scovel to prove all that wrong. After pulling off one

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    Exclusive video: Marc Maron’s complete keynote address from Just For Laughs

    The 29th edition of Montreal’s Just For Laughs comedy festival came to an end on Sunday after weeks of shows, panels, street fairs and speeches. But one speech, Marc Maron’s keynote address on July 28 during the Comedy Conference portion of the festival is what resounded most with comedians, industry and fans alike. We posted the full audio of Maron’s speech a few days ago. But really, nothing gets better

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    Watch Jarrod Harris make his late-night debut on “Lopez Tonight”

    While Louis C.K. rounded out his tour of prime time and late night talk shows on Letterman a few nights ago, up and coming stand-up comedian Jarrod Harris made his foray into the late night world on Lopez Tonight. As part of the recent Southern Comedy Quartet Tour featuring Rory Scovel, Sean Patton, and Nate Bargatze, Jarrod has kept himself in good company comedy-wise as well as voicing and co-writing

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    Fun Fun Fun Fest announces comedy lineup; Reggie Watts, Brian Posehn, Donald Glover and more scheduled to perform

    Austin City Limits and South by Southwest aren’t the only music fests in Austin, Texas– the hipster capital of the South. Fun Fun Fun Fest, a relatively new addition to the scene, has just announced their line-up – and it looks to be an insane mix of music and comedy. You can check out the entire list here, but some of the peeps representing the comedy stages during the fest’s

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    New Richard Jeni DVD features late comedian in raw form; never-seen footage

    Fans of the late Richard Jeni and connoisseurs of great comedy are in for a real treat on Aug. 2 when the DVD Richard Jeni: The Beach Crowd is released– a 75-minute tour de force performance compiled from raw footage captured during two weekend performances at the famed Comedy and Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, CA. Jeni had a brief, yet amazingly productive career that yielded five one-hour stand-up comedy

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    Andy Kindler’s State of the Industry Address at Just For Laughs; yep, he still hates Dane Cook and Jay Leno

    MONTREAL – Andy Kindler is a force; perhaps even The Force of which that nut Obi-Wan was always flapping his old man space gums about. Watching him perform… well, I hesitate to use the exhausting phrase “comedian’s comedian,” for fear of riddling this recap with disgusting triteness, but certainly Kindler works a crowd in what might best be described as the most accurate definition of a COMEDIAN. He doesn’t just

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    “A Carlin Home Companion” brings the comedy legend back to life at Just For Laughs

    MONTREAL — Garrison Keillor may not have deigned to perform a monologue of “The Seven Dirty Words” in a surprise guest appearance, but A Carlin Home Companion – forgive me, NPR – didn’t require any public broadcasting credentials to classify as a best of the fest selection. The one-woman play and creative brainchild of Kelly Carlin, only living heir to the George Carlin comedy empire, the show commanded such rapt

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    Arizona and Charleston, NC planning comedy festivals

    There are a few well-known centers of comedy in the nation: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco. These places have consistently birthed some really incredible comics of all varieties, and boast some wonderful venues and festivals to boot. Some other locales in the U S of A, though, have their own comedy festivals. Why should the big cities have all the fun, am I right? First, registration for

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    Colin Quinn inks deal to write history-themed humor book

    Ever since comedian Colin Quinn debuted his Broadway show, Long Story Short last year, his career has found a second, thriving life– and deservedly so. The Jerry Seinfeld-directed one-man theater piece was turned into an HBO special, which aired in April, garnered critical praise and was most recently nominated for an Emmy. And now, the world of books have embraced the brainy, but somewhat undervalued, veteran stand-up. Quinn’s book, titled

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    Watch Donald Glover’s teaser for his new hip-hop album, “Camp”

    If there’s one form of entertainment fusion that I love, it’s the blend of music and comedy. I’m always tickled when funny folks reveal their chops on whatever musical instrument, be it Dana Carvey on the drums or Conan O’Brien on the guitar. One of the newer additions to the music-comedy circuit is Donald Glover, also known as rapper Childish Gambino. Back in May, in the midst of his IAMDONALD

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    Interview: Diagnosis, Maria Bamford

    “It’s so hard to get an intervention when people don’t think you have any problems,” stand-up comic Maria Bamford complains as she tells me about her love of reality shows like Intervention and Confessions: Animal Hoarding. “Would somebody just please meet me at a Best Western conference room and take me in a van to Florida so I can talk about my feelings for 90 days?” Bamford is known for

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