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Don't Worry About 2042, White People

Posted 02.04.2014 | Comedy

Comedian and former "Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell" writer Hari Kondabolu is releasing his album "Waiting For 2042" March 11 on Kill Rock Stars (w...

WATCH: Wanda Sykes Puts The Obamacare Debacle Into Perspective

OWN | Posted 01.23.2014 | OWN

With the high-profile introduction and rollout of Obamacare, people have had a lot to say on the topic of health insurance -- including Wanda Sykes. O...

Lasagna and Me: We're Not Meant to Be

Vicky Kuperman | Posted 03.12.2014 | Comedy
Vicky Kuperman

It was a crisp Saturday morning in March of 2013, and as I opened my eyes, I said to myself, "Today is the day I am going to make a lasagna." I should have known at this moment that the day would melt into a disaster area, but I was not yet very good at reading my own instincts.

WATCH: Comic Erin Jackson's Online Dating Disaster

OWN | Posted 01.23.2014 | OWN

Some women end up meeting great people through online dating, but comic Erin Jackson isn't one of them. In fact, she says online dating actually led h...

How I Turned Lemons Into Sour Grapes

Paolo Romanacci | Posted 02.09.2014 | Comedy
Paolo Romanacci

I'm 48 years old, poor, fat, angry and have little hope that my life will improve any time soon.I've gotten and lost countless jobs. In short, I am your typical white, suburban, middle class, American family man. And that's why I decided to try stand-up comedy.

All Growz Up With Melinda Hill: Matt Besser

Melinda Hill | Posted 02.09.2014 | Comedy
Melinda Hill

"All Growz Up" explores what popular comedians wanted to be when they grew up and how that's panned out for them. Join me on this insightful journey into the little minds that became the big minds we love today.

A Girl Comic and Her Heckler

Lianna Carrera | Posted 01.31.2014 | Comedy
Lianna Carrera

As the night progressed, and each time I'd walk past their group I'd hear him taunt. And each time I'd hide my growing annoyance with a "See ya there!" Comics loathe hecklers for a variety of reasons but we don't fear them.

The Storytelling Surf Guitarist: Greg Behrendt on His Next Act

Karen Geier | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
Karen Geier

"What happened was that I became so famous as a self-help 'guru' that it overshadowed 15 years of really hard work as a stand-up. The crowd that came out was really looking for something different than I had to offer. That's not their fault."

Say This If You Never Want To Have Sex With Your Wife Again

Posted 11.20.2013 | Divorce

Ever think to yourself, "Gee, you know what would be great? Never having sex again!" Of course you don't. And that's precisely why you should wat...

This Pumpkin Needs To Work On His Act

The Huffington Post | Katla McGlynn | Posted 10.28.2013 | Comedy

Someone give this pumpkin a blazer and put in front of a brick wall, because he was clearly meant to be a bad stand-up comic from the 80s. Meet Her...

Speaking Out Against the General Public's Usage of the Verbal 'Rim Shot'

Michael Ziegfeld | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
Michael Ziegfeld

It's hard to remember before the '90s when stand up comedy had yet to be on every television channel or on every street corner establishment holding a comedy night.

Ross Luippold

How Russell Peters Got The Last Laugh

HuffingtonPost.com | Ross Luippold | Posted 10.24.2013 | Comedy

If Forbes is to be believed, Russell Peters made $21 million doing stand-up comedy this year. That sum puts him ahead of acts arguably more fa...

Interview: Irish Comic Dylan Moran Takes America by Typhoon

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Cynthia Ellis

The Irish comedian, actor and writer delivers a set so white-hot that a woman in the second row is convulsed with laughter and breathing dangerously, her wheezes registering somewhere between a natural disaster and a fatality.

Dear Denver: I Am Having a Bit of a Rough Week. Where Can I go to LOL?

Deborah Lastowka | Posted 10.19.2013 | Denver
Deborah Lastowka

"They" say that laughter is the best medicine, and for rizzle, I think "they" are right. It never fails; I am having a lame week, or I'm stressed out...

Judge Steps Down To Continue Career In Stand-Up Comedy

AP | DAVID PORTER | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics

NEWARK, N.J. — Vince Sicari can tell all the lawyer jokes he wants – he just can't play a judge in real life. The New Jersey municipal ju...

'The Muslims Are Coming!'

Religion News Service | Omar Sacirbey | Posted 09.24.2013 | Religion

(RNS) Muslim stand-up comedy is nothing new. But what makes “The Muslims Are Coming” different is that it portrays what happens when a troupe of c...

A Horrifying Glimpse Of The Future

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 09.09.2013 | Comedy

Thanks, to the Internet, stand-up comedy is somehow both more popular and creative than ever, while simultaneously more and more difficult to monetize...

NBC, and Comedian Wil Sylvince, Celebrate 8th Annual Short Cuts Festival for Undiscovered Filmmakers

Marjoriet T. Matute | Posted 11.04.2013 | Entertainment
Marjoriet T. Matute

Wil Sylvince is a force to be reckoned with and will get you weak at the knees as he slams his new approach to life in your ear. Surviving the Apollo only set him up for the true test of creating laughter in the soul and opportunity on the screen.

This Might Be The Coolest Thing For Stand-Up In A While

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 09.04.2013 | Comedy

Since Louis C.K. changed the way comedy specials are sold with his landmark "Live at the Beacon Theatre," which he sold directly to fans through his s...

The Five Most Important Things I've Learned Doing Comedy In New York That I'd Pass On To Newer Comics

Mike Lawrence | Posted 11.03.2013 | Comedy
Mike Lawrence

Absence makes the act grow stronger. Have passions outside of comedy. If you can be a real person, you will be a better comic.

More Than Funny: The Power of Modern Stand-Up Comedy

Troy Campbell | Posted 11.01.2013 | Comedy
Troy Campbell

Modern comedy is about being part of something -- not just laughing. Modern comedians have transformed their fan bases into meaningful communities such that comedy shows have become meeting places and even celebrations for like-minded audiences.

Dave Chappelle Almost Definitely Didn't Have A 'Meltdown'

Ross Luippold | Posted 10.30.2013 | Comedy
Ross Luippold

Audiences must learn how to respect Dave Chappelle, or we might lose him for good.

ReThink Review: When Comedy Went to School - Comedy History in the Catskills

Jonathan Kim | Posted 10.20.2013 | Comedy
Jonathan Kim

Comedy icons like Jerry Lewis, Jackie Mason, Rodney Dangerfield, Joan Rivers, and even Woody Allen were able to work and hone material during weeklong stands in front of packed, tough crowds, creating the style and rhythm of what we now consider modern stand up comedy.

People Bring Their 'A' Games To The Public Restroom

Posted 07.29.2013 | Comedy

Comedian and former host of IFC's "Bunk", Kurt Braunohler is releasing his debut album "How Do I Land" on August 20, and we've got your first look abo...

The World's Best and Longest-Running Comedy Open Mic Just Closed

Jonathan Kim | Posted 09.24.2013 | Comedy
Jonathan Kim

There was nothing particularly special about that room, but Vance and Robert transformed it into a magical place every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. by declaring it a space where a certain type of oddball could reveal themselves to like-minded others and attempt to live out their dreams together -- or go down in flames trying.