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Trevor Moore and That Awkward Conversation with Your Parents About Your Comedy

Trevor Moore, founding member of The Whitest Kids U' Know, returns to television at midnight on March 6th with a brand new one-hour Comedy Central musical special, High in Church. The show was recorded live at the Gramercy Theater in New York and incorporates a full band, backup singers, dancing girls and some truly hilarious music videos featuring Presidential cat assassinations, drunk texts and Moore and his pals accidentally tripping balls at a midnight mass. I talked to Moore about the special, his conservative upbringing, and the latest news on The Whitest Kids U' Know.

Jim Gaffigan Announces 'Contagious' Summer Tour Dates

Jim Gaffigan is going on tour. Gaffigan recently announced dates for his new tour Contagious, which kicks off this Saturday in Kentucky and makes stops in Seattle, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Chicago, Baltimore, Atlanta, and more this summer. Check the full list of tour dates below, then head over to Gaffigan's website for ticket info.

Epix Announces Standup Specials from Lisa Lampanelli, Jim Breuer, and Jim Norton

Epix just revealed three new hourlong standup specials set to air this spring. According to THR, the network has added specials from Lisa Lampanelli, Jim Breuer, and Jim Norton. Norton's special Contextually Inadequate will air first on Friday, April 24th, Breuer's Comic Frenzy will air on Friday, May 29th, and Lampanelli's Back to the Drawing Board will air on Friday, June 26th. All three specials will debut at 10:00pm. Hopefully Epix doesn't have any problems releasing these specials after what happened with Patton Oswalt's Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time last year.

Kyle Kinane Announces 2015 Standup Tour Dates

Fresh off the premiere of his new Comedy Central special I Liked His Old Stuff Better, Kyle Kinane is kicking off a cross-country 2015 tour. Stops include Portland, Seattle, Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Charleston, Austin, and Phoenix, and tickets are available via Kinane's website. Check out the full list of tour dates below:

The Altruism of Comedy

Maria Bamford tested out a brilliant new set on a Thursday night in January at UCB Sunset’s bicoastal standup comedy show, Fresh Out!, hosted by Emily Heller and Adam Conover. Bamford’s material on mental illness has undergone a hilarious and heartwarming evolution from her personal struggles with OCD, Bipolar II, anxiety and depression to include the couple’s therapy she now attends with her fiancé, Scott Marvel Cassidy.

In a hysterical musical tribute to her couples therapist “Carol Grisham,” Bamford satirizes her anxieties about Cassidy urinating in the backyard leading to a Grey Gardens lifestyle and Cassidy’s existential angst about Bamford accidentally locking him in the garage. The [...]

Killing It with Adam Newman

Adam Newman's newest album, Killed, was just released on Rooftop Records. He's come a long way since the last record nearly five years ago, not only in comedy but also to distinguish himself from a certain viral video where he finds cocaine in a heckler's coat.

Having performed on the Late Show with David Letterman, released an album, Not for Horses in 2011 and with a Comedy Central Half Hour under his belt, he was itching to release the latest album. I spoke to Adam about the latest album and the downfalls of live tweeting. We agreed that material can sometimes fall in your lap, if people buy albums anymore [...]

Wrestling, Weed, and Comedy with the Lucas Brothers

In a Venn diagram where one circle is weed and one is wrestling, at the intersection you’ll find Keith and Kenny Lucas.

The identical twin standup comedians are passionate about both, which is apparent if you’ve spent any time watching their funny and surreal animated show, Lucas Bros. Moving Co., now in its second season on FXX.

The Lucas Brothers also star in the sketch show Friends of the People on TruTV, and are developing a live-action autobiographical show for Fox. They are about as busy as stoner, wrestling nerds can be.

I recently had the chance to talk to the Lucas Brothers about their shows, wrestling, and why 90s [...]

Building a Comedy Scene in Austin with Sure Thing

Popular Austin, Texas standup showcase, Sure Thing, packs the back-porch of the Austin Java coffeehouse every Saturday night, even in the January cold. I'd been warned that it filled up quickly after doors opened, but I hardly took that seriously. So when I arrived still a good 15 minutes before the show, I was surprised to find my saved seat was the only one left, with chair vultures circling ominously. Once I saw the show, it was understandable. Sure Thing delivers on its name, with terrific Austin comics like Casey Crawford, Katie Stone, and that night’s headliner, Brian Gutmann.

In recent years Austin’s comedy scene has absolutely exploded. It [...]

Spy on Matt Braunger in His Natural Habitat in This 'Big Dumb Animal' Promo

Matt Braunger's new Comedy Central special Big Dumb Animal airs this Friday at midnight, so Braunger released a new promo that gives a closer look at the "part-man, part beast" creature known as a Braunger with some help from Scott Aukerman, Kyle Kinane, and fellow comedian-in-the-wild Will Sasso.

Making the Audience See Through Your Eyes with Matt Braunger

At 40, Matt Braunger has found the comedic balance of youth and wisdom. In his newest hour special, Big Dumb Animal, he jokes about trying to keep up with his younger friends’ partying habits and Jagerbombs, but it’s also his most personal work yet. Big Dumb Animal follows Matt’s debut album Soak Up the Night in 2009 and his first hour special Shovel Fighter in 2012. It premieres on Comedy Central Feb. 6, this Friday, at midnight. And don’t let the title fool you: despite his stature, Matt is full of insightful musings, both in his new special and in conversation.

When we talked, Matt shared his advice for young comedians [...]

Indie Rock and Standup in Portland with The Thermals' Hutch Harris

Musicians are often thought of as self-serious crybabies, holding their craft to the highest imaginable standards and scoffing at anything that resembles fun. Often, that's not the case, however, as many musicians moonlight with comedic output, and vice versa. From follow-worthy Twitter accounts to viral videos and other projects, we're here to point out some of the most interesting crossovers between the worlds of music and comedy.

With 13 years of experience and six albums for labels like Sub Pop, Kill Rock Stars and Saddle Creek, there's no denying that The Thermals are an established indie rock institution. The Portland trio's blistering, punk-inflected musicianship and politically charged lyrics have made [...]

Watch Kyle Kinane's 'Tonight Show' Standup Set

Ahead of his post-Comedy Central special tour, Kyle Kinane appeared on last night's Tonight Show for a standup set all about what it means to turn 38. Watch Kinane in Tonight Show's latest "Worst I Ever Bombed" segment below, in which he looks back on the time he was one-upped by a feline mascot at a college gig.

Margaret Cho and the Practice of Turning Pain Into Comedy

An obvious product of the exuberant and diverse culture of San Francisco, comedian Margaret Cho has always provoked thoughts and laughter through her exploration of her own racial and sexual identity. It’s admirable, if sometimes a detriment, as people tend to label comics by their demographics. This became a problem for a few people who saw a certain Golden Globes skit. Because a small group of nay-sayers happen to have access to the internet, there were complaints against a Korean’s imitation of their own heritage.

But the reduction of a comic’s entire history to a single skit is as irresponsible as calling self-deprecation an act of racism. With Cho, we [...]

The Standup Special Returns to Its Roots

Shortly after standup comedy burst free from the confines of Borscht Belt theaters and metropolitan nightclubs, cable television began its successful infiltration of the American living room, and the marriage between the evolving art and the expanding medium soon spawned a wholly new creation: the standup special. Many of these early performances were filmed on college campuses (Robert Klein at Haverford College, 1975; George Carlin at USC, 1977), evidence of the craft’s rapid transformation of character. Once relegated to a few shadowy corners of nightlife and the counterculture, standup had, by the mid-1970s, established itself unequivocally within the cultural firmament of the young, the intellectual, and the hip.

The airing [...]