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  • Chris Gethard and more will headline The Fest 13

    Independent underground music festival, The Fest, hits Gainesville, FL this fall for its thirteenth year. For the past four years, The Fest has included a comedy element and announced its 2014 line-up last week. This year, NY comedian and host of The Chris Gethard Show, Chris Gethard will headline.

    Gethard has had quite the year. He had a Comedy Central Half Hour special, played a recurring role on Broad City, and released an album, My Comedy Album, via Don Giovanni Records. LA comedy group Power Violence, and Denver’s The Grawlix are just a few of the over twenty comics from LA, Chicago, Atlanta, Denver, Omaha, and all over the US set to converge in Florida this year. The Fest 13 will take place October 31st – November 2nd. Check out the full line-up below. Read More

    Just For Laughs 2014: Andy Kindler’s State Of The Industry address (audio)

    Every year Andy Kindler performs a “State of the Industry” address at Just For Laughs. What is the address you ask? Well, it’s pretty much an hour for the chance for Kindler to talk smack about what’s going on out there. Plenty of ripping of things he doesn’t like. Plenty of ripping on things he does. Basically, it’s the living incarnation of your grouchy uncle complaining about the business they work in.

    T.J. Miller intro’s Kindler is best summed up in one line from his intro. Andy is “a comic’s comic but beyond that he’s a failure on a massive level.” It’s gems like this that you’re in the mood for. Read More

    See 5 minutes of “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy” crossover episode (video)

    Comic-Con is always a great time for “the biz” because so much new stuff is always being announced. This week, in addition to the Holographic Homer Simpson we were also treated to 5 minutes of the crossover Family Guy and The Simpsons episode that was screened at the Family Guy panel at Comic-Con. This episode, “The Simpsons Guy” will air on FOX on September 28th and serve as the season premiere of Family Guy. Basically the Griffin family ends up in Springfield and a fast friendship between the families happens. There’s even cameos from Bob from Bob’s Burgers, Cleveland from The Cleveland Show, and an epic Peter Griffin fight where Homer takes on the role of the giant chicken. Why aren’t you watching it already?

    Just For Laughs 2014: Chris D’Elia

    Finally getting the chance to see Chris D’Elia was no small feat. Mainly because catching him at Just For Laughs 2014 was easily our 4th attempt to see him live. It’s a long story, but a series of scheduling conflicts, canceled performances, and even a bumping from a show by a larger comedian on a different coast have prevented us from seeing D’Elia live. But on Friday night at L’Astral that losing streak finally ended, and it was fantastic! Like watching two guys fighting in the streets of Montreal fantastic! Read More

    This Week on TV: With holographic Homers

    It seems like our newsfeeds were overrun with news coming out of Comic-Con this weekend. All the studios talking about their big plans for world domination. Marvel vs. DC, AMC vs. FX. All the news an intrigue was there. One of the highlights, is the drop in from the one and only Homer Simpson. Homer swung by the festival to talk to his creator Matt Groening and offer up some Con tips. I’m already excited about the Family Guy/Simpsons crossover. Read More

    Just For Laughs 2014: T.J. Miller

    T.J. Miller is poised to be the next big thing. He’s been one of the more popular comedians over the past few years. He’s had his own comedy special No Real Reason, tours the country doing stand-up, and is an avid actor with his latest role on the hit show Silicon Valley. Miller’s solo headlining show was one of the most hotly attended of Just For Laughs 2014.

    Miller headlined at L’Astral late on Friday night. While the billing listed only Miller, the packed out crowd was treated to sets from Brooks Wheelan, Whitmer Thomas, Dan Levy, and Jarred Christmas.

    The standing-room only crowd roared over Whelan’s rejected SNL sketch ideas, and Thomas’ breakdown of Blink 182′s “Miss You.” Levy talked about his new baby and run-ins with coyotes, and New Zealander Jarred Christmas ended his set with a hilarious crowd Q & A. Read More

    Just For Laughs 2014: Nikki Glaser

    Nikki Glaser was another comedian who headlined a full week of shows at Just For Laughs 2014 as part of the Off JFL series. We caught Glaser’s show Friday night at Katacombes with one of this year’s New Faces, Brad Wenzel, opening the show.

    We’ve seen Glaser perform a few times this year. There’s a good handful of comics we’ve seen perform multiple times, but Glaser is one of the few who will significantly change up her sets. You’ll never be bored watching her. Read More