Comedy Character

March 13, 2009

Ever successful comedian has a “character” they play on stage.   Some are similar to their own.  Others are entirely contrived.  But you know when you see Steven Wright you know who you are going to get  a one liner comedian who is a little spaced out and when you see Lewis Black you know […]

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Comedy Foot Soldiers – Barry Rothbart

March 11, 2009

Welcome to our new feature – “Comedy Foot Soldiers”.  Each week we will highlight a different up and coming comedian.  These are the folks who are on the front lines of the comedy community.  They are out there every night for often very little or no money to make you laugh.  Some you may have […]

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Required Reading – Eddie Izzard

March 9, 2009

This week it’s another double shot of videos. I can not for the life of me understand how Eddie Izzard is not a household name. He is one of the funniest comedians working today.

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Nasty Little Puppets

February 20, 2009

Slate published an article about how Jeff Dunham became one of the biggest stand-ups in the country, which we talked about here. (Long story short: Puppets can say racist things and no one gets mad.) The Hardest-Working Hand in Show Business

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The Importance Of Commitment

February 13, 2009

Every comedian will tell you that one of the biggest keys to success is commitment.  A good comedian needs commitment to the craft and commitment to the jokes.  But what exactly is commitment?  Why do people lose it?  Do some people rely too heavily on it? (I’m looking at you Dane Cook) Can some comedians […]

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Playing To A Small House

February 10, 2009

A lot of comics get a little freaked out when they look out into an audience and see a half full house (or worse).  Everyone comic knows it’s easier to make 300 people laugh than 1. (which is why comics don’t tell their jokes at parties.  It doesn’t work people).  But I have learned time […]

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Required Reading – Football vs Baseball

February 9, 2009

In honor of the official end of the football season (yeah, the pro-bowl was yesterday) and the start of the baseball season soon and George Carlin’s big Grammy win, this week’s Required Reading involves all those things.  We are so damn topical.  Seriously. If you like sports you will like this clip.  If you hate […]

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