A Rare 1969 Joan Rivers Album Will Be Re-Released Next Month

A long out-of-print Joan Rivers comedy album is getting re-released next month. Titled The Next to Last Joan Rivers Album, it was recorded in 1968 at NYC cabaret Upstairs at the Downstairs and has been digitally remixed and remastered for its first-ever CD release via Stand Up! Records. In addition to twelve audio tracks from the performance, the CD will also include an eight-page booklet with linear notes by WMFU's Kliph Nesteroff, photos by Look Magazine's John Shearer, and a new essay on Rivers by Sarah Silverman. Here's a feel for what you can expect from the album:

Unapologetically, Rivers owns her own experiences as great material. She doesn’t [...]

Weird Al Gets His First #1 Album on the Billboard Charts with 'Mandatory Fun'

After over a week of releasing music videos and an over 30-year career of parodying pop songs, Weird Al Yankovic has finally reached the #1 spot on the Billboard charts with his latest album Mandatory Fun, selling over 104,700 copies last week. Yankovic announced the news today via Twitter and extended his gratitude to fans: "If you'd told me 30 years ago this would happen, I never would've believed it. If you told me 2 WEEKS ago, I never would've believed it … I'm so pleased everybody is enjoying the album, and I'm enormously grateful for everyone's support. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU."

Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunohler Are Releasing a Hot Tub Album Through Kill Rock Stars

In a press release today, record label Kill Rock Stars announced the release of its first comedy compilation album with Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal's long-running variety/standup show Hot Tub, which started in 2005 at the PIT in New York and has continued at the Virgil in Los Angeles since the duo moved there in 2013. Braunohler and Schaal have picked ten of their favorite comedians for the album, and here they are:

  • Nate Bargatze
  • Emily Heller
  • Andres du Bouchet
  • Beth Stelling
  • Karen Kilgariff
  • Kyle Kinane
  • Heather Lawless
  • Eddie Pepitone
  • Eugene Mirman
  • Aparna Nancherla

The album will be recorded next week and released as a double vinyl/digital [...]

You Can Now Pre-Order the Stand-Up Album 'Holy Fuck' Featuring Rory Scovel, James Adomian, and Tons More

Since it was founded in 2009, the live comedy show Holy Fuck has become a staple of LA's stand-up scene, and now, the show is being immortalized with a new two-disc album that you can pre-order from Rooftop Comedy. The Holy Fuck album, set for a May 29th release, features some of the best comedians going doing five minutes of their best material. A nice mix of established stand-ups and up-and-comers, the album features sets from James Adomian, Kyle Kinane, Rory Scovel, Natasha Leggero, Jackie Kashian, Eric Andre, T.J. Miller, and tons more. The only reason to skip this one would be if you hate comedy and/or profanity.


Weird Al's First New Album in Five Years: Alpocalypse

So Weird Al's got a new album coming out in June, and it's called Alpocalypse. The teaser for it above is appropriately epic.

Also: I love that Weird Al is so beloved in the comedy world, despite his parody song schtick being a super crowded field these days. I mean, back when Weird Al was starting out, there was no YouTube pumping out 100 parodies of every pop hit. Now, what he does is in no way unique. But because the kids who grew up on Smells Like Nirvana and Fat are now the folks making their own comedy, and Weird Al is as cool now as he [...]

Weird Al Ranks His Top Five Sketch and Standup Comedy Albums

Here's a web extra from Late Night featuring guest Weird Al Yankovic, who is given the daunting task of summing up his five favorite sketch and standup comedy albums of all time. Surely no one will disagree with his picks.

Own the Entire Monty Python Discography with 'Total Rubbish: The Complete Collection'

As if their live reunion shows in London, newly released album, and delightfully entertaining cat fights weren't enough to tide fans over, Nerdist reports that the British comedy group Monty Python has also released a boxed set of their entire discography called Monty Python's Total Rubbish: The Complete Collection. The set was released on CD and vinyl in the UK last week and includes all nine Monty Python UK albums: Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Another Monty Python Record, Monty Python’s Previous Record, Matching Tie and Handkerchief, Live at Drury Lane, Holy Grail, Life of Brian, Monty Python’s Contractual Obligation Album, and The Meaning Of Life. [...]

Ian Edwards, Max Silvestri, Sean O'Connor, and Dan St. Germain All Have Standup Albums Out Today

Today's a massive day in the standup album world, as four releases from notable comedians are all coming out on the same day. Ian Edwards's 100% Half-Assed, is the first release from Conan O'Brien's new label Team Coco, and Max Silvestri's King PigletSean O'Connor's James Dean Type, and Dan St. Germain's Bad at the Good Times are all via AST Records. It's the first album for all four standups.

Andy Kaufman Is Releasing His First-Ever Comedy Album This Summer

Andy Kaufman is the second beloved dead comedian to have a new project announced this week. Following Tuesday's news of an animated film based on a rare Phil Hartman recording, record label Drag City announced yesterday that they'll be releasing a comedy album called Andy and His Grandmother, which is assembled from 82 hours of micro-cassette tapes Andy Kaufman recorded between 1977 and 1979. From the press release:

Andy regarded the micro-tape recorder as a fantastic new way of capturing his hoaxing, and carried it with him everywhere, for use at any given moment. Real life was the ultimate frontier for him, and these tapes demonstrate the heart [...]

Here's the Cover of The Lonely Island's Turtleneck & Chain

The Lonely Island's sophomore album, Turtleneck & Chain, drops on May 10th. And here's the cover art, which really stays true to the album's title. I smell a future overused Halloween costume!

Bob Odenkirk's New Album 'Amateur Hour' Is Out November 25th

Over the summer it was announced that Bob Odenkirk was taping his very first comedy album Amateur Hour, which will also include rising standup Brandon Wardell as an opening act both on the album and corresponding tour to promote Odenkirk's book of plays out next month A Load of Hooey. Odenkirk announced the album's November 25th release date today on Twitter, where he also revealed that he just finished recording a special bonus track for it as well. Amateur Hour will be released through AST Records; more information on Odenkirk's new book and tour can be found over at his website.

Rob Kutner and the Levinson Brothers' America-Centric Comedy Music Album '2776' Is Out Now

Right in time for the most American day of the year, The Daily Show's Rob Kutner and the Levinson brothers' new comedy music compilation album 2776 dropped yesterday and is now available on iTunes for purchase. The album's proceeds will all go to the children's charity OneKid OneWorld and features 28 tracks by over 80 different artists, including Will Forte, Aubrey Plaza, Reggie Watts, Aimee Mann, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Margaret Cho, Paul F. Tompkins, Alex Trebek, and Ed Helms singing about America's past, present, and future. Prove your love for America by buying the album here.

Chris Gethard's First Comedy Album 'My Comedy Album' Will Be Available April 22nd

Chris Gethard is a staple in the comedy community and has an upcoming series on Comedy Central, so it's surprising to realize he hasn't yet released an album. Thankfully, Gethard announced today that that's all about to change with the release of his first album My Comedy Album on April 22nd. Pre-orders start today, and you can opt for either a digital version via iTunes or a much more tangible vinyl version that comes with Gethard's autograph, the digital download, and some bonus tracks. Here's a snippet of what Gethard had to say about the album on his Tumblr today:

As for the album itself, [...]

A Comprehensive Guide to Sitcom Soundtracks, Ranked by How Soon You Should Own Them

But first some ground rules: no soundtracks for sitcoms about bands or musicians, meaning no The Monkees or Flight of the Conchords, and no film soundtracks based on a sitcom, like South Park: Bigger, Longer, & Uncut or Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny. Also, if they’re a volume one, two, three, etc. collection, they’re combined into one entry, while more distinct records — like the two from South Park — are separated. Arbitrary rules aside, to the music!