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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.

VIDEO: Jessica Kirson...Ate A Farm

Posted 10.09.2012 | MarloThomas

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Artist Spotlight: Troy Walker, Denver Stand-Up Comic

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 07.06.2012 | Denver

If you haven't heard yet, the Denver comedy scene is blowing up and stand-up comic Troy Walker is one of the most talented local rising stars. Wal...

Russell Brand Gets Spiritual On New Late Night Show

Posted 06.28.2012 | TV

Russell Brand heads to American TV for the first time with his own FX late-night series, "Brand X" (premieres Thursday, June 28 at 11 p.m. ET). T...

VIDEO: Maria Bamford, Red Flag Girl

Posted 10.09.2012 | MarloThomas

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JOKES: Henny Youngman At His Best

Posted 06.22.2012 | Women

I take my wife everywhere, but she keeps finding her way back. I told the doctor I broke my leg in two places. He told me to quit going to those pl...

Silence = Death: The Education of a Comedian

Bob Smith | Posted 08.19.2012 | Gay Voices
Bob Smith

One night, a major talent manager had seen me kill. Afterward, he took me aside and said, "You're funny, but why do you have to do the gay stuff? They're never going to have a gay comedian on The Tonight Show."

VIDEO: Brian Regan On Art

Posted 06.19.2012 | Women

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VIDEO: Hannibal Buress Loves Pickle Juice

Posted 06.13.2012 | Women

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Um, How Did My Baby Get an Agent Before Me?!

Karith Foster | Posted 06.12.2012 | Comedy
Karith Foster

My fetus got an agent! Yeah, that's right, my freakin' baby got real life bona fide representation for TV, commercial and print work! I've been busting my hump for years, and this kid is just going to show up and start getting seen for network spots?

VIDEO: Julian McCullough’s…Ex-Girlfriend’s…Purse

Posted 06.08.2012 | Women

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WATCH: Baby Can't Stop Laughing At Dad's Stand-Up Comedy

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 06.05.2012 | Comedy

Stand-up comedians often feel like they're babysitting for unruly comedy club patrons, but in this video, a stand-up comic proves that actual babies m...

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Comedian Caroline Reid Chats About Her Hilariously Raunchy Alter Ego, Pam Ann | Noah Michelson | Posted 07.25.2012 | Gay Voices

Caroline Reid cannot step four feet into an airport without being mobbed and she has no one but herself to blame. The Australian comedian, better know...

WATCH: 'SNL' Mocks Catch Phrase Comics

Posted 07.21.2012 | Comedy

Saturday's "SNL" season finale may have primarily served as a farewell to longtime cast member Kristen Wiig, but if there's one web-exclusive video th...

First Annual New York Funny Songs Fest!

Barbara Holm | Posted 07.14.2012 | Comedy
Barbara Holm

June 7-11 marks the first annual New York Funny Songs Fest: a musical comedy festival in the lower eastside of New York City. My ukulele and I can't wait to go!

Q&A With Jim Gaffigan: 'Hot Pocket' Comedian Reaches Out to Our Wounded Soldiers (VIDEO)

Joshua Kors | Posted 05.08.2012 | Comedy
Joshua Kors

Jim Gaffigan recently spoke with me about why he's reaching out to military families, why becoming famous has been both a blessing and a curse, and why his stand-up doesn't need swear words to hit home.

In Defense Of Whitney Cummings

BuzzFeed | Posted 05.02.2012 | Women

Whitney Cummings isn't my thing. I've watched clips of her stand-up on YouTube, and almost always closed the browser before she was done talking. Joke...

Alt Comic Vs. Club Comic: The New Bloods Vs. Crips?

Phoebe Robinson | Posted 06.26.2012 | Comedy
Phoebe Robinson

If comics spend all their time and energy fighting over who's right, they're going to miss out on what's right. And what's right is being funny, something that people forget is completely subjective.

The Humor Code: Comedians Versus Science at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival

Peter McGraw and Joel Warner | Posted 06.26.2012 | Comedy
Peter McGraw and Joel Warner

We managed to carry on a wide-ranging conversation on everything from comedians' drinking problems to the gender inequality to whether or not science has anything to offer stand-up comics.

WATCH: Tompkins Reveals Hilarious 'Best Week Ever' Production Issues

Posted 04.22.2012 | Comedy

If you missed the premier of Paul F. Tompkins' "Laboring Under Delusions" on Saturday, here's a quick clip to help you work through the regret. Cer...

Paul F. Tompkins Works to Make You Laugh in Laboring Under Delusions

Louis Peitzman | Posted 06.20.2012 | Comedy
Louis Peitzman

Paul F. Tompkins' new Comedy Central special is all about work -- namely those less-than-glamorous jobs you take in pursuit of a show-business career. I spoke to PFT about his career and the advice he'd give to anyone stuck in a dead-end job.

Denver Comic Ben Roy Talks New Album, Denver Comedy Scene

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 05.08.2012 | Denver

Denver stand-up comedian Ben Roy is one of the most energetic and naturally funny comics in the local comedy scene. Roy has been performing solo on co...

10 Memoir Titles for a Feature Act

J-L Cauvin | Posted 06.17.2012 | Comedy
J-L Cauvin

Everyone clamors for a book by star comedians who reflect on their rise to success. But what about feature (the guy or gal between the emcee and the headliner) comedians -- the stop on the way to headliner success for some, or the purgatory of comedy for many?