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Here's the Music Video for Monty Python's New Track "The Silly Walks Song"

Monty Python is re-releasing their 1989 album Monty Python Sings this summer with five new bonus tracks, including the above ditty "The Silly Walks Song" with an accompanying music video that might trigger suicidal thoughts if you watch it from a cubicle or any other soul-crushing professional environment.

'Patrice O'Neal: Unreleased' Is Available Now

A new posthumous album from late, great standup Patrice O'Neal came out this week. Aptly titled, Unreleased, it's a full-length album compiled from unheard bits O'Neal performed at the DC Improv. If you want to pick up Unreleased, head on over to the official website or wait until October 1st for the release of the hard copy version of the album, which contains an exclusive track.

Fun Thing to Buy of the Day: Maria Bamford's 'The Burning Bridges Tour'

Yesterday we ran a piece on comedian Maria Bamford's struggle with mental illness and her use of comedy to overcome it. Bamford's 2003 debut album The Burning Bridges Tour, recorded at the Acme Comedy Company in Minneapolis, MN in October of 2002, showcases the comedian's honesty and unique creativity that have found themselves fully realized in material like last year's Special Special Special. Bamford's revolution has been long in the making, and it's nice to hear her coming into her own unconventional style in her earlier material.

Talking with Taylor Williamson about Stand-up, His New Album, and Jokes vs. Storytelling

Los Angeles-based stand-up Taylor Williamson has been at it for nine years now, and he just put out his first comedy album, Laughter? I Hardly Know Her!, earlier this week. Since starting in comedy at age 17, Williamson has found a great deal of success, having performed on Comedy Central's Live at Gotham, as a finalist on Last Comic Standing, and as the youngest stand-up ever on Craig Ferguson. His debut album, which presents an hour of Williamson's best material, is a great introduction to the comedian and his precisely-crafted jokes for those who aren't familiar with him, but it's also full of plenty of new stuff for hardcore [...]

The Comedy Album is Dead! Long Live the Comedy Album!

Like a lot of you, some of my earliest childhood memories involve a beat-up boom box and a shoebox filled with worn-out cassette tapes. My brother and I would spend countless hours in our room listening to these tapes, mouthing along to the words and choreographing complicated routines that pantomimed the performers’ descriptions. But while most kids were banging their heads to crappy glam-metal or perfecting their dance moves to the tunes of the day’s reigning pop princesses, we were memorizing stand-up comedy routines as we worshipped at the altar of the comedy album.

Those albums were the soundtrack to my childhood. Richard Pryor basically taught me how to [...]

Is Standup Comedy the New Punk Rock?

Portland's famous underground record label Kill Rock Stars is profiled in a recent article for the Portland Mercury that examines its recent foray into standup specials, and it's pretty interesting. Known for helping push bands like Bikini Kill, Sleater-Kinney, and Elliott Smith to mainstream fame, Kill Rock Stars has taken more and more interest in recording standup sets since a chance Twitter encounter with Kurt Braunohler in 2012 led to their release of his hour standup special How Do I Land? The label's most recent additions include Laura Kightlinger, Hari Kondabolu, Ian Karmel, and Cameron Esposito.

Kill Rock Stars president Portia Sabin even goes so far as [...]

You Can Now Pre-Order the Stand-Up Album 'Holy Fuck' Featuring Rory Scovel, James Adomian, and Tons More

Since it was founded in 2009, the live comedy show Holy Fuck has become a staple of LA's stand-up scene, and now, the show is being immortalized with a new two-disc album that you can pre-order from Rooftop Comedy. The Holy Fuck album, set for a May 29th release, features some of the best comedians going doing five minutes of their best material. A nice mix of established stand-ups and up-and-comers, the album features sets from James Adomian, Kyle Kinane, Rory Scovel, Natasha Leggero, Jackie Kashian, Eric Andre, T.J. Miller, and tons more. The only reason to skip this one would be if you hate comedy and/or profanity.

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The Grammys Snub Tig Notaro and a Lot of Other Great Comedians

Look, the Grammys have always been sort of out of touch when it comes to comedy, often choosing safe, unchallenging stand-up albums over cutting edge great ones. Occasionally, outstanding stuff seeps through (like Louis C.K.'s Hilarious, which won the prize last year), but it's pretty rare. The 2013 Grammy nominees were announced today, and in the category of Best Comedy Album, voters played it pretty safe and proved to be woefully ignorant of some amazing work done by comedians this past year. Here are this year's nominees for Best Comedy Album:

Lewis Black – In God We Rust

Margaret Cho – Cho Dependent (Live in Concert)

Jimmy Fallon – [...]

Jimmy Fallon Will Release a Rockin' Comedy Album Next Summer

Jimmy Fallon's new album, set for release this summer, will surely be chock full o' the songs and parodies that populated 2002's The Bathroom Wall. And hopefully this announcement means he'll be premiering some new music videos on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon in the next few months, because it is a crime to lock away moves this killer, Jimmy. You hear me? A CRIME.

Chris Gethard's First Comedy Album 'My Comedy Album' Will Be Available April 22nd

Chris Gethard is a staple in the comedy community and has an upcoming series on Comedy Central, so it's surprising to realize he hasn't yet released an album. Thankfully, Gethard announced today that that's all about to change with the release of his first album My Comedy Album on April 22nd. Pre-orders start today, and you can opt for either a digital version via iTunes or a much more tangible vinyl version that comes with Gethard's autograph, the digital download, and some bonus tracks. Here's a snippet of what Gethard had to say about the album on his Tumblr today:

As for the album itself, [...]

Tig Notaro Is Releasing an Expanded Version of Her Largo 'LIVE' Set

Record label Secretly Canadian announced today that they're releasing an expanded CD version of Tig Notaro's acclaimed Largo performance from last year, during which she discussed her cancer diagnosis and a number of personal tragedies that had befallen her during that year in an emotional, raw, and funny set. The performance achieved acclaim from Notaro's peers Ed Helms (who called it "One of the most amazing stand-up sets I've ever seen"), Bill Burr ("made me feel like I was an open miker. Absolute genius!"), and Louis C.K. ("in 27 years doing this, I've seen a handful of truly great, masterful standup sets. One was Tig Notaro last night [...]

Fun Thing to Buy of the Day: 'It's OK to Do Stuff,' A Comedy Album Featuring Lizzy Caplan, Andy Richter, and Fred Willard

Longtime Daily Show and Conan writer Rob Kutner has masterminded a new comedy album called It's OK to Do Stuff that drops today on Rooftop Comedy. It's a comedic homage to the 1972 feminist album Free to Be… You and Me by Marlo Thomas and Friends, arriving on the 40th anniversary of that album. It's OK to Do Stuff features tracks from Lizzy Caplan, Fred Willard, Eugene Mirman, Andy Richter, Colin Hanks, Samantha Bee, Wyatt Cenac, Eddie Pepitone, James Urbaniak, Fred Stoller, Megan Amram, and more. Here's a sample track called "Boy Meets Girl" featuring Fred Willard and Lizzy Caplan:

Girl Meets Boy (Skit) by Lizzy Caplan and Fred Willard

Talking to Marc Maron about WTF, the Guests He Hasn’t Been Able to Book, and His New Album This Has to Be Funny

The podcasting world is still very much in its Wild West days with a clear-cut way to monetize the medium yet to emerge, despite the glut of new shows that seem to constantly be springing up.  Since launching his show WTF in 2009, stand-up comedian Marc Maron has become one of the biggest players in the podcast game – and deservedly so. WTF allows regular listeners to gain an intimate connection to the host that few other podcasts can replicate. The program has become a must-listen for comedy fans and fans of human conversation, as well. In an era where our attention spans are dwindling and communication is being reduced [...]