• Watch a preview: Aparna Nancherla’s Half-Hour Comedy Central special premieres tonight!

    Aparna Nancherla is one of very few comedians who can combine an absurdist aesthetic with a relatable set of premises to excellent effect. She is, in my opinion, one of the best joke writers of our time. And because of this, I’ve often thought it would be swell if someone would develop an app that would automatically re-tweet certain accounts as soon as they post. It would save me a few

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    Mark Normand on indie comedy, bombing and the secret to getting laughs (Laughspin interview)

    Mark Normand, one of the fastest rising and most versatile comedians in the country, cut his teeth at open mics, bar shows and by performing in loft apartments. It’s that work ethic — and his joke writing prowess — that helped the Louisana native earn the respect of his fellow comedians and industry alike. His first album Still Got It was released recently on Comedy Central Records, as well as

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    Yannis Pappas talks Maurica, Mr. Panos and his journey back to comedy (Laughspin Interview)

    When I first started doing stand-up in college, I used to produce dorm shows at NYU to create stagetime and would be somewhat frugal in who I put on my shows, only wanting the funniest. A comic I booked asked if I would put his friend Yannis up, who I still didn’t know at the time having only been doing comedy for maybe a year. I said, “Sure. I can

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    Comedy Central’s ‘The Half-Hour’ premieres June 6 with Michael Che and Chris Distefano

    Comedy Central’s stellar stand-up comedy series The Half-Hour kick off its third season Friday, June 6 at midnight ET with back-to-back comedy specials from comedians Chris Distefano and Michael Che. The quickly-rising Distefano appears on MTV and MTV2’s Guy Code, Girl Code and Off the Bat from the MLB Fan Cave (among other shows) and Che, a writer on Saturday Night Live, was recently announced as the newest correspondent on

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    Comedy Central announces lineup for Half-Hour comedy specials

    Comedy central has released their roster of comedians receiving 30-minute (well, 22-minute) specials in 2014, SplitSider reports. The new season of The Half-Hour includes a talented list of comedians, many with some television heat on them. Fortune Feimster was recently cast in the much-talked about Tina Fey Fox pilot Cabot College. Michael Che has been tearing it up as a writer at Saturday Night Live after blowing up on the

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    Watch Jonah Ray and Gabe Liedman on Comedy Central’s ‘The Half Hour’ (Previews)

    Tonight, Jonah Ray, TV writer, co-host of the Nerdist Podcast and the Bing-over-Google man himself, will be on Comedy Central’s The Half Hour. Tune in at midnight and experience the RAYdiation. Here’s a sampling: Comedy Central The second Half Hour belongs to Gabe Liedman, a writer for Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer, Kroll Show and Fuse’s Billy on the Street as well as a member of the cast of The

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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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    David O’Doherty and Jesse Popp bring Comedy Central’s ‘Half Hour’ to a close (Preview videos)

    I first saw Irish comic David O’Doherty years ago in Montreal, when he performed on Andy Kindler’s popular Alternative Show and have been keeping an interested eye on him ever since. So, naturally I’m super excited to see him score his own half-hour special for Comedy Central. Known for using his tiny electric keyboard to drive some of his jokes, he’s the type of comic who earns an equal amount

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    Comedy Central’s The Half Hour: Joe Mande and Garfunkel and Oates (Preview videos)

    Week five of Comedy Central’s new stand-up comedy series The Half Hour brings two stellar acts to the stage: Joe Mande and Garfunkel and Oates. Mande, you no doubt know from Twitter, as he’s easily one of the funniest cats on there. I like to think of him as a minimalist tweeter; some of his best jokes are simple re-tweets from damaged celebrities (think the Kardashians and Jose Canceco). Mande

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    Theo Von and Maronzio Vance hit The Half Hour on Comedy Central (Preview videos)

    It’s that time of the week again, Laughspinners– time to prep for this Friday’s all-new episodes of The Half Hour on Comedy Central. In week four, we find comedians Theo Von and Maronzio Vance offering up their best 30 minutes of material. And as always, we’re here to give you a pair of previews from our friends at Comedy Central Stand Up. So, check them out and be sure to

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    The Half Hour on Comedy Central: Brendon Walsh and Nick Vatterott (preview videos)

    On week three of Comedy Central’s new stand-up comedy showcase show, The Half Hour, comedians Brendon Walsh and Nick Vatterott premiere their new specials. And as we do each week, we wanted to give you a taste of each comic via a pair of previews, which you can peep below. Check them out, and be sure to tune in to Comedy Central on Friday at 11 pm EST to catch

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    The Half-Hour on Comedy Central continues with Na’im Lynn and Neal Brennan (Videos)

    The first week of Comedy Central’s new stand-up showcase show The Half Hour is behind us. Did you check out Rory Scovel and Michael Palascak on Friday? What did you think? Well, the second week is upon us. And as we’ll be doing every Monday morning, it’s time to gift you guys with a pair of previews. This Friday, Comedy Central Stand-Up presents Na’im Lynn at 11 pm and Neal

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    ‘The Half-Hour’ premieres Friday on Comedy Central with Rory Scovel, Michael Palascak (Videos)

    One of the reasons I became obsessed with stand-up comedy was Comedy Central Presents, Comedy Central’s long-running series of 30-minute stand-up specials, which shined a light on great up and coming comedians. I even made my own “mixtape” of sorts, where one VHS tape housed CCPs from Greg Giraldo, Nick Swardson, Mitch Hedberg, Zach Galifianakis and more. Don’t make fun. This was long before these things were available on iTunes.

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    Joe Mande, Garfunkel & Oates and more will tape half hour specials for Comedy Central

    The Comedy Central Presents half-hour special was a staple goal for many stand-up comedians. It helped bring now popular comedians, such as Dane Cook, Jim Gaffigan and Mitch Hedberg, into the mainstream. Comedy Central did not order a new season of Presents for 2012, but it will be reborn as a new series of stand-up specials called, The Half Hour. And a dozen great comics will tape specials for the

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