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Inside 'The [206]', the Most Popular Local TV Comedy in America

The seeds of the most popular local TV comedy in the country were planted 25 years ago, outside a Seattle restaurant when two strangers walked up to Chris Cashman’s dad, Pat, and thanked him for his work on Almost Live, a local sketch comedy show similar to Saturday Night Live.

“They didn't even know him,” Chris, now 36, recalls. "That was the neatest thing I'd ever heard of, and I thought, if I could just do that some day…”

But Almost Live was cancelled in 1999, just as Chris became old enough to join it. The show didn’t generate enough profits for the Texas company that bought the station and the [...]

An English Comedian in Paris

I do standup because I love comedy. Yes, I enjoy making people laugh and nothing beats the rush of being on stage in front of a great audience, however the real reason that I do comedy is just that it interests me so much, I’m willing to do anything to be a part of it. Ultimately, I’m just a fan that got way too involved. Now, I don’t know to what extent this is true for other comics; I’m sure some do it just because they crave attention or even use stand-up as a free (or even profitable) alternative to therapy. I’m not saying that this is wrong or [...]

Washington DC Is Building Itself an Awesome Indie Comedy Scene

The Washington Post has an intriguing look at the growing indie comedy scene in Washington D.C., a city that for a long time had little more than a couple of clubs and The Capitol Steps. In the past few years, local comics have taken a page from other blossoming comedy cities like Austin, Denver, and Vancouver, setting up independent shows at bars and rock clubs to give time to rising comics who are moving past the city's open mics.

Despite it's smaller scene, D.C. has a solid history of producing good comics, with Dave Chappelle, Patton Oswalt and Wanda Sykes all starting out there decades ago, and rising [...]

Discovering the Comedic Melting Pot in the Heart of Berlin

After watching three German comics perform odd character bits with no punchlines, Alex Upatov didn't have high hopes for the Berlin standup comedy scene. He'd popped into the open mic a year and a half ago. He was visiting Berlin from his home in Hanover, where comedy was even less popular. No one seemed to share his passion for the American standup videos he'd been watching online since he was a teenager. So when he noticed the show's host had a Louis CK t-shirt on, Upatov got excited.

"I just thought, 'I've got to talk to this guy,'" Upatov said. Within minutes, the host was driving Upatov to a [...]