A lawyer trying to trade briefs for standup finds it's tough getting an audience â€" even for free
Times are tough â€" in fact, so tough I’ve had family and friends tell me that, as much as they’d like to come see me perform, the cover charge and two-drink minimum at many clubs is a little rough on their recession-damaged wallets. Times are tough for me, too. Trying to switch to being a comic from a career in law has resulted in a sharp boost in my happiness and a sharp decline in my income, especially since I now rely on temporary legal work and most of my comedy gigs have ... [Read More]
Comedians jump on chance for auto jokes
After weeks of being treated like a national punch line and punching bag, is the domestic auto industry finally getting some love? Advertisement On Thursday's "The Daily Show," host Jon Stewart urged Congress to go ahead and give the Detroit Three the loans they're seeking. "Fine, Detroit's business model is bad. We know they lose $2,000 for every car they sell," said the Comedy Central host during a humorous bit. "Wall Street lost $7 trillion without selling anything! At least when Detroit l... [Read More]
Doug Stanhope protege Arthur Hinty still standing up
Arthur Hinty is not what you'd consider a well-known comedian. However, he's got some well known friends, namely Doug Stanhope. A few years ago Stand Up! Records released an album called The Unbookables: Morbid Obscenity taken from a live show hosted and headlined by Stanhope and recorded at Appleton, Wisconsin's Skyline Comedy Cafe. Sales of the album went to help pay for Hinty's gastric bypass surgery. As part of the deal, Stanhope explained that Hinty himself (then, not a trained stand-up) n... [Read More]
Show Report: Craig Robinson at Caroline's
While many of us were scarfing down tofurkey or turducken this past weekend, the stars came out for Craig Robinson's shows at Caroline's. On Friday night, he was visited by Office co-stars Kate Flannery and Oscar Nunez, who were in town for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Kate sang a stirring duet with the man, who was backed by a 7-piece band. Then, on Saturday, it was an HBO-palooza when Entourage's Jeremy Piven and Flight of the Conchords' Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie stopped by. Pi... [Read More]
Funny Business: No joke, Zanies turns 30
“This is gonna be a great club when they finish it,” says comedian Jeffrey Ross in the first minute of his act at Zanies in Chicago. The club’s been open for thirty years. The scene really hasn’t changed too much since November of 1978, when Zanies first opened its doors at 1548 North Wells. Back then, people came looking for a couple of laughs and now, thirty years and thousands of comedians later, Chicagoans still look to Zanies (and its more recent incarnations in the... [Read More]
Gaffigan likes being 'that guy'
Actor/comedian Jim Gaffigan is used to being thought of as "that guy" â€" the pasty, average-looking dude who might have made you laugh pretty hard on David Letterman, might have stolen a scene in "Super Troopers" or "That '70s Show," but whose name just never sunk in. A healthy fan base knows his name well, though, which is why of the five shows he's playing at the Paramount over three nights (tonight through Saturday ), all but one sold out well before Thanksgiving. These are the final nig... [Read More]
Will the Real Tony Clifton Please Stand Up?
There are those who “got” Andy Kaufman and those who didn’t. The line wasn’t gray. One of the most polarizing comedians of modern time is laughing from beyond the grave as his inspired creation, the paunchy, racist, foul-mouthed, third-rate lounge singer Tony Clifton, packed the house at Chicago’s Lakeshore Theatre Oct. 12. After the show, I was whisked backstage for an exclusive interview with Clifton, and began by asking what prompted his comeback, and what he h... [Read More]
NYC Comedy Crawl (City Guide Magazine)
New York City is nothing to laugh at, but there are plenty of laughs to be had at the many comedy clubs in the city. From Midtown to Downtown we’ve picked the best comedy clubs to visit during your visit to NYC. And if comedy’s not all you’re looking for, we’ve picked some excellent bars to stop at along the way. [Read More]
South Beach Comedy Festival sets lineup
The fourth annual South Beach Comedy Festival has announced a lineup that includes Lewis Black, Cheech & Chong, Lisa Lampanelli, Jim Norton and Daniel Tosh. Event will run Jan. 21 through Jan. 24 at South Beach venues including The Fillmore at the Jackie Gleason Theater, Lincoln Theater, Colony Theater and the Lincoln Road Stage. Comedy Central has once again signed on to be the exclusive media partner of the Miami fest, which is organized by The William Morris Agency. Live Nation is handling ... [Read More]
Black-White Comedy Team Remembered for Building  Bridges Through Humor
The 1960s and '70s were times of changing race relations in the United States. A new book called Tim and Tom looks at the era through the eyes of two stand-up comics. Mike O'Sullivan spoke with authors Tim Reid and Tom Dreesen about their experience as the nation's first, and possibly last, black and white comedy team. [Read More]