The joke's on us: Where are all the gay comics in Chicago?
I recently attended a stand-up comedy night, a so-called diversity show featuring multiracial joke slingers. In one bit, a straight comic talked about the intimidation he felt around a big, burly guy at his gym—that is, until he found out the guy is gay. Get it? Gay men aren't masculine enough to be intimidating. When the audience roared, the quip raised an ongoing question of mine: Is such homophobia the reason Chicago lacks a thriving LGBT stand-up culture? [Read More]
review - Russell Brand's Scandalous tour
In his first tour since leaving the BBC, Russell Brand examines how some of his actions can land him in hot water and considers the media's response to his behaviour. Looking back at the media fallout following his resignation from his radio show, Brand pokes fun at his own narcissism and revels in the fact that he dominated the news agenda for weeks. [Read More]
F.B.I. Kept Tabs on George Carlin
While countless comedy fans spent the 1960s and '70s poring over the rebellious routines of George Carlin, above, so too did J. Edgar Hoover, according to F.B.I. records released by the comedian's family and reported by The Associated Press. [Read More]
Donald Glover of Howard & Leslie - Comic Vs. Audience Interview
Donald Glover is one of the rising young stars in American comedy. He's a stand-up comedian who performs regularly in New York and he's 1/3rd of Derrick, one of the best sketch comedy groups in the world today. Derrick has recently made a feature film entitled The Mystery Team which should appear at theaters sometime in the near future. And he also writes for 30 Rock, which you probably have heard of despite its low-profile. [Read More]
review - 2009 Charleston Comedy Festival: Roseville, Hot Sauce, Finale
Saturday was the last night of the 2009 Charleston Comedy Festival, and it was a little bittersweet. The faithful were losing steam after nightly afterparties, some lasting til 4 or 5 a.m. Volunteers were tired, and the comedians had to be feeling it too. But it didn't show in the acts I saw. [Read More]
Chris Rock on making fun of Barack Obama - CNN Interview
Chris Rock is best known for two things: being funny and being crass. He's also known for his political commentary, but there's one person he's having a lot of trouble making fun of -- president-elect Barack Obama. This is apparent in his new DVD "Kill the Messenger," which combines three shows from his international tour: New York; London, England; and Johannesburg, South Africa. As the DVD readies for release on January 20, CNN talked with Rock about his lack of Obama jokes, Inauguration Day a... [Read More]
Andrew "Dice" Clay - The Village Voice Interview
Andrew "Dice" Clay has been touring since his failed 2007 reality show Dice: Undisputed - and in March he'll be on the latest season of Donald Trump's Celebrity Apprentice. Dice recently talked about what he's been up to, his kids, and going through 26 mattresses in seven years. We're not calling this a comeback, but the Diceman sure is. [Read More]
Comedian Costaki Economopoulos mines political gold
Costaki Economopoulos, best known as a regular guest on the Bob & Tom radio show, did a graduate thesis in the early 1990s on whether satire and humor were healthy parts of the political process. His conclusion? Mock to your heart's content. [Read More]
Pakistani comedian harassed in India
Activists of Hindu extremist outfit Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) on Wednesday harassed Pakistani comedian Shakeel Siddiqui in Mumbai for ‘being a Pakistani', a private TV channel reported. [Read More]
Greg Giraldo makes his case in comedy
Greg Giraldo is no stranger to being clever and witty under pressure. The Harvard Law grad and former lawyer spent tireless hours arguing points and delivering persuasive speeches in courtrooms. But at 26 he gave it all up to pursue a career as a comedy writer, which eventually led him to stand-up. [Read More]