"If I had the balls to do standup, I would probably start at a free club somewhere and just fall on my face. You have to fall on your face so many times in order for that to work."
- James Van Der Beek an an interview with THR about how he's been doing more comedy lately via sitcom work on Don't Trust the B—- and Friends with Better Lives and wants to do more.
“I’m not going to become some mogul, putting out wholesale chunks of comedy. If I find something I haven’t seen, that’s unique, and I could get it out the right way, then I’ll do it.”
- Louis C.K. in a New York Times piece about the release of Todd Barry's new standup special Todd Barry: The Crowd Work Tour, which is now available via C.K.'s website.
From Tuesday, March 25th through Friday, March 28th, Comedy Central will be taping its Half Hour standup specials at The Royale in Boston, and the network has made tickets available for free. If you're in the area, you can find show tickets (two shows nightly at 7:15pm and 9:15pm; 6:45pm and 8:45pm on Friday) by visiting The Black List's website, where you can look up show info for all the comedians featured, including Ron Funches, Fortune Feimster, Mark Normand, Kurt Braunohler, Michael Che, and more.
The Grawlix, a Denver-based trio of comedians who run the popular local standup show of the same name, just released a compilation album of the best stuff from their show in 2013. The album is free and features standup from two dozen comedians, including T.J. Miller, the Sklar Brothers, Beth Stelling, Baron Vaughn, Jonah Ray, Brent Weinbach, and of course, Grawlix members Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl, and Ben Roy. If you haven't checked out The Grawlix's show in Denver due to not living in Denver, this album is the next best thing.
(via The Comedy Bureau)
"Bill Hicks had to make his voice heard through the amorphous, ever-shifting fog of Reagan-era comfort and complacency. Comedy club audiences in the 80’s actually thought they were being revolutionary and dangerous, listening to a sport-coated, sleeves-rolled-up comedian railing against the absurdities of airplane food, the plot holes on Gilligan’s Island and the differences between cats and dogs. Like Kurt Vonnegut’s Kilgore Trout, laying down world-saving truths in the pages of disposable stroke magazines, Bill Hicks was trying to light the way into the 21st century – on the stained-carpet stages of strip mall chuckle huts, usually following a juggler."
-Patton Oswalt in a piece he published today on his blog [...]