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Brooks Wheelan Jokes About 'SNL,' Subway Rats, and Furbies on 'Conan'

Brooks Wheelan has certainly taken his firing from SNL in stride, and on last night's Conan he performed a five-minute standup set all about leaving the NBC sketch show, New York subway rats, his love for Furbies, and the moment from his childhood he realized he was meant to do comedy, which involves his dad, a possum, and a sledgehammer.

Daniel Sloss and the Art of Telling Critics to Piss Off

At only 23, Daniel Sloss has become one of the biggest draws at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The Scottish comic played to packed houses during his fun in a 400-seat lecture hall in Edinburgh, and he's about to take his show "Really?!" on tour throughout the UK. He's also got his eye on the US, having appeared three times on Conan in the last year. I caught up with him in Edinburgh to talk about being famous in his hometown, not letting reviewers into his show, and his first attempt at pilot season in the US.

I feel like a lot of Americans don’t quite understand Edinburgh. What’s the appeal of the Fringe [...]

'Last Comic Standing' Winner Rod Man Does Standup on 'Tonight Show'

Last Comic Standing's 100-comedian 13-episode run ended last night, and Los Angeles-based comedian Rod Man walked away with the coveted title and a same-day standup appearance on The Tonight Show, in which he covers the show's not-so-diverse audience, public restroom water restrictions, immigration reform, and his feelings on self-checkout lines.

The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival Announces Its 2014 Lineup

The seventh annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival is set to take place at The Bell House and Union Hall in Brooklyn next month from September 18-22, and the full lineup was just announced. In addition to the return of Mirman's Pretty Good Friends show and two live recordings of the StarTalk Live! podcast with Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye, a bunch of performers and comedy people are slated to show up including H. Jon Benjamin, Michael Che, Michelle Wolf, Jon Glaser, Jessi Klein, Wyatt Cenac, Robyn Hitchcock, Nick Thune, and more.

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Pete Davidson and What It's Like Being a Rising Standup at Age 20

Pete Davidson is only 20 and already has amassed several TV appearances and a development deal. It would be easy to resent the success he’s had at such a young age if he wasn’t such a great comic. 

The NYC comedian is a regular at all of the city’s top clubs, has done late-night sets on Comedy Central and Jimmy Kimmel Live, and has a role in the Fox pilot, Sober Companion.

This year, Davidson was named one of Variety’s Top Comics to Watch at Montreal Just For Laughs, where he was among the festival’s highlights.

I had a chance to chat with Davidson in Montreal to talk [...]

Taking Standup to Netflix with Jim Jefferies

"There's a formula in stand-up comedy: The more offensive the joke, the funnier it has to be. It's simple math." This is a formula that Jim Jefferies knows by heart. He has built his comedy career on straddling the fine line between offensive and insightful. His brand new stand-up special, Bare, just released on Netflix, shows the math at work. "The new special is probably the most confrontational special that I've ever brought out," says Jefferies, who phoned us from Los Angeles to discuss Bare, his creative process and which part of the world has best mastered the use of the "c-word."

Here we are at 1pm on a Wednesday. [...]

Jerrod Carmichael's HBO Special 'Love at The Store' Premieres on October 4th

Back in April it was announced that Jerrod Carmichael was getting his very first standup special on HBO directed by Spike Lee, and today the network dropped the first teaser and October 4 premiere date for it, called Love at The Store. In addition to the HBO special, Carmichael is also working on a second pilot for NBC on a "quick turnaround," so you can expect to see Carmichael all over your TV screen in the near future.

Jake Weisman and the Love of the Struggle

Though it was only on for two years, Jake Weisman’s The Morning After Podcast, which he co-hosted with Eli Olsberg, was a must-listen and example of what a great podcast could be. Each week, Weisman and Olsberg would bring in a guest from the adult film industry to interview in a manner that humanized them and showed how porn stars are just as multi-dimensional as anyone else.

Weisman ended the podcast a couple years ago to focus on his budding comedy career, and though it was tough for listeners to say goodbye to such a fascinating show, that decision is starting to pay dividends for him.

Weisman has made [...]

Finally, a Video Game That Lets You Experience the Bleak Life of a Struggling Comic

There are very few artistic depictions of what it's like to be a standup comedian.

Sure, there are an abundance of explanations — celebrities churn out autobiographies, and everybody seems to have a podcast — but there is a comparative dearth of fictional works where comedy is the central theme. There are no widely read novels about standup comedy, for example, and there have been very few motion pictures on the subject. When you look at the numbers, it is clear why.

Judd Apatow’s Funny People came right after his two massive commercial hits, and it starred Adam Sandler. It should have been huge, but it lost the studio 4 [...]

Gary Gulman Is Celebrating 20 Years in Comedy with the 'It's About Time' Tour

Standup and two-time Last Comic Standing finalist Gary Gulman is going on tour. Titled It's About Time, the tour marks Gulman's 20th year in comedy and will make stops in Philadelphia, LA, Chicago, D.C., and more and conclude on December 13th at the Bowery Ballroom in New York. Here's the full list of It's About Time tour dates:

Plumbing Politics and the Crazy State of the World for Comedy with Andy Zaltzman

Andy Zaltzman is best known in the States as half of the excellent satirical podcast The Bugle, which he co-hosts with long-time collaborator John Oliver. A lover of all things satire, he's hosted his "Political Animal" show for years, and his new show, "Satirist for Hire", adds a twist to the format. For each show, audience members request topics for him to satirize with his sharp, pun-loving wit; topics range from war and government policy to sports and fashion trends. I caught up with him at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to talk about audience suggestions and why The Bugle will last forever.

You’ve been coming up to the Fringe for 15 years. What’s the [...]

Cameron Esposito Bravely Advocates for Straight People on 'Conan'

Cameron Esposito did a standup set on Conan last night and announced that she's an ally and advocate for straight people everywhere. She then made sure to create a safe space for all and looked back on her time as a party planning committee member to perfectly illustrate why we should celebrate our many differences instead of fight over them.

The Art of Holding Nothing Back with Chris Laker

Chris Laker has nothing to hide. For fans of comics like Marc Maron or Patrice O'Neil, that can only mean better comedy. Laker has cycled through multiple career aspirations, gone through rehab, been married, divorced, accepted, and rejected. On their podcast This Week in Jackin', Laker and Myka Fox delve into the masturbation habits and history of comedians such as Mark Normand, Giulia Rozzi, Dan St. Germain, and Ted Alexandro. Nothing is off limits.

Together with New Wave, Laker has released his first album, Moments of Greatness. On the album, Laker reveals some of the most intimate details of his life, as well as his take on topics [...]

Balancing Standup and Writing for 'Late Night' with Michelle Wolf

Not many comics would close their New Faces Showcase at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival with a three-minute joke tying together men’s masturbation habits and JFK’s assassination. That one’s got a high degree of difficulty.

Michelle Wolf made it look easy.

Wolf, 29, was among the standouts last month at Just For Laughs, the comedy industry’s premiere festival. The NYC-based comic, who’s also a writer/performer on Late Night with Seth Meyers, even earned herself a slot performing in front of 3,000 people for Seth Rogen’s televised gala. Not bad for someone who’s less than 4 years into stand-up.

I had the opportunity to chat with Wolf after her [...]