Pryor, Rickles, and Mason: Doing Comedy as the Daughters of Legends
by Philip Stamato My father is an electrocardio physiologist. I did not follow in his footsteps, and nobody has ever come up to me after a show and said, "You were good, but I really love what your father has done for electrocardio physiology." But what if my father were, say, Richard Pryo... [Read More]
 
Translating Travel to the Stage with Bert Kreischer
by Kaitlynn E-A Smith You may know Bert Kreischer as a famous party animal who gained notoriety in a late '90s Rolling Stone article. Now it's nearly twenty years later and this comedian has a wife and two kids, a book detailing his party lifestyle, a successful podcast and standup career. He is the... [Read More]
 
Finding the Balance with Nate Bargatze
by Isaac Kozell 12 years into his comedy career, Nate Bargatze has found himself at a crossroads. He's been on The Tonight Show, Conan and WTF with Marc Maron. He's performed at Bonnaroo, SXSW and the Montreal Comedy Festival. This Saturday night, his new one-hour special, Full Time Magic, premieres... [Read More]
 
Bathroom Emergencies and the Human Condition with Doug Mand
by Pablo Goldstein Doug Mand is a successful TV writer (The Comedians, How I Met Your Mother, NTSF:SD:SUV::). But he's also the host of Doodie Calls, a podcast where comedians, which have included past guests Lauren Lapkus, Bob Saget, and Jon Daly, confess their embarrassing bathroom ... [Read More]
 
Diving Into Late Night Head-First with Saurin Choksi
by Isaac Kozell As a kid growing up in Texas, Saurin Choksi always loved comedy. After graduating college and moving to Detroit to take a job working for Ford, Choksi decided to do something about that love: he started taking classes at Second City. He worked his way up the improv school's chain bef... [Read More]
 
Kevin Pollak talks ‘Misery Loves Comedy’ documentary (Laughspin Interview)
Kevin Pollak’s Misery Loves Comedy is not just an adventure into the mindspace of stand-up comedians but an exciting exploration into the universal human conditions of misery, joy and hope. What started with the question, “Do you have to be miserable to be a comedian?” eventua... [Read More]
 
How Tom Green Uses the Internet to Find His Audience
by Justin Stokes Like the entire crew of Jackass shoved into a suit and a late-night show format, Tom Green has zero problem taking people into weird, disgusting, and uncomfortable territory. From public access to MTV to the ill-fated Freddy Got Fingered, Green has stuck to his own brand of Canadian... [Read More]
 
Jim Norton talks about being Contextually Inadequate, political correctness, and the future of the Opie and Anthony Show on The Laughspin Podcast (Audio)
Always engaging and never compromising, comedian Jim Norton doesn’t fear talking openly and honestly about what’s on his mind. By day, he is the co-host of the re-branded Opie Radio talk show (formerly the Opie and Anthony Show) on Sirius XM Satellite Radio. By night, he is one of the... [Read More]
 
Inside the Internet Outrage Machine with Jim Norton
by Megh Wright After 2012's Please Be Offended and 2013's American Degenerate, standup Jim Norton returns to television tonight with his third Epix special Contextually Inadequate. Filmed at Boston's Somerville Theatre in January, the special dives deep into recent pop culture scandals and their int... [Read More]
 
Inside 'Misery Loves Comedy' with Kevin Pollak
by Megh Wright "Do you have to be miserable to be funny?" That's the question that comedian, actor, and podcast host Kevin Pollak sets out to explore with over 60 comics in a new documentary called Misery Loves Comedy, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last night and has already topp... [Read More]