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  • Ranking the catalog of Doug Stanhope

    Photo: Robert Shakespeare
    Photo: Robert Shakespeare

    There are only a few comedians who are viewed as true originals. They may never be the most popular comic in the world, and they may never sell out arenas, but their legend will live on forever thanks to the fact they’re your favorite comic’s favorite comic. They’re the envelope pushers, charging beyond the so-called trigger warnings that cause society to pause while reveling in the every cringe-inducing moment they can create. It’s anarchy, in a way, and it’s done to entertain as much as it is to challenge societal norms we all too often blindly accept. Read More

    6 essential Halloween themed bits in stand-up comedy

    Jim Gaffigan

    If you think you’re too old to go trick-or-treating, well then you probably are. So instead, grab some candy and laugh off your sugar high with some of these hilarious Halloween themed bits in stand-up comedy. Read More

    Everyone has a day job: Comedians who had interesting careers before comedy

    Photo Credit: Fin Costello
    Photo Credit: Fin Costello

    A few weeks ago, we previewed Anjelah Johnson’s new Netflix special, Not Fancy. Before Johnson became a comedian and cast member on MADtv, she was a cheerleader for the Oakland Raiders. Here are a few other comedians who had former careers that were not even closely related to making people laugh. Read More

    Comedians who dabbled in serious acting and succeeded

    Sarah Silverman

    They aren’t always just for laughs. When you think about comedians who dabbled at a career in serious acting (and succeeded), a few come to mind- Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, Bill Murray. Though it’s not always easy, every now and then an actor known for comedic characters ends up getting acknowledged for a dramatic performance. Here are a few funny people who decided to tone it down and see it they could handle a serious role. Read More

    7 things to expect from “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” launching tonight

    The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Q&A

    Tonight, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah will premiere across all Viacom stations. It’s a big step in the evolution of the show. While previous host, Jon Stewart wasn’t the first host of the show, he certainly was the most influential, solidifying the look and feel of the show and bringing it to the cultural spotlight of country. Let’s make no mistake about it, Noah and crew have their work cut out for them, but that doesn’t mean it’s an impossible task by any means.

    Last Friday we attended a preview of the new set and attended a Q&A with Noah, TDS producers, and The Best Fucking News Team to find out what we can expect from the new show, here’s what we learned. Read More

    Deflate Debate: Top 5 unforgettable debate parody sketches

    Chevy Chase and Jimmy Carter

    With the 2016 election heating up, it’s time for Americans to learn about this round’s batch of eligible presidential candidates. The sheer number of candidates this cycle poses a great challenge to many who aim to stay informed, but on November 8 2016, people will have to cast a vote and hope for the best. As with any presidential election, comedy serves as a sober voice in a chaotic room. It has the ability to shed light on hypocrisy in places where other influential voices fall short. Some even postulate that comedy has the ability to change the public’s perception of a candidate; such is the case with Tina Fey’s impersonation of Sarah Palin in the 2008 presidential election. Nevertheless, throughout the years there have been some hilarious political sketches. With the second Republican debate coming up, we decided to focus on some of comedy’s best debate sketches. Without further ado, here they are. 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

    “Are you ready for some sketches?”: The Top 5 football sketches of all-time


    Summer has come and gone which means it’s time once again for gridiron greats to take the field. And comedy is no stranger to the parody of what some would argue as the nation’s new official “past time”. In fact, some of our favorite comedians and comedic actors once graced the field, helmet and all, only to leave that world for comedy. From comedian Gary Gulman who played TE for the Eagles of Boston College to Modern Family’s Ed O’Neill who signed a contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers all the way back in 1969, the two world’s combined lead to some of the greatest sketches and comedy routines in the medium’s history. So in tribute to another kick-off of yet another season, here are your Top 5 sketches about football from the likes of Inside Amy Schumer, Key & Peele, Saturday Night Live, Bob Nelson, and Mad TV. Sit back, relax, and grab your chips and dip and ask yourself, “Are you read for some football… sketches?” Read More

    9 things you never saw or only heard Will Ferrell do

    Will Ferrell Old MilwaukeeWith Will Ferrell’s latest movie Get Hard hitting theaters this weekend, we thought it would be fun to share some Ferrell rarities. Over the years, the Saturday Night Live alum has made some unexpected appearances and done some pretty random things. Some that we’ve never been able to see, only heard about, or simply just forgot about. Until now. He’s read the starting line-ups at NBA games. He’s played for 10 different teams in 10 different positions all in one day during MLB’s spring training, and he even claimed to be the Jeff Vuvuzela, inventor of the musical instrument, the vuvuzela, made famous in soccer stadiums around the world. Like the hardcore fans of a band that claim the b-sides are always the best tracks, here are some of Ferrell’s best b-sides, rarities, and unreleased antics. So let’s get to it… Read More

    6 Great Tina Belcher moments on “Bob’s Burgers”

    The Belcher family on Bob’s Burgers is one of the best TV families ever to grace the small screen. It’s so hard to pick a favorite, but since season 3, eldest Tina has stolen the show with no intention of giving it back. The definition of awkward, Tina is played by comedian Dan Mintz who’s voice at first may not seem right for a 13yr old girl. Fortunately, Mintz’ performances are a huge reason Tina has become one of the most beloved characters on television.

    In honor of Mintz’s recently released comedy album, The Stranger (available now), we picked out six of the greatest little Tina moments from the last four seasons. Read More