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Check Out Old Clips of Louis C.K., Mitch Hedberg, Chris Rock, and More on the Just For Laughs YouTube Channel

If you're a fan of watching old clips of standups honing their craft live onstage, the new Just For Laughs YouTube channel is for you. The Montreal comedy festival recently teamed up with Maker Studios to launch the channel this afternoon, which so far features standup clips from Bill Hicks, Louis C.K., Tracy Morgan, Bill Burr, Chris Rock, Jon Stewart, Dave Chappelle, and Mitch Hedberg. According to Variety, a total of "over 500 hours of JFL content" will be released in increments of three each week and eventually include content from current festivals. Check out a 1998 performance from Mitch Hedberg above, then click through to watch the [...]

'SNL' Writer Leslie Jones Urges Women to Take the Crazy Back on 'Late Night'

SNL writer Leslie Jones, who won all our hearts on Weekend Update back in May with the eternal question "Can a bitch get a beef bowl?", did standup on last night's Late Night. Jones covers booty calls, why texting makes women crazier than they already are, and why women shouldn't be ashamed of the fact that they're crazy in the first place.

'Last Comic Standing' Winner Rod Man Does Standup on 'Tonight Show'

Last Comic Standing's 100-comedian 13-episode run ended last night, and Los Angeles-based comedian Rod Man walked away with the coveted title and a same-day standup appearance on The Tonight Show, in which he covers the show's not-so-diverse audience, public restroom water restrictions, immigration reform, and his feelings on self-checkout lines.

Brooks Wheelan Is Going on the "Brooks Wheelan Falls Back on Stand Up Comedy (sorta) Tour"

Since news broke last week that SNL had fired three featured players, none of them have responded and bounced back from the bad news quite like standup Brooks Wheelan. In addition to his string of hilarious tweets following the big announcement ("Whats the protocol on length of departure from SNL and your 'Best Of' DVD coming out. So stoked to see mine. Bet it's super long…"), Wheelan is making the best out of an unfortunate situation by going back to his standup roots in the form of an international tour, as announced via his Tumblr. Wheelan will make stops in New York, Canada, Europe, Seattle, [...]

Burn It Down and Start Again: 4 Comics Who Threw Out Their Material and Reinvented Themselves

Throwing out material is a frightening prospect for any entertainer. For some performers it can take years to compile a half-hour show. Especially in comedy, recycled material can feel reheated quickly; it ends careers of comedians who refuse to change their once popular, soon hackneyed material.

Today with successes like Louis C.K. and John Mulaney, it’s hard for comedians not to feel pressure to accumulate new material annually.

Some comedians could ride on catchphrases for a few years, but the idea of starting fresh and reinventing oneself has existed in comedy for half a century. Throwing out material is daunting, but it’s a technique to get better and learn about what [...]

Chris Gethard Wants to Do Standup in Your House This November

Comedian Chris Gethard is experimenting with a new way to develop his material that might involve him performing at your house if you're up for it. In a new post on his website, Gethard has reached out to fans who live within four hours of his home base of New York City to try to get some new and interesting non-NYC venues to work on his act. From the post:

I really want to have a whole month where I do low key house shows, where I bring comedy to places that maybe don’t have it as readily available as New York, and in environments that can be [...]

Brooks Wheelan Jokes About 'SNL,' Subway Rats, and Furbies on 'Conan'

Brooks Wheelan has certainly taken his firing from SNL in stride, and on last night's Conan he performed a five-minute standup set all about leaving the NBC sketch show, New York subway rats, his love for Furbies, and the moment from his childhood he realized he was meant to do comedy, which involves his dad, a possum, and a sledgehammer.

Netflix Announces Premiere Dates for Standup Specials from Bill Cosby, Chelsea Peretti, Jim Jefferies, Bill Burr, and Chelsea Handler

Netflix is embarking on a big push into standup specials. The streaming network recently announced premiere dates for five new standup specials from Bills Burr and Cosby, Chelseas Handler and Peretti (Handler's special was previously announced), and Aussie comic Jim Jefferies spanning from August 29th through December 5th. "“Jim Jefferies, Chelsea Handler, Bill Cosby, Bill Burr and Chelsea Peretti are some of the funniest comedians of our time who will have our viewers in stitches," said Netflix exec Lisa Nishimura along with the announcement”. "We are thrilled to bring this diverse slate of talent and their unique, multi-faceted and hilarious points of view exclusively to our members [...]

Maria Bamford Tells 'NYT Magazine' That She's Enjoying Her Gravy Boat

"People want to know: 'So what are you working on? What's going on with you? What's the next page? What's coming up for you? What's on the horizon?' And I say: 'Oh. I'm done … Yeah, I finished early. I'm actually living in a gravy boat filled with delicious gravy.'"

- Maria Bamford in a fantastic new NYT Magazine profile, which covers the comedian's childhood, her struggles with mental illness, her standup style, The Special Special Special!, and much more.

Dave Chappelle: "I'm Just Making Enough Money to Disappear Again"

"Another person screamed out 'Bring back Chappelle's Show,' to which Dave replied, 'Yeah, right after I make Half Baked 2. That when you'll know I'm really broke.' Later, when the topic of returning to standup came up, he joked, 'I'm just making enough money to disappear again. That shit's expensive!'"

- from Rolling Stone's review of Dave Chappelle's first performance at Radio City Music Hall in New York last night.

Why Chris Rock's 1991 Debut Standup Album Is as Relevant Today as Ever

Chris Rock’s first standup album, Born Suspect, was recorded in 1991, but it seems like it could have been recorded last month. Sure, comics are always kind of mining the same big issues in the human condition and that’s why we get lots of “black people are like this, white people are like this” “women vs. men” jokes. But seriously, both in overall tone and specific cultural references, this album is like…you know…relevant and stuff.

Background: Born Suspect was recorded in Atlanta in 1991 and came out I think only on cassette, although the internet kind of makes all that irrelevant. It was recorded in a black comedy club [...]

Jerrod Carmichael's HBO Special 'Love at The Store' Premieres on October 4th

Back in April it was announced that Jerrod Carmichael was getting his very first standup special on HBO directed by Spike Lee, and today the network dropped the first teaser and October 4 premiere date for it, called Love at The Store. In addition to the HBO special, Carmichael is also working on a second pilot for NBC on a "quick turnaround," so you can expect to see Carmichael all over your TV screen in the near future.

Ron Funches Made His 'Tonight Show' Standup Debut Last Night

Standup Ron Funches — who now has a guaranteed second season on NBC's Undateable — made his Tonight Show standup debut last night and covered everything from being a "summertime boy" in New York to how things are going with his dream board to why the concept of identical twins terrifies him.

Lewis Black Will Take Your Suggestions for What to Rant About This Weekend

Comedian Lewis Black will be yelling about whatever topics his audience want him to this weekend. Variety reports that for his show, Lewis Black: The Rant is Due, in Napa Valley this Friday and Saturday, he'll take suggestions for what to rant about from the live audience and from people watching the video stream (which costs $10). Standup Kathleen Madigan will be on-hand to moderate the suggestions and to probably weed out a bunch of obnoxious ones from internet people. If the stunt proves to be a success, Lewis Black will continue to incorporate this element into future shows.