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Garfunkel and Oates Are Going on Tour

Garfunkel and Oates are heading out on tour. The musical comedy duo, made up of Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci, is set to hit 14 major US cities starting on August 22nd, THR reports. Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday at 10am. Lindhome and Micucci's new TV series, also titled Garfunkel and Oates, premieres  on IFC on August 7th, just a couple weeks prior to the start of the tour. Garfunkel and Oates' tour will be part of the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour, making them the first comedy act featured in the annual tour that's featured acts like Iggy Azalea, Macklemore, Kendrick Lamar and Of [...]

The Kids in the Hall Are Going on Tour for the First Time in Six Years

Beloved sketch group The Kids in the Hall are set to go on a mini-tour this summer, which will take them to five major American cities. The group recently reunited for a run of live shows at Toronto Sketchfest and Austin's Moontower Comedy Festival, but this will be the first time they've toured since 2008. The tour will consist of the five members of Kids in the Hall performing their show "Rusty and Ready," the same one they did for their Toronto reunion, which includes new sketches in addition to the return of popular characters like Chicken Lady and Buddy Cole.

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Tenacious D, Stella, Key & Peele, and Tons More Will Perform at Sketchfest 2014

San Francisco Sketchfest, one of the country's largest comedy festivals, kicks off next month, and the lineup was just announced yesterday. The festival includes over 200 sketch, improv, and standup performances, with highlights including special tributes to Alan Arkin, Tenacious D, and Key & Peele; reunion screenings of Napoleon Dynamite, Cabin Boy, and Super Troopers; shows from UCB and Groundlings; The Chris Gethard Show; sketch groups The Birthday Boys and BriTANick; a ton of live podcasts; Maya Rudolph's Prince cover band Princess; a performance from Stella; and a reunion of the band Slipnutz (Andy Blitz, Jon Glaser, and Brian Stack), from Conan.

Check out the full lineup on [...]

Read an Oral History of LA's Wildly Influential Groundlings Theater

THR has a new oral history of The Groundlings Theater, the LA-based comedy institution where Phil Hartman, Kristen Wiig, Will Ferrell, and also people not on SNL, like Paul Reubens, Lisa Kudrow, and Jim Rash, honed their chops before breaking into movies and TV. The piece contains the story of Reubens creating his character Pee-Wee Herman for a Groundlings workshop, a big fight between the creative heads of the theater, and a story about Lorne Michaels responding to a Groundling asking him how it feels to have Phil Hartman on SNL with, "I don't even have to go into work."

Dave Chappelle on Hartford: "That Crowd Was Evil"

Last Thursday, Dave Chappelle made headlines when he called his standup set short and left the stage after dealing with an unruly crowd in Hartford, Connecticut, and here's an audio-only clip of Chappelle explaining what happened to an audience in Chicago Saturday night during a recent stop on Funny or Die's Oddball Fest tour, which he's headlining. The tour has been going smoothly since the Hartford incident. Here's what he had to say on the matter in Chicago:

Listen, I know you guys read in the paper that I took a nasty spill the other night, but I swear to God it wasn't my fault and I [...]

Tim and Eric and Dr. Steve Brule Are Going on Tour Together This Fall

Comedy duo Tim and Eric are going on tour this September, and they're bringing Dr. Steve Brule (John C. Reilly) with them. Tickets for the five-week tour, which covers a ton of major Canadian and US cities, will be made available on Friday at 10am local time via axs.com. Tim and Eric are currently working on their new show, Tim and Eric's Bedtime Stories, a Twilight Zone-esque anthology series, Bedtime Stories that has been given a 10-episode order and is set to premiere later this year. Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule wrapped up its third season this spring.

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Looking Back at Billy Eichner's Pre-'Billy on the Street' Days

Comedian Billy Eichner's hilarious pop culture game show Billy on the Street debuted its third season on cable network Fuse this week, and the show is more popular than ever. The man-on-the-street segments that inspired the show began as YouTube videos that came from a popular live late night show called Creation Nation that Eichner hosted for years in New York. In an interview with us promoting last season of Billy on the Street, Eichner said, "There were lots of other segments on the show that weren't man on the street that people like just as much. This is like the first thing that caught on. I love [...]

Jimmy Fallon Is Going on Tour

Before taking over The Tonight Show in February, Jimmy Fallon is going on a small, six-city tour. Called "Jimmy Fallon's Clean Cut Comedy Tour," the show will hit St. Louis, Atlanta, Tampa, Seattle, LA, and Denver this fall, with standups Julian McCullough, Nate Bargatze, and Nick Thune slated to join Fallon on the road. I'm not sure exactly what the name "Clean Cut Comedy Tour" means, but it's probably just these four guys doing standup all with sharp new haircuts.

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The Kids in the Hall Are Reuniting for a Run of Live Shows in Canada

Legendary sketch group The Kids in the Hall are getting back together for their first live shows in five years. The group's five members, Dave Foley, Kevin McDonald, Bruce McCulloch, Mark McKinney, and Scott Thompson, are reuniting for a series of shows at Toronto Sketchfest from December 4th through December 7th and tickets are still available. Their new sketch show is called "Rusty and Ready," and it's described as "an intimate and raucous Toronto homecoming.  Featuring new material and an assortment of oddities from their deep, dark trunk." Between that and David Cross and Bob Odenkirk's current Mr. Show reunion mini-tour, it's a great year to see performers/writers [...]

Dave Chappelle's Shows Since Connecticut Have Been Going Great

Last Thursday, Dave Chappelle made headlines when he cut his set short in Hartford, Connecticut, walking off stage early after several members of the audience rudely screamed out Chappelle's Show lines at the top of his show and refused to calm down. Since then, all of Chappelle's tour shows over the weekend have been received well and without incident. The comedian is currently headlining Funny or Die's Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival tour, which has taken him to Pittsburgh, Chicago, and Detroit since the Hartford incident.

The tour has been taking extra precautions since Hartford, like banning cell phone use and posting signs that read "texting, tweeting, heckling, [...]

Behind the Scenes of 'The Thrilling Adventure Hour' with New Nerdist Web Series

Nerdist today debuted this new web series, which takes viewers behind the scenes of the podcast/live comedy show The Thrilling Adventure Hour as actors Paul F. Tompkins, Paget Brewster, James Urbaniak, and more prep for the show and explain its origins alongside and creators Ben Acker and Ben Blacker. It's the best behind-the-scenes web series about a podcast/live comedy show in the style of old timey radio you'll see all day.

WOMEN, Drennon Davis, Betsy Sodaro, and More Make 'LA Weekly's "10 Comedy Acts to Watch in 2014" List

LA Weekly put out its annual "10 LA Comedy Acts to Watch" feature last week. Ryan Singer, Power Violence, Ian Karmel, Cristela Alonzo, Bryan Cook, Andrés du Bouchet, Matt McCarthy, Betsy Sodaro, Drennon Davis, and the sketch group WOMEN all made the list in case you're looking for new comedy people to check out.

'The Eric Andre Show' Is Going on Tour in November

Comedian Eric Andre is taking his unpredictable, anarchic Adult Swim talk show on tour later this fall. The Eric Andre Show Live will hit nine cities across the country (Seattle, Portland, Eugene, San Francisco, Phoenix, Austin, New Orleans, Atlanta, and Nashville) from November 7th-20th, and tickets are currently available. Season 2 of The Eric Andre Show starts up October 3rd on Adult Swim. Hop on this if you're a fan of the show, punk-rock anarchy, or fake celebrities.

The First-Ever Woodstock Comedy Festival Is Happening Next Week

Woodstock, NY, is getting its first-ever comedy festival, with a lot of big names set to play the event. Bobcat Goldthwait, Dick Cavett, CollegeHumor's Jake & Amir, the UCB TourCo, and more are all playing Woodstock Comedy Festival, which is taking place from September 20-22. The fest will also include screenings of the Improv Everywhere documentary We Cause Scenes and Goldthwait's new movie Willow Creek. The event is being produced by Josh Ruben (CollegeHumor, UCB) and a 75 year old former child psychology professor named Chris Collins, both Woodstock natives, with all proceeds from the non-profit festival going towards two charities: one combatting human trafficking and another for domestic [...]