October 18, 2016

Comedian Dylan Moran: America is the “Cosmic Guinea Pig of Disorientation and Discombobulation”

Award-winning Irish comedian Dylan Moran is seriously funny. The UK knows it. The world knows it. And it’s been three years since he’s toured North America, […]
October 17, 2016

Review: Chris Gethard’s Career Suicide, A Powerful Story From an Extraordinary Storyteller

It’s amazing that a show about depression can be so uplifting and so damn funny, but Gethard pulls it off. Chris Gethard: Career Suicide opened in […]
October 11, 2016

Oh Hello on Broadway: Like Nothing You’ve Seen Before

Alt comedy has finally made it to Broadway in the form of Nick Kroll and John Mulaney’s Oh Hello and it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen […]
October 5, 2016

Dane Cook Never Stole Jokes: An Insider Looks at the Most Famous Joke Theft Allegations in Modern Comedy: Dane Cook, Amy Schumer, Denis Leary and Carlos Mencia

Comedy Dynamics President Brian Volk-Weiss Talks About Joke Theft and Plagiarism Brian Volk-Weiss is the President of Comedy Dynamics, the largest independent producer and distributor of recorded […]
October 3, 2016

Sinbad Takes Over WYFD and 12 More of the Greatest JFL42 Moments You Missed if You Weren’t in Toronto

Written by Debra Kessler and Justin Heritage The Toronto JFL42 Comedy Festival just wrapped after ten pretty spectacular days. There were over 100 shows to see […]
September 16, 2016

Why So Many Comics and Fans Are Excited About JFL42, Toronto’s Just For Laughs Festival

If you think Just for Laughs is only about Montreal, think you’re missing at least half the story. We’re less than a week away from JFL42 […]
August 8, 2016

Just for Laughs New Faces Packed Major Talent in Montreal

Just for Laughs this year was so jam packed with incredible talent at every level from headliners to showcasers and an outstanding list of concept shows, […]
July 27, 2016

Canadian Comedy is Booming, Just Ask SiriusXM’s Ben Miner

Comedian and SiriusXM radio personality Ben Miner knows Canada and he knows comedy, and with the heart of Montreal's Just for Laughs Festival about to kick off, it was the perfect time to check in with Ben about Canadian comedy.
July 14, 2016

Cutting Through the Bullshit of the Representation Question, With Brian Volk-Weiss

Comedy Dynamics President Brian Volk-Weiss Talks About Management and Representation Does anyone really understand what a manager does?  How a manager is different from an agent?  When […]
June 10, 2016

Morgan, Che, Watts and Everything Else You Missed If You Weren’t at the AV Club/Onion Comedy Festival

Last week the AV Club and The Onion held the third edition of their 26th Annual Comedy Festival and it was a week full of fantastic comedy […]
June 7, 2016

Second City Break Out Festival Brings Another Round of Knockout Talent In Its Second Year

The Defiant Thomas Brothers were a complete surprise for us. Seth and Paul Thomas (collectively the Defiant Thomas Brothers) grabbed some well tread comedic paths and mined them so skillfully as to make them feel completely fresh and original.
May 27, 2016

Comedy Insiders: Is Barney Ruining Comedy?

Brian Volk-Weiss is the President of Comedy Dynamics, the largest independent producer and distributor of recorded comedy in North America. In our monthly series with Volk Weiss, we discuss issues that impact the comedy industry. This month, Brian wanted to talk about the issue of political correctness on college campuses.
May 11, 2016

Go Ahead, Laugh at Dave Hill’s Life

Dave Hill's new book, Dave Hill Doesn't Live Here Anymore has some major players giving it praise on the back cover, and all well deserved. Hill's book is a fast, funny, thoughtful and smart read. DHDLHA is a collection of stories, with a loose thread following the evolution of his relationship with his dad since his mother passed away. The stories largely come from the period of years after her death, but sometimes dip back to childhood, and teenage years, weaving around gently and exploring themes that connect to his father.
April 26, 2016

Legendary Comedian Billy Connolly Describes Thoughts Like Bullies: “Things irritate me until I speak about them.”

Billy Connolly on Tour in the US Billy Connolly is a legend, an international treasure, and a brilliant comedian. He’s about to embark on a brief […]
April 24, 2016

Maya Rudolph Prince Tribute Show Blows the Roof Off In Austin With Love and Music

Last night, at the historic Austin Paramount Theater, Maya Rudolph took the stage and united 1200 hardcore comedy fans and Prince fans with a electric tribute to the man who meant so much to her creatively and personally.
April 19, 2016

Noel Fielding and His Wonderful Magical Lo-Fi World Triumph in America

Noel Fielding just finished his first US Tour, with An Evening With Noel Fielding, and by all accounts, it was a gigantic success. I caught the show in New York City- it was my first time seeing Noel live- and was intrigued, enlightened, enchanted, and utterly converted by Noel and his conceptual whirlwind of a comedy show.
April 7, 2016

Comedy Insiders: Recording a Comedy Special: When Is It Time?

Brian Volk-Weiss is the President of Comedy Dynamics, the largest independent producer and distributor of recorded comedy in North America. As part of our new monthly series, we talked with Brian, who was very candid answering the big question: when is it time?
March 24, 2016

Sal Vulcano Hints at Big Moves For Impractical Jokers, Including a Movie and MSG

Sal Vulcano is sitting on top of the world right now. The show he created with lifelong friends, Impractical Jokers has become a worldwide sensation, and they got there by being themselves. Vulcano got together with Brian Quinn, Joe Gatto, and James Murray in high school in 1990, they've been doing improv and sketch together since around 1999. The ascension of YouTube and MySpace inspired them to start doing sketches online, which got them an agent and the chance to start pitching tv shows.
March 23, 2016

Comedy Dynamics Threatens They May Boycott Georgia If Anti-Gay Rights Bill Becomes Law

Comedy Dynamics, the country's biggest independent producers of comedy albums and specials, has sent a strong message to the governor of Georgia today, asserting they may stop filming stand up comedy in George over the new "religious liberty bill" that was passed by the Georgia Legislature.
March 12, 2016

‘No You Shut Up!’ Episode 4.6 Recap and Review: Tony Hale, Mary Lynn Rajskub and Reza Aslan

Our fearless leader of all things politics and puppetry, Paul F. Tomkins is back at the helm of No, You Shut Up! after a week off, and all is well in the NYSU! studios.
March 9, 2016

Comedian and New York Subway Slashing Victim Turns Horrific Nightmare Into Comedy Series

Comedian (and Hero) Doug Smith Gets Slashed While Saving a Crime Victim; Five Years Later Turns it Into Comedy
March 6, 2016

‘No You Shut Up!’ Episode 4.5 Recap and Review: Where the *@%# is Paul!?

It's pure pandemonium this week on No, You Shut Up! when showtime rolls around. The pundits are in place, the set looks great, but there's one big big problem. Where the hell is Paul? There's an empty chair where Paul is supposed to be, and while the at-home audience panics, the pundits immediately begin fighting over who will sit in the big chair.
February 28, 2016

Everybody Shut Up: A Look Back Review and Recap of ‘No You Shut Up!’ Episode 4.4

The political fur keeps flying and we're another week closer to electing a new president. Every Thursday night Paul F. Tompkins and his felty team of opinionated puppets and guests are there for us to help sort it all out. This week, some big news, NYSU! doubles its human cast welcoming Rhea Butcher aboard the SS NYSU.
February 20, 2016

Everybody Shut Up: A Look Back Review and Recap of ‘No You Shut Up!’ Episode 4.3

Every day we get closer to the election of the next President of the United States and there are issues literally tearing the country apart. Thank goodness Paul F. Tompkins and his team of puppets and fleshier guests are there for us every Thursday night to wade through the truth, the bullshit and everything in between. Last night's episode of No You Shut Up! was a perfect example of why we love the show so much.
January 27, 2016

The State of Comedy in 2016: Is This a Diamond Age of Comedy?

The business of comedy seems to be booming. There are more clubs than there were ten years ago, the number of stand up comics is greater than ever before, and there are new outlets for comedy popping up on what seems like a constant basis, It seems that everyone wants a piece of the comedy business these days but is comedy really booming? We talked with Brian Volk-Weiss, President of Comedy Dynamics about the state of the comedy industry in 2016. Brian Volk Weiss has been in the business of creating comedy for two decades, and helps to create some of the best albums and specials from some of the top comedians working today.
January 23, 2016

SNL Will Be Live Tonight Despite Historic Snowstorm in New York City

New York is in the grips of Winter Storm Jonas, the Mayor of New York City is telling everyone to stay home, the Governor of New York State is having a state of emergency, but none of these things will stop Saturday Night Live from airing a live show tonight. Word from a spokesperson from SNL says the show will go on.
January 6, 2016

Artie Lange is Doing Nasty Things in Montreal and In His Own Kitchen

Artie Lange has made a career out of being nasty so it is no surprise that when Showtime wanted to create a special based around the most popular show at Montreal's Just For Laughs Festival, they chose Artie Lange to host it.