Jim Norton, “Despicable”
Can you separate the Jim Norton you hear on Opie & Anthony's radio show from the Jim Norton you see on Jay Leno's Tonight Show from the Jim Norton you may have read about in either of his best-selling books of essays? Of course. In "Despicable," ... [Read More]
Jen Kirkman, “Hail to the Freaks”
Jen Kirkman is the funniest person in Chelsea Handler's Chelsea Lately circle of comedian friends. By a mile. And then some. Kirkman proves that once again (or if you're not familiar with her or the E! programming, for the first time) on her sophomor... [Read More]
Tommy Johnagin, “Stand Up Comedy 2″
At the outset of Tommy Johnagin's second stand-up comedy CD -- titled, well, "Stand Up Comedy 2" -- the comedian implores upon the audience: "Don't suck. I'm going to hold up my end. I'm going to need you guys to bring it also." And bring it he does.... [Read More]
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]