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Aziz Ansari's New Netflix Special 'Live at Madison Square Garden' Premieres March 6th

Aziz Ansari has a brand new standup special due out in March. In a press release today, Netflix announced that Aziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden will debut on Friday, March 6th. The special was taped at Ansari's sold-out Madison Square Garden shows last year and covers topics "ranging from the struggle of American immigrants to the food industry to relationships to gender inequality." Here's what Aziz had to say when we asked him about selling out Madison Square Garden back in September:

I couldn't imagine that I'd get to play the Garden or something like that when I started out doing comedy. I didn't even [...]

Jen Kirkman on Accepting Career Opportunities and Life's Changes

You may know Jen Kirkman as a standup comedian, as a writer and panelist on Chelsea Lately or from drinking wine and retelling historical events on Drunk History.

Her acts are personal, and don't contain pop culture references that could date the material. Her book, I Can Barely Take Care of Myself was about her decision to not have children and the repercussions of those who oppose it. As she prepares to film her newest standup special while touring and writing a new book, she's juggling the various facets of her job, but not always by choice. Her work ethic mantra is, "I have to or I won't be [...]

Iliza Shlesinger and the Contradictions of 'Freezing Hot'

Iliza Shlesinger is about as confident, bold and honest of any comedian as they come. She knows who she is and what she wants to talk about. Oh and did I mention she’s hilarious? No surprise, then, that after her first huge hit special War Paint, Netflix asked her to do a follow up. Freezing Hot comes out today and is definitely one you’ll want to put on your list.

I think I can guess based on watching it, but how did you come up with the name, Freezing Hot?

You know it was kind of a last minute name. Basically, what I found was a lot of the [...]

How to Tell a Gay Joke

It’s not clear what drove people to see The Wedding Ringer this weekend, besides a sincere lack of recreational opportunity and a budding interest in masochism. The film, which The AV Club called a “100-minute gay joke masquerading as a buddy comedy,” and which my grandma labeled, “very good,” is a story grounded in sexual panic and gay hysteria. There’s prison rape jokes, blowjob jokes, and — surprise! — a flamboyant wedding planner. Still, as the Supreme Court moves to address gay marriage, The Wedding Ringer (despite bad intentions) raises good questions: It’s 2015 — how are we still making gay jokes? Why do we make them? Are all [...]

Keegan-Michael Key, Paul Scheer, Marc Maron, and More Show Up in the 'This Is Not Happening' Trailer

Ari Shaffir's standup series This Is Not Happening makes the jump from the internet to television next Thursday, and Comedy Central just released a trailer featuring comedians like Keegan-Michael Key, Rob Corddry, Paul Scheer, Cristela Alonzo, Joe Rogan, and tons more sharing their true stories onstage. For more on This Is Not Happening, check out our interview with host Ari Shaffir from last week.

The Post-'SNL' Life of Brooks Wheelan

Look at it this way: if Brooks Wheelan didn’t get fired from SNL, he might not have recorded his hilarious new debut standup album.

Not many comedians have parlayed a TV show dismissal into standup success as quickly as Wheelan, an accomplished standup comic who was let go last year after one season as a featured player on SNL. But rather than sulk over his disappointment, Wheelan owned it and soon commenced the “Brooks Wheelan Falls Back on Stand Up Comedy (sorta) Tour.” Much of that material, including his SNL experience, is on his new album, This is Cool, Right?, which was released yesterday.

I recently had the chance [...]

Louis C.K. and Letterman Talk Disappointed Fans, The Comedy Store, and His New Standup Special

Here's a clip from Louis C.K.'s visit to last night's Late Show, where he and Letterman talked about how it feels to disappoint fans in the audience while performing standup ("The more people you reach and the more people that see you, the more people are gonna think that you suck") and how C.K. recorded his new standup special at The Comedy Store despite never getting a full audition with owner Mitzi Shore. Watch C.K. offer his two cents on the New England Patriots' deflated balls controversy, as well as a five-minute preview of Live at the Comedy Store, below:

Matt Braunger's Comedy Central Special Airs on February 6th

Standup Matt Braunger has a new standup special out next month. Comedy Central announced today that Braunger's second hourlong special Big, Dumb Animal will air on Friday, February 6th at midnight. Big, Dumb Animal was filmed at The Bell House in Brooklyn and covers "why being 39 is lamer than being 40, the absurdity of a quiet Jägerbomb, why his hometown of Portland is too nice of a place, and what it is to be a big dumb animal with an anger problem. Also, how he got the nickname 'Peaches.'"

Simon Amstell on Finding Fault with the World in His New Standup Show 'To Be Free'

Lucky for us, British comic Simon Amstell is becoming a mainstay of the US standup scene. He toured the States in 2012 with his show Numb, a soul-baring hour focused on his own insecurities and over-active neuroses. He's since popped up twice on The Late Show with David Letterman, and more recently on The Tonight Show and Conan. In April, he returns to our shores with his new show, To Be Free. I got the chance to catch up with him recently about moving beyond depression, the stress of late night spots, and enjoying his work in the US.

We talked a few years ago when you had just started your residency of Numb in New York. [...]

'Knock Knock, It's Tig Notaro' Airs April 17th on Showtime

In addition to an upcoming HBO standup special, Tig Notaro has another big television event slated for this year when Showtime airs her new documentary Knock Knock, It's Tig Notaro. The network revealed at TCA today that the special, which followed Notaro on her 2013 summer standup tour at fans' homes, is set to air on Friday, April 17th.

Buy Louis C.K.'s New Standup Special 'Live at the Comedy Store'

Louis C.K. just dropped his latest standup special Live at the Comedy Store. As always, it's available to purchase via his website for just $5.00. Here's what C.K. says on what you can expect from the special:

I developed and prepared this material over the last year or so, mostly in comedy clubs. This special kind of goes back to when I used to just make noises and be funny for no particular reason. It felt right to shoot this special in a club to give it that live immediate intimate feeling. The show is about an hour long. The opening act, who is seen at the beginning [...]

Brooks Wheelan's Standup Album 'This Is Cool, Right?' Is Out Tomorrow

SNL alum Brooks Wheelan has a new album out tomorrow. Titled This Is Cool, Right?, the album will be available tomorrow on iTunes, Amazon, and more via Comedy Dynamics and follows Wheelan "from his early years through his tenure on SNL, with hysterical and heartbreaking anecdotes. He’s always upbeat though as he discusses the ups and downs of his life from witnessing his father murder an opossum to his rejected SNL sketches." Get your copy over at Wheelan's website.

Kyle Kinane Is Not Punk Rock

After a long, unconventional course of some fifteen years, Kyle Kinane finds himself at an interesting point in his comedy career. To his fans and peers, he is one of today's best comics. He's developed a unique, personal style that allows him to deliver his observational wisdom through the natural persona of a grizzled everydude. His first two releases, Death of the Party and Whiskey Icarus, garnered critical acclaim and his list of TV credits continues to grow. Now, on the eve of the world premiere of his new Comedy Central special, I Liked His Old Stuff Better, Kinane faces the challenge of staying true to his old fan base [...]

New Standup Documentary/Mockumentary 'Adventures in Comedy' Will Be Released on VOD February 20th

Back in August 2013, standup/director Tom McCaffrey crowdfunded a new documentary/mockumentary hybrid called This Is Comedy. Now titled Adventures in Comedy, the film has been completed and features McCaffrey as well as interviews with Jim Gaffigan, Janeane Garofalo, Aisha Tyler, Margaret Cho, Michael Che, Ari Shaffir, Kurt Metzger, and more. Adventures in Comedy will be released by Comedy Dynamics and be available on February 20th on streaming platforms Hulu, Roku, Amazon, iOS, and Android.