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Jamie Masada

Entries by Jamie Masada

An Open Letter to President Obama

(6) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 5:37 PM


Mr. President,

This is a desperate plea from the comedy community. Comedians are visionaries; they identify the subjects that require the most attention and then they incorporate these issues into their material. While their material is generally funny, there is...

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Can You Make Yourself Happy for the Holidays?

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 2:00 PM

Dane Cook, Laugh Factory Founder Jamie Masada & Arsenio Hall serve food during Laugh Factory's free Thanksgiving day meal

During the holidays - and I'm talking from Thanksgiving through the New Year - people try to figure out what makes them happy...

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Can We Talk? An Interview With Joan Rivers

(14) Comments | Posted September 20, 2014 | 1:45 AM


When I was a teenager and new to America and comedy, I used to go wherever comics gathered. Back then, anyone could open a stage, because comics weren't paid. I tried to have some stage time at a showcase at the Hyatt Hotel...

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I Will Never Forget Robin Williams, One of the Great Doctors of the Soul

(8) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 6:32 PM

2014-08-25-LFMagRobinWilliams.jpg Robin Williams on the cover of Laugh Factory Magazine, August 1986
When I first heard about Robin Williams' death, I went into my office, closed the door and cried. It felt like I had been punched in the stomach several times and...
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Can Smiles and Laughter Change the World?

(12) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 6:29 PM


I have a dream, perhaps naïve, of bringing the world together through smiles and laughter. Religion, diplomacy and democracy haven't succeeded so maybe it's time to focus on something more universal. And that is why I launched the first annual Funniest Person in...

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Searching for Richard Pryor

(11) Comments | Posted July 19, 2014 | 1:58 AM

Richard Pryor and Jamie Masada at Laugh Factory's Comedy Camp, 2002

Word is out that the casting net is circling to find someone to play the late, great Richard Pryor in a biopic. Hopefully, the focus will be on finding someone who can capture...

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Comedian Dave Chappelle and Laugh Factory Charged With Murder?

(12) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 9:20 PM


So, if you think running a small business is without constant legal hassles, let me tell you about my latest nightmare. This one is more ridiculous than the time a man wanted to sue me for hearing loss because he felt the comics...

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Colbert? Another White Guy?

(132) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 12:58 PM

I was bothered by Thursday's announcement that Stephen Colbert would replace David Letterman. I don't have any issues with him personally. But I do have issues with being in a country of over 300 million people who are not all white, who don't all live in -- or near --...

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Laugh Factory Remembers Jonathan Winters

(4) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 5:16 PM

I met Jonathan Winters 27 years ago. I thought he was the most brilliant and original comic I had ever met.

Winters created the persona of the wild kid grown to adulthood. In addition, his ability to transform into different and recurring characters became a staple of the SNL sensibility....

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Keep Giving: The Thanks Will Take Care of Itself

(8) Comments | Posted December 4, 2012 | 1:42 PM

Black Friday is taking over the Thanksgiving spirit and soon we will get a 15 minute break for turkey and stuffing while we spend the rest of the time shopping.

It hasn't taken long. The big corporations have been moving in for over a century. First, there was the sale...

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Laugh Factory Comedians Know the Real Pulse of the Nation

(3) Comments | Posted October 24, 2012 | 3:42 PM

Unlike politicians, comedians travel around the nation 365 days a year, entertaining people in small settings as well as big arenas, as they develop an accurate reading of the country's mood and sensibility. They also aren't afraid to say what everyone else is thinking.

Nightly, comics incorporate these feelings of...

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