• The Laughspin Interview with legendary comedian George Wallace

    Two minutes into a conversation with legendary stand up comedian George Wallace and it’s clear that even after thirty-six years the man still loves his job. Lucky for us he does. Not just because we still get to enjoy his rapid-fire brand of observational humor, but because the man has some crazy ideas about what he’d do if he were President of the United States. Trust us, the “I Be

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    Watch Marc Maron onstage from the 1980s!

    Long before Marc Maron made the Internet his bitch by launching one of the most successful podcasts of all time, he was a wirey, long-haired, blazer-wearing comic talking about booze and drugs onstage. The folks at Official Comedy unearthed this vintage clip from the late 1980s from Rascals comedy club (in New Jersey, we think?). Enjoy! Be sure to subscribe to the weekly Laughspin Podcast on iTunes or on SoundCloud

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    Louis C.K.’s new HBO special gets a name and premiere date

    We already knew Louis C.K.’s latest stand-up comedy special would debut on HBO. But now we know the name and its premiere date: Oh My God — his fourth special for HBO — will debut April 13 at 10 pm EST on the cable giant. Filmed at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, C.K. covers “such topics as the food chain, animals, divorce, strange anecdotes, broken morality, murder and mortality,” according

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    Supreme Court delays decision on whether comedian Vince August can keep his job as a judge

    The Supreme Court of New Jersey today delayed a ruling that would have established whether Vince August could keep his part-time job as a municipal judge while simultaneously working as a stand-up comedian. This morning’s hearing came as August (real name: Vince A. Sicari) was appealing a 2008 state ethics board committee ruling that said Sicari could not perform both functions. In 2010, the Committee on Extra-Judicial Activities supported that

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    Why comedians should embrace (and control) the future of comedy school

    I remember sitting in my office in 2010 and reading Doug Stanhope’s evisceration of stand-up comedy classes. I remember it very clearly, in fact, because at the time I was deep into strategizing how a “traditional” comedy club could become the next Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater. UCB was at the time, the dominant force in L.A. comedy, producing some of the most innovative shows, with some of the hottest talent

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    Nikki Glaser, Brody Stevens, Jonah Ray and 14 more comedians to film half-hour specials for Comedy Central

    Comedy Central will kick off its second year of filming its new half-hour comedy special series, plainly titled The Half Hour, which replaced the network’s original 30-minute stand-up series Comedy Central Presents. All shows will tape in Boston Feb. 26 through March 1 at the Royale. The complete list of comedians is below. Nikki Glaser (pictured) Jared Logan Dan St. Germain Dan Soder Joe DeRosa Mike Lawrence Sean Patton Cristela

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    Heckler asks comedian Darren Frost about his cancer, comedian destroys heckler (Video)

    Hot on the heels of yesterday’s post, in which we relate the story of a heckler who ended his night with a wrought iron fence inside of his body, comes this delectable, exquisite and wholly satisfying interaction between one amazingly moronic audience member and one amazingly seasoned stand-up comedian: Darren Frost. The Canadian comic known for his painfully honest act – he’s put out three DVDS and is also a

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    The Laughspin Interview with Joe Rogan (Part 2)

    Here is part deux of my interview with stand-up comedian and former Fear Factor host, Joe Rogan. The first part is here. If you’re just joining us, Joe self-released his own special on his website for $5 (go to joerogan.net and watch that now if you haven’t already!). Otherwise, check out Joe talking about his early days of stand-up and how he thinks the Internet should bring comedians closer together

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    The decay of the influential comedian: four types of comics you should avoid

    Periodically stand-up comedians will go through the rigors of the newspaper interview in which the writer will ask the inevitable question about our comedy influences to complete the article. Citing people like Pryor, Carlin and Hicks is a lot more sexy than Captain Rowdy, Danny Martinez and Jimmy Pineapple– but these guys were awe inspiring, and I wanted to be each of them, together. As a young comedian I was

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    How Eddie Murphy discovered Chris Rock (Animated video)

    Hardcore comedy nerds already know the story of how Eddie Murphy basically discovered Chris Rock, while the young comedian was working at the Comic Strip on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. But this stellar animation from TWIRI Sports brings new life to the tale– and exposes those to may not have heard the story to a truly inspiring reality. Check it out! Be sure to subscribe to the weekly Laughspin Podcast

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    Two more music labels enter comedy business; Erik Griffin and Kurt Braunohler to release albums

    Quickly rising comedians Kurt Braunohler and Erik Griffin just signed deals to release their first live comedy albums, and both are doing so as two indie music record labels’ first comedians. Braunohler, the host of IFC’s absurd game show Bunk!, will record his debut album for Seattle-based Kill Rock Stars (Sleater-Kinney, Elliot Smith, The Decemberists) over two nights during four free shows in Seattle on Feb. 13 and Portland on

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    The Laughspin Interview with Joe Rogan (Part 1)

    Joe Rogan is known from a variety of places: host of Fear Factor, commentator for the UFC; former co-host of The Man Show, his podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience and for the older crowd, his role on the NBC sitcom, News Radio. But if you don’t already, the one place you should start getting to recognize him from is his stand-up comedy. Rogan, a 20-plus year comedy veteran, tours all

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    First autistic Miss America contestant will perform stand-up comedy

    Although we’re not huge fans of beauty contests, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention this cool little tidbit about Miss Montana’s role in tomorrow night’s Miss America pageant. It turns out that Alexis Wineman, 18, is the youngest contestant ever competing this year and she’s also the first contestant with autism. And, get this– she’ll be performing stand-up comedy during the talent portion of the show. Even better, her

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    Katt Williams arrested, due in court today for separate incident (Updated)

    Update, 5:15 pm ET: This morning, Williams didn’t show up to his Yolo County court appointment (mentioned in the story below). As a result, a $10,000 bench warrant for his arrest was issued, according to CBS in Sacramento. ——————– Troubled comedian Katt Williams was arrested last night outside of his Los Angeles home after he failed to show up to a Sacramento court on Monday. His missed appearance stems from

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    Kyle Kinane talks street gangs, Christmas and more on Conan (Video)

    On the heels of the release of his stellar second album and DVD Whiskey Icarus, comedian Kyle Kinane stopped by Conan last night. During his five minutes onstage, the Chicago native was able to rewrite the story of the Three Wisemen, opine on an enraging bar patron, examine the concept of street gangs that commune with nature and more. Check out all the action below! And for the love of

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