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A Thinkpiece About Bits (Not a Bit)

A bit is a joke, usually amongst a select group of people, played with some sincerity. A bit is a comedic take on a reality. An imaginary spin amongst individuals with a repetitive game between them. Bits can take a level of intelligence and quick thinking. They can be good and they can be bad. They can be used as a form of communication.

We start doing bits when we’re babies. I put a blanket over my niece’s head and say “Oh no, where’s Simone?” and she takes it off and cheeses a big smile and claps her hands and we do it over and over again. It’s a running [...]

Science Confirms That Comedians Are Psychotic

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 [...]

Todd Barry Has a Podcast Now

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 [...]

Who's Your Favorite Comedian Voting for?

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 [...]

Comedy as Therapy: How Some Comedians Self-Treat Depression and Social Anxiety with Standup

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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?

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Five Years a Comedian's Assistant: What It's Like Working for the Most Neurotic Bosses Around

Hi, I’m Stephie, and I’m a recovering assistant-aholic. For the past five-plus years, I’ve had the incredible fortune of working for a whole slew of professional funny people.

Many of my jobs were in film/TV production: as a personal assistant, production assistant, writer’s assistant, associate producer, and script supervisor, multiple times over in each capacity. But my absolute favorite gigs — the ones where I really cut my care-of-comedians teeth — were as road manager on three cross-country tours. If there’s one place to get to know a comedian (or anyone) in a profound way, it’s inside a compact rental car with a faulty GPS, desperately trying to find the [...]

Jerry Seinfeld and Some Ventriloquist Top the List of 10 Highest Paid Comedians

Forbes put out its list of the "10 Highest-Earning Comedians," and Jerry Seinfeld topped the list, followed by some ventriloquist who won America's Got Talent six years ago. To be fair, though, the list only includes comedians who make the bulk of their income from live performances, so that takes everyone who has a lucrative TV or movie career out of the running, making the list significantly less meaningless than it otherwise is. Check out the mostly-depressing list below. There are some good people on it, and at least Jeff Dunham isn't #1 like the last time Forbes made one of these lists in 2010.

Talking with Al Madrigal about 'The Daily Show' and His New Standup Special

Al Madrigal is a correspondent on The Daily Show, a longtime stand-up comedian, and the co-creator of the comedy podcast network All Things Comedy with Bill Burr. As the Daily Show’s “Latino correspondent,” Madrigal has covered issues like Arizona’s anti-immigrant legislation and Puerto Rican statehood, and he explores the subject matter of raising a family in a Mexican neighborhood in his new stand-up special Why Is The Rabbit Crying? – which will air this Friday on Comedy Central. We had a chance to catch up with Madrigal about his special, as well as what it’s like to work on The Daily Show during a time of such sobering headlines.

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How Much Do Your Favorite Comedians Make?

Jason Zinoman and Megan Angelo over at The New York Times have a great piece today detailing how much money several different types of comedians make. They talked to a road comic, a UCB solo performer, a podcaster, a Comedy Cellar regular, a cruise ship comic, and Eugene Mirman. Bad news: Everyone except TV star Eugene Mirman makes less money than the cruise ship comic.

Let's Hear from the Comedians Who Played Comedians in 'Sleepwalk with Me'

Great acting, Lutz! Sorry you're typecast as a hotel front desk person. Have you seen Sleepwalk with Me yet? Is it just 90 minutes of comedians watching other movies and resting their heads on each other's shoulders. If so, two tickets, please. If not, only one ticket, please.

Judd Apatow Is Releasing a Book of Interviews He Did with Comedians

Judd Apatow was a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers last night, and Meyers mentioned that Apatow is releasing a book of interviews he conducted with comedians "of all different generations."

No other details on the book were given as far as a title/release date, but Apatow proceeded to talk about how he would regularly interview comedians he idolized as a high schooler, something he's discussed in interviews quite a bit. There's no word on whether the book will be a collection of Apatow's interviews as a teenager in the 1980s with folks like Jerry Seinfeld, Harold Ramis, and John Candy, or something different entirely. This will be [...]

John Mulaney, Broad City, The Birthday Boys and More Make 'Vulture's Comedy List

Vulture made a list of "50 Comedians You Should and Will Know" (full disclosure: we at Splitsider contributed names to said list), featuring talented people like John Mulaney, Broad City, The Birthday Boys, Jerrod Carmichael, James Adomian, June Diane Raphael, Hannibal Buress, and Tig Notaro. Some of the blurbs about the "comedians you should know" were written by comedians you do know, like Bill Hader, Patton Oswalt, Casey Wilson, Scott Aukerman, and Jenny Slate, so get over to that list if you enjoy comedians you do and/or do not know.

Paul F. Tompkins, Jonah Ray, Kurt Braunohler, and More Talk How They Spent Election Night

As if you're not already sick of hearing about the election, a bunch of great comedians called into Southern California radio station KCRW to share their election night plans. Here's a three-minute audio clip of comments from the comedians who called in: Jonah Ray, Cameron Esposito, Paul F. Tompkins, Jackie Kashian, Moshe Kasher, Kristina Wong, Tom Sibley, Will Weldon, Dana Gould, and Kurt Braunohler. I swear this is the last election post I'll write unless Louis C.K. or Dan Harmon punches Mitt Romney in the face or something.

Comedians Don't Think Donald Trump Is as Great as He Thinks He Is

Classy guy Donald Trump has been a comedy goldmine for years now, but his recent massive, game-changing "October Surprise" bombshell has really upped the ante on all the Trump mockery. Here's Stephen Colbert out-Trumping Trump with his own offer: he'll donate $1 million to the charity of Trump's choosing if the real estate mogul lets him dip his balls in his mouth. Colbert has set a 5pm October 31st deadline. Clock's ticking, Trump.

Elsewhere, The Onion ran a piece called "Donald Trump Announces He's a Very Sad Man," and, of course, comedians on Twitter have been having a go at Trump too. Here's a collection of the funniest [...]