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W. Kamau Bell Announces New Standup Tour 'Oh, Everything!'

Comedian and former host of Totally Biased W. Kamau Bell is going on tour. Titled Oh, Everything!, the tour kicks off this November and runs through the end of January 2015 with over 30 stops in Los Angeles, Kansas City, Austin, Cincinnati, D.C., Portland, New York, and more. Presale fanclub tickets are available today through Bell's website while general public presale starts tomorrow at 11:00am. Check out the full list of tour dates below:

Getting Weird in Toronto with Tim Gilbert

Tim Gilbert has been a fixture on Toronto’s alternative comedy scene for almost a decade, and is one of the most consistently funny comedians in the city. He’s a member of Laugh Sabbath, a group that boasts alumni like Nathan Fielder. Tim released his first album, Please Help Me I Am Very Sick, as a pay-what-you-want download on Bandcamp. I spoke to him about the album, his wide range of work, and how his blend of horror and comedy has led him to wear a Crypt Keeper costume on stage.

On the Road with Gary Gulman

Gary Gulman is on tour right now in support of his upcoming third standup special, It’s About Time. Like his jokes, the title has several layers and meanings. But you could add one more: it’s about time Gulman is recognized as one of the best standup comedians working today.

Now 20 years in, Gulman is one of the most consistent performers around in the vaunted New York comedy scene. He’s done specials for all the major comedy networks and is one of the few comedians who can boast of appearances on all seven late night talk shows. His joke writing is legendary, and he’s got an uncanny ability [...]

Aziz Ansari on Selling Out Madison Square Garden and the Business Side of Comedy

Aziz Ansari might be a TV star on NBC's five-year favorite Parks and Recreation and soon-to-be published author, but performing live standup has always been his main love. Ansari recently finished up several dates on the Oddball tour and kicked off his own tour Aziz Ansari Live!, becoming only the seventh comedian to sell out New York City's Madison Square Garden in the process. I recently got the chance to talk with Ansari all about his new tour as well as what it feels like to sell out the Garden, how he's working to make buying tickets a stress-free experience, and what we can expect from [...]

Tig Notaro Announces 'Boyish Girl Interrupted Tour' Dates

Tig Notaro is going on tour. THR reports that Notaro has announced a new tour called Boyish Girl Interrupted Tour, which will make stops in Toronto, Dallas, New York, Denver, San Diego, and more and feature a brand new hour of Notaro's material. Boyish Girl Interrupted Tour makes the first live tour for Notaro since her wildly successful 2012 album Live, which went up for sale on Louis C.K.'s website. "It's embarrassing how happy I am," Notaro told THR. "I don't have a complaint in the world." Here's what she said when asked about the material we can expect from her new tour:

I touch briefly on [...]

Check Out Old Clips of Louis C.K., Mitch Hedberg, Chris Rock, and More on the Just For Laughs YouTube Channel

If you're a fan of watching old clips of standups honing their craft live onstage, the new Just For Laughs YouTube channel is for you. The Montreal comedy festival recently teamed up with Maker Studios to launch the channel this afternoon, which so far features standup clips from Bill Hicks, Louis C.K., Tracy Morgan, Bill Burr, Chris Rock, Jon Stewart, Dave Chappelle, and Mitch Hedberg. According to Variety, a total of "over 500 hours of JFL content" will be released in increments of three each week and eventually include content from current festivals. Check out a 1998 performance from Mitch Hedberg above, then click through to watch the [...]

11 Standup Comedians Who Became 'SNL' Cast Members

In addition to the recent hiring of standup Michael Che as co-anchor of Weekend Update, yesterday SNL revealed some surprising hiring news with the announcement that young standup Pete Davidson has been added to the cast as a featured player. SNL has an unpredictable history with hiring standup comedians, and while many seamlessly stepped into the impersonation, sketch acting, and recurring character mold — see Eddie Murphy, Adam Sandler, and Darrell Hammond, to name a few — most of the show's standups-turned-players stayed true to their roots, often appearing on Weekend Update and finding ways to make sketch characters take on their own standup sensibilities to [...]

Kurt Braunohler Talks Biscotti, PT Cruisers, and More on 'The Tonight Show'

Here's Kurt Braunohler's standup set from Friday's Tonight Show, which covers everything from his opinion on biscotti to a lady at the dog park who he could've benefited from earlier on in life to one time his clothes got stuck in a UK "washing machine."

Throwing a House Party with Adam Devine

Part sitcom, part standup showcase, Adam Devine’s House Party might be difficult to describe, but it’s a fun hybrid.

Mensch that he is, Devine created the show in part to give the up-and-coming comedians who perform on it a chance to display their acting chops. The show features short written scenes interspersed between standup sets, and for many of performers Adam Devine's House Party is their television debut.

Season one was set in a gaudy Los Angeles mansion, but in Season two the party has moved down to New Orleans for even more debauchery.

I recently had the chance to talk to Devine about the upcoming season, his love of [...]

Hannibal Buress Announces Fall Standup Tour 'Comedy Camisado'

Standup and Broad City star Hannibal Buress is going on tour. Called Comedy Camisado, the tour will make stops in Philadelphia, D.C, St. Louis, New York, Atlanta, and more this October and November. Click through for the full list of tour dates, then head over to Buress's website this Friday to purchase tickets.

Chris Gethard Wants to Do Standup in Your House This November

Comedian Chris Gethard is experimenting with a new way to develop his material that might involve him performing at your house if you're up for it. In a new post on his website, Gethard has reached out to fans who live within four hours of his home base of New York City to try to get some new and interesting non-NYC venues to work on his act. From the post:

I really want to have a whole month where I do low key house shows, where I bring comedy to places that maybe don’t have it as readily available as New York, and in environments that can be [...]

Here's a Sneak Peek of Jerrod Carmichael's HBO Standup Special

Jerrod Carmichael's very first (and Spike Lee-directed) standup special Love at The Store premieres on HBO on October 4th, and today the pay-network released the first full promo for it featuring a more inside look at Carmichael's material and influences.

Why Chris Rock's 1991 Debut Standup Album Is as Relevant Today as Ever

Chris Rock’s first standup album, Born Suspect, was recorded in 1991, but it seems like it could have been recorded last month. Sure, comics are always kind of mining the same big issues in the human condition and that’s why we get lots of “black people are like this, white people are like this” “women vs. men” jokes. But seriously, both in overall tone and specific cultural references, this album is like…you know…relevant and stuff.

Background: Born Suspect was recorded in Atlanta in 1991 and came out I think only on cassette, although the internet kind of makes all that irrelevant. It was recorded in a black comedy club [...]

'SNL' Writer Leslie Jones Urges Women to Take the Crazy Back on 'Late Night'

SNL writer Leslie Jones, who won all our hearts on Weekend Update back in May with the eternal question "Can a bitch get a beef bowl?", did standup on last night's Late Night. Jones covers booty calls, why texting makes women crazier than they already are, and why women shouldn't be ashamed of the fact that they're crazy in the first place.