Meet Bryson Turner, 2009 Funniest Person in Austin | the comic's comic
Turner is a recent transplant to Austin's comedy scene -- he's from the Pittsburgh area and formed his early stand-up start in D.C. Here, let him explain how he has settled in nicely enough in Austin, and why he chose the Texas capital to grow his career as a comedian. [Read More]
Heeeere's . . . Conan!!! | NYTimes
On a chilly Thursday night in late January, four weeks from his last show as host of "Late Night," Conan O'Brien was strumming a guitar behind his beat-up desk in his cluttered office at Rockefeller Center, figuring out how to say goodbye. After 16 years and 2,725 shows, O'Brien would be moving, along with almost all his staff, to Universal City in California to take over "The Tonight Show." He'd had time to ponder his farewell. [Read More]
Mitch Hedberg jokes still inspiring | Punchline Magazine
To this day, Mitch Hedberg is one of the most imitated comedians around. If you've been to more than one open mic you've provably seen a comic copying his style of accented, percussive speaking; sometimes good, usually terrible. I know that for my part I've heard a lot of comics telling bizarre one-liners they must have thought sounded Hedbergian. But what is usually missing is the strong underlying logic that Mitch employed when constructing his jokes. And while he certainly made it seem natura... [Read More]
Ron White shrugs off on-stage smoking troubles in N.D.
Comedian Ron White is breaking his silence about authorities giving him grief for puffing on a cigar during his act last month in North Dakota. White, speaking with the TMZ gossip TV show Monday outside a Beverly Hills restaurant, called the ash-clash in Bismarck "a little cigar incident, no big deal." White said that cities on his tour know "that I am going to smoke on stage. It's really considered a stage prop, as much as I hate to say it." [Read More]
Stephen Colbert Trains at Fort Jackson | wltx
Comic talk show host Stephen Colbert got a taste of what it was like to go through basic training at Fort Jackson. Colbert, who hosts "The Colbert Report" on Comedy Central, was there last Friday to tape a segment for the show. Fort Jackson officials say the taping was for an upcoming trip to the Persian Gulf by Colbert. He'll apparently do a week of shows from the region. [Read More]
Aziz Ansari: Downtown comedy for the masses | Punchline Magazine interview
In the past few years, Aziz Ansari has gone from well-respected downtown New York City comedian to high-profile star of MTVs Human Giant, NBC's Parks and Recreation, and now one of the star's of Adam Sandler's upcoming flick Funny People- not to mention a guy that has the blessing of Kanye West. [Read More]
OUT NOW: The Comedy By The Numbers Book-on-Tape CD | Comic Vs. Audience
Comedy by the Numbers, written by Eric Hoffman, a writer for Mr. Show and Gary Ruderman from the Annoyance Theatre in Chicago, was released by McSweeney's in 2007 as a list of comedy characters, bits, scenarios, sketches, skits, shtick, and more that can help you be funny. "As we all know," the writers claim, "true creativity comes from simple formulas and the memorization of data." There are 169 formulas in all that can help you be funny in any situation that you find yourself including "Contac... [Read More]
Hulu premieres original stand-up comedy | Punchline Magazine
Hulu has signed a deal with Candor Entertainment to air Stand-Up at CandorTV on its popular online service. The program will start with the launch of six free 15-minute episodes of stand-up comedy, featuring three comics per episode. "This will be the perfect lunch break side dish, a great quick fix for any comedy lover," said Candor Entertainment president Chris McClure. Ryan Belleville, Ben Kronberg, Jason Rouse, Steve Trevino, Jay Malone and Butch Bradley are among the acts that will be avail... [Read More]
African-American Female Comics to Host New TV Shows | STAGE TIME Magazine
Despite the cancellation of television shows such as Chocolate News (Comedy Central) and D.L. Hughley Breaks the News (CNN), three African-American female comedians are set to host their own shows on major broadcast and cable networks during the 2009-10 television season. [Read More]
The Comedy Nerds To Broadcast From Sketchfest NYC 2009
We're thrilled to announce that The Comedy Nerds will be joining forces with the fine folks over at Sketchfest NYC to do podcasts straight from the theater every night of the 2009 festival. We'll be featuring exclusive interviews with some of the top sketch performers in the country (see full line up below). We couldn't be more excited to talk comedy with all these hilarious folks. Over the next few weeks we'll be highlighting some of these amazing groups. We'll also be joined by Comedy Nerds... [Read More]