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We Interrupt Doug Benson's Busy Schedule to Preview Comedy Central's 'Benson Interruption'

by Danny Gallagher, posted Nov 5th 2010 3:10PM
Comedian Doug BensonTelevision comedies have had a long and interesting history of sudden interruptions:

A crowd of 9/11 "truthers" crashed the set of HBO's 'Real Time with Bill Maher' and heckled the man live on the air as security crawled to drag them out of the studio.
• Some crazed tech junkie interrupted the Chicago airwaves in 1987 with his creepy rendition of Max Headroom being spanked with a fly swatter.
• The cast of the long running 'Mystery Science Theater 3000' have talked back to more bad movies than a group of drunken teenagers during a Jim Varney movie marathon.

Comedian Doug Benson's 'Interruption,' however, is designed to help more than heckle. The live stage version of the stand-up show featured top name comics like Patton Oswalt and Greg Proops doing their acts while Doug interjected his own observations. Comedy Central has turned Doug's unique comedy concept into a late night stand-up comedy showcase premiering tonight, Sat. Nov. 6 at 12AM ET.

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Bill Burr Takes Issue With the Claim That Motherhood Is The Hardest Profession (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 20th 2010 6:22AM
'Bill Burr: Let It Go'You've probably heard people say that being a mother is the most difficult job on the planet. You might have even heard Oprah Winfrey say it on her talk show. Bill Burr certainly did, and he took issue with the claim on his stand-up special, 'Bill Burr: Let It Go' (Sun. 11PM on COM). He made some rather compelling arguments.

"Being a mother is the most difficult job on the planet?," he asked. "Oh yeah, all those mothers that die every year from black lung from inhaling all that coal dust." But that wasn't the only dangerous profession he was poised to compare motherhood to.

Our favorite argument was in the way a mother can rid herself of her charges at any time. "Would you rather be up in the sunshine," he asked in comparison to drilling into the earth, "Running around with a couple of toddlers that you can send to bed anytime you want on some sort of trumped-up charges because you want to have a drink and watch 'The Price Is Right'?"

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Aziz Ansari's funny Intimate Moments

by Nick Zaino, posted Jan 15th 2010 3:30PM
I've always found Aziz AnsarAziz Ansari Intimate Momentsi funny. He was great on the offbeat sketch show Human Giant. I've come to enjoy him on the sitcom Parks and Recreation. But funny in sketch comedy and on a sitcom doesn't always translate to funny stand-up comedy. And since I'm admittedly more familiar with Ansari's other work than his stand-up, his one-hour stand-up special, Aziz Ansari: Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening, was far from a sure thing. I am happy to report, though, that Intimate Moments completes the comedy trifecta.

The special, which premieres on Comedy Central Sunday at 10 PM and hits stores in DVD and CD form Tuesday, is laugh out loud funny in several places. From the opening bit, where Ansari challenges an activist to kill for gay rights, to his stories about his cousin Darwish and Kanye West, there is a lot of smart, original material here. Fans of Human Giant won't be disappointed.

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Seriously, Who Farted ... seriously?!?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Oct 9th 2009 9:30AM
Nick Swardson's Seriously, Who Farted?Comedian man-child Nick Swardson has a new comedy special premiering this week called Seriously, Who Farted? I smell a Kennedy Center Honor (sniff, or is that a People's Choice Award?).

Now normally, I do like to literally judge something by its cover, but it's hard not to with a title like Seriously, Who Farted?. A title like that could be either the greatest or absolutely worst of anything of all time, whether it's a comedy special, video game, or brand of cereal. If it's a brand of cereal, then it would most likely be the worst.

So I asks ya...

Is "Seriously, Who Farted?" the greatest or worst title for a comedy special of all time?
Greatest271 (63.0%)
Worst159 (37.0%)

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Jim Breuer's Let's Clear the Air tonight on Comedy Central

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 25th 2009 1:02PM
Jim BreuerJim Breuer has a fight ahead of him. The title of his latest special, Let's Clear the Air (Comedy Central, tonight, 11PM), is a nod to his current place in the public's perception as the stoner from Half Baked. You can throw in a bit of Goat Boy from SNL, and you have the cage Breuer has built for himself, the one he's trying to break out of to change his image.

Breuer would like to be known more as a family comic now, and Let's Clear the Air is his first attempt at that.

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Bill Burr to perform the first stand-up routine on Conan's Tonight Show

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 8th 2009 8:02PM
Bill BurrTonight, Bill Burr will be the first stand-up comedian to do a performance spot on Conan O'Brien's Tonight Show. If you don't know him, you will soon be one of the few. Burr has been on a roll for the past few years, getting stronger and stronger and playing bigger and bigger venues, culminating in last year's special, Why do I Do This?, which premiered last August on Comedy Central and is now on CD and DVD.

I've seen Burr live for years, playing shows like Denis Leary's annual Comics Come Home in Boston and Opie and Anthony's Traveling Virus tour. I have never seen him fail (the closest I came was last year in Los Angeles in front of a mostly indifferent crowd, working really hard for every laugh - for some perspective, Dave Attell and a lot of other good comics bombed that night). He became infamous for a decidedly NSFW YouTube video showing him at an O&A show in Philadelphia, the only time I can think of that a single comedian took on a crowd of hecklers and won.

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Jay is doing another free comedy show

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 21st 2009 2:03PM
Jay LenoFor those who couldn't figure it out, I'm referring to Jay Leno and not TV Squad's own stand-up comic, Jay Black (as if Jay Black would work for free. He needs at least a beverage for his effort).

But going back to the story: Jay Leno is doing another free show. This time it's in Ohio for those who have been laid off. When I criticized Leno's free show the last time (in which I stated that anybody could claim to be unemployed and get access to the free show and Jay isn't that funny to begin with), it was interpreted in some of the comments as a "bad thing". Taking that into account and after careful reconsideration, I stand by my opinions from the previous article.

On Jay Leno as a person, he's a stand-up guy (pun intended). He gives a lot of his time to various charities, including a comedy tour to soldiers in the Gulf. I have nothing bad to say about Jay as a person. As a comedian, that's another story. But, on behalf of myself, thanks for all your efforts to help, Jay.

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Last Comic Standing: Semi-final round two

by Jay Black, posted Jul 26th 2007 12:02AM
Just a few more episodes and I'll be freeeeeeeeee!(S05E07) I'd like to open tonight's review by letting you all know that my wife and I had our first child this past Sunday. I'm telling you this up front so that you'll be forgiving of me if my review isn't up to the cracker-jack standards that you're used to. I'm operating on about one and a half hours of sleep and my entire house is literally covered in poop.

On the bright side, if I ever wind up on Last Comic Standing I can turn to the camera like every other comic and say, "I'm doing this for my son" while they play emotional music behind me.

Now, on to the review...

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Last Comic Standing: London and Minneapolis

by Jay Black, posted Jun 27th 2007 11:57PM
Just get to the comedy part, please!(S05E04) Something occurred to me tonight as I was watching LCS: I absolutely hate this show. I don't mean that I kind of dislike it and wish that I didn't have to review it, I mean that I wish that God himself would ride down from the heavens on a golden chariot and demand that His children wipe the show from existence.

There are aspects I like about it (namely the maybe 45 seconds of unedited comedy that we get to see each week), but for the most part, I think the show takes something I love very dearly and turns it into something horrible. Watching it each week is like hanging out with an ex-girlfriend that you loved and thought you were going to marry, but then she developed a coke-addiction. You enjoy talking to her and reminiscing about the old times, but you can't help but notice how much she's gritting her teeth and begging you for money. It's sad. Just... sad.

Phew. Okay, let's get to the review...

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Cedric the Entertainer signs deal with ABC

by Julia Ward, posted Nov 28th 2006 4:02PM
Cedric the EntertainerAnother King of Comedy has struck a network television deal. Cedric the Entertainer and Bernie Mac show creator Larry Wilmore are developing a sitcom for ABC. The pilot hasn't been picked up, but if it does eventually make the airwaves, you'll get to see Cedric juggle life as the single father of a teenage girl with his life as a... wait for it... security chief at LAX.

Cedric is, of course, known for his comedy specials and Barbershop films, but did you know that Larry Wilmore is an on-air contributor to The Daily Show and consulting producer to The Office? Personally, I hadn't connected those dots before now. Combining these talents could add up to funny, but the failsafe stand-up material - airport anxiety - could go either way -- a welcome pressure valve letting off America's collective steam or groan-worthy security gags that just aren't funny the 100th time around.

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