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Sean Patton on the Country's Thriving Local Comedy Landscape

Sean Patton is at a point in his career that every rising comic eventually reaches: expanding his act for his first one-hour special. This fall, he's independently shooting his first hour in native New Orleans, after having risen up through the NYC standup scene and TV world, with recent appearances on Inside Amy Schumer, Maron, and @midnight under his belt. Patton also recently performed on Splitsider's A Night at Whiplash, sharing the stage with the likes of Janeane Garofalo, Michael Che, Eugene Mirman, and more. I recently had the chance to interview Sean Patton, discussing his performance in the Whiplash movie, recording his first hour special, and the bustling comedy [...]

Adam Newman on His Beginnings in Comedy and His New Comedy Central 'Half Hour'

Adam Newman wants you to know that his new Comedy Central half-hour special, which airs Friday, contains what he hopes is the longest diarrhea joke in televised history. The Brooklyn-based comedian’s episode of The Half Hour airs this Friday, and the special has always been his main goal as a standup. Along the way, he’s appeared on John Oliver’s New York Standup Show, released his first album, and made his Letterman debut last year.

I got the chance to talk with Newman about how he did a 45-minute set for his first time doing standup, Last Comic Standing, and poop jokes, among other things.

Jon Daly Looks Back on His Red Hot Chili Peppers Super Bowl Prank

"It … sounds like what they would actually do, if you’re just casually listening to it. If you listen closely, it makes no sense—in an aggressive way. But it’s not far away from it—like if you listen to the Chili Peppers, they are just ding-a-ding-a-ding-a-ding-dong [laughs]. I have respect for them. I hope they weren’t insulted by it. I mean, anytime you’re making fun of someone, that’s a possibility. I think they would agree though that they kind of deserved it. Chad Smith from the Peppers tweeted it out with the message 'hahahaha,' so he liked it … What I wanted was to be invited into the band to sing. [...]

Janeane Garofalo on Her Influence, Bombing, and Having No Web Presence

In comedy, Janeane Garofalo is a living legend. One of the breakout stars of the alt comedy of the 1990s, she went on to an eclectic entertainment career, appearing in movies like Reality Bites and The Truth About Cats & Dogs and TV shows from The Larry Sanders Show to 24, while also becoming one of the most prominent liberal voices with a stint on radio station Air America. But she's remained devoted stand-up and New York's alt scene, which is why she was perfect inclusion for A Night at Whiplash. I got the chance to talk to her about UCB, working out material on stage, and why she's doubtful about making any [...]

The Never-Ending Tour: On the Road with Brian Regan

Find the most jaded, bitter, resentful comic you can think of, and chances are even he likes Brian Regan. Everyone does.

Regan has been performing in 100 cities each year since 2005 through his non-stop theater tour, making him one of the most successful touring comedians in the country – a feat even more impressive when you consider he’s done it with scant film and TV exposure.

His everyman persona appeals to audiences of all kinds, and his clever joke-writing endears him to some of the best comics in the business, including Patton Oswalt, who has said Regan is the best standup comic working today.

I recently had the [...]

David Wain Talks 'They Came Together,' 'Superjail,' and The State Reuniting

Voicing the lead character on a returning animated series, preparing for the theatrical release of a new romantic comedy spoof, announcing the reunion of a groundbreaking comedy group, and keeping very hush-hush about a long-awaited project. These are just a few of the things that writer, director, actor, and comedian David Wain has been up to. I chatted with Wain about Superjail! (Season 4 premieres June 15th at 11:45 p.m.), his next movie They Came Together, The State reuniting for Tenacious D's comedy festival, and how to talk to your children about your dirty sense of humor.

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."

Michael Che on Respecting the Craft of Standup, 'SNL' Haters, and His Comedy Central Half Hour

Michael Che's first half hour special premieres on Comedy Central this Friday, but that's far from the only new gig for the New York-born standup who has also appeared on Bunk, John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show, Best Week Ever, and Splitsider's own A Night at Whiplash and served as writer on Saturday Night Live for the past year. In addition to the premiere of his Half Hour, this month marks Che's transition to his new job as correspondent for The Daily Show, and seeing as he's the mind behind headline-grabbing SNL sketches like "White Christmas" and "12 Years Not a Slave" it's safe to assume [...]

Trying to Keep Up with the Unstoppable J.B. Smoove

J.B. Smoove is a force to be reckoned with. The quick-witted, high-energy standup, actor, and writer, known for his role as Leon on Curb Your Enthusiasm, has been running on all cylinders the last few years, appearing in memorable TV and movie roles and in his first special for Comedy Central. He currently stars on The Millers and Real Husbands of Hollywood and is the host of the new season of Last Comic Standing, which premieres tonight on NBC.

I recently had the opportunity to talk with Smoove about the new season of Last Comic, his love of standup, and his philosophy on work and play.

Talking to Jacqueline Novak About Her Debut Standup Album 'Quality Notions'

Jacqueline Novak’s recently-released first album, Quality Notions, is a testament to one New York-based comedian’s ability to run the comedic gamut. She ranges from accusations that the men in the audience are distracted by her feminine figure to an in-depth analysis of proper pizza consumption, from her experiences with poetry to reflections on her imaginary life of as a prostitute, and from sex “the hound’s way” to contemplation on the words of the great Bohemian-Austrian poet/novelist Rainer Maria Rilke.  However, this wide range of topics is made perfectly hysterical by her comically confident character, which is guaranteed to have you laughing at every turn.

I recently [...]

Dan St. Germain on His Start in Standup and the Power of Self-Deprecation

Dan St. Germain has made his mark in the comedy world with his energetic on stage persona, his podcast (My Dumb Friends), and a Comedy Central web series (In Security). In his standup, he doesn't shy away from the dark truths of life, weaving his own issues with depression and alcoholism in with his jokes. Now, he's ready to bring those truths to everyone with his debut album, Bad At the Good Times, from A Special Thing Records.

I recently chatted with St. Germain to talk about the album, his start in comedy, and being the "I'll take it" guy.

Tommy Johnagin on Breaking Out as a Comic from Somewhere Other Than NY, LA, or Chicago

There’s no definitive path to a successful career in standup comedy. Just ask Tommy Johnagin.

Though he now lives in LA, Johnagin built a career in his mid-20s headlining clubs across the country, appearing on Letterman multiple times, and starring in his own Half Hour special on Comedy Central while based in St. Louis.

That kind of exposure doesn’t happen often to comics based in non-coastal cities, but Johnagin was able to pull it off through a relentless work ethic, clever jokes, and a clear idea of career goals.

Now, Johnagin’s back with a new The Half Hour on Comedy Central. Ahead of the Friday premiere, we talked about starting out [...]

Inside Adam Resnick's Proudest and Most Embarrassing Projects

Nearly three decades into his career as a professional comedy writer, Adam Resnick has been responsible for more than his fair share of cult hit movies and TV shows, but this year sees him diving into a completely new frontier altogether: the literary world.

Resnick's first job was as part of David Letterman's prolific mid-'80s writing staff, where he met Chris Elliott and started a long, fruitful partnership that led to the two of them creating cult hits like Get a Life and Cabin Boy together, both initially maligned by critics but eventually beloved by a loyal group of fans and the generation of comedy writers that followed. A [...]

Inside the Surreal, Absurd World of ‘Comedy Bang! Bang!’ with Scott Aukerman and Reggie Watts

IFC's Comedy Bang! Bang! returned to the airwaves last week, with a 20-episode third season that's set to feature appearances from a whole ton of famous people, including Fred Armisen, Alison Brie, Bob Odenkirk, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Craig Robinson, and tons more. Comedy Bang! Bang! earned a massive renewal for a fourth season earlier this year, before its third season even premiered, with IFC ordering a whopping 40 episodes for next season.

I recently visited the set of Comedy Bang! Bang! to chat with host Scott Aukerman and bandleader Reggie Watts about season three, why every episode of the show has a snake on it now, and [...]