• America’s Got Talent: 9 comedians return for Champions season

    America’s Got Talent is bringing back the best of the best with their special edition season, America’s Got Talent: The Champions. The Champions season follows 50 acts that previously shined during previous seasons of AGT from all over the world. From those 50, nine are comedians (and don’t worry, we aren’t counting ventriloquists or jugglers as comedians). Stand-ups didn’t fare well on the competition show until we saw New York

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    Comedian Rich Ceisler dies from rare Guillain-Barré syndrome

    Laughspin regrets to report that Boston comedian Rich Ceisler has passed away. Ceisler, a comedy veteran of over 30 years, fell ill last month while performing on a cruise ship in the Caribbean. He came down with the rare Guillain-Barré syndrome, a disorder that causes the body’s immune system to attack the nervous system. He was flown off the ship to a hospital in the Dominican Republic, where he passed

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    Jay Leno, America’s Got Talent’s Tom Cotter to headline Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in Jamestown, NY

    Comedians Jay Leno and Tom Cotter will headline the 2014 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival this August in Jamestown, NY. The annual festival is part of a mission to preserve the comedic legacy of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, which includes The Lucy Desi Museum & Center for Comedy. The festival includes the headlining shows as well as a “Comics to Watch” stand-up showcase hosted by Caroline Rhea. Jay Leno, of

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    The Laughspin Interview with America’s Got Talent runner-up, comedian Tom Cotter

    NBC’s America’s Got Talent saw its first finale with zero singers. It also saw its first finale with a comedian. New York comic Tom Cotter finished second in America’s largest talent show last night, falling behind the Olate Dogs, an entertaining dog trick act sure to cause a breakout of adorable memes. Cotter, a 23-year comedy veteran battled through five grueling 90-second sets, boasting perfect timing and excellent writing. Following

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    Comedian Tom Cotter snags second place on America’s Got Talent!

    Tom Cotter, the New York City-based comedian, whose life as a father of twins and husband of fellow comedian Kerri Louise was chronicled years ago on the reality show Two Funny, snagged second place on America’s Got Talent tonight. Season seven of the Simon Cowell-created reality competition series began with 54 contestants, ranging from singers, jugglers, “light painters,” dance troupes and beyond, but it was the art of stand-up comedy

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    Tom Cotter proves comedy is alive and loved as he advances on America’s Got Talent (Video)

    It’s hard out there for a comic– at least on NBC’s talent show, America’s Got Talent. On a show with sword swallowers and child opera singers, comedians, historically do not last long. (Melissa Villasenor made the semi-finals last year; Doogie Horner & Chips Cooney were only quarter-finalists the year before that). And why is that? Well, for one, it’s difficult to captivate a crowd by talking to them when you

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