Morty's in Indianapolis shuts its doors this weekend | Punchline Magazine
Morty's Comedy Joint in Indianapolis, Ind., will forever shut its doors this Sunday, Jan. 3rd. The club has been in operation since August of 2006 and has seen a wide host of comics cross its stage. Morty's has had a long tradition of discounted tickets and ticket giveaways, and struggled to operate in the black, reports Indystar.com. [Read More]
Artie Lange 'Jack and Coke' Album Review | About.com
In 2009, things changed for Lange. He gave up drinking and an addiction to heroin, getting clean for the first time in years. It shows on his first comedy album, Jack and Coke. He's a better comic: sharper, more focused and controlling the crowd rather than allowing their energy to dictate his own. With his demons at least temporarily in check, Lange has finally released an album worthy of his tremendous potential. [Read More]
Interview - Jen Kirkman gets debriefed for 2009, but what has she done for Chelsea lately? | the comic's comic
Of all of the comedians who are part of Chelsea Handler's writer/roundtable circle, Jen Kirkman is perhaps the most interesting. Not just because I'd actually heard of her and heard her stand-up before seeing her on Chelsea Lately, but also because when I saw her more recently in Los Angeles, her stand-up offered something a little different from the rest. As 2009 comes to an end, I sat down at my computer and asked Kirkman some questions. [Read More]
Comedian Lizz Winstead on the politics of humor (audio interview) | Minnesota Public Radio News
Comedy writer and performer Lizz Winstead (co-creator of The Daily Show and Air America Radio) explains how she broke into the elite boys club of late-night comedy writing. [Read More]
Confessions of a joke stealer - Jeff Nichols' story | Punchline Magazine
This past summer comedian Jeff Nichols released his memoir: Trainwreck: My Life as an Idoit for Simon and Schuster. As he was trying to be a comedian in New York in the 1980s and eventually hitting the road to make real money — where being a complete hack was a lot easier to get away with — he admits he became a world-class joke thief, saying, "I constantly stole material and it had begun to wear me down. It had no longer been a means to an end; it was the end." We should mention, also, that... [Read More]
MTV Networks, Subway Restaurants Launch Program to Showcase Comedians | STAGE TIME Magazine
MTV Networks and Subway announced the launch of "Subway Fresh Buzz," a campaign highlighting the freshest multimedia talent from the United States. SubwayFreshrBuzz.MTVIggy.com will feature profiles, performances and exclusive content from 20 emerging artists, comedians and musicians. MTV Networks is distributing the experience across its network of Web sites and through social media platforms. [Read More]
Anjelah Johnson's "That's How We Do It!" first look on Comedy Central; CD/DVD coming in February | the comic's comic
How does a former NFL cheerleader become a stand-up comedian? Well, there may be some praying involved. But that's no problem for Anjelah Johnson, who cheered for the Oakland Raiders, appeared as a cast member of FOX's MADtv for a hot minute, and was a "new face" at Montreal's Just For Laughs festival just last year. [Read More]
Doug Benson takes "The High Road" on G4 TV special; hear more on his CD, "Unbalanced Load" | the comic's comic
The High Road is an amusing documentary on cable channel/network G4 that follows Doug Benson and his opening act, Graham Elwood, from Los Angeles to Boise and Spokane for road comedy gigs. You also see him walking out of a Star Trek screening in Boise to call in to Comedy Death-Ray Radio. So dedicated! It's like a spin-off of The Comedians of Comedy documentary, but just following Doug Benson and Elwood. It debuted as an hour special Monday night on G4, but airs again overnight tonight at 1 a.m.... [Read More]
Arj Barker - "LYAO" - album review | The Serious Comedy Site
I am convinced this Arj Barker CD will be on our top ten list for 2010 and most probably be number 1 on that list. LYAO really is that good. This is a clean stand-up comedy CD DVD set and well worth the investment. [Read More]
Inaugural Iowa Comedy Festival set for October 2010 | Punchline Magazine
The first ever Iowa Comedy Festival will happen next year from Oct. 14 - 16 in downtown Des Moines, organizers announced over the weekend. Produced by Joel Fry and Jerad Cherniss of Cornstar Comedy Productions, the event's focus is to not only to showcase state-bred comedians but also to strengthen the relationships between the Iowa comedy community and the surrounding scenes, including Chicago, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Omaha and Kansas City. [Read More]