Image of For Our Consideration: When comedians walk off, it’s the crowd that’s to blame
For Our Consideration: When comedians walk off, it’s the crowd that’s to blame
A year ago, Josh Modell described the scene when Dave Chappelle, testing the waters with a few quietly announced stand-up appearances after the seven-year layoff that followed his abandonment of Chappelle’s Show, stepped onstage at the Chicago House Of Blues: “Signs inside and outside t... [Read More]
 
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Read Patton Oswalt’s “Closed Letter to Myself About Thievery, Heckling and Rape Jokes”
Patton Oswalt wrote "a closed letter" to himself yesterday on the Internet, which means we all can read it, hopefully identify with at least part of it and take away lessons ourselves from it. Oswalt's letter is an essay in three parts, covering, as the title suggests, joke thieves, heckling and rap... [Read More]
 
Image of Read This: Patton Oswalt brain-dumps on comedy thieves, hecklers, and rape jokes 
Read This: Patton Oswalt brain-dumps on comedy thieves, hecklers, and rape jokes 
Patton Oswalt hasn't historically been shy when it comes to expressing his thoughts on comedy—he's an expert, after all. And he tends not to keep quiet when bullshit infects his world, like when a college valedictorian stole his bit, or when he got into a skirmish with a lady recording his sho... [Read More]
 
Image of Best Guest Star: Patton Oswalt
Best Guest Star: Patton Oswalt
If television as a whole seemed a little obsessed with casting comedian Patton Oswalt last season — he appeared in no fewer than seven shows! — it’s because no one plays obsessives better. [Read More]
 
Image of Begrudging Respect: Carlos Mencia and the American Dream (opinion)
Begrudging Respect: Carlos Mencia and the American Dream (opinion)
Carlos Mencia stands as both the dark side of the American dream as well as the gaudy fulfillment of it, we should ask ourselves what success ultimately means to us. Standup comedy to many means the same thing as the American dream: there is a promise of freedom and abundance of riches that await those who have the talent and drive to succeed. [Read More]
 
Image of Take Your Comedy Seriously – By Dylan Brody (opinion)
Take Your Comedy Seriously – By Dylan Brody (opinion)
At the risk of waxing pompous – and if that opening doesn’t prove that I’m willing to take that risk, really, what will? – I think comedians and humorists have a far greater responsibility than they often acknowledge. [Read More]
 
Feminist writer debates Jim Norton: calls comedy clubs ‘dark basements full of angry men,’ makes rape joke (Video)
Last night’s debate between comedian Jim Norton and Jezebel writer Lindy West on Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell was moving swimmingly until the latter characterized comedy clubs as “dark basements full of angry men.” It was in response to Bell’s q... [Read More]
 
Comedian Christina Walkinshaw endures sexual harassment onstage, club won’t book her again
Toronto-based comedian Christina Walkinshaw landed what seemed like a decent gig last September– $500 for four feature spots at Yuk Yuk’s at Casino Niagara in Ontario. Upon arriving at the club, however, she became suspicious of the venue’s odd... [Read More]
 
Kickstarter abuse: Why are you giving your money to wealthy celebrities?
Kickstarter is amazing. It’s especially amazing for industrious, talented artists who lack the connections and capital usually needed to realize their dreams. In fact, it’s been a pleasure recently to see photographer Seth Olenick’s book of comedian ... [Read More]
 
Moontower Comedy Festival, day 3: Janeane Garofalo, Michael Ian Black, Chelsea Peretti!
AUSTIN – Day three of the Moontower Comedy Festival showered audiences with far more outstanding talent than rain, though both made appearances all over the city. Much more astonishing than water falling from the sky – a true Texas rarity – was the h... [Read More]