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  • Jon Stewart attacks John Cena with steel chair at SummerSlam, turns heel

    Jon Stewart SummerSlam

    Jon Stewart would be the lead story today on The Daily Show and not for reasons one would expect after leaving the chair he sat in for the last 16 years. Instead, he occupied a chair by different means. Stewart hosted last night’s WWE extravaganza known as SummerSlam. This year it took place in Brooklyn New York. He opened up his monologue by playing favorite to the crowd, “No. Sleep. Till.” he said. The crowd with a resounding “Brooklyn” got the party started. Stewart has had an ongoing feud with WWE Champion Seth Rollins for quite some time now and it was all coming to a head at the Barclay’s Center. His hosting duties were fulfilled and then some as Stewart interfered with the marquee match-up of the evening by turning heel and putting a steel chair to the gut of Rollins’ opponent, John Cena. In case you missed it, here is Stewart’s opening speech and the moment that changed everything. I think it’s safe to say, Stewart sure is enjoying retirement. Read More

    Jon Stewart set to host WWE’s SummerSlam in first move since leaving The Daily Show

    Jon Stewart RAW

    Well, we were all wondering what retired host of The Daily Show’s next move was going to be. And now we know. Jon Stewart will be your host for one of WWE’s prime time yearly events, SummerSlam. As first reported by USA Today, Stewart will be stepping back into the WWE arena. This isn’t anything new for the host as he appeared earlier this year in an ongoing rivalry with now WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins. After Stewart went after Rollins on social media, Rollins appeared on The Daily Show, where he challenged Stewart to appear on Monday Night Raw and settle their score. This year, SummerSlam has been extended to a four hours plus an additional one hour pre-show. As for Stewart’s role beyond just hosting? Well, we’ll all have to watch on August 23 and see if he’s officially left the political ring for the wrestling ring. Either way, it’s going to be entertaining, that much is for sure. Let’s watch Seth Rollins, Jon Stewart, and The Daily Show as part of WWE back in early March: Read More

    The Goddamn Comedy Jam fulfills the fantasy every comedian wants, to be a Rockstar

    The Goddamn Comedy Jam

    Last night in Los Angeles, CA, we were able to take in one of the left coast’s most buzzed about shows, The Goddamn Comedy Jam. The perfect blend of comedy and music. Not to be confused with musical comedy, this show embodies the best of both worlds merging the two into a celebration of both mediums not through irony, but honesty. We’ve all heard the saying, “Every comedian wants to be a rockstar.” Well, it’s true. And that is clearly the case at this show when every comic on the bill does a stand up set followed by singing a song with the house band, Elemenopy, which they chose when they were booked, with no rehearsal. And the result is magical. A room with an organic energy that can only be created when the comic delivers their personal story about the song they are about to perform. This one of a kind show is brought to you by the host and singer, Josh Adam Meyers, and takes place at The Lyric Theater. The show only happens once a month, because that’s enough time for you to recover. Read More

    John Leguizamo, Judah Friedlander, Robert Kelly, Lizz Winstead to perform at The Laugh Button Live! on May 30 at BookCon

    TLB Live BookCon

    The Laugh Button is returning to the stage live! After our incredibly successful live comedy show at SXSW in March, we got the bug to once again to host a live stand-up comedy show. We wanted to go big this time around (is there any other way?) so we teamed up with our friends at BookCon bring a live comedy show at their convention at the end of May in the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. If you aren’t familiar BookCon is that place where storytelling and pop culture collide. Authors, celebrities, podcasters, publishers, and fans all converge in the city to celebrate storytelling. You may learn about your next favorite literary work, comic book or story that will be the next blockbuster motion picture. See, we said we wanted to go big! Read More

    Bill Hicks’ brother Steve to host Reddit AMA on April 24 in celebration of the catalog re-issues

    The Hicks BrothersWe’re about a week away from the re-release the entire Bill Hicks catalog after being out of print for a long time. Needless to say, we as comedy fans are furiously counting down the minutes until the day happens.

    Additionally, one week from today Fathom Events is going to hold a special showing of Comedy Dynamics Presents: Bill Hicks, a one-night only screening of Hicks’ special Relentless + a bonus documentary of never before seen footage and an interview with Bill’s brother Steve.

    While the interview with Steve Hicks is already taped and in the can, fans will have the chance to ask Steve any question they want about his brother when he takes part in a Reddit AMA on Friday April 24th. at 5pm ET. We all know Reddit is the place to be to get the real details from everyone. So mark your calendars for this Friday, squeegee your third eye, and fire off some killer questions.

    Tickets for the Fathom event local to you can be picked up here. All showings are on Monday, the 27th at 8pm local time.

    A special one night only screening of Bill Hicks’ Relentless to be shown in movie theaters on April 27th

    Bill Hicks

    We previously reported that Comedy Dynamics has plans for the re-release of the late, great Bill Hicks entire catalog of work. Another piece to that already incredible puzzle was announced today as for one night only on April 27th they will also show a screening of Hicks’ iconic special Relentless in theaters. Read More

    Mike Ward set to host The Nasty Show with Gilbert Gottfried, Jimmy Carr, and Mike Wilmot at The Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal

    Nasty Show JFL 2015Dubbed Quebec’s “master of offense”, Mike Ward will be taking over hosting duties of The Nasty Show at The Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal this year. Just to catch you up on Ward, his last tour grossed over 5 million in Quebec alone. And he’s no stranger to the fest hosting 12 galas in the past. He’s also an award-winning French comedian who’s appeared on JFL XXX which aired on HBO Canada. When asked to comment on his new role he simply stated, “I am the Celine Dion of dick jokes.” Joining Ward on the bill are staples in the field of “nasty” comedy including American comedian Gilbert Gottfried, British comedian Jimmy Carr, and Toronto native Mike Wilmot. This will be Gottfried’s first time on the show and When asked how he felt about coming back to Montreal he said, “This is my first time in Montreal in 35 years. I think I really must have scored the first time!” He was recently seen at Night of Too Many Stars singing on stage alongside Bon Jovi. The Nasty Show has become one of the must-see events of JFL with it’s 11 show run kicking off July 16. If you’re heading up to Montreal this summer for the Fest of all Fests, best grab your seat now. Tickets available to this and all shows at

    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.