• Adam Newman: “Not For Horses” (Review)

    Adam Newman’s debut album Not for Horses (Rooftop Comedy Productions) is a diverse collection of observations from the mind of an intelligent, young comedian. Need proof? Newman spans everything from embarrassing public exploits while dog-sitting, the obvious lack of ghostwriting in Snoop Dogg’s autobiography and the odd decision-making of basketball player Dikembe Mutombo. The album’s strongest overriding characteristic is that, for the most part, there are no lulls. Newman takes

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    Dave Chappelle upsets charity audience with “sh*tty show” (Video)

    UPDATE: 7:30 pm EST Dave Chappelle performed last night — this time, it was a 10-minute spot at Hard Rock Live (same venue) in Hollywood, FL and apologized for his “bad attitude” at Friday night’s show. For the full story, read the original account below. It seems Dave Chappelle, despite his god-like status in the world of stand-up comedy, is not immune to awkward shows. Last night, the comedian was

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    Jeff Dunham returns with “Controlled Chaos” and he’s got a video teaser to prove it

    Love him or hate him, comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham will return to Comedy Central on Sept. 25 with a brand new hour special, Controlled Chaos. And although the below teaser doesn’t give us too much in the way of, um, teases, it does have some pretty sweet graphics.

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    Watch Myq Kaplan talk about balls, pizza, anti-gay rhymes and more on “Conan”

    Listen, I’m not one to say, “We told you so,” but when we (then, Punchline Magazine) said in 2009, that Myq Kaplan was a “comic to watch” we were pretty sure we’d end up being right. Since that time, Kaplan has finished in the top five of Last Comic Standing, released a masterful (yet, in my opinion, unfortunately titled) album Vegan Mind Meld, has made countless television appearances — you

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    Larry David tells Rolling Stone he plans on returning to stand-up comedy

    When Larry David appeared on The Joy Behar Show on July 11, he more than hinted that he’d be up for returning to his roots– stand-up comedy. You can see the video here. But in a new cover story for Rolling Stone, out July 22, it looks like he gets a little deeper into the matter. “I think it would be a great experience to be able to go up

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    Interview: Kurt Metzger talks “trust fund pussy” comedians, Ugly Americans and more

    On his new album for Comedy Central Records, Kurt Metzger Talks To Young People About Sex, the titular comedian takes the tradition of a relentless, rough-around-the-edges East Coast comic to the next level. Metzger – he also voices the character  zombie Randall Skeffington on Ugly Americans, which is in its second season now – deftly takes aim at the famously terrible Cash4Gold commercials, “whores,” Michael Jackson (a bit you can

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    Jerry Seinfeld joins Twitter; whips out concentration camp joke

    As iconic as he is, Jerry Seinfeld did not have an official presence online until he launched his site JerrySeinfeld.com on May 6. Well, before this past weekend even started, Jerry made another technological leap to the delight of his many fans: he joined Twitter. As of this writing, the comedy giant — already verified on Twitter — has already amassed nearly 150,000 followers. If you haven’t already started following

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    Interview: Adam Hammer proves a stable childhood can still breed thoughtful (and funny) comedy

    Editor’s note: When Punchline Magazine became Laughspin.com, we also became a little something more– and that is, purveyors, of sort, of comedy. In short, Laughspin Records is now a thing. And we’re putting out albums from comedians and comedic performers we believe in. Our first release, Almost Clean, comes from SoCal comedian Adam Hammer. Keep an eye on him, folks. To help you get started, check out a little profile

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    Video: Eugene Mirman uses Kickstarter to fund Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

    Old and busted: corporate sponsorship. New hotness: Kickstarter-funded ventures. So that means Eugene Mirman’s on the cutting edge of hot. The comedian announced that the next installment — the fourth, as some might call it — of the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival will be funded by grassroots cash donated online, presuming they meet their $18,000 minimum. Even though Mirman says the fest started as a joke, it’s a big deal

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    Video: Did Conan O’Brien’s show steal local sketch group’s double comedian bit?

    Conan has been in reruns for the past week and a half, but the show is still in the news for a potentially ripped sketch performed right before the show’s hiatus. The AV Club reports that a sketch group from Cleveland, Last Call Cleveland, alleges Conan swiped the premise for a simultaneous stand-up comedy performance starring comedians Jon Dore and Rory Scovel. Their demanded compensation? Allowing the sketch group to

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    Chris Tucker announces stand-up comedy tour

    Longtime comedian and actor Chris Tucker has announced an 18-date stand-up comedy tour. Produced by Live Nation, the shows starts August 19th in Long Beach, CA. Tickets go on sale July 15 through ticketmaster.com and livenation.com. Early in his career, Tucker gained a reputation throughout the Los Angeles comedy circuit for his trademark style, incomparable delivery and signature voice and was invited to be on Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam

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    Ballsy comedians can win $250 in Standup Anywhere contest

    Any seasoned comic will tell you that location matters. It’s a hell of a lot different performing in an amphitheater than a tiny comedy club – different energy, different audience, different sound. Doing a set in a non-comedy locale is, unsurprisingly, really, really difficult. So why not take that as a challenge? Holy Taco is offering a $250 cash prize and a front page feature on Break.com to the winner

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    Doug Benson, Eugene Mirman, Amy Schumer, more confirmed for Bumbershoot festival

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    When I think about my favorite stand-up comedy venues, giant fields with thousands of hipster music fans generally aren’t among the top ten. Maybe it’s old school, but there’s something about the dive-y, tiny comedy club that carries a hell of a lot of appeal. Recently, though, comedy has found a new place in the giant music festival (Bonnaroo and South By Southwest, anyone?)

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    Punchline Mag analysis: Are comedians now destined to apologize forever?

    George Carlin famously said, “I think it’s the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately.” Most that read that quote don’t realize there is a horrific dark side to that quote. Often when crossing the line, as a comedian, you can go to a place that is incredibly offensive to people and, most importantly, not funny. Yet, in 2011, we see

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    Katt Williams melts down onstage; no refunds will be issued

    When we last left Katt Williams he was being arrested for “intimidating a witness.” As it turns out the troubled comedian returned to the stand-up stage on June 25 in Albuquerque, NM at the Tingley Coliseum but, according to audience members, he didn’t so much perform stand-up comedy as he did babble incoherently, rip off his shirt, bust off a few push-ups and then leave the stage. Williams was the

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