SNL from the Bleachers, Part 2: Live!
***For all the info on how we came to be inside & seated, check out part 1!*** As lucky standby folks were still being seated, Lenny Picket and the band made way for Kenan Thompson, who took to the stage at “home base” (where the monologue is always done... [Read More]
 
Best of 2011: The Comedy Awards
A year ago, most people would have said we needed more awards shows like we needed more shows about people getting additional holes in their heads (incidentally, don't miss Head-Holers, coming next Spring to TLC). But while we might not have ne... [Read More]
 
Russell Brand, Lewis Black, Jimmy Fallon appear in New York Times video series
If you’re anything like us here at Laughspin, you probably love to learn about the behind-the-scenes world of comedy. Comedy nerddom means we’re always asking questions: how do comedians get started in their career path? Where do they find their insp... [Read More]
 
Tracy Morgan Takes on the New York Comedy Festival
by Mike Henneberger Last Thursday, a sold-out crowd filled the Beacon Theatre in New York as Tracy Morgan celebrated his birthday (and mine) with a headlining performance for the New York Comedy Festival. Those who aren’t familiar with Tracy’s stand... [Read More]
 
Comedian Tracy Morgan Stars in New Drama “The Son of No One” with Al Pacino
Most of us know Tracy Morgan from his hilarious performances on Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock. Yet three days ago his new movie “The Son of No One,” a police/crime drama, released in the United States, marking just the second time the c... [Read More]
 
Watch Tracy Morgan tell Letterman gay rant was a misunderstanding
Though Tracy Morgan has long since apologized — in public, many times — for his seemingly anti-gay rant he delivered at a stand-up show in Nashville on June 3, the comedian addressed the issue once again last night. Though, in his defense... [Read More]
 
Tracy Morgan tries to explain his homophobic jokes to David Letterman
Tracy Morgan was on last night's Late Show with David Letterman, and Letterman being Letterman, he wanted to ask Morgan about what happened this summer in Tennessee when Morgan flew back to apologize to an audience member because of a joke in which M... [Read More]
 
Image of “30 Rock” will go on without Alec Baldwin, says Lorne Michaels; but, should it?
“30 Rock” will go on without Alec Baldwin, says Lorne Michaels; but, should it?
Remember a while back when Alec Baldwin was all “Show’s over!” in regard to 30 Rock’s next season? He hasn’t commented on the series’ longevity in recent days, but executive producer and Saturday Night Live godfather Lorne Michaels has. And all I hav... [Read More]
 
Image of America's misguided war on offensive humor - Paul Provenza Interview | Salon
America's misguided war on offensive humor - Paul Provenza Interview | Salon
Paul Provenza knows what makes comedians laugh. He is, after all, the director of 2005's "The Aristocrats," the ultimate behind-the-scenes look at the blue jokes that get seasoned veterans chuckling. His program on Showtime, "The Green Room with Paul Provenza," premieres its second season this Thursday, and is a sort of comedy version of "Insider the Actor's Studio" with Paul as James Lipton and a roundtable of funny people that can include anyone from Penn Jillette, Eddie Izzard, Bo Burnham, an... [Read More]
 
Image of Punchline Mag analysis: Are comedians now destined to apologize forever?
Punchline Mag analysis: Are comedians now destined to apologize forever?
George Carlin famously said, “I think it’s the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately.” Most that read that quote don’t realize there is a horrific dark side to that quote. Often when crossing the line, as a comedian, you can go to a place that is incredibly offensive to people and, most importantly, not funny. [Read More]