8th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival line-ups
The eighth annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival has impeccable timing, given all the sketchy business surrounding politics these days. With 131 shows on three stages featuring local heavyweights alongside national and international acts, the outlook is funny—for the next two weeks at least. Read on for our lineup of not-to-be-missed acts. [Read More]
Nick DiPaolo, Gary Gulman headline Comics for a Cure benefit
Occasionally, you come across the kind of warmth and sincerity in the comedy community that can touch the heart (or place the heart should be) of even the most hardened cynic. Tracy Harding has no real links to the world of comedy or activism, but last year, after learning about the genocide in Darfur, she was inspired to put together a comedy benefit for no other reason than she wanted to do something about it. [Read More]
Comedian Aziz Ansari - Village Voice Interview
Comedian Aziz Ansari studied marketing at NYU and came up through the city's underground comedy scene before earning his break as co-creator and co-star of MTV sketch show Human Giant. He's now departed for L.A., and is starring alongside Amy Poehler in an upcoming NBC sit-com from The Office executive producer Greg Daniels. Ansari is featured in the upcoming Judd Apatow flick Funny People, the new season of Scrubs, and about a million other projects. He spoke with Sound of the City through his ... [Read More]
Janeane Garofalo - Gothamist Interview
Janeane Garofalo was one of the definitive comedians of the '90s. Her mix of deadpan sarcasm with heartfelt (and often angry) earnestness would set the bar for what has become an ever growing "alternative" comedy scene throughout this decade. [Read More]
Flight of the Conchords - Time Out New York Interview
They came from New Zealand armed with songs about killer robots and racist dragons—and, improbably, they scored. Since June 2007, when their cultish musical-comedy show debuted on HBO, Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie, better known as Flight of the Conchords, have garnered a Grammy, two Emmy nominations and a No. 3 spot on the Billboard album chart (for their self-titled debut). Plus, this week's cover! In advance of the January 18 launch of the second season of their HBO series, we spoke to ... [Read More]
Artie Lange back on Howard Stern show
Artie Lange is back on the Howard Stern Show again. He immediately on the defense about skepticism about his latest tale of rehabilitation. [Read More]
Former Gamecock kicker goes from football field to comedy stage
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - It's hard to find anything that compares to the pressure of kicking a game winning field goal in front of 80,000 screaming fans. But former Gamecock kicker Marty Simpson has a new hobby that makes his palms sweat even more: stand-up comedy. [Read More]
Comedy Central To Roast Larry The Cable Guy
COMEDY CENTRAL is stocking up on the ammo and bringing out its big guns when it roasts comedian Larry the Cable Guy. The hits will be dirty, fast and hard. Larry will be making the night unfor-git-able during this star-studded evening, which will tape in Los Angeles on March 1, 2009. The "COMEDY CENTRAL Roast of Larry The Cable Guy" will air on Sunday, March 15 at 10:00 p.m. "It is an honor that COMEDY CENTRAL has chosen me to be roasted. Only a handful of folks have been dumb enough to accept.... [Read More]
AskMen.com's Top 10: Emerging Comedians
Today's emerging comedians have diverse styles and perspectives as different as Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Osama bin Laden. Unfortunately, many comedy clubs don't promote young emerging comedians, which makes it difficult to discover fresh talent who fits your sense of humor. Many guys who think stand-up isn't for them just haven't seen the right comedians. Here is a list of 10 emerging comedians that we think you will love. [Read More]