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Bill Maher Remembers Johnny Carson 20 Years Later
Everyone loved Johnny. On the 20th anniversary of Johnny Carson's retirement from The Tonight Show, Bill Maher reminisces on making his favorite host laugh, getting a little too cheeky, and why Leno might trump him today. [Read More]
 
Image of Phoebe Robinson: Alt Comic vs. Club Comic: The New Bloods vs. Crips?
Phoebe Robinson: Alt Comic vs. Club Comic: The New Bloods vs. Crips?
..with the alt scene becoming a bigger presence and club acts not going anywhere, people are focusing on how comedy is presented rather than paying attention to the content. So while, I agree with a lot of Burr's rant, the bottom line is that he most respects and enjoys comics who came up like him. Who had similar struggles to him. And if you have not, he views you as part of the problem. Is this right? Is this wrong? And more importantly, does it even matter? [Read More]
 
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Josh Gondelman: The 10 Questions Everyone Asks Stand-Up Comedians
I have a weird job. Most of the time, people I encounter have never met a comedian before. Folks have lots of questions for me. They’re usually the same ten questions/ demands. In case you were ever curious, here are the most common inquiries, complete with (what I think are) helpful answers. [Read More]
 
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opinion: Jay Leno Is Not Evil
Jay Leno is not the Antichrist. There are no devil's horns underneath his thick gray hair. He does not exist in this world to bring harm and misfortune to those more deserving of the spotlight. He is a man that has amassed a plethora of enemies because he gained employment on two separate occasions on account of poor television network decision making. He is a man that has lost friends for the same reason. And he is not someone that has ruined a sacred institution with unfunny jokes; he is someo... [Read More]
 
Image of Catholic League emails Daily Show’s ‘Vagina Manger’ photo because that’s what God would do
Catholic League emails Daily Show’s ‘Vagina Manger’ photo because that’s what God would do
It’s likely you’ve been following the recent brouhaha between Jon Stewart and conservative Christian groups over a graphic, wherein a Christmas manger was Photoshopped between the legs of a naked woman during the April 16 episode of The Daily Show. W... [Read More]
 
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How the Comedy Nerds Took Over | NYTimes
“Nerd comics” drive traditional stand-ups insane. Which is a shame, because they’re leading a renaissance in comedy: "My strange obsession allowed me to witness the blossoming of the alternative scene. And I learned that the biggest misconception about it is that it’s a reaction against club comedians. It’s not — it was a reaction by club comedians against club comedy; against the model in which comedy was important but the comedian was not." [Read More]
 
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Dear, NBC: Let ‘The Office’ die a dignified death
It’s been a less-than-stellar Steve Carell-less season of The Office, and so the plans for its future continue to be a mystery– not just to audiences, but to most of those involved with the show. There have been many major changes and rum... [Read More]
 
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What Do You Think of Bill Burr's Rant Against the Alternative Comedy Scene?
Whoa. Bill Burr took a controversial stance on alternative comedy on his Monday Morning Podcast, blaming The Office for the rise of "awkward" nerd humor and railing against babyfaced alt comics for being their lack of toughness. “I resent the alternative comedy scene for one reason only,” he says.... [Read More]
 
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The Truth About Doug Stanhope
If you only know Doug Stanhope from the second iteration of “The Man Show,” you don’t know Doug Stanhope.“I’m glad – if only for the experience and the first-hand knowledge of how smothered the creative process get... [Read More]
 
Image of Alf LaMont: Turn Left? The Lack of Right-Wing Comedians (opinion)
Alf LaMont: Turn Left? The Lack of Right-Wing Comedians (opinion)
..a frank discussion not on whether or not humor leans left, or whether progressives were just more clever or interesting, but rather a real conversation on why precisely, political humor and comedy does skew left in our day and age, without falling into a trap of motivated reasoning that would skew my panel too much. Here were my top revelations as to why comedy and humorists skew more liberal.. [Read More]