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  1. A Tour of the All-Women Comedy Shows of Los AngelesWomen in comedy are often seen as solitary creatures, like mountain lions or that bird that fell in love with a statue. Female comics are […]
  2. The Boiler Room’s Last Night It felt like the longest five minutes of my life. It was my second time performing standup comedy, but my first at the appropriately-named […]
  3. Building the Philly Comedy Scene with Good Good Comedy Google currently lists forty-two comedy venues in New York City. This dwarfs the ten results for venues in Philadelphia; of the ten, one is […]
  4. Inside New York’s Musical Comedy Boom Musical comedy has been a popular comedic force for ages. The iconic “Weird Al” Yankovic debuted his self-titled album in 1983. And The […]
  5. How Sea Tea Improv Built a Comedy Scene from ScratchIn 2009, seven people in Hartford, Connecticut founded a comedy troupe, Sea Tea Improv, and began holding regular shows. They started with […]
  6. Inside Cartoon Monsoon: An Animated Variety ShowPast the friendly forest, through the swamp of snacks and sweets Stands a paper-mache clubhouse, by the beach of poison treats. Follow the […]
  7. Can a Mid-Sized City’s Thriving Comedy Scene Survive the LA Exodus?Grawlix’s Adam Cayton-Holland (Photo by Ryan Brackin) If you’re a mid-level comic with a few credits under your belt, at some point you’ve […]
  8. Building a Comedy Scene in Austin with Sure ThingPopular Austin, Texas standup showcase, Sure Thing, packs the back-porch of the Austin Java coffeehouse every Saturday night, even in the […]
  9. How the New Movement Built a Comedy Scene from Scratch in New OrleansThe MC yells, “Please, sound like a million people for…!” and sweeps his arm as he announces the name of the improv group taking over the […]
  10. The Premiere Before the World Premiere: Red Hot Video Fun TimeIn a small Mexican restaurant in Bushwick, Brooklyn, Drew Luster waits on his tacos. Things have settled at the Bat Haus, a small event space […]
  11. Talking About the End of Chicago’s Upstairs GalleryThe Upstairs Gallery started in September of 2010 as a small performance space in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood. It is now one of the […]
  12. How the Legal Marijuana Industry Is Helping Grow Denver’s Comedy SceneComedians like Doug Benson and Stephen Colbert have been getting a lot of joke-mileage out of Colorado’s legalization of marijuana last […]
  13. Inside ‘The [206]’, the Most Popular Local TV Comedy in AmericaThe seeds of the most popular local TV comedy in the country were planted 25 years ago, outside a Seattle restaurant when two strangers walked […]
  14. Washington DC Is Building Itself an Awesome Indie Comedy SceneThe Washington Post has an intriguing look at the growing indie comedy scene in Washington D.C., a city that for a long time had little more […]
  15. Splitsider’s Guide to Vancouver’s Comedy SceneLive comedy, for many, is an art form that is still confined to two major centers: New York and Los Angeles. Other cities — Chicago, […]
  16. Discovering the Comedic Melting Pot in the Heart of BerlinAfter watching three German comics perform odd character bits with no punchlines, Alex Upatov didn’t have high hopes for the Berlin standup […]
  17. Saying Goodnight to Chicago’s ‘Late Live Show’Sad news from the Windy City: after three years and more than 50 performances, one of live comedy’s most interesting experiments is coming to […]
  18. Looking for Comedy in Nashville“One time I took the whole crowd out to the parking lot to have a fire-breathing contest with a guy dressed like Jesus. So it was more of a […]