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Laugh Along to These 10 Comedian Podcasts
If you're a fan of stand-up comedy, you've got to read this list of 10 podcasts by comedians that you'll want to check out.
10 Tips to Help You Break into Stand-up Comedy
Check out this list of helpful tips on improving your act and getting over failure for new and struggling stand-up comedians.
Remembering 10 Hilarious Comedians Who Died Too...
Check out this list of comedians who passed away in their prime, including Lenny Bruce, John Belushi, Bernie Mac and Andy Kaufman
10 Funny (and Insightful) Political Comedians
Check out this list of the 10 best political stand-ups, from Bill Maher to Dennis Miller.
5 Funny Comedians Who Keep It Clean
Want to find some stand-up comedy without any foul language? Check out this list of five, including Jerry Seinfeld and Ellen DeGeneres
From Gilly to Kathie Lee: Kristen Wiig's 10...
Check out this list of the best characters Kristen Wiig played on Saturday Night Live, from Target Lady to Suze Orman.
10 Essential Blue Collar Comedians
Check out this list of 10 essential Blue Collar comedians, from Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy to a few new faces you'll want to check out.
10 Musical Comedians Every Comedy Fan Must Hear
Check out this list of 10 comedians who aren't afraid to pick up an instrument and sing a song, including Jimmy Fallon, Tom Lehrer, and Steve Martin.
11 Movies Based on SNL Sketches, for Better or...
Check out this list, from The Blues Brothers to MacGruber. Discover why a four-minute sketch doesn't always translate to a 90-minute movie.
How to Break Into Stand-Up Comedy
Before you start your career as a professional stand-up comedian, read these helpful tips about creating and working out material, climbing the comedy club ladder, what to do when you bomb and more.
10 Stand-Up Comedians You Need to Know
Check out my list of the 10 comedians who are making the biggest splash in stand-up today from Jeff Dunham to Kathy Griffin.
Why Stand-Up Comedy Experienced Such a Boom in...
History of Stand-up Comedy - Stand-up Comedy in the 1980s - Stand-up comedy exploded in the 1980s. Between the proliferation of comedy clubs and new TV shows devoted to comics, stand-up was everywhere during the decade.
Our 11 Favorite Movies About Stand-Up Comedy
Check out this list of 11 movies about stand-up comedy, from Punchline to Funny People.
The Birth of Modern Stand-Up: Comedy in the '70s
The 1970s marked the birth of modern stand-up comedy. From the appearance of a new generation of comedians to the rise of the comedy club, read about the decade that changed stand-up forever.
How to Break Into Stand-up Comedy
Before you start your career as a professional stand-up comedian, read these helpful tips about creating and working out material, climbing the comedy club ladder, what to do when you bomb and more. Page 2.
20 Mitch Hedberg Quotes to Leave You Laughing
Read a list of the best jokes and quotes from the late, great stand-up comedian Mitch Hedberg.
The 5 Best Insult Comedians of All Time
Check out this list of the best insult comedians of all time or I'll call you names.
Justin Timberlake's 8 Funniest Sketches on SNL
Check out this list of the best Saturday Night Live sketches starring musician and actor Justin Timberlake.
Stand-up Comedy in the 1990s
History of Stand-up Comedy - Stand-up Comedy in the 1990s - All good things must come to an end. Read about the decade that saw the near-death and rebirth of stand-up comedy.
Slapstick Comedy
Learn about slapstick comedy: what it is, who are slapstick comedians and more.
The Top Five Most Sarcastic Comedians
Check out this list of the most sarcastic comedians working in stand-up today.
Ellen DeGeneres - Biography
Read a profile of comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.
SNL Season 39 Episode Recaps
Check out episode recaps, sketch highlights and photos from Saturday Night Live Season 39.
The Best Saturday Night Live Christmas Sketches
Check out this list of the best Christmas and holiday sketches from Saturday Night Live.
Breaking into Stand-up Comedy - How to Dress...
So you're ready to break into stand-up comedy, but now you're wondering how to dress for your stand-up comedy gig. Check out these helpful suggestions before stepping out on stage.
Gabriel Iglesias Biography
Read a profile of comedian Gabriel Iglesias, the man behind the comedy specials 'Hot and Fluffy' and 'I'm not Fat...I'm Fluffy.'
Who Is Kevin Hart?
Reminiscent of Richard Pryor and a young Eddie Murphy, Hart combines comedy culled from his own life with a quick, energetic delivery.
The Top Five Funniest Will Ferrell Movies
Check out this list of the five funniest movies starring former Saturday Night Live cast member Will Ferrell, from Anchorman to Elf.
Blue Humor
: "Blue" humor involves material that's typically considered more "adult"; it can include swearing or
Top 20 Jokes at the Comedy Central Roast of...
Check out a rundown of the 20 best jokes and one-liners from the Comedy Central Roast of Larry the Cable Guy, featuring appearances by Lisa Lampanelli, Jeff Foxworthy, Toby Keith, Jeffrey Ross and more. Original air date 3/15/09.
The Top 20 Jokes at the Comedy Central Roast of...
Check out this list of the best jokes from the Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump.
The Five Worst Adam Sandler Movies
Comedian, actor and former Saturday Night Live star Adam Sandler became one of the biggest comedy film stars of all time thanks to a run of box office hits running from the mid-'90s through today.
Top 10 SNL Digital Shorts
Check out this list of the top 10 Digital Shorts on Saturday Night Live, from Lazy Sunday to the Tizzle Wizzle Show.
Jeff Dunham - Biography
Read this profile of puppet comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham, winner of the 2008 Comedy Central Stand-up Showdown and star of stand-up specials Spark of Insanity and Jeff Dunham's Very Special Christmas Special.
The Top 5 Musical Comedy Teams
Check out this list of the best musical comedy teams, from Tenacious D to God's Pottery.
Comedians Who Have Won Oscars
Want to see which comedians have been nominated for Academy Awards and which ones have won? Check out this list to see how comics have fared on Hollywood's biggest night.
The Five Funniest Eddie Murphy Movies
Check out this list of the five funniest movies from comedy superstar Eddie Murphy.
Hack - Definition
Find out what it means when someone is a hack in stand-up comedy thanks to this comedy glossary definition.
Roast - Definition
Find out what a roast is in the comedy world.
Comics to Film: Comedians Who Became Movie Stars
Check out this list of comedians who successfully made the leap to becoming movie stars, from Steve Martin to Russell Brand.
The State - Profile
Read a profile of the 1990s sketch comedy group The State, who had their own show on MTV and have now branched off into projects such as Reno 911!, Wet Hot American Summer and Stella.
10 Best Sitcoms Based Around Comedians
Check out this list of the 10 best sitcoms based around comedians ever to air on television.
Breaking In to Stand-up: Organizing Your Own...
Check out these tips on how to organize your own open mic night for a do-it-yourself approach on breaking in to stand-up comedy.
Sam Kinison - Biography
Sam Kinison was a lot of things -- preacher, comedian, would-be rock star -- but boring was never one of them. Read about this comic whose life was cut short, but whose signature scream lives on.
The 20 Best Jokes at the Comedy Central Roast...
Check out this list of the best jokes, one liners and insults from the Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen.
Louis C.K. Biography
Read this profile of comedian, writer and director Louis C.K., star of the HBO sitcom Lucky Louie and the stand-up specials Shameless and Chewed Up.
Jo Koy - Biography
Read a biography of stand-up comedian Jo Koy, a frequent guest on Chelsea Lately with two hour-long Comedy Central stand-up specials under his belt.
The History of Stand-up Comedy
History of Stand-up Comedy - The History of Stand-up Comedy - Read all about the history of stand-up comedy, from the birth of modern stand-up in the 1970s through the boom and collapse in the '80s and '90s through today.
Top 5 Steve Martin Comedies
Once a hugely successful stand-up comic, Steve Martin has been starring in films since the late 1970s. Since then, he has gone on to become of the most popular and enduring comedic actors of all time. Check out this list of his five funniest movies.
The 25 Best Jokes at the Comedy Central Roast...
Check out this list of the 25 best jokes at the Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne.
Dane Cook - Biography
Read all about Dane Cook, one of the most popular stand-up comics working today. Get biographical information and learn about the comedian's CDs, film and television appearances.
Blue Collar Comedy
Learn what Blue Collar Comedy is and who qualifies as a Blue Collar Comedian.
Jim Gaffigan - Profile
Read a profile of stand-up comedian and actor Jim Gaffigan, star of the TBS comedy series My Boys and author of the comedy albums Beyond the Pale, The Last Supper, King Baby and more.
Sarah Silverman - Biography
Don't let comedian/actress Sarah Silverman's sweetness and beauty fool you -- she's a dark, vulgar and hilarious comic, and there's more going on behind her pretty face. There's a pretty brain.
Blue Collar Comedy Tour - Profile
The Blue Collar Comedy Tour started out as a packaged comedy tour, but turned into its own marketing empire. Read about the tour here.
Ron White - Profile
Read a profile of Grammy-nominated comedian and author Ron White, one of the comics on the Blue Collar Comedy Tour and famous for specials and albums like Drunk in Public, You Can't Fix Stupid and They Call Me Tater Salad.
Brian Regan - Biography
Read a biograhy of stand-up comedian Brian Regan, with details about his life, stand-up career, albums and more.
Bill Engvall - Biography
Read a profile of comedian Bill Engvall, an original member of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour and star of the Bill Engvall show on TBS.
Saturday Night Live Episode Recap
Justin Timberlake was host and musical guest of Saturday Night Live episode 3516, his fifth time hosting the show. Original air date 3/9/13.
Bill Hicks - Biography
Read a biography of the hugely influential comedian, the late Bill Hicks.
George Lopez - Biography
Read a biography of comedian, actor and talk show host George Lopez, the former host of Lopez Tonight on TBS.
Tammy Pescatelli - Biography
Read a biography of Last Comic Standing contestant and stand-up comedian Tammy Pescatelli, winner of the 2010 Stand-up Showdown on Comedy Central.
10 Political Comedies Starring Comedians
Comedians in Political Comedies - Political Movies - 10 Comedians in Political Comedies - List of 10 political comedies starring stand-up and sketch comedians.
Redd Foxx - Biography
Read a biography of legendary and influential comedian Redd Foxx, star of TVs Sanford and Son and a comedian who broke down racial barriers.
Top 9 Sketch Comedy Shows of the 1990s
Do you think Saturday Night Live fell apart after Chris Farley left? Do you believe MAD TV was funnier than The Kids in the Hall? Do you remember a time when Jennifer Aniston acted in sketch comedy? See if you agree with these picks for the 9 best shows from the biggest decade in TV sketch comedy.
The Top 10 'Mr. Show' Sketches
While it can be argued whether or not Mr. Show with Bob and David is the best sketch show of all time,
Daniel Tosh - Biography
Read a profile of stand-up comedian Daniel Tosh, host of the internet clip show 'Tosh.0' on Comedy Central and author of the comedy album 'True Stories I Made Up.'
Just for Laughs Chicago: 10 To See at the Just...
Check out this list of 10 shows you should see at the 2009 Just for Laughs Chicago festival, running June 17 - 21.
Amy Schumer - Biography
Read a biography of stand-up comedian and Last Comic Standing contestant Amy Schumer.
Alternative Comedy
Alternative comedy is a style of comedy that could be considered antithetical to traditional setup/punchline stand-up comedy.
Nick Swardson - Biography
Read a profile of comedian and actor Nick Swardson, star of several Adam Sandler comedies and with albums like 'Seriously, Who Farted?'.
The Five Funniest Chevy Chase Movies
What are the five funniest movies starring '80s comedy icon Chevy Chase? Look no further than this list.
Bo Burnham Biography
Read a profile of freakishly young stand-up comedian Bo Burnham, a comic and musician with the albums
Kathleen Madigan - Biography
Read a biography of stand up comedian Kathleen Madigan, a finalist on Last Comic Standing and host of her own show on Blue Collar Radion on SIRIUS Satellite Radio.
Bit
A 'bit' in stand-up comedy is an individual routine on a certain topic.
Kevin James - Biography
Read a profile of stand-up comedian and actor Kevin James, star of 'The King of Queens' and movies like 'Hitch' and 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop.'
Mitch Hedberg - Biography
Read a biography of the late, great stand-up comedian Mitch Hedberg, king of the deadpan one-liner and author of the classic albums 'Mitch All Together' and 'Do You Believe in Gosh?'.
Eddie Murphy - Biography
Read a biography of stand-up comedian and actor Eddie Murphy, star of stand-up concert movies Delirious and Eddie Murphy: Raw as well as 48 Hrs., Trading Places, The Nutty Professor and more.
Heckling - Definition
What does it mean when a comedian gets 'heckled'? Find out here.
Tracy Morgan Biography
Read a biography of comedian, former Saturday Night Live cast member and 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan.
5 Stand-up Concert Movies You Should See
Read this list of five stand-up comedy concert films you should see, from Bill Cosby to Kevin Hart.
Tom Papa - Biography
Read a biography of stand-up comedian and actor Tom Papa, host of The Marriage Ref on NBC.
T.J. Miller - Biography
Read a biography of stand-up comedian and actor T.J. Miller, star of movies such as 'Cloverfield' and 'She's Out of My League.'
Mitch Fatel - Biography
Read a profile of stand-up comedian Mitch Fatel.
Norm Macdonald - Biography
Read a biography of stand up comedian and actor Norm Macdonald, former cast member of Saturday Night Live, star of the sitcom Norm and host of Sports Show with Norm Macdonald on Comedy Central.
Dennis Miller - Biography
Profile of comedian Dennis Miller, former Saturday Night Live cast member, talk show host and political comic.
The Five Funniest Adam Sandler Movies
Check out this list of Adam Sandler's five funniest movies.
Russell Peters - Biography
Read a biography of Canadian stand-up comedian Russell Peters, author of the comedy albums Outsourced and Red, White and Brown.
Lewis Black - Biography
Lewis Black Profile - Lewis Black Comedian - Profile of Comedian Lewis Black, host of Lewis Black's Root of All Evil on Comedy Central and Grammy award-winning stand-up comedian.
Whip It - Blu-ray Review
Read a review of Whip It on Blu-ray, starring Ellen Page, Kristen Wiig and Jimmy Fallon and directed by Drew Barrymore.
Whitney Cummings Biography
Read a biography of stand-up comedian Whitney Cummings, frequent guest on Chelsea Lately and the woman behind the album Emotional Ninja and the Comedy Central stand-up special Money Shot.
Steve Martin - Biography
Read a biography of comedian, actor, writer and musician Steve Martin, star of 'The Jerk,' the 'Cheaper by the Dozen Films' and more as well as the author of 'Born Standing Up,' a memoir about his life in comedy.
11 Comedians Who Tried (and Failed) to Become...
A lot of comedians successfully made the leap from stand-up comedy to the screen. A lot have also tried and failed. Check out this list of comedians who tried and failed to become movie stars.
The Top Five Funniest Bill Murray Comedies
Take a look at this list of the Top 5 Funniest Bill Murray comedies, from the 1980s to the present.
Martin Lawrence - Biography
Read a biography of stand-up comedian and actor Martin Lawrence, star of the long-running sitcom Martin.
Jim Jefferies: Biography
Read a biography of Australian comedian Jim Jeffries, star of the FX sitcom Legit.
Greg Giraldo - Biography
Read a profile of stand-up comedian Greg Giraldo, creator of the album 'Good Day to Cross a River' and the Comedy Central special 'Midlife Vices.'
Aziz Ansari - Biography
Read a biography of comedian and Parks and Recreation star Aziz Ansari.
Bombing (in Comedy) Definition
What are comedians talking about when they say that they bombed? Find out what bombing is here.
Kathy Griffin - Biography
Read a biography of stand-up comedian and star of 'My Life on the D-List' Kathy Griffin.
Hannibal Buress - Biography
Read a biography of stand-up comedian and Saturday Night Live writer Hannibal Buress, star of The Awkward Comedy Show and author of the comedy album Hi My Name is Hannibal.
Adam Sandler - Biography
Read a biography of comedy, actor and former Saturday Night Live cast member Adam Sandler, one of the most successful movie stars of all time.
Chelsea Handler - Biography
Read a biography of comedian, talk show host and author Chelsea Handler, host of Chelsea Lately on E! and star of Are You There Chelsea on NBC.
Chris Rock - Biography
Check out this profile of comedian Chris Rock, with information about his biography, comedy albums and career.
Jeff Ross - Biography
Born: September 13, 1965 Jeff Ross Overview: Known as the "Roastmaster General," Jeff Ross is a comic
Zach Galifianakis - Biography
Read a profile of stand-up comedian Zach Galifianakis, former Comedian of Comedy and star of the 2009 film The Hangover.
Andy Kaufman - Biography
A profile of the late comedian, who gained notoriety by developing bizarre characters and performed outlandish stunts.
Ricky Gervais - Biography
Read a biography of comedian, actor and director Ricky Gervais, co-creator of the original BBC The Office and the stand-up comic behind two 'Out of England' comedy specials.
Chris Hardwick - Biography
Read a biography of stand-up comedian and podcast host Chris Hardwick.
Jon Stewart - Profile
Read this profile of comedian Jon Stewart, host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show.
George Carlin - Biography
George Carlin was one of the best stand-up comics of all time. From his pioneering days in the '70s to his angry rants in the 2000s, his observations and societal critiques remain unparalleled. Read all about the Great One's life and work.
Paul Scheer - Biography
Read a biography of comedian and actor Paul Scheer, founding member of Human Giant and co-star of The League on FX.
Second City - Profile
Chicago's famous Second City helped give rise to improvisational and sketch comedy. Now open for over 50 years, Second City has become and institution and a franchise, with clubs open across the country. Read all about the history and famous alumni from Second City.
Mike Birbiglia - Biography
Read a biography of comedian, actor and off-Broadway star Mike Birbiglia.
2014 American Comedy Award Winners
Check out the nominees for the 2014 American Comedy Awards. This is the first time the awards have been held since 2001.
Gabriel Iglesias in The Fluffy Movie - Review
Read a review of The Fluffy Movie, the first-ever stand-up concert film from comedian Gabriel Iglesias. Original release date July 25, 2014.
Garfunkel and Oates - Biography
Read a biography of Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome, otherwise known as the musical comedy team of Garfunkel and Oates.
Lisa Lampanelli - Profile
Born: July 19, 1961 Quick Lisa Lampanelli Facts: Lisa Lampanelli was born in Trumbull, Connecticut. After
Gallagher - Biography
Read a biography of stand up comedian and legendary watermelon smasher Gallagher.
Jeff Dunham: Controlled Chaos - Stand-up...
Read a review of puppet comedian Jeff Dunham's 2011 stand-up comedy special Controlled Chaos.
John Mulaney - Profile
Read all about stand-up comedian and 'Saturday Night Live' writer John Mulaney, whose album 'The Top Part' is one of the funniest comedy albums of 2009.
Russell Brand - Biography
Check out this profile of controversial British comedian, actor and author Russell Brand, star of BBC radio and the stand-up special Russell Brand in New York City.
Patton Oswalt Biography
Chances are you recognize comedian Patton Oswalt from movies or TV. Now read all about the stand-up comic's life and work.
David Cross - Biography
Born: April 4, 1964 David Cross Overview: A pioneer of the "alternative" comedy movement, David Cross
Kristen Wiig - Biography
Read a profile of actress and Saturday Night Live cast member Kristen Wiig.
Jeff Dunham: Minding the Monsters - Stand-up...
Read a review of Jeff Dunham's 2012 Halloween comedy special Minding the Monsters.
Callback
A callback is a reference a comedian makes to an earlier joke in a set.
Nick Thune - Biography
Read a biography of guitar-playing musical stand-up comedian Nick Thune.
The Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump - Review
Another year, another Comedy Central roast. This time around, the main target was billionaire Donald
Bernie Mac - Biography
Check out this profile of comedian Bernie Mac, a successful actor and brilliant stand-up who was one of the Original Kings of Comedy.
Amy Schumer: Mostly Sex Stuff - Stand-up...
Read a review of Mostly Sex Stuff, the first stand-up special from Amy Schumer.
George Lopez: It's Not Me, It's You - Stand-up...
Read a review of It's Not Me, It's You, the 2012 stand-up special from comedian George Lopez.
Stephen Colbert - Biography
Stephen Colbert - Read this profile of Stephen Colbert, host of the The Colbert Report on Comedy Central and a cast member of The Daily Show and Strangers with Candy.
The Funniest Jokes at the Comedy Central Roast...
Read the funniest jokes and one-liners at the Comedy Central Roast of James Franco.
"Headliner"
: The headliner on a comedy bill is the "main event" -- the comic that typically has the most name recognition
SNL Season 34 Episode Recaps
Read complete episode recaps and watch video of Saturday Night Live season 34, the season that brought Tina Fey and Alaska governor Sarah Palin together and marked Amy Poehler's last year with the show.
Larry the Cable Guy - Biography
Read a biography of comedian Larry the Cable Guy, part of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour and star of movies like Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector and Witless Protection.
Sacha Baron Cohen - Biography
Read a profile of British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, star of Da Ali G show on HBO and the films 'Borat' and 'Bruno.' Nice!
Mo'Nique - Biography
Read a biography of stand-up comedian, talk show host and Golden Globe award-winning actress Mo'Nique.
Improvisation
Improvisation is a type of comedy where there is no script; the performers make up dialogue and situations as they go along.
Jimmy Fallon - Biography
Read this profile of Jimmy Fallon, former Saturday Night Live cast member and host of the NBC talk show Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
Don Rickles - Profile
Read a profile of comedian, actor and author Don Rickles, the all-time king of insult comedy with over 50 years performing stand-up.
The Improv - Profile
Opened: 1963 (New York) Location(s): Tempe, Arizona Brea, California Hollywood, California Irvine, California
Five Comedians Who Use Props
Not every stand-up comic takes the stage with just a microphone. Here are some comics who bring stuff on stage with them, from puppets to props to magic tricks.
Anthony Jeselnik - Biography
Read a biography of stand-up comedian Anthony Jeselnik, a former writer for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and star of several Comedy Central roasts.
20 Holiday Movies Starring Comedians
Holiday Movies Starring Comedians - Check out this list of 20 holiday movies starring comedians, from Laurel and Hardy to Will Ferrell to Katt Williams.
Mike Epps - Biography
Read a biography of comedian and actor Mike Epps, star of 'Next Friday' and former host of HBO's Def Comedy Jam.
Emcee
: The emcee, as it pertains to comedy, is the "host" of a show at a comedy club. The emcee is usually
Wanda Sykes - Biography
Read a profile of stand-up comedian, actress and writer Wanda Sykes, a cast member on 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' and 'The New Adventures of Old Christine.'
Doug Benson - Biography
Read a profile of stand-up comedian and 'Super High Me' star Doug Benson, creator of the comedy albums 'Professional Humoredian' and 'Unbalanced Load.'
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