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'A Start-Up Walked Into a Bar...' What Entrepreneurs Can Learn from Stand-Up Comedians

Rachel Weiss | Posted 11.05.2012 | Technology
Rachel Weiss

You can never promote a product to buyers without testing it for its strengths and flaws, same with performing stand-up comedy.

VIDEO: Jim Gaffigan Does McDonald's

Posted 10.09.2012 | MarloThomas

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VIDEO: Rodney Laney's Neighborhood

Posted 10.09.2012 | MarloThomas

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WATCH: Dan Naturman's Hair Advantage

Posted 08.29.2012 | Women

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Let's Make Fun of Akin -- Not Rape

Karen Bergreen | Posted 10.27.2012 | Politics
Karen Bergreen

Tosh's joking about rape in a comedy club in the face of what might have an annoying heckler doesn't reach the ignorance of the elected government official, but even Tosh shines a light on the tone deafness on the part of some men on the subject of rape.

ReThink Review: Sleepwalk With Me -- A Comedian's Wake Up Call

Jonathan Kim | Posted 10.24.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Sleepwalk With Me is a really wonderful, poignant, funny, and very original film from a unique and honest voice that shows its main character not as a hero, victim, or saint, but as a real person who makes mistakes, and sometimes big, hurtful, avoidable ones.

VIDEO: Todd Barry On Getting Locked Up Abroad

Posted 10.09.2012 | MarloThomas

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The Fringe: I Am Garbage

Bronston Jones | Posted 10.19.2012 | Comedy
Bronston Jones

My most depressing moment at the Fringe was the first time I realized the imploring eyes staring at me from the shriveled flier on the rain soaked sidewalk were, in fact, mine. That's my flier?!

WATCH: Amy Schumer's 'Mostly Sex Stuff'

Posted 08.23.2012 | Comedy

Amy Schumer really tore Roseanne a new one last weekend (sort of? Was it just us, or was that roast oddly controlled and polite?), but in her debut sp...

Fringe Fest: Week 1 -- Wow!

Bronston Jones | Posted 10.13.2012 | Comedy
Bronston Jones

The beauty of a small crowd for a storyteller is it feels like dinner conversation, rather than a raucous party. I love feeling walls of laughter from hundreds of people, but it's not personal.

UnF**cking Things Up With John Fugelsang

Katie Goodman | Posted 10.10.2012 | Comedy
Katie Goodman

I'm joined today by the very funny, very smart, and very f**king busy John Fugelsang, whom I met on Laughing Liberally, an off-Broadway comedy show.

WATCH: SF's Comedy Hero Goes National

Aaron Sankin | Posted 08.09.2012 | San Francisco

The first thing Chris Rock asked comedian W. Kamau Bell was where he lived. When Bell told the comedy legend that he made his home in San Francisco, R...

A Truly Historical Moment in Comedy

Kira Hesser | Posted 10.04.2012 | Comedy
Kira Hesser

At Tig Notaro's set last night, the audience witnessed a truly historical moment in comedy. For the first time in my life, I genuinely laughed and cried at the exact same time. When she took the mike, she said, "Thank you, thank you, I have cancer."

VIDEO: Jackie Kashian-Visit To The Dork Forest

Posted 08.02.2012 | Women

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Bacon, San Francisco and Loni Love

David Duran | Posted 10.01.2012 | San Francisco
David Duran

Comedian and actress Loni Love has brought audiences into hysterics with her witty satire and hilarious stand-up. I've seen her perform and even her short sets keep everyone wanting more.

VIDEO: Maria Bamford Hates Office Drama

Posted 08.01.2012 | Women

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A Reminder That Comedy Should Never, Ever Be Controversial

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 07.30.2012 | Comedy

If you're not following Colin Quinn (@iamcolinquinn) on Twitter, you really, really should be. If you know him only as a Weekend Update anchor -- or t...

VIDEO: Judy Gold Deciphers Mom

Posted 10.09.2012 | MarloThomas

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Comedy vs. Being the Bully

Lianna Carrera | Posted 09.24.2012 | Comedy
Lianna Carrera

There's a difference between comedians and the bullies, and we know it. Comedy remembers responsibility to something, and most of time that is to a sense of decency, timing, and place.

VIDEO: Julian McCullough - Straight Guy With A Cat

Posted 10.09.2012 | MarloThomas

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VIDEO: Erin Jackson Wants A Trophy Wife

Posted 10.09.2012 | MarloThomas

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WATCH: Maria Bamford Wishes She Could Go Back In Time

Posted 07.21.2012 | Comedy

Maria Bamford's not only one of the funniest stand-up comics working today, she also tends to be more open than most about some of her inner demons, w...

Rape Jokes Are Funny if They're Funny

Mike Amato | Posted 09.12.2012 | Comedy
Mike Amato

I'm not particularly obsessed with offensive humor but more with how humor works. My philosophy on such humor has always been simple: It's offensive till proven funny.

VIDEO: John Mulaney's Funnier Than Jerry Orbach

Posted 10.09.2012 | MarloThomas

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Newsflash: Any Joke Can Be Funny

Phoebe Robinson | Posted 09.10.2012 | Comedy
Phoebe Robinson

What led up to the exchange between Daniel Tosh and a female audience member at the Laugh Factory is an example of comedy being subjective. However, with comedy, people approach it as one-size-fits-all humor, which is really one-size-fits-me.