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The Rise of the Female Heckler

(4) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 7:57 AM

A foolish woman is clamorous. She is simple and knoweth nothing." - Proverbs 9:13

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Rest assured readers, this is not some screed against women in comedy. Well, sort of. It is not about performers of comedy. I just finished a great...

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The Future of Comedy

(3) Comments | Posted December 6, 2012 | 9:08 AM

Like many comedians operating in the 21st century, I am constantly trying to figure out the "next big thing" to advance my career. Dane Cook helped his career by dominating MySpace more quickly and more completely than any of his peers, Rob Delaney became a well-known comedy name through Twitter...

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10 Things in Stand-Up Comedy That Should Be Retired

(43) Comments | Posted September 6, 2012 | 6:06 PM

In my monthly or so examination of comedy I have decided after hearing certain things too much that it might make sense to retire them. In full disclosure, I did many of the things listed early in my career so this is less judgmental and more aspirational; a hope that...

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Adam Carolla's 'Eddie Brill' Moment

(22) Comments | Posted June 22, 2012 | 5:12 PM

For the second time this year a major figure in comedy has made controversial public remarks about the funniness of women. Adam Carolla, of the No. 1 ranked podcast The Adam Carolla Show, stated in a New York Post article that "[t]he reason why you know more funny dudes than...

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The Elephant in the Room at the Comedy Awards

(19) Comments | Posted May 1, 2012 | 7:08 PM

This past weekend, the 2nd Annual Comedy Awards took place. These are the awards where comedians do what every other industry does for itself, while maintaining enough of a distance so as to still plausibly (but perhaps not believably) mock the idea of awards shows.

As I followed some of...

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In Defense of Girls

(17) Comments | Posted April 19, 2012 | 8:23 PM

This past Sunday I watched HBO's new show Girls. It featured a perfect storm for me to potentially unleash new levels of hate and criticism. It was produced by Judd Apatow, who I think is the most over-hyped person in the comedy business not named Louis. His movies always manage...

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10 Memoir Titles for a Feature Act

(1) Comments | Posted April 17, 2012 | 4:08 PM

Everyone clamors for a book by star comedians who reflect on their rise to success. They usually sell well because they are funny and they give readers a latter-day Horatio Alger story: comedians always seem to start poor or at least unhappy and then rise to a position of fame...

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How to Get Along With a Struggling Comedian

(19) Comments | Posted April 11, 2012 | 7:57 PM

I usually spend a lot of time, when I do write about comedy, complaining or critiquing aspects of the business, whether it is bookers, managers, clubs, or monolithic groups of comedians. But I realized it is not just them making comedy more difficult, it is regular people and everyday individual...

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