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  1. Translating Struggle into Standup with Felipe EsparzaFelipe Esparza’s story is a twisted, modern-day fairy tale: The son of immigrant parents learns English to help his parents, joins a gang, gets […]
  2. Janelle James on Her Debut Album ‘Black and Mild’ and Comedy’s Point of No […]Janelle James is in too deep. Eight years ago she started down the difficult and objectively foolish path of standup comedy, and now it’s too […]
  3. Talking Standup, Alone Time, and Why Comedy Is Bullshit with Jo Firestone Jo Firestone spent the day before her Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents (her episode premieres tonight at 12:30) taping sitting by the pool […]
  4. Edi Patterson Finds Her TribeYou know those talented, hilarious actors that constantly pop up in so many of your favorite comedies? The ones where you go, “Man, where else […]
  5. Talking Standup, Acting, and Creative Control with Jenny Zigrino I met Jenny Zigrino at New Orleans’ Civic Theater the day before her Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents (her half hour premieres tonight at […]
  6. Shane Torres Is Crushing It A few nights before he recorded his set for Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents (which premieres this Friday night at midnight), Shane Torres […]
  7. Inside ‘Atypical’ with Nik DodaniBest known for his role as the foul-mouthed friend and dating advisor Zahid on Netflix’s recently renewed comedy Atypical, Nik Dodani is on the […]
  8. Kurt Braunohler and Lauren Cook on Parenthood, ‘Wedlock,’ and Sex DungeonsThe couple that visits a BDSM dungeon together stays together. At least that’s what Kurt Braunohler and Lauren Cook are trying to prove in […]
  9. Open Mike Eagle on His Latest Album and Upcoming Comedy Central Show ‘The […] Open Mike Eagle wants to expand the world’s concept of blackness. As a rapper who has earned critical and cult accolades with his […]
  10. The Gospel of Yamaneika Saunders Growing up in the church, Yamaneika Saunders was told by others that she had a calling. “When I was growing up people would single me out […]
  11. How a Three-Year Goal Led to Chris Redd’s Comedy Central Standup DebutComedy Central’s half hours are back this week, rebranded as Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents. The first in this season’s lineup of emerging […]
  12. Pamela Adlon on ‘Better Things’ and the Power of Staying PersonalFrom Louie to Californication to King of the Hill to her critically acclaimed FX series Better Things, Pamela Adlon has been expertly casting a […]
  13. Rob Corddry on ‘Ballers,’ His ‘Childrens Hospital’ Spin-Off, and Playing […] Season 3 of HBO’s Ballers comes to a close in just a few weeks. Rob Corddry, who stars as financial advisor Joe Krutel on the series, has […]
  14. August 2017 Standup Roundup: Tiffany Haddish, Maz Jobrani, and MoreAugust was a politically charged, incredibly diverse month for standup specials. By the numbers we had: a special about immigration from an […]
  15. Getting ‘Too Real’ with Marc Maron “I can’t take it.” Those are the opening words of Marc Maron’s new special Too Real, which premieres today on Netflix. True to his […]
  16. Lynne Koplitz, the Untouchable Beast Talking to Lynne Koplitz is like talking to your own personal comedy aunt. Auntie Lynne, as she calls herself, will tell you wild tales of […]
  17. Truth in Comedy with Jay MohrThe morning I talked to Jay Mohr he had just returned from fishing in the ocean: “I am drunk on catching perch with a spinning lure.” He spoke […]
  18. For Deon Cole, the Best Standup Comedy Is Like MagicSay what you want about magicians, but Deon Cole thinks comedy should be more like magic. “I look at comedy like magic. If I’ve got the ball in […]
  19. Talking with Kevin McDonald, the John Lennon of Comedy Best known as one of the founding members of the avant-garde sketch group Kids in the Hall, Kevin McDonald recently celebrated an […]
  20. July 2017 Standup Roundup: Erik Griffin, Ari Shaffir, and Joe MandeIt’s actually nice that only three specials came out last month. We needed some room to breathe, take a break from our screens, get outside, […]
  21. On Tour with Tony HinchcliffeIf you ask Tony Hinchcliffe how things are going he’ll likely sum it up this way: “It’s a wild time to be a comedian doing real standup and […]
  22. Nick Swardson Is Always ReadyOften when a person is described as “Hollywood” it is used in a pejorative manner. But after a long conversation with Nick Swardson about his […]
  23. Changing Hearts and Minds with Maz Jobrani Throughout his 20 years performing standup, Maz Jobrani (author of the best-selling I’m Not a Terrorist, But I’ve Played One on TV and […]
  24. Ray Grady Reaches ‘The Next Level’ Season 1 of Kevin Hart Presents: The Next Level closes out this Sunday with comedian Ray Grady. Grady, a Chicago native and former […]
  25. Joe Mande on His ‘Award-Winning Comedy Special’ and Alternating Between […] Joe Mande’s Award-Winning Comedy Special hit Netflix early this morning. The premise of Mande’s first “televised” hour is that he has been […]
  26. Catching Up with Wyatt Cenac With season 2 of TBS’ sci-fi comedy series People of Earth premiering tonight at 9:30pm, we thought it would be a good time to catch up […]
  27. BT Kingsley Stays Busy on ‘The Next Level’ The penultimate performer on Comedy Central’s Kevin Hart Presents: The Next Level (Sunday at 11/10c) is the LA by way of Sacramento comic […]
  28. Rick Gutierrez on Childhood, Standup, and His Earliest Comedy InfluencesComedian Rick Gutierrez grew up in a full house, the fifth of six children. Fittingly, his comedy is largely focused on marriage, kids, and […]
  29. Ari Shaffir Moves from Censorship to Creative Control with ‘Double […] Ari Shaffir’s new two-part special Double Negative hit Netflix today. Presented in two episodes, Children and Adulthood, the special is a […]
  30. From Atlanta to ‘The Next Level’ with Mario Tory Kevin Hart Presents: The Next Level continues this Sunday at 11/10c on Comedy Central with Atlanta comedian Mario Tory. Tory is a […]
  31. Talking ‘Bob’s Burgers’ and ‘Hold On’ with Eugene MirmanYou know when you’re in the middle of telling a good story and your friend interrupts you to ask for more details? Eugene Mirman is that […]
  32. From the Air Force to ‘The Next Level’ with Vincent Oshana Episode 4 of Kevin Hart Presents: The Next Level airs this Sunday at 11/10c on Comedy Central. If you haven’t been keeping up, The Next […]
  33. Erik Griffin Digs Deep Erik Griffin is a workaholic. Workaholics, the show that introduced him to a broader audience with his portrayal of Montez Walker, recently […]
  34. June 2017’s Best Standup Specials: Rory Scovel, T.J. Miller, and MoreWith only four comedy specials released last month it would be easy to say that we’re in a bit of a summer drought compared to previous months. […]
  35. Inside Season 2 of ‘Wrecked’ with Brian SaccaIf you think acting is a job for soft, pampered elites, you should know that actor Brian Sacca got sunburned on his eyeballs while shooting the […]
  36. Taneshia ‘Just Nesh’ Rice Levels Up Comedy Central’s newest half-hour standup series, Kevin Hart Presents: The Next Level, continues this Sunday night at 11/10c with […]
  37. Chris D’Elia Grows Up Man on Fire, Chris D’Elia’s third standup special, dropped today on Netflix. Filmed at the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver, the special captures […]
  38. Talking Standup and ‘Hood Adjacent’ with James DavisJune is shaping up to be a big month for LA comedian James Davis. This Sunday at 11/10c he’ll be doing is first TV half hour as the featured […]
  39. Doug Stanhope on Festivals, ‘Industry Tools,’ and Other Things He HatesDoug Stanhope has been called all sorts of things like depraved, rude, hostile, and raunchy. All of those are fitting descriptions, but one […]
  40. The Many Faces of Rory ScovelRory Scovel’s newest hour, entitled Rory Scovel Tries Stand-Up for the First Time, dropped today on Netflix. If you haven’t watched it yet, […]
  41. Spank Horton Is Ready for ‘The Next Level’“In the world of standup comedy the half hour special creates opportunities that a comic has long dreamed about. It’s the gateway to the next […]
  42. Talking Shit with the Sklar BrothersThe Sklar Brothers have been talking a lot of shit lately. Literally. The duo are the executive producers of a new documentary about bowel […]
  43. Jim Jefferies Joins the Political Late Night MarathonIn the last ten years Jim Jefferies has been making a slow shift from booze-fueled raunch to slightly-more-sober social commentary. The shift […]
  44. May 2017’s Best Standup Specials: Hasan Minhaj, Maria Bamford, Chris […] We’re in the middle of a comedy special deluge, and May brought nine new hours of standup to the spate. In case you missed it, here’s a […]
  45. Andrew Santino Has the ‘Home Field Advantage’The last time I talked to comedian and actor Andrew Santino he was celebrating two releases, his Comedy Central Half Hour and his comedy album […]
  46. It’s Kulap Vilaysack’s Party, and You’re Invited Season 3 of the TV high-end real estate parody show Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ premieres today on Seeso. The show is created and executive […]
  47. Mike Birbiglia Is Ready for ‘The New One’While his special Thank God for Jokes and feature film Don’t Think Twice are still rippling from critical and commercial success, Mike […]
  48. Mark Normand Is Ready to Read Your Comments Since leaving New Orleans for New York City nearly ten years ago, Mark Normand has been honing his joke writing and delivery to a fine […]
  49. Lewis Black Wants to Be Your Anger Exorcist When anger is your artistic medium, sometimes you need to take a little time to just chill. When Lewis Black picked up his phone on a […]
  50. April 2017’s Best Standup Specials: The Lucas Brothers, Brent Weinbach, […] After a jam-packed March, April eased up a bit in terms of standup special quantity, but delivered some serious quality offerings. In case […]
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