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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.

Watch Chris Gethard Tell His Bonnaroo Drug Story on His Comedy Central Special

Chris Gethard's standup special, part of Comedy Central's series The Half Hour, is set to air this Friday at midnight, and here's an exclusive preview clip from the special, in which Gethard describes the time he did molly for the first time at the music festival Bonnaroo and got pretty freaked out. Also, according to Gethard, "Jigger!" is the word in the clip that is bleeped out for some reason.

Part two of the clip is below:

Louis C.K. Compares Boxing to Standup in This Old 'Chewed Up' DVD Extra

Here's an old self-interview extra from Louis C.K.'s 2008 special Chewed Up that was recently posted to YouTube. C.K answers a bunch of questions about the special, how he got started as a comedian in Boston, his opinion on hecklers, and (around the 29:40 mark) what made him take up boxing and how it's helped his standup: "First, I wanted to find out how much it hurts to box, and then I wanted to find out how do you take that pain and stay with it and have a plan? And I've learned a huge amount from it."

'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 [...]

Six Comics Aziz Ansari Is Joining as Madison Square Garden-Worthy

Yesterday, The Wrap confirmed earlier reports that standup Aziz Ansari is set to headline at New York's Madison Square Garden as part of his new tour Modern Romance, which also includes stops in Dallas, Houston, D.C., Philadelphia, and Las Vegas, not to mention a book slated for a September 2015 release. "There is something very insane and amazing about starting standup in New York City at the lowest rung — open-mic spots — and then many years later going to the other utmost, utmost extreme of playing Madison Square Garden," Ansari told Billboard last month. "I felt a sense of that when I did Carnegie Hall, [...]

Michael Che on How Confusing Pinpointing Racism Can Be

In this clip from A Night at Whiplash, former SNL writer and newest Daily Show correspondent Michael Che talks about how hard it can be determining just what is and isn't racist. For the rest of his set and full sets by Sheng Wang, Carmen Lynch, Eugene Mirman, Janeane Garofalo, Jared Logan, and Sean Patton, check out the full movie now for five measly bucks.

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.

Here's Louis C.K. Telling His Scale-Stealing Story Years Ago as a Standup

Last night's 90-minute episode of Louie was based off a true experience in Louis C.K.'s life. Via EW, here's audio of C.K. telling the story of stealing a bunch of scales from his science class as a teen to trade for pot, recorded at the LA standup show Comedy Death-Ray in 2006. The version of the story C.K. told as a standup is not nearly as dark as the fictionalized TV version, but pretty entertaining nonetheless.