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  • Nate Craig is recording an album January 8-10 in Chicago

    Many comedians are kicking off 2015 by recording a comedy album, including LA comedian Nate Craig. Announced via Twitter, Craig will be recording a new album at Zanies in Chicago this week, January 8-10. This will be Craig’s second album after 2013’s Infinity.

    Craig started performing stand-up in Madison, WI before moving to Chicago. While in the Windy City he studied at the famous Second City conservatory for two years. He has since performed at the HBO Las Vegas Comedy Festival and was also featured at the 2007 DC Comedy Festival. Craig has also appeared Last Call with Carson Daly, Funny Or Die and Comedy Central.

    You can purchase your tickets, here.

    Greg Proops is recording an album January 2nd & 3rd in San Fran

    More wonderful album news! Comedian Greg Proops subtly announced on his Twitter earlier this month that he would be recording a new comedy album in the new year. Proops will record his latest over two nights on January 2nd and 3rd at The Punchline in San Francisco.

    The comedian has previously released four albums; 1997’s Back in the UK, 2007’s Houston We Have a Problem, Joke Book, 2009’s Elsewhere, and 2010’s Greg Proops Digs In! Proops is also the host of the very popular podcast The Smartest Man in the Room, which he frequently takes on his travels for live recordings. Proops is well known for being a regular guest on both the British and American versions of Who’s Line is it Anyway? He was also a recurring guest on Tough Crowd with Colin QuinnChelsea Lately, the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and the Harmontown podcast.

    Proops will record his album over four shows. You can purchase your tickets, here.

    Jen Kirkman is taping a comedy special on January 31st in Austin

    2015 is just around the corner, and with so is another year of comedy albums and specials. One comic who will be gearing up to record a special is Jen Kirkman. Kirkman will be taping her first special over two shows on January 31st at The North Door in Austin, TX.

    Kirkman has previously released two albums, 2006’s Self Help and 2011’s Hail to the Freaks. Kirkman has performed stand-up on Conan, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, John Oliver’s New York Stand-up Show, and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. She was also a writer and a regular panelist on Chelsea Lately, and one of Drunk History‘s favorite inebriated storytellers. Kirkman hosts the podcast I Seem Fun: the Diary of Jen Kirkman, and in published her first book last year, I Can Barely Take Care of Myself: Tales From a Happy Life Without Kids, a New York Times Best Seller.

    You can purchase tickets the tapings here.

    Ian Karmel is recording an album February 7th in Portland

    Comedian Ian Karmel will soon be recording his debut album in 2015. Karmel tweeted the news saying he will be recording his album on February 7th at Mississippi Studios in Portland, OR via Kill Rock Stars

    Karmel originally started his stand-up career in Portland, earning the honor of being named “Portland’s Funniest Person” in 2011 before moving to LA. Karmel also comes from a improv background having tained under The Groundlings and the Upright Citizen’s Brigade. Karmel has performed at Portland’s Bridgetown comedy festival as well as the Moontower comedy festival and Montreal’s Just For Laughs as one of their “New Faces of Comedy.” He was a writer and regular round table guest on Chelsea Lately, has appeared on IFC’s Portlandia, and has performed stand-up on Conan.

    Tickets are on sale now, here. Better hurry up and grab your’s now. A second show had to be added after the first show sold out fast. So again, better grab your ticket now.

    Sara Schaefer is recording her debut album January 22nd in New York

    Comedian Sara Schaefer is recording a comedy album next month. On January 22, Schaefer will record her debut album over two shows at New York’s Union Hall in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

    The critically acclaimed stand-up, writer, and producer recently relocated from New York to LA. Since then she has launched her own production company, Little BoBo Productions, starting with its flagship series, Day Job. She was the co-host/co-creator of MTV’s late night show Nikki & Sara LIVE, has performed stand-up on John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show, and has made multiple appearances on Comedy Central’s @Midnight. Schaefer has also won two Emmys for her work as a blogger for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and has written for and Who Wants to Be A Millionaire. Schaefer is also quite the podcasting pro, co-hosting the long-running You Had To Be There podcast with Nikki Glaser as well as her newest venture Lies with Sara Schaefer in conjunction with Nerdist and WNYC.

    Tickets are on sale now for both the early and late shows, here. Seating is limited, so get your’s now. Right now. Read More

    Guess what we learned about the Impractical Jokers during a Tenderloins Podcast taping…

    Most people likely know Sal, Joe, Murr and Q as the maniacs behind the hit TruTV show, Impractical Jokers. Also known as The Tenderloins comedy troupe, what makes Impractical Jokers so lovable aren’t just the pranks they pull on each other in front of unbeknownst strangers (as hysterical as they are), but rather the chemistry shared between the four (they have, after all, been friends since high school). It’s clear that this bond seen on screen is purely genuine within seconds of seeing the four perform together onstage (something I had the joy of witnessing last year at the Best Buy Theatre in Times Square). That’s why it was especially extraordinary to see them perform one of four shows at New York’s Highline Ballroom this weekend. While the Jokers’ signature ribbing on each other was in full effect during the night, the four were specifically testing out new material in the intimate setting for their upcoming tours (revealing stories that even their fellow troupe members never heard before). It was a rare opportunity to witness a group beloved for their seamlessly quick wit further generate humor on the whim. Read More

    Dave Ross is recording a 7-inch on Nov. 19th in Denver

    LA comedian and storyteller Dave Ross will be recording a 7-inch vinyl this week. Ross’ most current tour (which included stops at comedy festivals Hell Yes Fest and The Fest in New Orleans and Gainesville) will conclude in a recording for A Special Thing Records in Denver, CO on Wednesday, November 19th at “Too Much Fun” at The Deer Pile.

    Ross is one-fourth of the great WOMEN comedy sketch group whose videos have been featured on Tosh.0. He is also the host of the Terrified podcast on the Nerdist network, was recently featured on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast, is a MOTH Grand Slam winner, and was a storyteller on the second season of Comedy Central’s Drunk History. Ross is also a regular at LA’s Nerdist Theatre and the Hollywood Improv.

    The show starts at 10:30pm and is free to attend. For more info on all things Dave Ross, visit Read More

    Brooks Wheelan is recording an album Nov. 22 in Madison, WI

    Comedian Brooks Wheelan will be recording comedy album next week in Madison, Wisconsin. Wheelan announced on Twitter yesterday he will be recording his first album on November 22nd at the ever popular Comedy Club on State, where he will be headlining a weekend of shows.

    It’s been a big year for Wheelan. As previously announced, he recently was cast in the indie comedy The Out of Town Wedding alongside Kurt Braunohler, and starred in the Adult Swim pilot Biker Bar. Wheelan has performed stand-up on Conan and Adam Devine’s House Party, as well as at the Montreal Just For Laughs festival, the South Beach Comedy Festival, and was named one of Comedy Central’s “10 Comics to Watch” at the 2012 New York Comedy Festival. He also was a writer/performer on season 39 of SNL.

    You can purchase tickets to the recording and the rest of Wheelan’s Madison shows, here. Read More

    Jimmy Dore to tape new stand-up special November 7th in LA

    If you were looking for something to do something fun and free this weekend, here it is. Comedian Jimmy Dore is set to tape a new hour special in LA on Friday, November 7th. Dore’s last special, 2008’s Citizen Jimmy, was named Best of 2008 by iTunes.

    Dore has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live and the Late Late Show in addition to a number of Comedy Central shows. Dore also host the radio program The Jimmy Dore Show which airs nationally via Pacifica Network, and is a frequent host on the online news show The Young Turks.

    Dore will filming his special over one show at LA’s El Portal Theater November 7th at 9:30pm. You can grab free tickets to the taping, here.

    Sam Grittner is recording his first album November 21st in NYC

    New York comedian Sam Grittner is recording his debut album this fall. Grittner will be recording his album, Poor Decisions, Expensive Mistakes, at NY’s  Treehouse Theater (formerly This Theater) on November 21st. Joining him will be comedians Emmy Blotnick, Luke Thayer, Todd Mole, and Abbi Crutchfield, who will open the show. Grittner first announced the recording on his website.

    “Last November my friend Mo Fathelbab (founder of the comedy label THE EXPERIMENT and a jovial, fantastic human being) approached me and asked me if I wanted to do a stand-up residency at a room in a bar in Brooklyn for one year. The proposal was I would perform 8-10 minutes every Tuesday for a year  and when the year was up, record my first album.”

    In addition to stand-up, Grittner is a regular contributor to His writing has been featured on MSNBC, Mashable, The Huffington Post, and He also created @TonightonGIRLS, an absurdist homage to the HBO show ‘GIRLS.”