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  • Marc Maron tops the 1st Annual 26th Annual Comedy Festival lineup

    Marc Maron tops the 1st Annual 26th Annual Comedy Festival lineup

    This weekend, The Onion & The A.V. Club are putting on the 1st Annual 26th Annual Comedy Festival at the Athenaeum Theatre in Chicago, Illinois. “WTF” host and “Maron” star Marc Maron is headlining the fest, which will also feature performances from Tig Notaro, Chicago native Kyle Kinane and...
  • Interview: America's Funnyman Neil Hamburger shares show business wisdom

    Interview: America's Funnyman Neil Hamburger shares show business wisdom

    Known as America's Funnyman, Neil Hamburger is the king of snappy one-liners. He performs almost 400 shows a year and has worked with cutting-edge comedians like Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim and Tenacious D. He is hitting the road this month, bringing his unique brand of snark-filled comedy to the...
  • Ricky Gervais may touch on sensitive subjects, but he's hilarious doing it

    Ricky Gervais may touch on sensitive subjects, but he's hilarious doing it

    The days of comedians trying to be totally clean-cut or staying away from controversial topics appear to be something of the past. If you're not pushing the envelope, then you're not drawing in the big crowds, and Ricky Gervais doesn't let that bother him. He'll speak to an audience of 30,000 or an...
  • If you're not easily offended, then Daniel Tosh is the show to see

    If you're not easily offended, then Daniel Tosh is the show to see

    Many may not realize just how talented Daniel Tosh truly is, but that's because a lot of people end up offended and take things too seriously before hearing him out. The stand-up comedian and television host has no limits, no boundaries, and certainly no filter, but that is a huge part of what makes...
  • Pee Wee Herman may seem childish, but adults still love his act

    Pee Wee Herman may seem childish, but adults still love his act

    For those that grew up in the '80s, "Pee Wee's Playhouse" was a Saturday morning staple, and it was one that people will never forget. Pee Wee Herman went on to do his own movies, acted in other roles, and made appearances all over the place. His stand-up routine may seem like he's simply rehashing...
  • Dana Carvey may have multiple personalities, but they're all hilarious

    Dana Carvey may have multiple personalities, but they're all hilarious

    Dana Carvey's comedic career has spanned almost four decades, but his material just doesn't ever get old. From his early days on doing stand-up in small clubs and on "Saturday Night Live," Carvey has been entertaining crowds of millions around the world. He's had his time in movies and brought forth...
  • No one parodies like 'Weird Al' Yankovic, the master of comedy music

    No one parodies like 'Weird Al' Yankovic, the master of comedy music

    "Weird Al" Yankovic single-handedly put the word 'parody' back into conversation. Ask today's music fans about parodies, and most of them will probably mention the Hawaiian shirt-wearing, accordion-playing protege of Dr. Demento. Since 1976, Al has been crafting hilarious takes on the biggest hits...
  • Outspoken Adam Carolla continues to shake up live comedy

    Outspoken Adam Carolla continues to shake up live comedy

    Adam Carolla demands a reaction. Not personally, of course, but his brand of stand-up comedy - honest, often scathing, sometimes controversial and always unapologetic - is not something you sit back and relax for. The former "The Man Show" and "Loveline" co-host has plenty to say about everything...
  • 'Top Gear' star Adam Ferrara also one of nation's best comedians

    'Top Gear' star Adam Ferrara also one of nation's best comedians

    Adam Ferrara is recognizable for co-hosting History's "Top Gear," playing 'Needles' Nelson on FX's "Rescue Me," and as Frank Verelli on Showtime's "Nurse Jackie." What he doesn't get enough attention for is that he's also one of America's best stand-up comedians. The proud New Yorker has gained...
  • Live Review: Michael Ian Black provides non-stop laughs in Chicago

    Live Review: Michael Ian Black provides non-stop laughs in Chicago

    Last night, Michael Ian Black performed a pair of shows at the UP Comedy Club in Chicago providing relentless laughs for the ardent crowd. Best known for his appearances in brilliant comedy series like “The State,” “Stella” and the reality dating show spoof “Burning Love,” Black has become one of...
  • Jim Gaffigan's broad appeal more than jokes about Hot Pockets

    Jim Gaffigan's broad appeal more than jokes about Hot Pockets

    Comedian, actor and author Jim Gaffigan talks a lot about food. His best-known bit is lampooning Hot Pockets in every way possible, down to making fun of their overly simple advertising jingle. He's discussed McDonald's, bacon, kale, seafood, various types of cake, and why artists paint pictures of...
  • 'America's Got Talent' winner Terry Fator finds fame with celebrity impressions

    'America's Got Talent' winner Terry Fator finds fame with celebrity impressions

    For someone whose act is centered around impersonating other people, Terry Fator is making a pretty good name for himself. During his stint on NBC's talent competition America's Got Talent, the notoriously tough Simon Cowell called Fator one of the top two entertainers on the planet. Since winning...
  • Review:  Eddie Izzard brings humor and intellect to Chicago with Force Majeure

    Review: Eddie Izzard brings humor and intellect to Chicago with Force Majeure

    Force Majeure, meaning a superior force, is the title of British comedian Eddie Izzard's current world tour, but it is also an apt description of the man himself. In 2009, Izzard ran 43 marathons in 51 days to raise money for the UK charity Sports Relief. Last night, his impressive drive and...
  • 'Impractical Jokers' stars The Tenderloins show different side to live audiences

    'Impractical Jokers' stars The Tenderloins show different side to live audiences

    On their hit TruTV series Impractical Jokers, The Tenderloins get laughs by bewildering unsuspecting members of the public. On stage, the shameless comedy troupe does something completely different - going back to their roots as improv comedians - but are still likely to make you laugh until you cry...
  • Festival Supreme is comedy supreme

    Festival Supreme is comedy supreme

    Last year Jack Black (in his role as half of Tenacious D) brought Festival Supreme to the Santa Monica Pier. This was not strictly a comedy festival, especially when you consider how Tenacious D is a hard rock parody act that mixes music and comedy together. And much like Tenacious D, only in a much...
  • Chicago's Second City arrives in Denver for 'American Mixtape'

    Chicago's Second City arrives in Denver for 'American Mixtape'

    You may already be familiar with The Second City, the improv comedy club/school of improvisation that launched the careers of John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, Tina Fey, Eddie Murphy, Seth Meyers, Martin Short, Mike Myers, Tim Meadows and many other comedy icons. Second City has been a...
  • Must-see Bonnaroo 2014 comedians: Days 1 and 2

    Must-see Bonnaroo 2014 comedians: Days 1 and 2

    The Bonnaroo Music Festival is known for featuring some of the most famous names in comedy as well as hilarious up-and-comers on their stacked lineups. Many buzz-worthy comedians careers have blasted off after appearing at Bonnaroo. Pete Holmes, Nick Kroll and Marc Maron all went on to be featured...
  • Must-see Bonnaroo 2014 comedians: Days 3 and 4

    Must-see Bonnaroo 2014 comedians: Days 3 and 4

    The Bonnaroo Music Festival may be known for its music, but some of the best sets of the weekend happen in the (air-conditioned) Comedy Theatre. In previous years, Bonnaroo has featured sets from hysterical comedians like David Cross, Zach Galifianakis and “Michael and Michael Have Issues” funnymen...
  • Five great comedians on tour this June

    Five great comedians on tour this June

    Some of the most talented and versatile comedians in the world are taking their stand-up shows on the road this June. Whether you like your comedy high-energy, deadpan or family friendly, one of these great comics will have you in hysterics with a great live performance.
  • Money Mike proves to be magic for Katt Williams

    Money Mike proves to be magic for Katt Williams

    Katt Williams may be best known for his role as Money Mike in 2001’s “Friday After Next,” but this hilarious entertainer has a long history of comedy, acting, voice work, music and much more that spans long before his popular stint on the “Friday” movie sequel. Katt Williams, born Micah S. Katt...
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