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Remembering 11 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
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.
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.
Robin Williams Biography
Read a biography of comedian and actor Robin Williams, star of movies such as Popeye, The World According to Garp, Flubber and the winner of the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Good Will Hunting in 1997.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our 11 Favorite Movies About Stand-Up Comedy
Check out this list of 11 movies about stand-up comedy, from Punchline to Funny People.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Slapstick Comedy
Learn about slapstick comedy: what it is, who are slapstick comedians and more.
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.
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.
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.
Ellen DeGeneres - Biography
Read a profile of comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.
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.
Phyllis Diller - Biography
Read all about pioneering female comedian Phyllis Diller.
The Top Five Most Sarcastic Comedians
Check out this list of the most sarcastic comedians working in stand-up today.
SNL Season 39 Episode Recaps
Check out episode recaps, sketch highlights and photos from Saturday Night Live Season 39.
Hack - Definition
Find out what it means when someone is a hack in stand-up comedy thanks to this comedy glossary definition.
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 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.
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.
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.
Top 20 Jokes at the Comedy Central Roast of...
Check out this list of the best jokes and one-liners told at the Comedy Central Roast of David Hasselhoff, featuring Greg Giraldo, Whitney Cummings, Lisa Lampanelli, Pamela Anderson and more.
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.
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.
Brian Regan - Biography
Read a biograhy of stand-up comedian Brian Regan, with details about his life, stand-up career, albums and more.
Blue Humor
: "Blue" humor involves material that's typically considered more "adult"; it can include swearing or
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.
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.
Chris Rock - Biography
Check out this profile of comedian Chris Rock, with information about his biography, comedy albums and career.
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.
The Five Funniest Eddie Murphy Movies
Check out this list of the five funniest movies from comedy superstar Eddie Murphy.
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.
The Top 5 Musical Comedy Teams
Check out this list of the best musical comedy teams, from Tenacious D to God's Pottery.
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.'
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.
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.'
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?'.
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.
George Lopez - Biography
Read a biography of comedian, actor and talk show host George Lopez, the former host of Lopez Tonight on TBS.
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.
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.
Blue Collar Comedy
Learn what Blue Collar Comedy is and who qualifies as a Blue Collar Comedian.
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.
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.
Bo Burnham Biography
Read a profile of freakishly young stand-up comedian Bo Burnham, a comic and musician with the albums
Andy Kaufman - Biography
A profile of the late comedian, who gained notoriety by developing bizarre characters and performed outlandish stunts.
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.
Remembering Robin Williams with Five Funny Films
Read this list of the funniest movies made by comedian and Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams, a true legend of comedy and a life cut too short.
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,
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.
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.'
Bombing (in Comedy) Definition
What are comedians talking about when they say that they bombed? Find out what bombing is here.
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.'
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.
Russell Peters - Biography
Read a biography of Canadian stand-up comedian Russell Peters, author of the comedy albums Outsourced and Red, White and Brown.
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.
Roast - Definition
Find out what a roast is in the comedy world.
Donnell Rawlings - Biography
Read a biography of stand-up comedian and Chappelle's Show star Donnell Rawlings.
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.
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.
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.
Dennis Miller - Biography
Profile of comedian Dennis Miller, former Saturday Night Live cast member, talk show host and political comic.
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.
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.
Aziz Ansari - Biography
Read a biography of comedian and Parks and Recreation star Aziz Ansari.
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.
Alternative Comedy
Alternative comedy is a style of comedy that could be considered antithetical to traditional setup/punchline stand-up comedy.
Bit
A 'bit' in stand-up comedy is an individual routine on a certain topic.
The Five Funniest Chevy Chase Movies
What are the five funniest movies starring '80s comedy icon Chevy Chase? Look no further than this list.
Inside the Actor's Studio with Robin Williams...
Robin Williams Inside the Actors Studio DVD Review - Robin Williams - Review of Robin Williams Inside the Actors Studio DVD
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.
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.
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.
Horror Films Starring Comedians
Check out this list of horror films starring comedians including Dennis Miller, Eddie Murphy, Chris Kattan, Pauly Shore and more.
Gallagher - Biography
Read a biography of stand up comedian and legendary watermelon smasher Gallagher.
Jim Jefferies: Biography
Read a biography of Australian comedian Jim Jeffries, star of the FX sitcom Legit.
Amy Schumer - Biography
Read a biography of stand-up comedian and Last Comic Standing contestant Amy Schumer.
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.
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.
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.
10 Best Sitcoms Based Around Comedians
Check out this list of the 10 best sitcoms based around comedians ever to air on television.
Garfunkel and Oates - Biography
Read a biography of Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome, otherwise known as the musical comedy team of Garfunkel and Oates.
Nick Kroll - Biography
Read a biography of comedian and actor Nick Kroll, star of The League on FX.
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.
Eddie Izzard - Biography
Read a biography of British comedian and actor Eddie Izzard.
Lisa Lampanelli - Profile
Born: July 19, 1961 Quick Lisa Lampanelli Facts: Lisa Lampanelli was born in Trumbull, Connecticut. After
Callback
A callback is a reference a comedian makes to an earlier joke in a set.
Mike Birbiglia - Biography
Read a biography of comedian, actor and off-Broadway star Mike Birbiglia.
The Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump - Review
Another year, another Comedy Central roast. This time around, the main target was billionaire Donald
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.
Patrice O'Neal - Biography
Real a biography of stand-up comedian Patrice O'Neal, former host of VH1's Web Junk and frequent guest on The Opie and Anthony radio show.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Amy Schumer: Mostly Sex Stuff - Stand-up...
Read a review of Mostly Sex Stuff, the first stand-up special from Amy Schumer.
Louis CK: Oh My God - Stand-up Special Review
Read a review of Oh My God, the 2013 HBO comedy special from Louis CK.
Bo Burnham: Bo Burnham - Review
Read a review of the debut album by comedian Bo Burnham, featuring the song 'Bo Fo Sho.'
Heckling - Definition
What does it mean when a comedian gets 'heckled'? Find out here.
Tom Papa - Biography
Read a biography of stand-up comedian and actor Tom Papa, host of The Marriage Ref on NBC.
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.
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.
Kristen Wiig - Biography
Read a profile of actress and Saturday Night Live cast member Kristen Wiig.
Denis Leary - Biography
Read this profile of comedian and actor Denis Leary, star of TV's 'Rescue Me' and author of the comedy album 'No Cure for Cancer' and the book 'Why We Suck: A Feel Good Guide to Staying Fat, Loud, Lazy and Stupid.'
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?'.
Feature
A feature comic is typically the second comic on the bill at a comedy club, following the emcee and preceding the headliner.
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.
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.
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.
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.'
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.
Garry Shandling - Biography
Read a profile of comedian and actor Garry Shandling, creator and star of It's Garry Shandling's Show and The Larry Sanders Show.
"Headliner"
: The headliner on a comedy bill is the "main event" -- the comic that typically has the most name recognition
Chris Hardwick - Biography
Read a biography of stand-up comedian and podcast host Chris Hardwick.
Roseanne Barr - Biography
Read a biography of comedian Roseanne Barr, star of the long-running TV sitcom 'Roseanne.'
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.'
Joe Rogan - Biography
Read a biography of stand-up comedian, actor and Fear Factor host Joe Rogan.
The Funniest Jokes at the Comedy Central Roast...
Read the funniest jokes and one-liners at the Comedy Central Roast of James Franco.
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.
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.
Jonathan Winters - Biography
Read a biography of stand-up comedian Jonathan Winters.
The King of Queens - Profile
Comedian Kevin James starred on this long-running CBS sitcom about a working-class couple living in New York.
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.
Brian Posehn - Biography
Read a biography of stand-up comedian and actor Brian Posehn.
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.
Janeane Garofalo - Biography
Check out this profile of actress and comedian Janeane Garofalo, with information about her stand-up comedy and film and television career.
Martin Lawrence - Biography
Read a biography of stand-up comedian and actor Martin Lawrence, star of the long-running sitcom Martin.
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.
Zach Galifianakis - Biography
Read a profile of stand-up comedian Zach Galifianakis, former Comedian of Comedy and star of the 2009 film The Hangover.
Nick Thune - Biography
Read a biography of guitar-playing musical stand-up comedian Nick Thune.
Marc Maron - Biography
Read a biography of stand-up comedian Marc Maron, former host of Air America radio and current host of the WTF podcast.
Mo'Nique - Biography
Read a biography of stand-up comedian, talk show host and Golden Globe award-winning actress Mo'Nique.
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.
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