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Harnessing Absurdity to Help Others with Kurt Braunohler

You can catch Kurt Braunohler’s new episode of The Half Hour this Friday, July 25, but he’s been focused on a lot more than just standup lately. In June, the comedian jet skied the Mississippi River from Chicago to New Orleans as part of his Indiegogo campaign to raise $50,000 to provide 500 goats and 1000 chickens to African families in need. The quest is documented in his Comedy Central web series Roustabout, coming out this fall.

On top of that, Kurt is starring in the upcoming film B Roll, has plans to release a compilation album from his standup/variety show Hot Tub with Kristen Schaal, and continues [...]

Kurt Braunohler Successfully Made It From Chicago to New Orleans Via Jet Ski

A couple weeks ago, comedian Kurt Braunohler announced he would be jet skiing Chicago to New Orleans via the Mississippi to earn money to send animals to eat to a African families as part of his new Comedy Central web series Roustabout. It turns out his plan worked out, as he successfully completed his journey yesterday evening, arriving in New Orleans and doing a free show there. Braunohler left on Friday, May 30th, and was traveling for seven days before reaching New Orleans.

Roustabout will debut on Comedy Central's YouTube channel once all the footage is put together. The series features comedians like Jon Daly, Kyle Kinane, Wyatt [...]

Here Are the Comedians Getting Comedy Central 'Half-Hour' Specials in 2014

Every year, Comedy Central gives 30-minute specials to a bunch of standups as part of their series The Half-Hour, with the achievement serving as a career milestone for the comedians selected. Comedy Central gave us this exclusive look at the list of the 15 comedians chosen to do an episode of The Half-Hour's third season in 2014, with the specials set to tape at Royale in Boston from March 25th to 28th. There's no word on when the new season of The Half-Hour will air, but it will feature Chris Gethard, who's turning his public access show The Chris Gethard Show into a pilot for Comedy Central; Chelsea Lately regular Fortune Feimster, [...]

Comedy Central Picks Up Six New Digital Series

CC: Studios, the digital arm of Comedy Central, is developing six new series that will be distributed across all of the networks platforms, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It also renewed three series, giving seconds seasons to Bro-Dependent, This Is Not Happening and The Walsh Brothers' Great & Secret Comedy Show. The new series included an interview series with Kurt Braunohler, and a series from UCB's Jon Gabrus and Justin Tyler that will star 30 Rock's Kevin “Dot Com” Brown.

CC: Studios was launched in January to create original digital content as well as "behind-the-scenes" series of series like The Half Hour and Inside Amy Schumer. Below, a look at at all the new series going [...]

Vine 5 Film Festival: Please Don't Remind Me

Vine is a toy from Twitter that challenges users to make the most profound work ever committed to video in exactly six seconds. Or at the very least, challenges comedians to bring a little more laughter into this world. Every Tuesday we showcase five of the funniest short shorts of the past week.

Your RSS feed might be difficult and not show the videos, but trust us – they are there.

This week: Bo Burnham performs more magic, Bottlerocket discovers a really effective way to get out of bed, an ice cream cone knows nothing of Icarus, a man faces his mortality, and Michael Cera watches a movie.

Watch Kurt Braunohler Jet Ski the Mississippi in the Trailer for 'Roustabout'

Here's the trailer for Kurt Braunohler's new Comedy Central web series Roustabout, which found him jet skiing from Chicago to New Orleans to raise money to send food to Africa and hanging out with a bunch of cool comedians along the way.

Kurt Braunohler Is Jet Skiing the Mississippi to Feed African Families in His Dumb, Important New Web Series

Here's the trailer for Roustabout, Kurt Braunohler's new web series through Comedy Central's digital wing CC:Studios. As Braunohler explains, the show will document him jet skiing from Chicago to New Orleans (if that's possible) to raise money to feed farm animals to a bunch of African families. Here's the IndieGoGo link, in which Braunohler accurately calls this whole enterprise "the dumbest way to make the world a better place."

Watch Kyle Kinane, Kurt Braunohler, and More Audition for a Movie Called 'Space Cops'

Here's a star-studded new video from Denver-based comedy trio The Grawlix (Ben Roy, Adam Cayton-Holland, and Andrew Orvedahl). It's a series of auditions for a fake movie called Space Cops, with appearances from Kyle Kinane, Matt Braunger, Kurt Braunohler, Howard Kremer, Andy Peters, Jake Weisman, and a bunch of other funny standups.

Talking to Kurt Braunohler About Kill Rock Stars, Hot Tub, and Doing Dumb Things for the Pure Joy of It

More people are probably fans of Kurt Braunohler than even realize it. With his affinity for absurd pranks, both big and small, he's brought tiny moments of utter stupidity into the lives of people who have never seen him on television, listened to his podcast, or caught his fantastic weekly standup show Hot Tub, which he and comedy partner Kristen Schaal brought from Brooklyn to Los Angeles earlier this year.

Now Braunohler is releasing his debut album, How Do I Land?, on indie music label Kill Rock Stars, and in doing so becoming the first comedian on the label. I got the chance to chat with [...]

Vine 5 Film Festival: Shopping, Dancing, Heartbreak, Death, and Money for the Fair

Vine is a toy from Twitter that challenges users to make the most profound work ever committed to video in exactly six seconds. Or at the very least, challenges comedians to bring a little more laughter into this world. Every Tuesday we showcase five of the funniest short shorts of the past week.

Your RSS feed might be difficult and not show the videos, but trust us – they are there.

A couple of Oscar winners, a hater of Canadians, the subject of some of the greatest torch songs of the last few years, a deceased person, and the most ambivalent father in the Western Hemisphere star in this [...]

Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunohler Are Releasing a Hot Tub Album Through Kill Rock Stars

In a press release today, record label Kill Rock Stars announced the release of its first comedy compilation album with Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal's long-running variety/standup show Hot Tub, which started in 2005 at the PIT in New York and has continued at the Virgil in Los Angeles since the duo moved there in 2013. Braunohler and Schaal have picked ten of their favorite comedians for the album, and here they are:

  • Nate Bargatze
  • Emily Heller
  • Andres du Bouchet
  • Beth Stelling
  • Karen Kilgariff
  • Kyle Kinane
  • Heather Lawless
  • Eddie Pepitone
  • Eugene Mirman
  • Aparna Nancherla

The album will be recorded next week and released as a double vinyl/digital [...]

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 [...]

Kurt Braunohler Tells the Story of His First Barfight, Which Involved Him Beating Up a DJ

Here's the latest episode of the Comedy Central storytelling web series, This Is Not Happening. In it, Kurt Braunohler retells his first and only barfight, which was basically just him beating up a bad DJ named "DJ Jazze."

Watch Kurt Braunohler Do Standup on 'Conan'

Here's the very funny Kurt Braunohler (Bunk, Hot Tub), making his debut appearance on Conan with an excellent standup set about his childhood, which was full of breastfeeding, cigarette smoking, and Tourette's.