Jen Kirkman on Accepting Career Opportunities and Life's Changes
by Kaitlynn E-A Smith You may know Jen Kirkman as a standup comedian, as a writer and panelist on Chelsea Lately or from drinking wine and retelling historical events on Drunk History. Her acts are personal, and don't contain pop culture references that could date the material. Her book, I Can Barel... [Read More]
On Five Seasons of Buttholes with the 'Workaholics' Guys
by Phil Davidson Five seasons in, and there’s still no shortage of butthole jokes on Workaholics. You have to respect that commitment. Whereas some comedies will shift gears over time and bring on new characters or other developments, Workaholics keeps it real. Week after week viewers are trea... [Read More]
Dane Cook’s Troublemaker evolution and how the Brady Bunch changed his life (Exclusive)
The premiere of Dane Cook’s newest comedy special Troublemaker on Comedy Central this Sunday at 10 pm ET isn’t just a representation of the veteran comedian’s evolution. It’s a homecoming of sorts. Comedy Central, after all, gave Dane his first few high-profile breaks. There ... [Read More]
Dane Cook on making a new comedy BFF in Jerry Lewis and advice in a post-Troublemaker career
Dane Cook has a new manager now but a very old iconic mentor in his comedy life, although Cook has never been known as quite the troublemaker as Jerry Lewis has been over the decades. That’s not why Cook’s latest stand-up special, “Troublemaker,” which premieres on Comedy Cen... [Read More]
Kyle Kinane raps about his new stuff in Comedy Central special, “I Liked His Old Stuff Better”
Kyle Kinane is trying to help his feature act, “my friend Shane Torres, who’s driving the Mazda 2 Snatchback,” find their way to their gig Thursday night in Hamden, Conn., as Kinane also is on the phone to speak with The Comic’s Comic. It’s that kind of multi-tasking th... [Read More]
Iliza Shlesinger and the Contradictions of 'Freezing Hot'
by Monique Madrid Iliza Shlesinger is about as confident, bold and honest of any comedian as they come. She knows who she is and what she wants to talk about. Oh and did I mention she’s hilarious? No surprise, then, that after her first huge hit special War Paint, Netflix asked her to do a fol... [Read More]
Michael Kosta on making “Comedy For Attractive People”
Michael Kosta’s time as a New Yorker was short-lived, as he moved back to Los Angeles last fall after Fox Sports 1 pulled the plug on Crowd Goes Wild, the live sports talker Kosta co-hosted with Regis Philbin. But one year was enough to have an impact on Kosta’s comedy. “I definite... [Read More]
Kyle Kinane Is Not Punk Rock
by Isaac Kozell After a long, unconventional course of some fifteen years, Kyle Kinane finds himself at an interesting point in his comedy career. To his fans and peers, he is one of today's best comics. He's developed a unique, personal style that allows him to deliver his observational wisdom thro... [Read More]
VIDEO: Laughspin Podcast with Robert Kelly, Rachel Feinstein, Kurt Metzger, Andrew Schulz
Since I started covering comedy in 2005 – when Laughspin was called Punchline Magazine – the world of comedy has exponentially grown in popularity. Back then there was a handful of comedy festivals in the United States; now, there’s well over 50. More comedians are headlining theat... [Read More]
From Books to 'SNL' to Pixar to a Sitcom with Simon Rich
by Jane Hu There are a few observations critics almost always make about Simon Rich: how young he is, how much younger he looks, and how much he’s accomplished regardless. The next move usually is to list his accolades: when Rich graduated from Harvard (having served as president of the Harvar... [Read More]