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  • Ian Karmel and Emily Heller to release debut albums on Kill Rock Stars

    Heller Kill Rock Stars has added two new comedy albums to their slate due out November 13. The legendary punk label which boasts comedy releases from Cameron Esposito (Same Sex Symbol), Hari Kondabolu (Waiting for 2042) and Kurt Braunohler (How Do I Land?) and now adds new albums from Ian Karmel (9.2 On Pitchfork) and Emily Heller (Good For Her). We’ve got two unreleased tracks, one from each album, for you to check out until they are officially out in the wild. Read More

    Cool thing to buy this week: Sheng Wang “Cornucopias Are Actually Horrible Containers”

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    Sheng Wang developed and honed his comedy in the thriving stand-up community of the San Francisco Bay Area. He performs jokes based on personal experiences and observations and addresses common non-sense with honesty and ill logic. His refreshingly affable stage presence combined with a healthy penchant for absurdity and self-deprecation make his act hilarious and universally accessible. This will all be showcased on his album Cornucopias Are Actually Horrible Containers out today. He has toured with the Comedians of Comedy and American Eagle’s Campus Comedy Challenge. He has also appeared on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham and attended the Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal. Wang’s half hour Comedy Central special aired in 2011. NBC also awarded him with a holding deal that same year. Wang’s set on the John Oliver NY Stand Up Show aired in August of 2012. More recent TV appearances include Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon as well as becoming one of the top 10 finalists on the 2015 season of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. You can pick up the album here and be sure to follow him on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Read More

    29 1/2 one-liners for 30 years: Steven Wright’s “I Have a Pony” is three decades old

    Steven Wright

    From the moment Steven Wright graced audiences with his dry, deadpan wit, the comedy world was changed for good. First coming to national attention with an appearance on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in the early 80’s, Wright became an instant sensation. With the release of his debut album I Have a Pony in 1985, Wright solidified his status as comedy legend. The record celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and like any classic album, it’s worth revisiting. Opening with a dreary “thanks” after applause, I Have a Pony is an album packed with creative one liners and non-sequiturs that only the mind of a comedy genius could muster. Over the years the laid back, absurdist humor embodied in I Have a Pony has become comedy scripture. Read More

    Unboxing the new Bill Hicks box set, “Bill Hicks: The Complete Collection”

    Bill Hicks - Box SetBill Hicks fans, check this isht out! Tomorrow, Comedy Dynamics will release its comprehensive collection of his master works of the late, great comedian. The box set is a career-spanning collection of 12 CDs, 6 DVDs and photo album from the Hicks archives. In addition, there’s 10+ hours of never before released footage. Until this week, we’ve only had some killer photos of Bill Hicks: The Complete Collection to satiate our appetite but we got our hands on the actual thing! Rather than sit atop the TLB Towers and not share this with our readers, we decided to shoot a little unboxing video* to take the dive into the set. Read More

    Eugene Mirman to release monumental 9-volume 7-LP comedy album and tour

    Eugene Mirman - I'm sorry (You're Welcome)Eugene Mirman’s I’m Sorry (You’re Welcome) is a 9-volume, 7-LP comedy album of epic proportions. It’s set for release on October 30 from Sub Pop. It will include a vast array of sounds that can be described as varyingly poignant, erotic, practical, romantic, mind-altering, educational, and humorous. Need to learn Russian? Eugene provides. Meditation sounds? Eugene provides. The sound of a grown man crying? Eugene provides. Oh, also, this release contains a full set of live stand-up recorded at Columbia City Theater in Seattle, WA June 6, 7, & 8, 2014. This release is going to be epic to say the least. “I’ve wanted to make this album for a long time,” says Mirman, best known for his roles on Bob’s Burgers, Flight of the Conchords, Delocated, and for the annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival in Brooklyn, NY. In addition to Mirman’s brilliant stand-up performance at Seattle’s Columbia City Theater in June 2014, the collection includes more than 500 tracks featuring: a guided meditation for various body parts; an erotic new age “Fuckscape” for sexing to; a comprehensive sound effects library, voiced by Mirman, including everything from “rain” to “zoo with nothing to lose”; an aural pharmacy of “digital drugs” from marijuana to apple cider vinegar; over 45 real minutes of real crying; an introduction to possibly useful Russian phrases; ringtones and outgoing voicemail messages for your personal use; and 195 consecutive orgasms. It is, as comedian Daniel Kitson writes in the set’s liner notes, “a parade of excellence punctuated with benevolent explosions of the purist, uncut, nonsense.” So what else fill up this almost impractical box set? We’ve got it all laid out here for you along with his “I’m Sorry (Your Welcome) Tour Dates”. Read More

    Time well spent with Micah Sherman from the new sketch album “John Rogers: Idiot”

    Micah Sherman

    Micah Sherman is not only a comedian, he is an improviser, actor, voice over artist, writer, and performer. For his latest project, he’s teamed up once again with Dan Hirshon, this time for a sketch comedy album entitled John Rogers: Idiot. It’s an album about art, pitching that art, and the ultimate destination of said art through the title character. We meet god, there are meetings and theme songs, and a trip “famousville”. I had the chance to catch up with Micah, discuss the new album as well as his other projects, and what it’s like to be “that guy” in that commercial.  Read More

    Cool thing to buy this week: Liza Treyger “Glittercheese”

    Liza Treyger: GlittercheeseLiza Treyger Glittercheese
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    This week’s CTTB is the first of 6 new releases that Comedy Central Records is putting out for their 2015 roster of The Half Hour. Glittercheese was recorded at the Up Comedy Club in Chicago, is a debut album for Treyger. Boisterously candid. This “casual feminist” leads her audience down a chaotic path in her signature laid-back style as she reflects on treasured times such as handing out beer from her car after open mic nights to make friends, ruining a Miley Cyrus concert for teenage girls, and going to jail maybe one too many times. You’re sure to fall in love with Liza’s searing but playful charm… Unless you’re a pregnant woman. Or a man with a ponytail. Read More

    Garfunkel And Oates’ new album, “Secretions” will be released September 10th

    Garfunkel and Oates - Secretions

    It’s been a while since we’ve heard from the the comedy song duo of Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci. We have good news for you. The duo of Garfunkel and Oates have a new album, Secretions lined up for release on September 10th. Here’s a teaser. Read More

    Comedy Central Records will release six albums from comedians appearing on this season of “The Half Hour”

    The Half HourThe fourth season of Comedy Central’s The Half Hour premieres August 22 at Midnight immediately followed by a second episode. Up first are comedians Liza Treyger and Hampton Yount respectively. The specials were filmed at The Royale in Boston and they showcase some of the best up-and-coming stand-up comedians. Fourteen episodes in all including the aforementioned as well as Tone Bell, Michelle Buteau, Sean Donnelly, Phil Hanley, Randy Liedtke, Joe List, Sam Morril, Barry Rothbart, Andrew Santino, Beth Stelling, Brooks Wheelan, and Andy Woodhull. In addition and for the first time ever, Comedy Central Records will also release stand-up comedy albums from six of the 14 comedians’ specials. The albums will be released the same week as the selected comedian’s televised show premiere. The selected six are Liza Treyger, Michelle Buteau, Randy Liedtke, Sam Morril, Sean Donnelly and Andrew Santino. Here’s a little more insight into each record release and it’s subsequent comedian: Read More

    First look at “Bill Hicks: The Complete Collection,” box set to be released on September 11

    Hicks Box Set

    Earlier this year when Comedy Dynamics announced that they acquired the entire estate of Bill Hicks, they promised a comprehensive collection of his master works to come later in the year. Well, ladies and gentlemen, that day is going to be on September 11th. Today they announced full details behind Bill Hicks: The Complete Collection. The box set will contain, 12 CDs, 6 DVDs, and a photo book when it’s released. Additionally, the set will feature 10+ hours of unreleased Bill Hicks material. Want to see what it will look like? Read More