March 15, 2016

It’s Introduce Your Friends to Maria Bamford Day

Maybe I just made that up, but really, it’s better than some of the other made up holidays, right?
February 24, 2016

Maria Bamford Announces Lady Dynamite Date and So Does Judd Apatow, Sarah Silverman, Tig Notaro and Maria’s Dad

That date is May 20th and the place is Netflix. If you are a regular reader of this website, odds are you know a thing or two about comedy. If you know a thing or two about comedy, you already know who Maria Bamford is. If you know Bamford, you might know about yesterday’s celebrity twitter storm around #ladydynamite.
January 20, 2016

RIOT LA Festival 2016: Your Insider’s Guide to the Best Shows

January 29-31 marks the fourth edition of Los Angeles’s RIOT comedy festival, a weekend that turns a few blocks of downtown LA into the epicenter of up-and-coming comedy from around the country.
January 16, 2016

Maria Bamford Stand Up on the Late Show

The great and beloved Maria Bamford performed stand up on The Late Show Friday night and explained why she is a raccoon --which some of you might not understand, but that's not all.
January 5, 2016

Does Size Matter in Comedy? What Makes a Great Comedy Room

Any time you hang out with a group of comedians, they will inevitably start talking about which rooms they love. The mere mention of a beloved performance space will make the most sardonic of headliners light up and earnestly exclaim “that is a GREAT room, I love playing there” What makes these rooms so great?
December 19, 2015

The Clubs Speak! The Best Stand Up Comedy Moments of 2015! (As Decided by the Club Owners, Bookers and People Who Produce Comedy)

Over the next two weeks, you’ll see all of our picks for the greatest comedy releases and greatest moments in comedy of 2015. But if you want to know what really happened in comedy in 2015, you have to go to the source- the comedy clubs.
November 29, 2015

SF Sketchfest Killer Lineup Includes Tribute to Waiting For Guffman

Tickets are on sale now for the legendary San Francisco Sketchfest which includes plenty of sketch and much much more. This year's events has more highlights than lowlights and an impossibly long list of too cool events but none more exciting than the "Waiting for Guffman" Reunion and screening with Bob Balaban, Christopher Guest, Parker Pose and Fred Willard.
November 17, 2015

Martin Short, Piff The Magic Dragon, Kevin Smith, Jim Norton and More to Headline Moontower

The Fifth Annual Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival has released the names of some of the headliners and comedians coming to town and 2016 is promising to prove that Moontower is here to stay as one of the top festivals in the nation.
October 5, 2015

Paul F Tompkins Gets a Fourth Season of “No, You Shut Up!” on Fusion

Fusion networks announced today that the Paul F. Tompkins acclaimed news-slash-talk show with puppets, "No, You Shut Up!" will get a fourth season on the network.
September 30, 2015

Listen to Two Hilarious Tracks From Dan Telfer’s New Album, Out Friday

Chicago raised, LA based comedian Dan Telfer's new comedy album "Ocean of Panic" is out this Friday. It's his third album, and if you're new to Dan, you might as well just grab all three because you've been missing out.
June 19, 2015

Maria Bamford Netflix Comedy Series Announced

Maria Bamford is a stand up sensation, and now the rest of the world will have a chance to find out why comedy fans, and comedians, can't get enough Bamford. Netflix is bringing a brand new series starring Bamford to their platform, and we couldn't be more excited.
June 11, 2015

Funeral for Comedy Legend Virgil Soapfloats This Saturday In Los Angeles

Comedian Ian Abramson, who is best known for his highly creative "Seven Minutes in Purgatory" touring comedy show, has announced the passing of legendary prop comedian Virgil Soapfloats.
April 24, 2015

Moontower Update: 7 Comedians Tell Us Who They’re Excited to See at the Moontower Comedy Festival

Moontower Comedy Festival is not just a chance for fans to see their favorite stand up comedians, it's also a chance for comedians to see their friends, and watch other comics they admire. Amy Hawthorne asked seven comedians, "Who are you most excited to see here - either personally or onstage?"
April 22, 2015

Maria Bamford, Jimmy Pardo and David O’Doherty Invent Podcasts

Oh come on, every one of these is real...
April 21, 2015

Moontower Preview: Jonathan Katz, Still Finding Comedy in Odd Places (Interview)

He has a substandard poodle, he owns the domain name patheticmen.com, his groupies are middle aged jewish couples who invite him over for soup, he likes to find comedy in odd places, and he is celebrating the 20th Anniversary of his show, Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist. The "he" in question, of course is stand up comedian Jonathan Katz.
April 21, 2015

Comedians On Late Night TV Tuesday April 21: Nate Bargatze, Jeff Garlin, Maria Bamford, David O’Doherty and More

Still highin' from celebrating 4-20 yesterday!? Have a late night laugh or two.
April 18, 2015

Kevin Pollak’s Hit Doc ‘Misery Loves Comedy’ Looks at Comedy’s Dark Side (Interview)

Kevin Pollak's documentary Misery Loves Comedy may change the way you think about comedians. The 90 minute talking head style documentary doesn't attempt address the importance or the history of comedy like many comedy docs. Instead, director Kevin Pollak goes inside the sausage factory, to find out what draws some men and women to want to get on stage in front of a bunch of strangers, and try to make them laugh. We talked with the documentary's director, Kevin Pollak, about his vision for the film, what he learned from the experience, and what motivated some of the choices along the way.
April 9, 2015

Moontower Comedy Festival Must See Shows of 2015

MOONTOWER COMEDY & ODDITIES FESTIVAL is coming up this month, and once again its shaping up to be one of the best festivals of the year. Moontower, more than any other festival has the feeling of comedy summer camp. The venues are all close enough to walk to, the weather is pretty stunning, and there's great food all around you-- including some of the best bbq in the country. Plus there are parties every night, a giant Ping Pong tournament and walk in access to dozens of events, all with the company of somewhere around 100 of the country's funniest comedians
March 24, 2015

Maron Season Three Brings Huge List of Comedy Regulars and Guest Stars

It's pretty well known that Marc Maron has issues.
March 13, 2015

Watch the Trailer for Kevin Pollak’s Misery Loves Comedy

Kevin Pollak has been doing stand up since he was a kid.
February 24, 2015

The Set: Scotland’s Daniel Sloss: Why M.U.F.F. is Better Than C**T, His First Super Bowl, and Other Funny Things

Daniel Sloss, 24, performed his first live set before he turned 14, and signed his first deal to record DVDs when he was just 19 years old. […]
January 24, 2015

Judd Apatow Compares Shrinks with Gary Shandling and Jeff Goldblum

Last night on the Late Late Show, mental health week with Judd Apatow continued. Thursday night Apatow talked with Lena Dunham, Maria Bamford and Adam Sandler about unhealthy OCDs. He took some time with Shandling and Goldblum to compare notes about their therapists.
January 23, 2015

It’s an All Comedy Panel with Adam Sandler, Lena Dunham and Maria Bamford and Judd Apatow Hosting Late Late

Last night Judd Apatow took a turn guest hosting the Late Late Show and had an amazing guest panel-- Adam Sandler, Maria Bamford, and Lena Dunham all sat around talking comedy.
January 22, 2015

Comedians On Late Night TV Thursday January 22: Adam Sandler, Maria Bamford, Judy Greer, Sebastian Maniscalco and More

Judd Apatow loads up on funny guests as the guest host of the Late Late Show.
January 20, 2015

Maria Bamford, Todd Barry, T.J. Miller, Pete Holmes and More to Headline Moontower Comedy & Oddity Fest

The Moontower Comedy and Oddity Fest is returning to Austin, Texas for its 4th year!
January 13, 2015

Ari Shaffir, Home at The Comedy Store

Comedian Ari Shaffir is having a big month, and no, it's not because of the kiss cam video that went viral with Duncan Trussell last week. This Friday at Midnight Comedy Central Presents Ari Shaffir: Paid Regular, Ari's one hour special which was filmed in the original room at the world famous Comedy Store in Los Angeles, and then later this month, his new series "This is Not Happening" debuts on Comedy Central on January 22nd. TiNH may be new to Comedy Central, but it's not new to anyone who loves live comedy. Shaffir's series which has funny people telling funny stories has been performed for two years now as a web series, and live at clubs and festivals since 2010. Ari's podcast, Skeptic Tank also had the distinction of being named one of our "Podcasts You Absolutely Have to Listen To." In honor of Ari Shaffir month, writer Amy Hawthorne talked with Ari about his upcoming special and his comedy.
January 10, 2015

Christopher Lloyd, Casts of Veep, and Silicon Valley Added to SF Sketchfest

Part of the annual tradition of San Francisco Comedy Festival, SF Sketchfest is honoring great names in comedy. The 14th annual SF Sketchfest continues that this year by bringing Christopher Lloyd, Penn & Teller and the HBO comedy "Veep" to San Francisco and giving them their due.