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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.

Timothy Stenovec

Netflix To Add Original Documentaries, Stand-Up Comedy Specials

HuffingtonPost.com | Timothy Stenovec | Posted 07.22.2013 | Technology

Ted Sarandos, the Netflix chief content officer, is inching closer to his stated goal of becoming "HBO faster than HBO can become us." On Monday, t...

WATCH: Why Wanda Sykes Says Comedy Is 'Like A Drug'

OWN | Posted 07.19.2013 | OWN

In her new special "Herlarious," comedian Wanda Sykes sits down with her fellow comics for frank discussions on topics ranging from jokes gone bad to ...

Tig Notaro: I 'Didn't Have A Problem' Being A Female Comedian

The Huffington Post | Julie Zeilinger | Posted 07.11.2013 | Women

It's always inspiring to come across successful and outspoken female performers. Comedian Tig Notaro, who is best known for making waves last summer w...

Sorry, Comedians: It Gets Worse

The Huffington Post | Irina Dvalidze | Posted 07.01.2013 | Comedy

If you're thinking about a career in stand-up comedy, just don't. Seriously, don't do it... At least watch this before you quit your day job for a sta...

Crazy Cancery Me -- Chemo Crush(ed)

H. Alan Scott | Posted 08.27.2013 | Comedy
H. Alan Scott

He's not into me, or at least not yet. I'm totally into him, at least for now. "I'm damaged. But u are amazing," he texts. Saying "I'm damaged," to somebody with cancer is like saying, "Nobody sees me," to a blind person.

Don't Try RomComs At Home

Posted 06.25.2013 | Comedy

Comedy Central's web series "This Is Not Happening" features comics telling true, crazy stories that really happened to them. In this week's episod...

Top 10 Things People Have Said to Me Right Before My Comedy Shows

Vicky Kuperman | Posted 08.21.2013 | Comedy
Vicky Kuperman

Here are the top 10 things I've had said to me five minutes before I was to go up on stage. Were they intended to pivot me on my heels and sabotage my precocious "career?" You be the judge.

Robin Williams' Funniest Thing In Years

Posted 08.21.2013 | Comedy

The premise behind Set List, the uniquely innovative comedy show hosted by Paul Provenza (director of "The Aristocrats") and created by Troy Conrad, a...

A Closed Letter to Myself About Thievery, Heckling and Rape Jokes

Patton Oswalt | Posted 08.14.2013 | Comedy
Patton Oswalt

There is a collective consciousness that can detect the presence (and approach) of something good or bad, in society or the world, before any hard "evidence" exists. It's happening now with the concept of "rape culture." Which, by the way, isn't a concept. It's a reality.

Why Straight Comics Still Cling to the Word 'Faggot' and Why They Shouldn't

Chris Doucette | Posted 08.11.2013 | Comedy
Chris Doucette

The only people who can use the word "faggot" based on an incorrect, playground definition are children. Once you grow up and learn what the word really means, you have a moral obligation to change your behavior so that you don't use a word that perpetuates the dehumanization of people whom you claim to respect.

Guys, We Can Counter Rape Culture

Mike Amato | Posted 08.10.2013 | Comedy
Mike Amato

Comics don't take well to being told they're misogynist and yet they love being told that they're offensive.

Can Rape Jokes Be Funny? Sure, Says This Feminist

Selena Coppock | Posted 08.06.2013 | Comedy
Selena Coppock

I am both a comedian and a feminist and I feel torn by this rape joke debate. I have a lot of dogs in this race.

Stand-Up Comedy Is Not Welcome Here

Greg Schwem | Posted 08.05.2013 | Comedy
Greg Schwem

I am issuing a challenge to our nation's stand-up comedians. Before you accept, I suggest you call, email, text and tweet the best joke writers you know because you're going to need them. Ready?

WATCH: Colin Quinn Says Weiner Has 'Respectable Package'

Posted 05.23.2013 | New York

Legendary comedian Colin Quinn dropped by HuffPost Live Wednesday to discuss his new off-Broadway show, "Unconstitutional." As he does in his stand-up...

The Top Ten Places to Be Listed on a Top Ten List

Giulia Rozzi | Posted 07.02.2013 | Comedy
Giulia Rozzi

Eight is great, not only because it rhymes but because it's got sexy curves. It's shape represents "infinity" as in being on an arbitrary top ten list will boost your self-esteem to infinite levels (until another list you is published that does not include you).

Comedian Goes Off The Rails

Posted 05.01.2013 | Comedy

Stand-up Hari Kondabolu just wants to tell a joke about the sitcom "Full House," but that turns into a tongue twister that completely derails his set....

Big News For Sarah Silverman

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 04.29.2013 | Comedy

Sarah Silverman is set to record her first stand-up special for HBO next month, the cable network announced Monday. The special, which will be titl...

12 New Comedians to Watch -- and the Stars Who Gave Them Their Break!

Marlo Thomas | Posted 06.26.2013 | MarloThomas
Marlo Thomas

"You're going to be a star." Those were the words Johnny Carson spoke to Joan Rivers on national television on the night of February 17, 1965. Only moments before, Joan had been an unknown and struggling comic -- an anxious but enormously talented fighter who had to tear down mountains to convince the Tonight Show bookers to squeeze her into the last ten minutes of the show.

Hansonshop Quartet in Tulsa

Tom Shillue | Posted 06.04.2013 | Comedy
Tom Shillue

Who knew that Tulsa would end up being such a blast? This town is very cool. Great restaurants, an amazing indie coffee shop, and to top it off, Hanson are more than willing to indulge in a little mens-room singing.

The Opener: Mardi Gras Indians

Tom Shillue | Posted 05.26.2013 | Comedy
Tom Shillue

We pulled into New Orleans and of course everybody has been telling me "you HAVE to stop into so-and-so's they have the BEST bla-de-bla's!" But I don't have time to be a tourist -- I've got a show to do, and then a nine hour drive to Texas the next morning.

Please Stop Quoting This Insane Quote

Tom Shillue | Posted 05.24.2013 | Comedy
Tom Shillue

Normally, when I hear things on the radio that annoy me, I sit and stew in silence. Thankfully, I now have a dash-cam at which I can rant. It's a great release and I thank you for listening.

An Observation: This Country Is Huge

Tom Shillue | Posted 05.21.2013 | Comedy
Tom Shillue

Okay, I'm writing this post into my phone from the drivers seat of my rental car. I've been on the road for a few days now and it's time for an observation: This country is huge.