Daniel Tosh, “Happy Thoughts” (CD/DVD)
At this point in his career, Daniel Tosh has two different personas in the public's eye. To strangers, he's a clever stand-up comedian with observations on modern life and current events. To Comedy Central viewers -- particularly boys-to-men in their... [Read More]
Christina Pazsitzky, “It’s Hard Being A Person”
Christina Pazsitzky makes it easy to laugh at and with her. Pazsitsky opens her debut comedy disc, "It's Hard Being A Person," (Rooftop Comedy) from Go Bananas by telling the audience how happy she is to be in Cincinnati, because it means she has esc... [Read More]
Open mic: Former U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Arlen Specter
At any comedy open mic across America, you're just as likely to see a senior citizen take the stage as you are a high-school or college student. That's what makes the mic open. But the other night at Philadelphia's Helium Comedy Club, 81-year-old Arl... [Read More]
The handshake to end all handshakes?
You ever meet someone and want to shake their hand, but do so in an appropriate fashion that lets the other person know that you mean business, but not funny business? In "Squeeze," a short silent film written and directed by comedian Brent Weinbach,... [Read More]
Recap the first season of IFC’s “Todd Margaret” with Taiwanese animation
The second season of IFC's The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret begins on Jan. 6, 2012. But if you haven't watched the first season, then no need to fear about tracking down all of the episodes. Because Taiwan's Next Media Animation can g... [Read More]
RIP: Remembering Joe Bodolai, in his own words
Joe Bodolai, a former Saturday Night Live writer and producer for Kids in the Hall who also wrote the first draft of the Wayne's World movie with Mike Myers, was found dead in a Los Angeles hotel on Monday. TMZ reported that cleaning crews and police... [Read More]
Baron Vaughn, “Raised By Cable”
I've called Baron Vaughn a quintuple threat before, praising his ability to weave back and forth from joke-telling, acting, dancing, singing and rapping, plus an intangible quality he brings to the stage. Of course, not all of his talents can be seen... [Read More]
Andres du Bouchet, “Naked Trampoline Hamlet”
In stark contrast to many of this year's comedy CD, Andres du Bouchet's "Naked Trampoline Hamlet" has only six tracks covering the full hour. But each is its own unique set piece. Du Bouchet is quite the character. Or characters. Perhaps you've seen ... [Read More]
Pete Holmes, “Impregnated With Wonder”
Listening to "Impregnated With Wonder," the new stand-up comedy disc from Pete Holmes, provided one of the more truly enjoyable experiences I've had listening to new comedy CDs this year. How could it not be enjoyable when Holmes himself clearly is h... [Read More]
Johnny Beehner, “Tiny Weiner”
"I'm not going for laughs. I'm going for sympathy," Johnny Beehner tells us. After all, Beehner reveals upfront how his last name prompted taunts and insults toward him over the years, as its homonym is a racial and ethnic slur, and its closest rhyme... [Read More]