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  • Joe Zimmerman set on Conan, “I went back to Google, looked up second opinion spirit animal quiz… no way I’m a crow twice”

    Zimmerman wasn’t happy with being told his spirit animal was a crow, so he went spirit animal shopping. He also set a Google alert for his name to find out what all the other Joe Zimmermans are up too.

    Madonna makes her stand-up debut on The Tonight Show, “I decided to move up the food chain, so I started dating a 28 year old”

    After Madonna admits she’s a closet comedian, Jimmy gives her a chance to workshop her material on The Tonight Show.

    Keith Alberstadt on Late Night with Seth Meyers: “I have an inhaler, not will power and a sponsor”

    Keith Alberstadt appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers last night and had a killer set. He discussed imaginary characters on college campuses, the wine selection at Applebee’s, vegetarians, and having asthma in New York City.

    Nashville StandUp is attempting to set the Guinness World Record for longest stand-up show

    BROKEN-RECORD-squareBeginning noon April 12, Nashville StandUp will attempt to break the Guinness World Records™ title for “Longest Stand-up comedy show – multiple comedians” at The East Room in Nashville, TN. This non-stop stand-up comedy marathon will put Nashville into the record books of comedy history. A Guinness World Records Adjudicator will be on site to certify the attempt as an official new world record.. but supposedly, it will go far beyond the current records time. “We will not only break the current 3.3 day / 80 hour record, we will continue through the entire duration of the Wild West Comedy Festival and conclude on April 19″ states Nashville StandUp. The non-stop 7+ day, 169.5 hour schedule will feature showcases, feature-length and headliner-length sets and surprise drop-ins from comedians of various levels of fame. The current record for longest continuous stand-up comedy show by multiple comedians lasted 80 hours and was achieved by the Laugh Factory at their comedy club in Hollywood from 6 to 9 December 2010. The show included 170 different acts by 150 comedians.

    Vans Warped Tour announces their comedy slate for 2015

    warped tourThe Vans Warped Tour celebrated its 21st birthday this year holding a kickoff celebration at Club Nokia in Los Angeles last night. Warped Tour began as a festival dedicated to rock and punk bands like Blink-182 and Rancid, but since its inception in 1994, there have been more than a few changes, including the addition of comedy. This years festival will see Beth Stelling, Chase Bernstein, Dave Ross, Eli Olsberg, Eric Schwartz, Grant Cotter, Sammy Obeid, and Sandy Danto joining the mix of over 100 bands already on the bill. Following in the footsteps of other cross-over festivals such as Bonnaroo, this brings another element to double decade old fest. Some would say music and comedy go together like traffic and weather. Comedians are very passionate about music and musicians the same about comedy. Some even do both. The list of comedians that play drums has been growing over the years. Bill Burr, Andrew Dice Clay, Toddy Barry, and now Bobby Kelly. Hannibal Buress even gave it a shot recently down at SXSW, jokingly. The merging of the two words has been around for quite sometime. As recently as comedian Big Jay Oakerson touring with Korn and as far back as Steve Martin opening for The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Carpenters, and Toto.

    Comedian Nick Griffin performs on Letterman for the 11th time and explains what sweat pants “actually” are

    “This is the first thing I did all day…” says Nick Griffin on The Late Show with David Letterman. He was performing on said show for the 11th time. 11th time. He discusses what makes sweat pants sweat pants, day baths, and who the hell is still saying “I can’t live without you.”

    Yes, Dave Chappelle just taped a new stand-up special in Austin

    dave-chappelle AustinIs this the year Dave Chappelle marks as his “official” comeback? It’s been quite some time since his last special, For What It’s Worth, 10 years ago. Over the last few years, Chappelle has been making routine stops on stage in Los Angeles, toured all across the country, hit some festivals, and a NYC residency.

    Some shows have been marathons, some shows have been quick cameos. But one thing we do know is the desire to see Chappelle live is as high as it’s ever been. Now back to the rumor at hand. Comedy Hype first reported that Chappelle has just taped his latest comedy special down at Austin City Limits in Texas and and it will be premiering on HBO at some point down the road as no proper date has been announced and the special is currently untitled. Since this news first leaked out, more reports and social media accounts confirmed that Chappelle indeed taped the performance. Read More

    Season 9 of Last Comic Standing starts July 22

    Last-Comic-StandingLast Comic Standing has recently announced it’s new judge Norm MacDonald and host Anthony Jeselnik. And now comes the announcement of the official start date of Season 9. That said date is Wednesday, July 22nd at 9p on NBC. Things are a little different this go-around. The new season begins with the invitational round. The comedian must be personally asked to audition, unlike past seasons which were more of an open call. Here’s the breakdown of the show, 100 of the best comics compete for the 20 Last Comic Standing spots available. The comics compete via comedy challenges, surprise guest mentors and “Head-to-Head” competition rounds. When all is said and done, the winning comedian receives $250,000 and a talent and development deal for a series on NBC. Not bad.

    Rain Pryor, daughter of Richard, set to release comedy album April 7

    Rain Pryor Black & WhiteRain Pryor is an American actress, comedienne, and author. She also happens to be the daughter of the late comedy legend Richard Pryor. Her comedy album Black & White is set to be released April 7 via Uproar Entertainment. Pre-order here. Pryor starred in the ABC series Head of the Class in the role of Theola June ‘T.J.’ Jones. Pryor’s role was created from a series of characters she performed at her audition for the producers. Pryor starred for several years as Jackie, the lipstick lesbian drug addict on the Showtime series Rude Awakening and has guest starred on network television series such as The Division and Chicago Hope. She has appeared numerous times on both The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, as well as The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

    Rain’s stage credits include playing the title role of Billie Holiday in the UK tour of the Billie Holiday Story and the title role of Ella Fitzgerald in the UK premiere of Ella, Meet Marilyn. She performed in the Los Angeles productions of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues with Nora Dunn of Saturday Night Live fame. Read More

    Lewis Black and Friends: A Night To Let Freedom Laugh premieres April 16 on AXS TV

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    Celebrate the Bill of Rights with some of America’s finest comics in this special event featuring sets from Lewis Black, Dick Gregory, Tom Smothers, and More. AXS TV presents a night of comedy and awareness in the star-studded stand-up special Lewis Black and Friends: A Night to Let Freedom Laugh, airing Thursday, April 16. The two-hour event will  shed some light on the freedoms and principles outlined in one of the Nation’s most vital documents, The Bill of Rights. The special was filmed back on February 28 at the historic Warner Theater in downtown Washington, DC, Let Freedom Laugh features performances from a wide variety of established comedy heroes and celebrated up-and-comers, each delivering their own unique and opinionated take in front of a sold out audience. Black, Gregory, and Smothers are joined by  itcom star Cristela Alonzo, Richard Pryor Award-winner Ahmed Ahmed, and comedian and political commentator John Fugelsang. Read More