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  1. Barry Rothbart on Standup, Acting, and ‘Downward Dog’ This year ABC’s Downward Dog became the first network sitcom ever to be accepted at the Sundance Film Festival. Not bad for a show about a […]
  2. How Jon Glaser Became Neon Joe: Werewolf HunterJon Glaser has written for and consulted on some of the most acclaimed comedies in recent memory, including Late Night with Conan O’Brien and […]
  3. Prepping For the Fanboys with David HuntsbergerAs the new host of a weekly sci-fi clip show, comedian is David Huntsberger is already expecting criticism. It’s inevitable in science […]
  4. ‘Politicians Aren’t Geniuses, They’re Human Beings": Matt Walsh and the […]That Veep is the funniest show on television is certainly debatable, but there’s no doubt no other show has better insults. Take Selina Meyer’s […]
  5. Coming Up Twice with Joe ListJoe List is the comedy underdog everyone seems to root for. A longtime fixture in the New York comedy scene, List had the reputation as the […]
  6. Wrestling, Weed, and Comedy with the Lucas BrothersIn a Venn diagram where one circle is weed and one is wrestling, at the intersection you’ll find Keith and Kenny Lucas. The identical twin […]
  7. The Post-’SNL’ Life of Brooks WheelanLook at it this way: if Brooks Wheelan didn’t get fired from SNL, he might not have recorded his hilarious new debut standup album. Not many […]
  8. On Five Seasons of Buttholes with the ‘Workaholics’ GuysFive seasons in, and there’s still no shortage of butthole jokes on Workaholics. You have to respect that commitment. Whereas some comedies […]
  9. Scott Aukerman on ‘Comedy Bang! Bang!’ Season 4 and Saying Goodbye to […]The one thing we do know about Reggie Watts’ replacement on IFC’s Comedy Bang! Bang! is the new sidekick will be a human being. That is all […]
  10. Keeping Busy with Barry RothbartBarry Rothbart is doing a little bit of everything these days. He co-directed a documentary about competitive eating that premiered this […]
  11. Stephen Merchant’s Undying Love for the Romantic ComedyDespite all of its cringe-worthy moments, the original version of The Office was at its core a love story between the characters Tim and Dawn. […]
  12. The Free-Wheeling Todd GlassOf all the memorable episodes of Marc Maron’s influential WTF Podcast, maybe none was more so than the Todd Glass interview from two years ago, […]
  13. Chelsea Peretti on ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine,’ Writing for ‘SNL,’ and Her New […]As an early adopter and prolific user of Twitter, Emojis, Instagram, you name it, actress and standup comedian Chelsea Peretti is somewhat of […]
  14. On the Road with Gary GulmanGary Gulman is on tour right now in support of his upcoming third standup special, It’s About Time. Like his jokes, the title has several […]
  15. Throwing a House Party with Adam DevinePart sitcom, part standup showcase, Adam Devine’s House Party might be difficult to describe, but it’s a fun hybrid. Mensch that he is, Devine […]
  16. Jake Weisman and the Love of the StruggleThough it was only on for two years, Jake Weisman’s The Morning After Podcast, which he co-hosted with Eli Olsberg, was a must-listen and […]
  17. From Behind the Scenes to In Front of the Camera with Neal BrennanWith his new gig hosting The Approval Matrix on Sundance TV, Neal Brennan has completed his reverse transformation from behind-the-scenes […]
  18. Balancing Standup and Writing for ‘Late Night’ with Michelle WolfNot many comics would close their New Faces Showcase at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival with a three-minute joke tying together men’s […]
  19. Inside Just For Laughs, Morning Talk Shows, and the Future of Comedy with […]Of all the funny things T.J. Miller said during his many performances at the 2014 Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, one of his best lines came […]
  20. Pete Davidson and What It’s Like Being a Rising Standup at Age 20Pete Davidson is only 20 and already has amassed several TV appearances and a development deal. It would be easy to resent the success he’s had […]
  21. The Bitter and Acerbic Highlights of Andy Kindler’s Just For Laughs […]Another standing-room only crowd, including some of the biggest names in comedy, came out Friday afternoon at the 2014 Just For Laughs Festival […]
  22. David Rees on How to Make a ‘How-To’ ShowFans of the 2001-2009 comic strip Get Your War On will be happy to know that David Rees, the man behind the cult classic political send-up, is […]
  23. Damien Lemon on His Comedy Central ‘Half Hour’ and How He Became a Comedy […]For years Damien Lemon was known as much for his comedic skills as his legendary beater Toyota Corolla. With the way his career is going now, […]
  24. Tommy Johnagin on Breaking Out as a Comic from Somewhere Other Than NY, […]There’s no definitive path to a successful career in standup comedy. Just ask Tommy Johnagin. Though he now lives in LA, Johnagin built a […]
  25. The Never-Ending Tour: On the Road with Brian ReganFind the most jaded, bitter, resentful comic you can think of, and chances are even he likes Brian Regan. Everyone does. Regan has been […]
  26. Talking to Dave Attell About His New Comedy Central Standup Show and […]If you’re a fan of standup, you owe it to yourself to watch Dave Attell do a set at the Comedy Cellar, the famed New York club where he can be […]
  27. Talking to Todd Barry About His New ‘Crowd Work’ SpecialTodd Barry has a new crowd work standup special coming out on Louis C.K.’s website. That’s the narrative we’ll be hearing over the next few […]
  28. Talking to Joe Mande About His Standup Mixtape, Writing for ‘Parks and […] Joe Mande always seems one step ahead. Whether it’s his Twitter stunts, multimedia shows, or stories about attending a live taping of The […]
  29. Talking to Nate Bargatze About Standup and Developing an NBC Sitcom with […] If you need any validation that Nate Bargatze is a great young comic, just know that notorious crank Marc Maron is one of his biggest fans. […]
  30. Talking to the ‘Workaholics’ Guys About the New SeasonSince premiering in 2011, Workaholics has picked up more and more steam as one of today’s most smartly written shows starring some of TV’s […]
  31. Talking to Brody Stevens About His New Comedy Central Show and His […]Think of any comedian working today. There’s probably another comic with a similar style. Except for Brody Stevens. It’s difficult to […]
  32. Talking to the Lucas Brothers About Their New Fox ADHD ShowThe Lucas Brothers are your typical law school dropout, wrestling nerd, identical twin brother standup duo. You know. They also happen to be […]
  33. Talking to Joan Rivers About Doing a Web Chat ShowLouis C.K. has a great joke about how he connects with old ladies because they’re on their way out, so they just say whatever. He might have […]
  34. Inside Festival Supreme, Tenacious D’s Comedy Mega-EventIf Tenacious D’s Festival Supreme was any indication, the days of the comedy tent playing second fiddle at music festivals might soon be […]
  35. Talking to Mark Normand About Standup, The Comedy Cellar, and Why Comics […]Mark Normand is a comedian whose name you’ll soon be hearing a lot more of. Normand was one of the New Faces at this year’s Just For Laughs […]
  36. Talking to Jim O’Heir About Playing Jerry on ‘Parks and Recreation’Chicago native Jim O’Heir had steady work as a veteran character actor in Hollywood until he finally caught a break in 2009 with a role he was […]
  37. Talking to Paul Scheer About ‘The League’, ‘NTSF’, the Genius of Arsenio […]Paul Scheer must be the comedic actor everyone can agree on because as of publication he’s appeared in shows on the following networks: MTV, […]
  38. Talking to Barry Rothbart About Leno, His Competitive Eating Documentary, […]The Tonight Show typically isn’t the place where hip, young New York comics make their late-night TV debuts. They tend to go the Conan or […]
  39. Talking to Aparna Nancherla About Twitter, Chris Rock, and Writing for […]Aparna Nancherla is a name we keep seeing on lists of the best up-and-coming comedians. And if you’ve seen her do standup, you know […]
  40. The Most Important Things That Happened At Montreal’s Just For LaughsThe Montreal Just For Laughs Festival always has a seriously impressive artist lineup, with galas hosted by the likes of Joan Rivers, Eddie […]
  41. Talking to Vernon Chatman About ‘Wonder Showzen,’ His Standup Beginnings, […]If there’s a comedy equivalent of Rick Rubin, it’s Vernon Chatman. Just as Rubin has become known for producing some of the music industry’s […]
  42. Talking to Kurt Metzger About Starting Out in Comedy, Patrice O’Neal, and […]If you’re a person who believes that comedy has any sort of social mission, Kurt Metzger probably isn’t the comic for you. But if you’re a fan […]
  43. Talking to Todd Barry About His New Podcast, ‘Delocated,’ and Doing an […]This podcasting thing must be here to stay because Todd Barry has one now. And Todd Barry is no Johnny-come-lately who’s going to fall for the […]
  44. Talking to Eric Wareheim About JASH and ‘Tim & Eric’s Bedtime Stories’Tim and Eric’s new YouTube channel JASH may not have the same amazing ring to it as Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, but fans of the TV […]
  45. Talking to Jen Kirkman About Stand-Up, Misogyny on Twitter, and Her New […]Jen Kirkman isn’t asking you to agree with her decision to not have kids. Just quit grilling her about it. That’s the main point she’s trying […]
  46. Talking to Eli Braden About Howard Stern, Parody Music, and TwitterComedian Eli Braden has an impressive 58,000 Twitter followers, but that’s nothing compared to the 6 million SiriusXM subscribers who routinely […]
  47. So Long, ‘Delocated’“It’s not a silly comedy anymore. It’s a silly drama.” As Delocated star and creator Jon Glaser points out, you can’t really describe his show […]
  48. Talking to Jon Glaser About ‘Parks and Rec,’ ‘Girls,’ and the ‘Delocated’ […]It’s probably going to be a while ‘til we see another show like Delocated. The Adult Swim live-action series comes to an end tonight after […]
  49. Talking to Mike Scully About Writing for Poehler and Fey at the Golden […]Mike Scully is living proof that if you just spend your childhood watching TV and have no college degree or any other marketable skills, you […]
  50. Talking to Nikki Glaser and Sara Schaefer About Their New MTV Late Night […]MTV has provided plenty of laughs over the last 10 or so years, but rarely have they been intentional. Nikki Glaser and Sara Schaefer are about […]
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