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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.

HBO Orders a Standup Special from Tig Notaro

Tig Notaro is headed to HBO. The network announced yesterday that Notaro will star in her first HBO comedy special, which will tape before a live audience sometime later this year. "Tig Notaro is a ‘comedian’s comedian,’ whose uniquely fearless and always funny voice has won acclaim from critics and fans alike," said HBO exec Michael Lombardo on the news. "I’m so happy that we will be able to introduce this remarkable performer to a larger audience." The name and location of Notaro's standup special have not yet been revealed.

The 9 Best Standup Specials and Albums of 2014

2014 was a banner year for comedy of all stripes, including an incredible collection of standup specials and albums. While the year may have had fewer boldly unique specials than 2013, it compensated with an overwhelming number of solidly funny, well-produced hours from comics of all levels, with a particularly strong crop of debut albums – for each special on this list, there are three other great hours worth checking out. Nonetheless, here are our best albums and specials of the year (in no particular order):

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.

Eddie Murphy Shares His "Ultimate Vision" for a Live Music/Standup Show

"My fantasy I always be having when I think about getting onstage is to do everything. If I came back and did stand-up again, I can't just be like the other standup comics. To have a real hot band, play some tracks for about 40 minutes, the curtain drops and then you do an hour of jokes? That's a unique-ass show. [Laughs] That's the ultimate vision."

- Eddie Murphy fantasizes about a possible return to the standup stage in a new interview with Rolling Stone.

Hope-Less: How Different Would Standup Be Without Bob Hope?

The truth is, Bob Hope actually dug Lenny Bruce, he really did — even considered him “brilliant,” according to Richard Zoglin in his new biography Hope: Entertainer of the Century. Zoglin tells the story of Hope dropping in on a Florida nightclub to check out Bruce’s act. “Bruce introduced Hope in the audience and after the show,” writes Zoglin, “ran into the parking lot to flag him down, asking Hope if he would give Bruce a guest spot on one of his TV shows. Hope laughed him off: ‘Lenny, you’re for educational TV.’”

Whether there was more sharpness or self-deprecation in Hope’s remark, it’s a tender moment between two [...]

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.

Patton Oswalt Shares His "Beyond Bombing" Standup Memory on 'Late Night'

All standups have at least one memory of bombing in front of an audience, but during last night's Late Night, Patton Oswalt shared a "beyond bombing" experience he had in Roanoke, Virginia thanks to a bad stomach flu and one rowdy man in the crowd. Watch more from Oswalt's interview below:

Ari Shaffir and the Importance of Intimacy

Who would tape and produce their comedy show in a strip club? Ari Shaffir. This Is Not Happening has proved its merit as a successful web series since it appeared on YouTube in June of 2013, and on January 22nd it will finally premiere on Comedy Central. A part of its success comes from the dark intimacy of the venue, a feature that Shaffir pays a great deal of attention to.

Shaffir has applied this same philosophy to his upcoming hour-long special, Paid Regular, also being produced with Comedy Central. Taped in the Original Room at The Comedy Store, Shaffir strives to translate something that has often eluded most [...]