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Enter Laughing: Improv Comedy's Alive And Well At ImprovBoston

Michael Levin | Posted 01.17.2017 | Comedy
Michael Levin

A couple of suggestions from the audience... no props... and you're off and running. Improvisational comedy has been around for decades, and its popularity shows no sign of declining.

Book Review: "Kicking Through The Ashes"

Marc Hershon | Posted 01.10.2017 | Home
Marc Hershon

Kicking Through The Ashes: My Life as a Stand-up in the 1980's Comedy Boom Ritch Shydner It's been just about 50 years since the fuse on the last big...

Comic and Playwright Lisa Lampanelli- My Play "Stuffed" Shows That We're All Really Still Working On Ourselves"

Michael Cook | Posted 10.28.2016 | Entertainment
Michael Cook

The word "metamorphosis" does not even do Lisa Lampanelli justice. From notorious roaster to playwright, Lampanelli is slowly moving to a more centere...

As Trump Threat Remains, DC Offers Comedy Bonanza: Maria Bamford, Jackie Kashian, Tig Notaro's Bentzen Ball (with Emo Philips), Mike Birbiglia, Sean Patton and Dick Gregory Bring the Laughs

Art Levine | Posted 10.06.2016 | Comedy
Art Levine

Photo of Jackie Kashian with permission of With the race for the presidency still tight even after last week's debate, there's no...

Martin Lawrence On His First 'Raw' Stand-Up Film In 14 Years

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 09.09.2016 | Black Voices

Martin Lawrence is making his long-anticipated return to stand-up comedy with his new Showtime special, “Martin Lawrence Doin’ Time: Uncut.” The...

Be So Good...

Nathan Timmel | Posted 09.07.2016 | Comedy
Nathan Timmel

On Tuesday, August 23rd, I saw two items back-to-back on Facebook. The first was a clip of an old Charlie Rose interview with Steve Martin. It focuse...

Shame Eating

Mara Shapshay | Posted 08.30.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Mara Shapshay

Last week I did an open mic in the Valley near my house. My goal was to try out some new stand-up comedy material, which is what open mics are for. ...

The Modern Age Of Comedy

Nathan Timmel | Posted 08.25.2016 | Comedy
Nathan Timmel

I get that the entertainment industry is profit-based, and grabbing someone who is "hot" is important. But if it's true that heat is more important than ability, I cannot hide my disappointment.

Comedians Who Are Sexually Assaulted Must Decide: 'Career Above My Dignity'?

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 08.24.2016 | Entertainment

Cathy hesitated for months to tell anyone about the fellow comedian in Los Angeles who she said sexually assaulted her. The comedy community is small,...

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 05.23.2017 | 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 05.19.2017 | 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 05.15.2017 | 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 04.29.2017 | 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 03.24.2017 | 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 03.23.2017 | 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 03.02.2017 | 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 03.03.2017 | 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 02.23.2017 | 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 02.16.2017 | 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 ...