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Buy Comedy Dynamics' Humble Bundle Featuring Bill Hicks, Mike Birbiglia, Iliza Shlesinger, and More

Flash sale website Humble Bundle just unveiled a brand new comedy bundle today from Comedy Dynamics. The pay-what-you-want collection is available on Humble Bundle for one week only with proceeds going to the American Red Cross and Electronic Frontier Front and includes both video and audio selections from Bill Hicks, Marc Maron, Mike Birbiglia, Iliza Shlesinger, Doug Stanhope, Brian Posehn, and Brooks Wheelan. The bundle is only available through Wednesday, April 1st, so head over to the Humble Bundle website to purchase yours today.

Adjusting to America with Canada's Sweetheart Debra DiGiovanni

Her charmingly playful persona is coupled with brutal honesty and quick delivery. More than that, her stats are impressive: she's performed at Montreal's Just for Laughs festival nine times, been awarded the Best Female Comic at the Canadian Comedy Award three times, and made it to the top eight on Last Comic Standing. (To understand her personality quickly, watch the preview for her special, Single Awkward Female.)

With a recent move to Los Angeles, she's now sharing her comedy with American audiences. She returns to Canada to headline the Just for Laughs Road Show Tour in twelve Canadian cities.

I spoke with Debra in Toronto about the enduring [...]

Ari Shaffir Runs Though a Typical Visit to His Pot Doctor

Standup and This Is Not Happening host Ari Shaffir has a new special premiering on Comedy Central tonight called Passive Aggressive, and the network released a sneak peek featuring Shaffir describing a typical visit to his pot doctor in California. Watch another clip from the special below, then catch the rest tonight at midnight.

A Rare 1969 Joan Rivers Album Will Be Re-Released Next Month

A long out-of-print Joan Rivers comedy album is getting re-released next month. Titled The Next to Last Joan Rivers Album, it was recorded in 1968 at NYC cabaret Upstairs at the Downstairs and has been digitally remixed and remastered for its first-ever CD release via Stand Up! Records. In addition to twelve audio tracks from the performance, the CD will also include an eight-page booklet with linear notes by WMFU's Kliph Nesteroff, photos by Look Magazine's John Shearer, and a new essay on Rivers by Sarah Silverman. Here's a feel for what you can expect from the album:

Unapologetically, Rivers owns her own experiences as great material. She doesn’t [...]

Watch Kyle Kinane Perform Standup in a Soundproof Room

Seven Minutes in Purgatory is a new standup show put together by Matt Byrne and Ian Abramson in which standups perform in a soundproof room, while the audience watches in a separate room. "The idea is to see what happens when comedians have nothing to respond to," Byrne says. It's a pretty fun concept, with great results. Above, check out a recent show from UCB Sunset in LA in which Kyle Kinane learns what it's like to do standup without knowing how the audience is reacting at all. "I think I like it better this way," he says at one point, "because then you can't tell what jokes [...]

'Chris Tucker Live' Premieres on Netflix Friday July 10th

Chris Tucker's first full-length standup special is headed to Netflix. According to THR, the streaming network is set to debut Chris Tucker Live on Friday, July 10th. "Chris Tucker is a true global movie star and a one-of-a-kind talent whose remarkable energy, delivery and original style make him one of the funniest comedians of our time," said Netflix exec Ted Sarandos. "We cannot wait to share his distinct and hilarious voice with our members across the globe." Chris Tucker Live was filmed at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta and "will showcase his comedic chops, including impersonations, as he shares his experiences from childhood to his success in Hollywood.
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Putting It All Out There with Jamie Campbell

He might be one of the hardest working comedians in Chicago. An improviser, actor, standup, producer and all around good guy — seriously. Not only a fan, I’m a friend and was excited to talk to my buddy from the old stomping grounds, Jamie Campbell. He has a new album out, Tell Me You’re Proud Of Me, that’s killing it on Amazon and iTunes, a good sign that his move to Los Angeles is coming at just about the right time. We talked about his impending move, how our messed up childhoods make us better artists, and choosing to just jump into things.

First of all, congratulations on the [...]

Norm Macdonald and Anthony Jeselnik Join Season 9 of 'Last Comic Standing'

NBC is prepping the upcoming ninth season of the Wanda Sykes-produced Last Comic Standing, and The Wrap reports that a new host and judge have just been added to the show. SNL alum Norm Macdonald will join Roseanne Barr and Keenen Ivory Wayans as a judge, while Anthony Jeselnik will serve as host. "We are excited that Norm is joining Roseanne and Keenen in helping us find America’s newest comedy star," said NBC exec Paul Telegdy on the news. "This is a hugely talented and iconic panel. Anthony will add his unique quick-witted humor as the host of the show."

Mo Welch on Larry Bird, Qweirdos and Laughter in the Dark

Whether she’s hosting The Mo Show, performing standup, making music videos, drawing her hilariously depressing cartoon, Barely Blair, or bringing her A-game on the basketball court onto the stage for the Larry Bird Variety Hour, the impossibly cool Mo Welch is constantly stretching the boundaries of her comedy and devising new ways to find the funny.

I got a chance to talk with Mo about the antics behind the making of her CBS sports special, Foul Ball, what it’s like to be Larry Bird, getting her start with The Grawlix, joining the Qweirdo community, and her unexpected moment of brilliance [...]

Watch Brendon Walsh's Harrowing Police Story From His 'Late Late Show' Set

Brendon Walsh did a standup set on last night's Drew Carey-hosted Late Late Show, in which he talked about the problems you have when you drive a classic car and the night he was pulled over by two different cops while hiding weed in his sock. To be fair to him, there's really no other convenient place to hide a half-sandwich bag filled with weed.

Help Fund the Official Patrice O'Neal Documentary 'Better Than You'

There's a new documentary in the works about beloved standup Patrice O'Neal, and the producers behind the project have launched an Indiegogo campaign to turn it into a reality. Titled Better Than You, the documentary is an inside look at O'Neal's life and career and features interviews with O'Neal's friends, family, and fellow comedians like Bill Burr, Denis Leary, Jim Norton, Colin Quinn, Dane Cook, Rich Vos, and more. O’Neal’s longtime fiancée Von Decarlo is co-producing with Mark Farrell, who also directed the documentary. "When Von asked me to direct this movie, I was honored and humbled at the same time," Farrell said. "I’ve worked with some of [...]

Sara Schaefer on Coming Out of Her Chrysalis

Sara Schaefer has proven herself as a capable and talented comedian on nearly every front in comedy. Together with Nikki Glaser, she hosted Nikki & Sara Live on MTV, was the head blogger for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (for which she won the Emmy Award for Creative Achievement in Interactive Media), ran a successful three-year podcast, You Had to Be There, with Nikki Glaser, and has been producing a great new podcast, LIES, through Nerdist and WNYC.

All the while, between the jobs mentioned above and also working as a financial analyst at various law firms, Schaefer has been developing her standup. Her debut album, [...]

Bits on the Fun Bits: Inside an All-Female, Sex-Positive Comedy Show

Sex sells.

It’s an old advertising mantra frequently used to criticize lascivious billboards or to dismissively explain the success of “provocative” artists and personalities. We are rarely treated to literal demonstrations of the principle. This past Saturday night was the exception, as I squeezed my way into Greenpoint’s Coco 66. The crowd lined up wall to wall and out the door, anticipatory chatter and the lamentations of those unticketed drowned out by loud music.

When the event starts half an hour later, nearly two hundred people have crammed into the back room of this small bar. Organized by comedians Alise Morales and Betsy Kenney, the show centers around some solid [...]

Watch Amy Schumer's Fantastic 'Night of Too Many Stars' Standup Set

Comedy Central's annual charity event Night of Too Many Stars aired last night, and among the celebrity guests was Amy Schumer, who did a brilliant standup set about sexism in Hollywood, what she learned making her movie Trainwreck, and her love and devotion to drinking. Watch some more clips from the special below: