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The Powerful Powerless

Nathan Timmel | Posted 07.20.2016 | Comedy
Nathan Timmel

As a comedian, I have a rare job. I stand on stage under a spotlight, and hold a microphone that amplifies my words. It is, in some sorts, a position of power.

Two Horrible Shows

Nathan Timmel | Posted 07.08.2016 | Comedy
Nathan Timmel

As a comedian, I'm often asked two questions: what's your favorite show; what's your least favorite show. While I may not have a "favorite" show, per...

Stand-Up Comedy Life Lessons

Lisa R. Petty | Posted 06.24.2016 | Women
Lisa R. Petty

Comedy was more of a hobby than a career as I stuck to the state of Florida and ventured into Georgia once. As a parent, I didn't feel that the life on the road necessary for a full-fledged comedy career would be appropriate. I could not look my son in the eye and say, "Mommy would rather entertain drunk people than watch you grow." I've met many comedians who have done just that, and more. Knowing that my son is more important than any career is just one life lesson that I learned from doing comedy.

Talking to Keedar Whittle about Hear Me Out

Sam Rivman | Posted 06.22.2016 | Comedy
Sam Rivman

Sam: So talking about this standalone stand-up show that you've got coming up, what was the motivation to pursue your own stand-up special? Was it a l...

Can I Be A Feminist Yet?

Alex McKelvey | Posted 06.08.2016 | HuffPost Live 321
Alex McKelvey

I made sure I was an ally before pitching this article, but I'd like to go as far as to appropriate the label. So can I? Can I go ahead and be feminist now?

Kathy Griffin: "No One Has The Donald Trump Stories I Have"

Michael Cook | Posted 05.24.2016 | Entertainment
Michael Cook

As she tours the country on her ever-growing eighty stop comedy tour, Kathy Griffin is eviscerating Kardashians, Donald Trump, and everyone in between.

A Comedian Apologizes

Nathan Timmel | Posted 05.23.2016 | Comedy
Nathan Timmel

When you stumbled up to me, I was in the middle of a sale. An audience member had enjoyed my silly so much that he felt the need to give me cash in exchange for a souvenir. I love it when that happens, as it helps me provide for my family. You know: pay the mortgage, buy food, that sort of thing.

Comic to Comic: Derek Sheen

Johnny Taylor | Posted 05.19.2016 | Comedy
Johnny Taylor

Hey there Huffington Post readers, I'm back with a new column where I chat with fellow comedians that are rising nationally about comedy, life, and wh...

'Please Don't Tell Me 60 Is The New 40'

Elisabeth Dale | Posted 05.14.2016 | Fifty
Elisabeth Dale

Please don't tell me 60 is the new 40. Screw that, because it only applies to older women, not senior men. Let me 'look' my age. I embrace each day, month, and year given to me. I'm even looking forward to growing out my hair color and going for the gray, or maybe white.

Mama Knows Best: Hilarious Bob the Drag Queen Is Only Competing with Herself on 'Drag Race'

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 04.28.2016 | Queer Voices
Pollo Del Mar

"I wasn't even looking for who to do better than," said the ever-confident performer, who hits San Francisco's Castro Theatre May 28 for Drag Queens of Comedy. "I have to do my own personal best. If I do that, my creativity will come through."

Iconic Comedian Waits 30 Years to Deliver Debut Album

Steven Shehori | Posted 03.23.2016 | Entertainment
Steven Shehori

A full three decades into his stand-up career, Tim Steeves is -- at long last -- releasing his debut album, American Portions.

Comedian Dying Of Cancer Gets HBO Special

Outspeak | Posted 03.22.2016 | HuffPost Live 321

At 32, Quincy decided that instead of giving up and waiting for the end that he would continue to live his passion: comedy. Despite ongoing chemotherapy, he didn't stop touring because he wants nothing more than to leave behind a comedic legacy that will not be forgotten.

Hi, I'm A Kurd. You May Be Afraid Of Me And I Want To Change That

Matin Atrushi | Posted 03.02.2016 | Comedy
Matin Atrushi

Hi, I'm a Kurd. Admit it, you instantly thought "Curds and Whey" from the nursery rhyme Little Miss Muffet. I suppose that would be possible if th...

Podcasts That Don't Suck

Johnny Taylor | Posted 03.02.2016 | Comedy
Johnny Taylor

The increase in podcasts popularity has translated in a huge uptick in awful audio content. That's why I'm here. I listen to a lot of them and I've discovered some Fiji spring water in a sea of disgusting tap water from Flint, Michigan.

Work. Comedy. Repeat.

Johnny Taylor | Posted 02.23.2016 | Comedy
Johnny Taylor

It's 10:00 a.m. on a Tuesday. I'm on my break from my straight gig. The thing I do from 8 to 5, Monday through Friday. Like clockwork. Office work. It's a good job actually. Decent pay with good benefits. My co-workers are nice enough. Most of them are smart and professional.

Stand-up Comedy 101

Johnny Taylor | Posted 02.17.2016 | Comedy
Johnny Taylor

Most days being a stand-up comedian is awesome. I get to perform with my good friends (and not-so-good friends) and heroes almost every single night ...

An Open Letter to Comedy

Johnny Taylor | Posted 02.11.2016 | Comedy
Johnny Taylor

Dear Comedy, Hi again. I know you aren't used to reading letters from me. It's unusual on this end too. Just wanted to jot a few lines down to let ...

"Showing Up and Full of Gratitude" By Jason Stuart

Jason Stuart | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jason Stuart

My dream has always been to work with talented people in films that made a difference, and it came true.

Comedians: It's Not 'PC Culture', You're Just Not Funny

Isaac Fornarola | Posted 12.30.2015 | Comedy
Isaac Fornarola

Aging comics that are reacting to a "PC culture" aren't getting a poor reaction because their audience is offended. They're getting a poor reaction because they're simply not funny.

Cha Cha Cha Chaaaaaappyyyyy Chhhanukahhhhhhh!

Lisa Geduldig | Posted 12.10.2015 | San Francisco
Lisa Geduldig

Here in San Francisco, where I accidentally moved 33 years ago from Anatevka (well, New York), the stores don't know Pesach from Chanukah. As soon as ...

The Politics of Comedy

Nathan Timmel | Posted 12.09.2015 | Comedy
Nathan Timmel

I understand comedy clubs and booking agents fighting for territory, but I think it's a losing path. Comedy clubs and booking agents need to work hand-in-hand to promote comedy, and support comedians.

Profile: Jim and Jeannie Gaffigan

Philip David Morton | Posted 12.02.2015 | Entertainment
Philip David Morton

What makes the couple unusual is not their strong work ethic, or their proud commitment to co-parenting their five children. It's their teamwork at home as well as in the studio and on the road.

Be Who You Are: Making Audiences Laugh Without Selling Out

Nathan Timmel | Posted 11.12.2015 | Comedy
Nathan Timmel

If you hear everyone around you laughing and you feel the need to badger the comedian because you don't like him? To put it politely: you're the jerk in this situation, not the comic.

Standing up to My Fears (and Finding My Voice Along the Way)

Bryan Behar | Posted 11.03.2015 | Comedy
Bryan Behar

There are a lot of reasons that I'm a writer and not a performer. My nose has more turns than Google Maps. I have a comically oversized head that would only really work in a Munsters reboot. But I decided to try stand-up comedy for the first time since 1988.

Thank You, Preston Lacy

Nathan Timmel | Posted 10.27.2015 | Comedy
Nathan Timmel

Maybe no other comedy clubs would have him, but I'm hoping that he knows his rightfully earned spot in the entertainment world, and that his audience will find and appreciate him more in alternative venues.