A bunch of great comedians talk about how impossible it is to be funny in 2018

Laughter is somehow different now. Blame Trump, blame outrage culture, or blame the terrifying rise of public shaming, but rarely does a week go by that some public (or even not-so-public figure) makes a joke that ignites a flurry of angry tweets and thinkpieces. Does this response fall under the umbrella of the First…

Chris Rock turns in half of a great special with his Netflix comeback

Appearing on Hannibal Buress’ podcast back in September, Chris Rock talked shop about the relatively small venue he’d chosen for Tamborine, his first stand-up special in a decade, and his first in a lucrative two-special deal with Netflix. Rock told Buress that the Brooklyn Academy Of Music’s comparatively homey…

This year’s list of the top 1,000 comedians has a perfectly 2017 spin to it

While some people may be satisfied with year-end lists consisting of 10 or even 20 entries— some of which are great and you should definitely go read them —others, like comedian Zach Broussard, set their sights a little higher. For the past four years, the L.A.-based comedian has been constructing his definitive list…

In his new standup special, Patton Oswalt makes a triumphant return from Annihilation

There’s no better standup working today than Patton Oswalt, his observational skills turning anecdotes into painfully funny short stories, and insults into dizzyingly nimble tirades. For the first 35 minutes of his new Netflix special, Patton Oswalt: Annihilation, Oswalt is the comic we expect, even as his elaborately…

Watch a guy bring jokes from Siri, Alexa, and other robots to an open mic night

Animals will always be cuter than humans. And robots will always be smarter. No one, though, will be funnier than us. We are the only entities on this planet capable of both conjuring and being able to appreciate the tightness and inherent tension of a well-told joke. That doesn’t mean the aforementioned entities…

Jim Tews makes a bold statement in this exclusive track from I Was In Band

Maybe it’s harsh to talk shit about New York City right after it gets pummeled by a snowstorm, but—it also snows in March here in Chicago, and you don’t hear us whining about it. Yeah, we said it! Come at us! And if a little gentle ribbing on the self-proclaimed “greatest city in the world” gets a sideways grin and a…

Netflix will try to make you laugh with a weekly stand-up special in 2017

Netflix’s, shall we say, aggressive efforts in enlisting famous comedians have not gone unnoticed here. Now, The Verge has information on the extent of its comedy strategy. Per the report, the streaming service will debut one new stand-up special a week for the rest of the year. This week, Mike Birbiglia’s Thank God…

Kellyanne Conway’s stand-up comedy routine has been unearthed, and it is atrocious

Today, we know Kellyanne Conway as the grinning, lifeless hack sent onto TV shows to drastically reconfigure the truth in the wake of her boss’s negligence. (Her official title for this is “counselor to the president”—fancy!) However, back in the late ’90s, she was known as Kellyanne Fitzpatrick, and at some point in…

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Pete Holmes makes some deceptively smart Faces And Sounds in new special

“I mostly do faces and sounds. That’s what I do. Comedy doesn’t have to be art.” So proclaims Pete Holmes partway through his new stand-up special, called, naturally, Faces And Sounds. In his comedy, Holmes cultivates his image as the goofy man-boy, the jovial, harmless jokester just out to make people laugh. And he…

In his thought-provoking special, Michael Che looks past the applause to what Matters

One challenge political stand-ups face that apolitical comics don’t is the burden of projecting correctness. Not “political correctness,” but being correct, politically. For someone like Michael Che, co-anchor of Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update (and, before that, a correspondent on The Daily Show), audiences…

In The New York Story, Colin Quinn looks to stereotypes for wisdom—and finds some

Over the past few years, Colin Quinn has organized his restless, garrulous shtick around single—if broad—subjects in a series of one-man shows. After the “all of world history” topic of 2011’s Long Story Short, Quinn pared things down to the U.S. Constitution and its effects in last year’s Unconstitutional. In The New…