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Craig Ferguson on How Awkward it Was to Joke About Letterman's Sex Scandal (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 17th 2011 3:00AM
'Craig Ferguson: Does This Need to Be Said?'Every once in a while, comedians just need to cut loose in the only format that really lets them do it still: The stage. 'Craig Ferguson: Does This Need to Be Said?' (Sat., 10PM ET on Comedy Central) allowed 'The Late Late Show' host to do just that.

One of the topics he talked about was the awkward situation David Letterman put him in by having a sex scandal.

"Now the job is make fun of the people who are caught in the sex scandal, but in this case it was my boss," he explained. "Now I have to do the joke, but I'd quite like to keep the f****** job!"

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Nick Kroll Plugs His Standup Comedy Special (VIDEO)

by Ryan McKee, posted Jan 28th 2011 5:15PM
Comedy nerds are buzzing about Nick Kroll's Comedy Central special 'Thank You Very Cool,' which premieres Jan. 29 at 9PM ET.

While the 32-year-old isn't a household name yet, Kroll has been quietly establishing himself as the next big comedy star over the last few years. Hailing from the same alternative comedy world that birthed Zach Galifianakis, Aziz Ansari and David Cross, Kroll's become an underground favorite with his hilarious characters, intelligent stand-up and acting range.

You may recognize his face as one of 'The League' cast members, or from his recurring role on 'Children's Hospital,' or from his standup sets on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live,' 'John Oliver's New York Stand Up Show,' and 'The Benson Interruption.'

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Comic fulfills dream to appear on Letterman's show

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 7th 2009 3:00PM
I watched this stand-up performance by comic Steve Mazan the other night on The Late Show. I thought he was very funny and he went over well with the crowd. Only today did I realize he has inoperable cancer and his life's dream was to appear on the show.

He's making a documentary of his quest, Dying To Do Letterman. I can't imagine the emotions that were going through him as he did his set.

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Patton Oswalt on Stella D'Oro Breakfast Treats

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 31st 2009 9:02PM
Nick posted a review of Patton Oswalt's latest special, My Weakness Is Strong. This clip below is from an earlier special, and I'm posting it here not just because I think he's a very funny guy but also because he talks about a classic TV commercial from the late 70s/early 80s. Wish I could find the original ad online but I can't.

(By the way, this clip is UNSFW - Unbelievably Not Safe For Work).

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Patton Oswalt's new comedy special is coming

by Annie Wu, posted Aug 21st 2009 1:04PM
patton oswaltBack in February, Patton Oswalt headed to DC to record his new comedy special, My Weakness Is Strong. It's set to air on Comedy Central on Sunday night (that's the 23rd, you lazy bum), with the CD/DVD coming out two days later. If you can't hang on that long, just hop on iTunes, where his album is already rapidly climbing up the charts, currently sitting at #3 and making the likes of Reba McEntire weep Internet-tears.

I was lucky enough to be in attendance when Oswalt taped his special, and I was not disappointed. Since I returned home that evening so many months ago, I have been thinking about the DVD, quietly praying and hoping that the cameras did not catch me wiping tears from my eyes or awkwardly leaning too close to the person sitting next to me as I laughed. Excuse me, I have a surly image to maintain.

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Here's what it's like to write for David Letterman

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 3rd 2009 8:31PM
Bill Scheft has been writing for David Letterman for years (as well as being a novelist), and in the video below, he gives a behind the scenes look at what it's like to write for the show, including how much input Letterman has, what he's looking for, and what jokes you shouldn't do. I wonder who wrote the Sarah Palin joke? (You can see Scheft most nights standing on the stage off to the right.)

[via TV Tattle]

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I have no idea why Jerry Seinfeld is doing commercials for an Australian building society

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 9th 2009 7:00PM
Well, this is odd. Jerry Seinfeld has filmed a commercial for Australia's Great Building Society. It shows him setting up a mic, amp, and stool/pitcher of water on the street and doing standup (the ads were actually filmed in a small New York town and not actually Australia.) He's going to do a series of media spots like this for the next couple of years. I guess he really loves Australia and/or building societies.

I think he should go on tour this way in America, just set up standup routines like this on various streets around the country without notice. Wouldn't that be great?

[via TV Tattle]

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The comedic stylings of Sayid Jarrah! - VIDEO

by Eliot Glazer, posted Feb 5th 2009 5:35PM
lost sayid jarrah college humorEven if we've gone way beyond life on the island - with the plots literally weaving through space, time, and place - there was surely a moment when the characters on Lost got tired of swimming and putt-putt. Amid destruction and death, even the survivors of Oceanic 815 surely needed a laugh now and then, which gave Sayid - who apparently moonlights as a stand-up comic when not being awesome with guns and roundhouse kicks - the chance to demonstrate his comic chops for his new friends.

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This Friday on Letterman: Bill Hicks?!

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 28th 2009 1:11PM
Bill HicksBill Hicks was only 32 years old when he died of cancer in 1994. If you've never heard of him, or heard of him but didn't get a chance to see any of his work, tune into The Late Show with David Letterman this Friday night.

One of Letterman's guests will be Hicks' mom (the show was taped earlier this week). She'll be there to mark the 15th anniversary of Hicks' death. Now, this may seem like an odd thing for a talk show to do, have the mom of a deceased comic on, but there's special meaning behind this appearance. Just five months before his death, Hicks appeared on The Late Show and did a scathing stand-up routine (the kind he usually did) which attacked everything from religion to politics. Unfortunately, it was too hot for the show and the performance was never shown, and this really hurt Hicks. On Friday, Letterman is finally going to show the performance.

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Chris Rock to do his fifth HBO special in September - TCA Report

by Kristin Sample, posted Jul 10th 2008 7:23PM
Chris Rock on HBOChris Rock is returning to HBO! The network announced today at TCA that the comedian would premiere his fifth stand-up special this fall. The special will feature footage from three locations: South Africa's Carnival City Casino, New York's Apollo Theater, and the Carling Apollo Hammersmith in London. Of the return to HBO, Chris Rock says, "I wanted to do that type of stand-up special that I've never seen before, and the only place that I could see doing that is at HBO. I love HBO because they want to take chances."

Also of note is that Rock set the Guinness World Record on the No Apologies Tour by playing to crowds of 15,900 at Greenwich's O2 venue. That's the largest audience for stand-up comedy performance in British history.

I'm psyched that Chris Rock will be returning to HBO. He's on the few comedians whose performance I can watch from beginning to end and not get bored. Ever.

Chris Rock: Kill the Messenger will debut on Saturday, September 27th at 9:00 p.m. ET / PT on HBO.

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George Carlin dead at 71

by Joel Keller, posted Jun 23rd 2008 5:25AM
George Carlin dead at 71Wow. I just got in from a very, very late flight from Denver, and the early-morning newscasts hit me with this wallop: my favorite comedian, George Carlin, passed away last night. On Sunday, he admitted himself into a local Santa Monica hospital, complaining of chest pains, and ended up dying that evening of heart failure. He was 71.

Carlin, of course, is most famous for the 1970s comedy routine "Seven Words You Can Never Say on TV." It was a bit which not only got radio stations that played it in trouble with the FCC, leading to landmark First Amendment and decency rulings by the Supreme Court, but he was also arrested in Milwaukee on indecency charges after doing the routine on stage there.

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Last Comic Standing: Audience Vote Round #2

by Jay Black, posted Aug 30th 2007 12:28AM
They should change this show so it's literally the last comic standing. You know, it's a contest where they all just stand up for a really long time.(S05E12) I can't help myself, I just need to blurt out tonight's winner: Doug Benson!

You almost thought I posted a pre-jump spoiler, didn't you? Admit it, you were sharpening your commenter fingers just ready to eviscerate me for ruining the show!

Well, I did no such thing. The only person who is ruining this show for you people is Bill Bellamy, and that's the way it's gonna stay!

Let's get on with the review...

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Last Comic Standing: Challenge Round #3

by Jay Black, posted Aug 16th 2007 12:08AM
Sure, leave it till the second to last week for me to actually enjoy the show!(S05E10) In a lot of ways, writing my reviews of LCS each week has been very easy. By hating the mindless format, the useless judges, the stupid challenges, the lousy editing, and the dearth of stand-up comedy, I was able to construct a pretty flawless template for each of my reviews: start with a thousand words or so about why one of the things I hated was so horrible, then review the comedy while commenting on how little of it there was, and finish up with a look at what was going to be terrible next week. Hate, apparently, fuels productivity; I could bang out two thousand words an episode like I was a goth kid writing about popular jocks on my blog.

Tonight is different, though. I can't do it. I'm at a loss for words. I... actually liked an episode of Last Comic Standing!

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Get a Crash Course in Comedy - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 7th 2007 9:01AM

ted alexandroPreviously I mentioned a new Web series for Comedy Central's Motherload site called "Crash Course in Comedy." Well, the first couple lessons from comedian Ted Alexandro are up with more to follow over the next month.

These new webisodes are somewhat different than other offerings on Motherload, as amateur comedians can actually upload their own performances to demonstrate what they've learned from the online instructions. In theory, I suppose it's an interesting idea, but the segments suffer from a kind of schizophrenia by trying to be both funny and informative at the same time. I'm not a comedian, but I think most established comedians would tell you that stand-up comedy, or any kind of comedy, isn't something that can be taught. One either has a knack for it, or they don't, and no amount of lessons are going to turn you into Steve Martin anymore than piano sheet music will turn you into Beethoven. The only thing that can turn you into Beethoven is a "spirit meld" orchestrated by a mystical wizard; I think everyone knows that.

Check out one of the first lessons after the jump.

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Kathy Griffin no longer joking about Anna Nicole

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 2nd 2007 2:43PM

Kathy GriffinThe New York Post is reporting that Bravo is editing all of comedian Kathy Griffin's standup specials, because she makes several jokes about Anna Nicole Smith on them.

I actually thought of this when Anna Nicole died, how Kathy Griffin used to joke about Anna Nicole's reality show (and the fact that it would cause Daniel to go into rehab - ouch), how Anna Nicole acted, how she seemed when both of them were guests on The Hollywood Squares. It must be odd when a major part of your act actually dies, tragically and young, and you can't use that material anymore. I'm sure some comedians would still do it, but Griffin doesn't want to because she's genuinely sad about what happened.

Griffin just finished a new special for Bravo titled Everyone Can Suck It.

[via TV Tattle]

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