Check Out Old Clips of Louis C.K., Mitch Hedberg, Chris Rock, and More on the Just For Laughs YouTube Channel
by Megh Wright If you're a fan of watching old clips of standups honing their craft live onstage, the new Just For Laughs YouTube channel is for you. The Montreal comedy festival recently teamed up with Maker Studios to launch the channel this afternoon, which so far features standup clips from Bill... [Read More]
Chris Rock Made a Movie About a Comic Who Abandons Comedy for Drama
by Megh Wright Actor and standup Chris Rock's new film Top Five premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival over the weekend to rave reviews, and according to THR, Paramount is already in exclusive talks to buy it for as much as $13 million. In an interview with Indiewire, Rock described th... [Read More]
Talk of the Town: Comedians reflect on the 2014 High Plains Comedy Festival
Thanks to curators Andy Juett and Adam Cayton-Holland, the High Plains Comedy Festival returned to Denver this year for its second year. With an even bigger line-up and schedule of shows, the return of HPCF was a runaway success. Comedians from all over the country, including T.J. Miller, Cameron Es... [Read More]
This Year's Woodstock Comedy Festival to Feature Colin Quinn, 'A Night at Whiplash,' and More
by Megh Wright The second annual Woodstock Comedy Festival is set to take place this month from the 19th through the 21st, and the festival just announced its full schedule and lineup of shows, panels, and films. Splitsider's own comedy documentary A Night at Whiplash will screen on Sunday followed ... [Read More]
Sean O’Connor, The Grawlix and more headline Hell Yes Fest 2014
New Orleans’ premier comedy festival, Hell Yes Fest, comes swinging back November 12-16. Curated by Chris Tew, the fest is held each year in the Big Easy in November with a second turn held in Austin in April as part of the Moontower fest. Today, the NOLA chapter released a partial line-up for... [Read More]
Plumbing Politics and the Crazy State of the World for Comedy with Andy Zaltzman
by Elise Czajkowski Andy Zaltzman is best known in the States as half of the excellent satirical podcast The Bugle, which he co-hosts with long-time collaborator John Oliver. A lover of all things satire, he's hosted his "Political Animal" show for years, and his new show, "Satirist f... [Read More]
How to Succeed at Edinburgh Fringe with Alex Edelman
by Elise Czajkowski Alex Edelman has had an excellent August. The American comic headed to the Edinburgh Fringe with his debut show, Millennial, and on Saturday, he walked away with the coveted Best Newcomer Award at the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards. Past winners include stars like&nbs... [Read More]
Daniel Sloss and the Art of Telling Critics to Piss Off
by Elise Czajkowski At only 23, Daniel Sloss has become one of the biggest draws at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The Scottish comic played to packed houses during his fun in a 400-seat lecture hall in Edinburgh, and he's about to take his show "Really?!" on tour throughout the UK. He's also g... [Read More]
American Alex Edelman Wins Best Newcomer Award at Edinburgh Fringe
by Elise Czajkowski 25-year-old New York comedian Alex Edelman won the Edinburgh Fringe's Best Newcomer prize on Saturday for his show, Millennial. The prize is awarded to the best full-length debut show on the Fringe. The last American to win was Arj Barker back in 1997; other winners include&... [Read More]
Dave Chappelle returns to Hartford stage with standing ovation nearly a year after incident with unruly crowd
A year ago this week, Dave Chappelle stopped a stand-up performance in front of an unruly Hartford, CT crowd during the Oddball Comedy Festival. A widely reported on event that Chappelle would later state he’d not so much as “return to Hartford for gas” again. Even the mayor of the... [Read More]