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  • Kanye West makes surprise appearance with Dave Chappelle

    Kanye West makes surprise appearance with Dave Chappelle

    Dave Chappelle ended his first string of what were supposed to be solo dates at New York City's famed Radio City Music Hall with a bang, as Kanye West made a surprise appearance at his show on June 20. West treated the enthusiastic crowd to a medley of some of his biggest hits including “New Slaves...
  • Kevin Hart parlays successful stand-up career into movie stardom

    Kevin Hart parlays successful stand-up career into movie stardom

    Kevin Hart went from being a funny stand-up comedian to one of the most successful movie stars in the world through hard work and dedication. From making people laugh in packed houses to headlining box office blockbusters, Kevin Hart has proven to be one of the most marketable funnymen in...
  • Stand-up comedy in Spanish heads to Brooklyn

    Stand-up comedy in Spanish heads to Brooklyn

    For a city as multilingual as New York, it's shocking that so many events are only held in English. Stand up comedy appeals to people of all backgrounds and languages, and the more words one has available in different languages and dialects, the bigger the arsenal of jokes one has at her disposal...
  • 'Late Late Show' host Craig Ferguson also stand-up sensation

    'Late Late Show' host Craig Ferguson also stand-up sensation

    You know Craig Ferguson as the longtime host of CBS's "The Late Late Show," or maybe from his earlier role as department-store boss Nigel Wick on ABC's sitcom "The Drew Carey Show." What you might not know is that Ferguson first found success as a stand-up comedian, in the most unlikely of ways...
  • Chelsea Handler teams up with Netflix for new talk show and special

    Chelsea Handler teams up with Netflix for new talk show and special

    Netflix has announced that it is scooping up “Chelsea Lately” host Chelsea Handler for a new late-night-style talk show that will air on the streaming service in early-2016. Handler previously announced her plans to part ways from the E! Network, which she calls a “sad, sad place to live,” when her...
  • Bill Engvall: more than 30 years of blue-collar comedy

    Bill Engvall: more than 30 years of blue-collar comedy

    Bill Engvall is best known for his "Here's Your Sign" bit, or maybe for co-creating the sitcom that Jennifer Lawrence was on before she was a star. But the folksy stand-up comedian from Texas has done a lot of other things over a career that started more than three decades ago, and he's still making...
  • Laugh Sundays away at East Village Social's Murder Room

    Laugh Sundays away at East Village Social's Murder Room

    With the impending doom of Monday morning just hours away, Sunday night you may just want to walk into a place called "Murder Room." But at East Village Social (126 St Marks Place), the name is not literal. Unless you die of laughter. The weekly comedy series gives up and coming stand-up comedians...
  • Movie review:  'Think Like a Man Too' doubles down on laughs

    Movie review: 'Think Like a Man Too' doubles down on laughs

    Kevin Hart's Cedric - and his group of friends - return to the big screen for the sequel to the 2012 hit comedy, Think Like a Man, which was based on the best-selling book of the same name by Steve Harvey. In Think Like a Man Too (opening today) the group travels to Las Vegas for the bachelor...
  • Dave Chappelle explains faux feud with Katt Williams

    Dave Chappelle explains faux feud with Katt Williams

    “Half Baked” comedian Dave Chappelle recently stopped by “The Tonight Show” to chat with Jimmy Fallon and catch up with his “Dave Chappelle's Block Party” pals The Roots. During the visit the comedian talked about meeting Kanye West, Fallon's fame and how Prince got away with using Chappelle's image...
  • Ellen DeGeneres: A comedianne for all

    Ellen DeGeneres: A comedianne for all

    Most of America laughed when Ellen Morgan came out on "Ellen" in 1997. The character, played by comedianne and actress Ellen DeGeneres, denied her sexuality by attempting to be intimate with her friend Richard. Morgan's coming out scene later in the episode made television history. DeGeneres paid...
  • OC Fair concert preview: Jeff Dunham

    OC Fair concert preview: Jeff Dunham

    It is rare for a non-musical act to headline the OC Fair show, but this year features two comedy acts taking the stage at the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa. Jeff Dunham is the first, bringing his world of stand-up ventriloquism to the big stage in Costa Mesa after taking his imaginary friends...
  • Comedian Sarah Silverman keeps the laughs coming

    Comedian Sarah Silverman keeps the laughs coming

    It’s not every comedian who can deliver a joke on a hot-button issue, turn out an Emmy-nominated performance on a TV show, and provide voiceover work for a children’s film, but funnywoman Sarah Silverman can do it all with finesse. With her acerbic wit, controversial subject matter, and joke...
  • Jeff Foxworthy works clean—and he's funny too

    Jeff Foxworthy works clean—and he's funny too

    Lots of comedians use swear words every other sentence, and make crude jokes about sex in the hopes of getting a few laughs. Not Jeff Foxworthy. He doesn’t work dirty; he works clean. And he’s very funny too. Sporting his familiar mustache (now peppered with gray), a crisp but casual long sleeve...
  • Howie Mandel is doing tons of projects, but his stand-up is one of the best

    Howie Mandel is doing tons of projects, but his stand-up is one of the best

    One of the most well-known names in entertainment today is that of comedian Howie Mandel, and his popularity and celebrity status is justified. He's a kind person, does a lot for others, is incredibly funny, and knows how to bring in an audience. His stand-up history proved that and it is why so...
  • Chris Hardwick's comedy is nerdy and full of inside jokes, but it's hilarious

    Chris Hardwick's comedy is nerdy and full of inside jokes, but it's hilarious

    Over the years, Chris Hardwick went from popular television show host to strictly stand-up comic and then back again. He brings the world of the Internet into the spotlight, but that isn't as simple as it sounds. Hardwick takes the darkest recesses of the World Wide Web and puts them in the face of...
  • Sinbad keeps it clean, still gets big laughs

    Sinbad keeps it clean, still gets big laughs

    Comedy these days is either full of gimmicks, props, political sides, or a lot of stuff that isn't always appropriate for the kids. While stand-up may not always be for the kids either, there are grown-ups that like their laughs clean too. And that is exactly what Sinbad has been doing for over 3...
  • Denis Leary's comedy not for the faint of heart

    Denis Leary's comedy not for the faint of heart

    Denis Leary's stand-up comedy is not for the faint of heart. Or the easily offended. Or the overly optimistic. Or anyone under the age of 18. But if you like your comedians to be of the adults-only variety, and are prepared to be laughing even when you don't think you're supposed to, the Emmy...
  • 'Whose Line' star Colin Mochrie is the best thing to come out of Canada

    'Whose Line' star Colin Mochrie is the best thing to come out of Canada

    Sorry, Justin Bieber. Colin Mochrie is the coolest performer to have come out of Canada since we started importing entertainment from our neighbors to the north. As a featured comedian on not one, not two but three versions of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?," he's made us laugh for most of our adult...
  • 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?' star Brad Sherwood taking risks on the road

    'Whose Line Is It Anyway?' star Brad Sherwood taking risks on the road

    Brad Sherwood is a household name; you just don't know that. As one of the regular cast members on the improvisational comedy series "Whose Line Is It Anyway?," he spent years being invited into our homes each week, making us laugh with the things he could come up with on the spot. Since then, he's...
  • Lewis Black is still the angriest man in show business

    Lewis Black is still the angriest man in show business

    At the age of 65, many people would be retiring. Not Lewis Black, who's still on a comedy rampage. Since the early 1980s, Black's persona of an Everyman whose frustrations with the world around him have pushed him to the brink of sanity has kept audiences laughing (and maybe just a little bit scared...
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