Katt Williams is retiring from stand-up comedy (video)
After going on a bender-like weekend that involved all kinds of nonsense including riding a motorcycle on a curb, minor police chases, slapping a guy at Target, and various disruptions of the peace. Katt Williams tearfully and kinda unceremoniously announced his retirement from stand-up comedy to a ... [Read More]
 
Some thoughts on the Chris Brown and Jenny Johnson Twitter flame war
This weekend singer dancer Chris Brown got himself into a bit of a Twitter flame war with a comedy writer Jenny Johnson (who we recommend you follow if you don’t @JennyJohnsonHi5) for she’s pretty good with the joke. The events went as follows, Sunday afternoon, Chris Brown made a pretty... [Read More]
 
Image of Apologizing for a joke: Gilbert Gottfried repents for his Japan tsunami Tweet
Apologizing for a joke: Gilbert Gottfried repents for his Japan tsunami Tweet
Gilbert Gottfried has enjoyed a long career in comedy by telling dirty jokes and offending people. Last year, however, Gottfried apologized for a joke he wrote on Twitter that made light of the tsunami that devastated Japan. It was his first apology ... [Read More]
 
Image of When It Comes To Comedians, Where Is The Line?
When It Comes To Comedians, Where Is The Line?
Cook is just one of several comedians to take a drubbing recently for controversial material performed during the course of his act. From Tracy Morgan’s gay son rant to Daniel Tosh’s rape ad lib, comedians are no longer operating under the radar in the semi-privacy of a dark, smoke-filled comedy club. But if you ask them, they’re not the ones with the problem. [Read More]
 
Image of Jeffrey Ross has his Aurora shooting joke cut from Comedy Central Roast Of Roseanne 
Jeffrey Ross has his Aurora shooting joke cut from Comedy Central Roast Of Roseanne 
Comedy Central isn't taking the chance, cutting the joke from the August 12 broadcast so that no one will hear it, ever. Potentially further testing national sensitivities, Ross' other bit of topical tomfoolery—in which he arrived to the dais dressed as Joe Paterno, flanked by two football players wearing towels—presumably will remain in the show, as will the ongoing tragedy of Tom Arnold. [Read More]
 
Image of Somali comedian Abdi Malaq Jeylani ("Marshale") murdered
Somali comedian Abdi Malaq Jeylani ("Marshale") murdered
One of Somalia's top comedians has been shot dead in the capital, Mogadishu. Abdi Malaq Jeylani better known as Marshale, was known for impersonating Islamist fighters in his TV shows, and had previously been threatened by militant group al-Shabab. However no group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. Marshale was shot several times in the head and chest and hands by two men armed with pistols, who attacked outside his home. Radio presenter Yusuf Keynan told the BBC: ‘This ... [Read More]
 
The Heroics of Offensive Comedy
In ancient mythology a hero was the representation of the triumphant spirit of humanity. The hero was pitted against insurmountable odds but would persevere in the end. Another less renowned character in these stories was the clown. This character re... [Read More]
 
Image of Eddie Griffin faces lawsuit over 'homophobic attack' on-stage at Tommy T’s
Eddie Griffin faces lawsuit over 'homophobic attack' on-stage at Tommy T’s
American comedian Eddie Griffin is facing legal action after getting embroiled in a row with a comedy club punter that turned nasty. Fiona Walshe has contacted a lawyer and demanded an apology and compensation from both Griffin and the venue a after the angry, allegedly homophobic, exchange ended up with drinks being thrown. She says that Griffin singled her out form the audience and taunted her for looking like a ‘librarian’ – but that things turned ugly when he noticed she was with anoth... [Read More]
 
Image of When the Comic and the Heckler Both Take Offense | NY Times
When the Comic and the Heckler Both Take Offense | NY Times
No moment in popular culture is more charged and anxious than when a stand-up comic battles with a heckler. It usually ends with a knockout insult and a huge laugh. But when things turn ugly, as happened three times last week, it can expose the gap between comedians and patrons who see this clash very differently. [Read More]
 
Image of Daniel Tosh: Comedy, fear and the rise of the rape joke
Daniel Tosh: Comedy, fear and the rise of the rape joke
"Although it's often hard to spot through the callousness, the existence of rape jokes is largely due to fear. Not everyone who makes or laughs at a rape joke is directly afraid, of course—like I said, many make them from a position of ignorance—but those deeply invested in rape jokes probably are scared of something. Tosh's retort to the woman wasn't really a joke—there's no structural framework to the one-liner that suggests it was—but an angry reflex to the threat she posed by saying that rap... [Read More]