In one of the most obvious findings ever, a study in the British Journal of Psychiatry has confirmed that comedians possess more psychotic characteristics compared to their non-comedian peers. The researchers asked 523 comedians from Australia, Britain, and the U.S. to complete an online questionnaire designed to measure levels of four psychotic traits — "unusual experiences," "cognitive disorganization," "introvertive anhedonia," and "impulsive non-conformity." Unsurprisingly, the comedians ranked high in their levels of all four psychotic behavior indicators. From the study:
"The creative elements needed to produce humor are strikingly similar to those characterizing the cognitive style of people with psychosis – both schizophrenia and bipolar disorder," said Gordon [...]
Beloved stand-up Todd Barry (Delocated, Louie) launched his own podcast today. Aptly titled The Todd Barry Podcast, the show debuted its first episode this afternoon on podcast network Feral Audio, with fellow comedian Tom Shillue serving as Barry's guest for the inaugural show. Here's the official description of The Todd Barry Podcast:
Highly regarded and amazing comedian Todd Barry talks to friends – and maybe people he doesn't know – about their careers, travel, food, and various other topics. Sounds good, doesn't it? Yeah. It really does.
Barry is a really funny guy and getting him to do a podcast is a real coup for Feral Audio and [...]
Just Jared has compiled a list of which celebrities are voting for which presidential candidate (the choices are Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, for those who haven't been keeping up). It's no surprise that much of Hollywood tends to gravitate towards Obama, and the comedy industry does too, in particular. We've whittled out all the boring, dreary non-comedy people from Just Jared's list to give you this list of who all the big comedians are putting down on their ballots. Voting for whoever your favorite celebrity chooses is how democracy works now, so make sure you examine this list closely before heading to the polls:
Barack Obama's comedy [...]
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It’s a cliché at this point, the idea that comedians are damaged individuals who only perform comedy so that they can score enough laughs to keep their inner demons at bay, but that doesn’t mean it’s false. While there are plenty of well-adjusted, functional people who perform and write comedy, there are just as many who use their mental health issues as fuel and motivation. But can baring one’s soul onstage serve as a substitute for therapy, or is laughter just a temporary salve on permanent psychological wounds?
Jumpin' jackrabbits! Comedy is a dangerous game, sonny boy; if you're not careful you could end up gettin' punched before the punchline. Ominous old-timey warnings aside, this article about the mob's influence on the post-Prohibition nightclub scene – and on comedian Allan Drake – is a crazy read. Imagine if comedy clubs today worked like this:
Southbound in Danville, Illinois, Sammy Shore had a similar experience. "I'm working and all of a sudden in the middle of my show – these guys get in an argument at the ringside table. Mob guys. Guy takes out a gun and shoots the other guy in the head! I picked up [...]