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Sarah Silverman on the Gender Wage Gap: "We Don't Get What We Want, We Get What We Think We Deserve"

The wonderful Sarah Silverman recently teamed up with Levo for their #Ask4More campaign to reflect on her experience with wage inequality as a female comedian throughout the years. In the video, Silverman candidly looks back on one time she was paid $10 for the same standup gig that paid Todd Barry $60, and she even calls out the comedy club and owner who thought it was fine and not totally messed up to pay her less for the same work. "It was symbolic," Silverman says. "I didn't need $60, but you know, it's pretty shitty."

Giulia Rozzi and the Art of Making Comedy That's True to Yourself

Giulia Rozzi is a true comedic factotum — a jack of all trades — who has a well-developed talent, crucial in comedy, for making virtually any story extremely relatable. But beyond being merely relatable, Rozzi's humor is often deeply cathartic. In fact, she has so passionately explored the cleansing nature of comedy that she even had the honor of delivering a TEDx talk on the subject.

She has already run two successful solo shows: Stupid Foreigners (which examined her experience growing up in a fairly stereotypical Italian household) and Bad Bride (which explores the finer points of monogamy, love, and especially her own divorce and ultimate perspectives on [...]

Chris Hardwick, Cameron Esposito, Reggie Watts, and More Join Bonnaroo's 2015 Comedy Lineup

The Bonnaroo Music Festival announced its 2015 comedy lineup today, and it's packed with funny people: Chris Hardwick, Reggie Watts, Natasha Leggero, Jeff Ross, Ron Funches, Moshe Kasher, Ralphie May, Nick Thune, Ian Edwards, Ari Shaffir, Kurt Braunohler, Big Jay Oakerson, Dan Soder, Jamie Lee, Cameron Esposito, Matt McCarthy, and Mark Normand. The festival runs from Thursday, June 11 through Sunday, June 14 in Manchester, Tennessee, and more comedians will be announced in the coming months. Head over to Bonnaroo's website for more information.

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 [...]

Louis C.K.'s Talks New York, Fame, and Success with 'The Hollywood Reporter'

Just in time for the season 5 premiere of Louie tomorrow night, The Hollywood Reporter has a lengthy piece out today in which C.K. reflects on struggling as a young unknown standup, the "crushing loneliness" of living in New York City, getting passed over by SNL, his hopes to make a movie next year, and tons more. Here's an excerpt:

There's an easy thing of saying, "Yeah, it's all bullshit out there [in Hollywood]," but if you can't smell the bullshit here in New York, you must have your nose packed with it. Hollywood is full of opportunity, and I've gotten shot after shot after shot out [...]

Here's the Trailer for Tig Notaro's Showtime Documentary 'Knock Knock, It's Tig Notaro'

A new Tig Notaro documentary premieres on Showtime next week, and the pay network recently released the first trailer. Titled Knock Knock, It's Tig Notaro, the documentary follows Notaro on her 2013 standup tour in fans' homes and backyards with Jon Dore. Knock Knock airs on Showtime Friday, April 17th at 9:00pm.

Coming Up Twice with Joe List

Joe List is the comedy underdog everyone seems to root for. A longtime fixture in the New York comedy scene, List had the reputation as the gifted standup comic who could never catch a break.

But to paraphrase Seinfeld, a List obsession, 2015 could be the Summer of Joe.

After a killer debut on Letterman last year, List is finally getting his due. He’s headlining more clubs, co-hosts the popular Tuesdays with Stories podcast with Mark Normand, and his peers recently named him a comedian to look out for in 2015.

I recently caught up with List to talk about his start in comedy, the mistakes he [...]

'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 [...]

Max Silvestri, Jenny Slate, and Gabe Liedman's NYC Standup Show Big Terrific Ends Its 7-Year Run This Month

One of New York's best standup shows is ending its seven-year run later this month. The New York Times reports that Max Silvestri, Jenny Slate, and Gabe Liedman's free weekly standup show Big Terrific is set for its final bow on Sunday, April 26th in Brooklyn. Since starting the show, Slate and Liedman have both moved to Los Angeles to work on various film and television projects, and Silvestri was recently named the host of an upcoming Bravo series called Recipe for Deception. "Big Terrific is everything," Silvestri told us back in 2013. "It's a commitment to do, but the love I have for Gabe Liedman [...]

Being at the Intersection of Comedy and Magic with Justin Willman

When I was first asked to interview Justin Willman about his comedy special, Sleight of Mouth I was like, “Okay, cool!” Then I found out he was a magician and I was, like, “Oh. A magician?” Maybe I’m in the minority here, but magic isn’t really my jam. I’m not too proud to admit, however, that I was wrong. Very wrong. I had a chance to preview Willman’s special, which premiers on Comedy Central tonight at 12:30am, and I am now truly excited to tell my friends about it. Justin isn’t just an outstanding magician, he does magic in a way that’s fresh and new, and dare I say… cool? [...]

Hannibal Buress to a Heckler: "You, Sir, Are a Social Terrorist"

Why do we love heckler videos so much? Is it because it's fascinating to see experienced comedians bounce back from unexpected interruptions, or is it because watching a drunk, selfish idiot get humiliated in front of thousands of people is always a good time? In this new clip from Hannibal Buress on tour in Delaware, it's the perfect combination of both. Plus, it's impossible to listen to Buress's belly laughs and not smile.

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 [...]