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Bill Cosby Loses Netflix Standup Special and NBC Sitcom Amid Multiple Rape Allegations

Bill Cosby has been at the center of an increasing number of rape and sexual assault allegations over the past few weeks (you can find detailed timelines here and here), and the story keeps getting uglier. While these claims are far from breaking news — some go back to a 2006 lawsuit involving 14 women (13 anonymously agreed to testify, but the case settled out of court) — more women have come forward since a Hannibal Buress joke calling Cosby a rapist went viral last month and Barbara Bowman, one of the anonymous women from the 2006 case, wrote an article for The Washington Post [...]

'The New Yorker' Profiles Tig Notaro's Topless NYC Standup Set

"She is a deadpan comedian of the driest vintage, and her face remained stolid. The patches of the audience that were stunned into silence alternated with the patches that were seized by deep, hoarse laughter, resulting in weird patterns of wave interference. Notaro is thin. She stood with her shoulders slightly hunched, her ribs visible, her lack of breasts visible, her surgery scars visible. 'Naked onstage' is a classic premise for an anxiety dream, and the moment felt surreal. So it’s true that she doesn’t wear a bra. Is this being filmed? Is this actually happening?"

- The New Yorker profiles Tig Notaro's standup set last night at The [...]

Embracing Terror with Kate Berlant

Aside from being tremendously funny, Kate Berlant has an almost authoritative stage presence and style, one that encourages the audience to “Embrace Terror,” as is emblazoned on the rubber bracelets she sells after her set. It’s not that Berlant seeks to horrify, but her loose style of comedy coupled with her sassy old-showbiz demeanor guides the audience through a roller-coaster set.

I was lucky enough to see her perform recently, on my home turf at The American Comedy Company in San Diego, and not for the first time, I was taken aback by how seamlessly Berlant is able to weave her character into the set and vice versa. The audience [...]

Aparna Nancherla to Audience Members Who Record Shows: "Don't Be a Jerk"

Comedian and current host of weekly New York standup show Whiplash Aparna Nancherla wrote an interesting blog post today about last night's show, which featured a surprise performance by Chris Rock that quickly turned sour after several audience members started recording his set on their cell phones. Similarly, Hannibal Buress has been making headlines this week over a six-month-old bit he performed in Philadelphia last week calling Bill Cosby a rapist, which would've never made the news had it not been for an audience member recording the joke then uploading it to the internet. Unlike Buress, however, Rock's appearance at Whiplash last night [...]

The Free-Wheeling Todd Glass

Of all the memorable episodes of Marc Maron’s influential WTF Podcast, maybe none was more so than the Todd Glass interview from two years ago, when the long-time and well-respected comic announced he was gay.

Glass, who’s been performing for 30 years and is often mentioned as one of the funniest guys around by nearly everyone in the comedy community, said he decided to make the announcement because he couldn't take the hiding anymore and because he wanted to take a stand against the growing number of suicides committed by gay youths.

It’s a riveting interview that explains a lot about personal freedoms as key to performance.

It’s [...]

'GQ' Highlights Dave Chappelle as One of 2014's "Men of the Year"

"I have to say that comedians by and large are some of the most sensitive people on earth. Even if they're socially callous. If you sat at the back of a comedy club and just heard the way we banter, you wouldn't know that these were sensitive people, 'cause it's such an open-air market of ideas. The other night, I was talking about Robin Williams with Bob Goldthwait, and people kept coming up to me saying, 'Hey, Dave! Man, thanks for coming. We loved the show, it was so good to see you, blah blah blah.' Real nice things. And I go, 'That's very kind of you. Thank you.' And [...]

Standup, Storytelling and Radio Hosting with Ophira Eisenberg

Ophira Eisenberg is a standup comic, the host of NPR’s live quiz show Ask Me Another, and a regular host and contributor to the popular live storytelling series The Moth. Somehow, she also managed write a memoir, Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy, which was published last year and was quickly optioned for a feature film (the script is being written as we speak). Her new comedy album, Bangs!, is available on iTunes starting today. I spoke to the Canadian-born, New York-based comedian about giving accidental advice, storytelling versus joke telling, and living happily ever after.

Tell me about your new comedy album.

Well, [...]

The Weird and Wonderful World of Maria Bamford

Back in August, the web series Modern Comedian debuted an episode featuring standup Maria Bamford wherein she candidly breaks down her struggles with bipolar disorder and delivers a hilarious walkthrough of her favorite website Crazymeds.us. Lit by nothing but the glow of her computer screen, Bamford reads a panic attack-inducing list of side effects for one of her meds — including "instant old age," inability to drink alcohol, tooth loss, confusion, baldness, and dry skin — before bursting into laughter then telling the camera: "I don't mind losing a little hair. And, again, the tradeoff is pretty awesome."

In this little moment lies the true magic of [...]

Watch Dave Chappelle Do a Four-Hour Standup Set in 2009

NYC comedy club Comic Strip Live has been posting a ton of vintage standup clips lately (see Robin Williams, Eddie Murphy, and Jerry Seinfeld), and today they added a new clip that's a gold mine for Dave Chappelle fans — nearly four full hours of him doing standup and riffing with the audience back in 2009. That's right — four continuous hours of Chappelle standup. Hopefully you didn't have Friday night plans.

Worst Heckler Ever: NYPD Tells Adam Newman to "Shut the Fuck Up" in the Middle of His Set

It's been nearly two years since standup Adam Newman pulled a bag of cocaine out of a heckler's coat, but his latest video — no matter how unplanned it was on Newman's part — certainly tops that event and then some. Here's the description Newman offered along with the clip: "I SWEAR I don't want to be the comedian who only posts heckler videos. But sometimes the NYPD busts in while you're on stage trying to make a late night submission video, arrests an audience member, then tells you to, 'Shut the fuck up!' And what are you supposed to do, not post it?"

Turning the Show Around with Big Jay Oakerson

Every time I’ve seen Big Jay Oakerson, I’ve seen a different (but always hilarious) act. He’s certainly not alone in the growing genre of comedy based almost entirely on crowd work, but he does particularly define why it has become so popular.

We listen to comedians like Mike Birbiglia to hear a funny, intricate story, comedians like Louis CK to hear brilliant takes on simple opinions, and comedians like Steven Wright to hear how absurd our world can be when jumbled up and rearranged. We listen to comedians like Big Jay Oakerson to remember that humor isn’t always something rehearsed: at its core, humor is just part of [...]

Louis C.K. on Chris Rock's Film Career: "All He Really Needed to Do Was Be Who He Is Onstage"

"Louis C.K. thinks that the solution to Rock’s movie problem was obvious in retrospect. 'His honesty and thoughtfulness and intelligence—it isn't a good match for just putting a guy up there, building a big premise around him, and raking in the bucks,' he says. 'Chris was trying to figure out the formula to make a movie, but all he really needed to do was be who he is onstage.'"

- Louis C.K. reflects on Chris Rock's movie career and new film Top Five in a new profile in The New Yorker.

Wyatt Cenac: Standup, Writer, Puppet Aficionado

Wyatt Cenac is best known as being a correspondent for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, as well as writing for King of The Hill. He’s also been in films such as Sleepwalk With Me and Darren Grodsky’s independent film Growing Up (and Other Lies). Working more on his own projects these days, the New York comic wrote and directed his new one-hour standup special on Netflix, Wyatt Cenac: Brooklyn. He’s currently traveling for his tour "Wyatt Cenac Live in Brooklyn in ___(insert city name here)___", and I caught up with him to talk to him about his plans for doing more of his own projects. Hint: they involve puppets.

I [...]

The Rebirth of Dane Cook

It's tough to introduce a standup like Dane Cook. He's explosively popular, famously polarizing, and his many comedy accomplishments — including a double platinum album and sold out Madison Square Garden show — only fuel the flames of disdain he's received from critics and the comedy nerd/cool kids' club. It's been over a decade since his debut album Harmful If Swallowed, and during that time Cook has experienced everything from record-breaking success to personal tragedy and very public feuds with other comedians. Cook's mixed bag of life experience gets put to work in his latest standup special Troublemaker (which he also directed and produced), and I recently got the chance [...]