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The 20 Greatest Standup Specials of All Time

Modern standup has been around in one form or another since vaudeville, but it’s only been since the late ‘70s that the standup special has gained traction as the crowning achievement of a successful comic. Fortunately, the beginnings of the standup special were as fertile as rock ‘n’ roll’s birth 25 years prior, with many of the all-time greats setting templates right from the start.

The material always comes first, of course, but as a video document of a honed act it’s also important to appreciate the visual elements — the framing, editing, and backdrop — and how they enhance or detract from the pacing and quality of the jokes.

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Here's the Trailer for Chelsea Handler's Netflix Standup Special

Chelsea Handler's Netflix talk show doesn't premiere on the streaming network until 2016, but in the meantime you can check out her latest standup special Uganda Be Kidding Me Live, which premieres on Netflix October 10th. If you're offended by jokes at the expense of Alaskans, Ugandans, or PETA supporters, then the above trailer is full of offensive material for you to enjoy.

Should All Standup Comics Write Their Own Jokes?

I was thirteen when I first saw a comic glance at his notes on stage, and I remember wondering why I was surprised to see this. Did you think he was making all this up on the spot? I asked myself. Well, I guess I did. Years later, when I began regularly attending comedy shows and would end up seeing the same set a dozen times a year, I began to have a similar feeling. What, I again asked myself, did you think comedians come up with a new routine for every show? Well, I guess I did. After all, isn’t that the rouse that so many standups employ in [...]

Bob Odenkirk's New Album 'Amateur Hour' Is Out November 25th

Over the summer it was announced that Bob Odenkirk was taping his very first comedy album Amateur Hour, which will also include rising standup Brandon Wardell as an opening act both on the album and corresponding tour to promote Odenkirk's book of plays out next month A Load of Hooey. Odenkirk announced the album's November 25th release date today on Twitter, where he also revealed that he just finished recording a special bonus track for it as well. Amateur Hour will be released through AST Records; more information on Odenkirk's new book and tour can be found over at his website.

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 [...]

The First-Ever Maui Comedy Festival to Feature Reggie Watts, Tig Notaro, James Adomian, and More

The very first Maui Comedy Festival takes place in Lahaina from October 30th through November 2nd, and a bunch of great comedy names are set to show up during the three-day event. The festival, which will donate a portion of its proceeds to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, recently posted their lineup of comedians slated to perform, including the following:

Aisha Tyler, Tig Notaro, Reggie Watts, Kyle Kinane, James Adomian, Morgan Murphy, Eddie Pepitone, Todd Glass, Nate Bargatze, Ahmed Bharoocha, Chris Porter, Aparna Nancherla, Ron Funches, Michelle Buteau, Mark Normand, Greg Proops, Hari Kondabolu, Beth Stelling, Kurt Braunohler, Jonah Ray, Ari Shaffir, Carmen Lynch, Mike Lawrence, Sheng Wang, [...]

The Passion of Kathy Griffin

There are few people working in standup that are more divisive than Kathy Griffin. It doesn’t stem from controversial remarks, like many other comedians in her peer group, so much as taste. People who love her think that she is tremendous. People who don’t like her think that she's a talentless hack. There is very little middle ground, and even though she recently become only the third woman ever to win the Grammy for Best Comedy Album, she typically does not get respect from the mainstream.

Griffin’s career has often been compared to that of the late-great Joan Rivers, however their styles of comedy are actually like fire and water. [...]

Jerrod Carmichael Promotes His HBO Special by Sponsoring a Pee-Wee Football Team

With the premiere of his HBO standup special Love at The Store just around the corner, Jerrod Carmichael decided to channel his influence and promotional needs by reaching out to today's youth to make a difference by sponsoring a pee-wee football team, as long as the name "CARMICHAEL" can be clearly read on their uniforms.

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.

Louis C.K.'s 'Dianetics': Inside His Weird and Wild Three-Hour Radio Show

26 minutes into a three-hour advice show Louis C.K. hosted in 2007, a guy named Blake calls up. Blake says he’s driving solo from Dallas to Oklahoma City that night and wants to know if Louie is going to just keep fucking around, or if he actually has anything good planned. At the end of the three hours Blake calls again, about to arrive in Oklahoma City, and says it’s been an “amazing ride.” I want to argue that Blake is being an understating piece of shit here, because this show is like…well…it’s like… REALLY amazing! It’s like the most Louis C.K.-y thing ever, and on top of that: it’s good. [...]

Eric Andre Discusses the 'Cops' Theme Song and Homophobia at Just For Laughs 2012

While you're waiting for the third season of The Eric Andre Show to begin, Just For Laughs' new YouTube channel just added a clip of Andre performing back in 2012, covering everything from watching Precious on mushrooms to the strange choice to use reggae music for the Cops theme song to what homophobics think about when they're relaxing at home.

Living the Standup Life with Sam Morril

Sam Morril is a great writer of jokes. His comedy often comes from a place of uncomfortable honesty.

"I look exactly like my biological father so I showed my friend a picture, and he said, 'wow, it's like you guys were separated at birth.' I said, 'we were.'"

"My girlfriend always got mad at me because of my ADD. She'd say, 'Sam, you suffer from Attention Deficit Disorder.' I'd say, 'if you see me suffering, why don't you tell shorter stories?'

Sam is currently working on his new album and will be touring a lot this fall — he's been on Conan, Adam Devine's House Party on Comedy Central, and [...]

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 [...]