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Joe DeRosa and the Importance of Setting Goals

You may know Joe DeRosa from his standup career, appearances on The Opie & Anthony Show, acting on Better Call Saul and Louie, or as a writer on The Pete Holmes Show. His own podcast Down With Joe DeRosa explores broad topics with comedian guests. His recent episodes with fellow podcaster Kurt Braunohler are entitled "Emotional Hangs" where the two men speak about the feelings surrounding their growing friendship.

His comedic personality translates into material that is darkly honest and introduces the audience to everything he hates. Nevertheless he is kind and professional to every fan, fellow performer and worker at the club.

I spoke with Joe between shows [...]

Norm Macdonald's Final Letterman Appearance Was Perfect

On Friday night, Norm Macdonald appeared on the Late Show for the final time. Already one of the greatest talk show guests of all time, this appearance pretty much sealed it — he did a perfectly Norm standup set before a touching tribute and goodbye to Dave.

Here Are the Comedians Getting Comedy Central 'Half Hour' Specials in 2015

Every year, Comedy Central selects a handful of rising comedians to star in their own 30-minute standup specials for The Half Hour, and the network just gave us an exclusive look at the 14 comics chosen for The Half Hour's fourth season set to air sometime later this year. The specials will tape at Royale in Boston from June 9th to 12th, and this year's lineup features SNL alum Brooks Wheelan, Liza Treyger (who made our 2015 list of up-and-coming comedians in New York), Twitter prankster Randy Liedtke, former Best Week Ever cast member Michelle Buteau, and more. Check out the full list below:

Diving Into Late Night Head-First with Saurin Choksi

As a kid growing up in Texas, Saurin Choksi always loved comedy. After graduating college and moving to Detroit to take a job working for Ford, Choksi decided to do something about that love: he started taking classes at Second City. He worked his way up the improv school's chain before making a shift to standup. “Standup felt like a better fit for me.” Choksi later moved to Chicago and spent six years carving out a spot as a successful player in the Windy City's comedy scene. Over the last few years, he has performed at numerous festivals including SF Sketchfest, The Onion's 26th Annual Comedy Fest, Funny or Die's [...]

The Next Wave 2015: The Top Up-and-Coming Comics Outside of NY and LA

Welcome to the second semi-annual edition of The Next Wave, Splitsider’s roundup of exciting new comic voices from around the country.

Though Los Angeles and New York City are home to the country’s biggest comedy industries, they aren’t the only cities with thriving comedy scenes. In recent years especially — thanks to the rising popularity of locally-focused festivals, and ofma course, the internet — the following cities have become destinations for new comics looking to grow, and for bookers and agents looking to discover emerging talent. Here are a few must-follow cities, and the comics who are on their way to becoming The Next Wave.

We reached [...]

Check Out Hannibal Buress's Webby Awards Monologue

Hannibal Buress hosted the Webby Awards last night, which are like the Oscars but much less relevant and with far fewer attractive people. But hey, an awards show is an awards show, so Buress kicked things off right with a great monologue that touched on such internetty topics as Tinder, Uber, and AOL.

Comedy Central Announces Its First Live Standup Special Starring Brian Regan

Comedy Central announced today its first-ever live standup special featuring Late Show with David Letterman regular Brian Regan. Brian Regan: Live will air live at 9:00pm on Saturday, September 26th from Radio City Music Hall in New York, making it the network's first push into live standup specials. In the meantime, Regan will make his 28th and final visit to Late Show tonight to announce the news. Check out his very first Letterman standup set from 1995 below:

Translating Travel to the Stage with Bert Kreischer

You may know Bert Kreischer as a famous party animal who gained notoriety in a late '90s Rolling Stone article. Now it's nearly twenty years later and this comedian has a wife and two kids, a book detailing his party lifestyle, a successful podcast and standup career. He is the host of Trip Flip, a television show where he finds random people on the street and surprising them with a free trip full of adrenaline-filled adventure.

I recently spoke with Bert about finding comedy in fear, storytelling without bragging and using his podcast to make new friends.

Are you achieving your comedy goals?

Jesus Christ, you have no idea [...]

How Tom Green Uses the Internet to Find His Audience

Like the entire crew of Jackass shoved into a suit and a late-night show format, Tom Green has zero problem taking people into weird, disgusting, and uncomfortable territory. From public access to MTV to the ill-fated Freddy Got Fingered, Green has stuck to his own brand of Canadian lunacy for two decades.

It’s this writer’s opinion that Green was ahead of his time, and continues to be in a small respect. And having seen him recently, I can tell you with absolute confidence that he puts on one hell of a show.

I recently spoke to Green via phone about his latest efforts with touring as a standup and his [...]

HBO Orders a Pilot and Standup Special by Whitney Cummings

Comedian and 2 Broke Girls co-creator Whitney Cummings is going into business with HBO. Deadline reports that the pay network has ordered a pilot for a half-hour comedy from Cummings based on Maureen Dowd's 2005 book Are Men Necessary? When Sexes Collide. Cummings created the series and will also write and star in the pilot, which is described as — and get ready for it, because it's a mouthful — "a comedic portrait of modern relationships that focuses on human nature and social construction using documentary elements and appearances from experts to help the characters understand the biological basis of their behavior." In addition to the pilot, [...]

Check Out a New, Unreleased Track From Kyle Kinane's 'I Liked His Old Stuff Better'

Comedy Central Records just released the vinyl/audio version of Kyle Kinane's standup special I Liked His Old Stuff Better, and it includes an brand-new 20-minute track not included on the televised special. We've got an exclusive stream of it below:

Pryor, Rickles, and Mason: Doing Comedy as the Daughters of Legends

My father is an electrocardio physiologist. I did not follow in his footsteps, and nobody has ever come up to me after a show and said, "You were good, but I really love what your father has done for electrocardio physiology." But what if my father were, say, Richard Pryor? Or Don Rickles? Or Jackie Mason? For the children of legendary comedians, every humorous sentiment offered is considered in the context of their parent's work. To find out what it's like to deal with the substantial burden of entering the same field as a famous parent, I spoke with Rain Pryor, Mindy Rickles, and Sheba Mason, who are joining forces this Saturday in in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania [...]

Finding the Balance with Nate Bargatze

12 years into his comedy career, Nate Bargatze has found himself at a crossroads. He's been on The Tonight Show, Conan and WTF with Marc Maron. He's performed at Bonnaroo, SXSW and the Montreal Comedy Festival. This Saturday night, his new one-hour special, Full Time Magic, premieres on Comedy Central. But where will he go from here? As Bargatze puts it, “You get into comedy because you don't want anyone telling you what to do and then after you're in it for a while, you're like, 'God, I wish someone would tell me what to do.'”

Bargatze took a break from his busy schedule in L.A. to talk about the [...]

Inside the Internet Outrage Machine with Jim Norton

After 2012's Please Be Offended and 2013's American Degenerate, standup Jim Norton returns to television tonight with his third Epix special Contextually Inadequate. Filmed at Boston's Somerville Theatre in January, the special dives deep into recent pop culture scandals and their internet backlash aftermaths, covering everything from the demise of Bill Cosby and Donald Sterling to his own personal experience after the firing of his friend and Opie and Anthony Show cohost Anthony Cumia last July. Ahead of Contextually Adequate's premiere, Norton spoke with us about hosting his own show on Vice, the difference between online criticism and outrage, and what projects he has planned for the year ahead.