Middle East Sees "Explosion" Of Comedy, First Stand Up Festival In Arab World
1. Do Arabs actually laugh? 2. Do Arabs understand jokes? 3. Don't they hate you because you are American? Those are just a few of the actual questions I have heard when I tell people in the US that I'm performing stand up comedy in the Arab world. This week's historic Amman Stand Up Comedy Festival in Jordan - as well as the other recent shows I have performed in the Middle East - have answered those questions as follows: 1. Arabs do laugh (In fact, many are very funny themselves); 2. Arabs do... [Read More]
An interview with comedian Brian Regan
Brian Regan says he's not comfortable unless somebody is laughing. "I love the truthfulness of a laugh. You know whether people like something," Regan says over the phone. "People can fake applaud and fake it in other social interactions, but it's hard to fake a hearty laugh. You know when you're on stage and people are laughing, you think this is happening, this is real." Critics, fans and fellow comedians have been doing a lot of laughing at Regan's expense. Regan's brand of quirky, often ma... [Read More]
iTunes Lists Top 10 Comedy Albums of 2008
There's a great new technological advancement named iTunes. Apparently, it takes all our phonographical contraptions and transfers them to our computational adding machines. Thank God! I was sick and tired of lugging my player piano onto my horseless carriage for the biweekly hoedown. Anyway, iTunes compiled a list of the best recordings from funnymen (And funnywomen! What an age we live in!) for the year 2008. Amongst the comedians listed, Robert Kelly, Josh Sneed, and Dov Davidoff all had the... [Read More]
'Bob and Tom' comedy collage has audience in pieces - Peoria, IL
PEORIA - I like this concept of an all-stars comedy tour. It’s like a sampler platter of comedians. You get a little taste of each of them, and you can decide which ones you’d want to buy as a main entree when they filter back through town individually at places like Jukebox Comedy Club or Mason City Limits. Nearly 1,700 fans turned out to see six comedians and emcee Chick McGee at the “Bob and Tom Comedy All-Stars Tour” Saturday at the Civic Center Theater. Performance... [Read More]
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]