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Stand Up Comedy

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.

This Gay Stand Up Comic Reveals The Incredible Homophobia He's Faced

Sampson McCormick | Posted 10.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Sampson McCormick

Funny is funny, and for a long time, funny has existed in the gay, women, disabled and other minority stand-up that's often overlooked, simply because we're seen as either niche or unmarketable.

RIGHT NEXT DOOR: Jon Hayman, Television Comedy Writer

Ian Spanier | Posted 09.30.2015 | Los Angeles
Ian Spanier

A product of the standup stages of the 1980s, Jon Hayman became a TV writer once he realized, he says, that he'd never end up "hosting the Tonight s...

When Will Ladies Rule Late Night?

Sheila Moeschen | Posted 09.10.2015 | Women
Sheila Moeschen

A lady ruling late night. Can you imagine? Our small brains are up to the challenge, are yours?

The Human Side of Business Communications: An Interview With Kathy Klotz-Guest

Phil Simon | Posted 08.30.2015 | Business
Phil Simon

Along with relying too much on email, far too often at work we use jargon when simple language would suffice. It doesn't just offend the language sensibilities of learned folks, it's just plain bad business.

The Woodshed

Nathan Timmel | Posted 08.17.2015 | Comedy
Nathan Timmel

To this day, I hope I'm always learning. I watch every comic I work with. Sometimes I learn, sometimes I judge. It is what it is. But I'm always putting in the effort, always trying to refine and better my act. I'm putting in the hours, and working toward originality and funny.

Interview With the Founder, South Asian Performing Arts Festival NYC

Jim Luce | Posted 08.18.2015 | Arts
Jim Luce

Arpita works with a passion that comes from deep within herself, based on her own experiences and the experiences of her fellow performing artists, which have included large doses of rejection. She has lived to defy stereotypes, and New York City is benefiting from her efforts.

I Don't Get Amy Schumer

Nathan Timmel | Posted 07.28.2015 | Comedy
Nathan Timmel

If you don't think Amy Schumer is funny, I'm sure she is OK with that. You're not her audience, and she's doing just fine without you. Same with Sandler. His problem seems to be he played out the infamous Dark Knight line: "You either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain."

Jim Gaffigan at the Greek

Philip David Morton | Posted 07.28.2015 | Entertainment
Philip David Morton

Some comics are preceded by a big introduction, naming their successes on different media, their drawing power in person or their well known work to excite the crowd. Jim Gaffigan walks to the microphone center stage after only "Ladies and Gentlemen, Jim Gaffigan."

First Nighter: Colin Quinn Trots Out New York City Stereotypes for Some Yuks

David Finkle | Posted 07.23.2015 | Entertainment
David Finkle

What nicely distinguishes Quinn, who's the son of two teachers, is his broad knowledge of history and his consequent amusement at riffing on it. If he's intent on reducing it, stand-up-comic-like, to stereotypes, I suppose that's his business -- and a remunerative one at that.

San Diego Loves Laughs: An Intro to Stand-Up Comedy

Ombretta Di Dio | Posted 07.22.2015 | Comedy
Ombretta Di Dio

What attracts young souls to embark on a path of open mics? What pushed the more experienced comics to always come back? I spoke to some of San Diego's entertainers, to get answers that could help you understand what it means to be a stand-up comedian and how, if you want, you could do be one too.

Hecklers: Next Day Regret?

Nathan Timmel | Posted 07.17.2015 | Comedy
Nathan Timmel

In my line of work--stand up comedian--you deal with people who are drinking. As a whole, people are good and can handle their alcohol, but every so often you run into someone who would have done society a favor by staying home.

Alena Hall

Looking For Relief From Depression? Try Laughing At Your Pain | Alena Hall | Posted 07.10.2015 | Healthy Living

When Clayton Raithel's first encounter with love came to an unexpected end, he suffered far more than just a broken heart. What looked like an...

5 Reasons to See an Unknown Comedian

Nathan Timmel | Posted 07.01.2015 | Comedy
Nathan Timmel

A little while back, a friend of mine performed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He said the shows were lightly attended, with a couple dipping well below the 100-person mark.

How to Write Anything Creative

Robbie Pickard | Posted 06.30.2015 | Entertainment
Robbie Pickard

Creative writing is easy, and anyone can do it. All you have to do is follow these simple steps.

Let's Stop Blaming Millennials for Everything

Nathan Timmel | Posted 06.23.2015 | Comedy
Nathan Timmel

Most topics are polarizing, but the idea colleges were too PC found a home where both conservatives and liberals could reside. From the Huffington Post to the Rush Limbaugh show, many agreed that Millennials needed to toughen up and take a joke.

Relationshit: The Most Cathartic Comedy Show Around

Sarah Beauchamp | Posted 06.18.2015 | New York
Sarah Beauchamp

Up the winding steps of an old warehouse in Brooklyn is Standard Toykraft, a small venue with a stage and six short pews. Couples squeeze into them as the lights dim for the one-year anniversary of the Relationshit show, a live storytelling event where comedians and performers tell stories, and one of them is then analyzed by an actual psychologist on stage.

Are Colleges Destroying Comedy?

Nathan Timmel | Posted 06.09.2015 | Comedy
Nathan Timmel

When you're not paying attention to content and you're simply trying to indulge the delicate sensibilities of a society waiting to be outraged, you've already lost.

Fear is Just One Big Joke

Jen Glantz | Posted 06.04.2015 | Women
Jen Glantz

Want to know how to get over that? How to get over the "I could never try that?" Have a staring contest with fear. Promise yourself whoever blinks first is the loser.

Mallika Rao

Welcome To Brooklyn, Where Artisanal Comedy Is Brewing | Mallika Rao | Posted 05.30.2015 | Arts

Illustration by Priscilla Frank Value typically parallels price. High-quality food tends to be expensive. Ditto for clothes, airline seats --...

Gotta Have the Funke: Interview With Stand-Up Comedian Sue Funke

Loren Kleinman | Posted 05.20.2015 | Entertainment
Loren Kleinman

Sue Funke is a Senior Digital Brand Manager at TV Land. You can see her perform every third Thursday at QED Astoria on the show she co-produces with Katie Compa called Banter Girl presents Limited Time Offer.

Katla McGlynn

Sara Schaefer Talks Dating, Butterfly Tramp Stamps And Women In Stand-Up | Katla McGlynn | Posted 04.06.2015 | Comedy

On her debut album, "Chrysalis," comedian Sara Schaefer opens up about everything from her butterfly tramp stamp to that time she discovered a hidden ...

Woman Criticized By Fellow Comedian: It's 'Not OK'

The Huffington Post | Katie Sola | Posted 03.31.2015 | Women

When comedian Damienne Merlina was criticized for being overweight and having one arm, she refused to be cowed. Instead, she graciously struck back in...