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Hit the replies to watch Bruce Springsteen and Jimmy Fallon skewer New Jersey governor Chris Christie over the recent "bridgegate" scandal with a parody version of "Born to Run." The performance appeared on last night's episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
Chris Collum on 01/15/14 - 07:54 AM
Hello, again. For those of you who don't know, I'm Cody, I'm the comedy staff member around here. I was for a little bit of last year, until I took a bit of a sabbatical to deal with my own comedic career. But I'm back now, though, albeit in a slightly lesser manner. News posting will be slim, unless I feel like they're topics/issues that definitely need to be seen by a larger audience. Gone completely are my album reviews, which shouldn't be too missed, since I only did like five. Coming back in full force, however, are my comedian interviews. I'm making time to fit these into my schedule, because 1.) I love learning from comedians, and 2.) Their unique perspectives almost always...
Cody Nelson on 01/08/14 - 06:40 AM
Hey, everyone. I know it's been awhile since you've heard from me on the news page. I'll deal with that in the morning with some new comedy content for you all. For now, though, I felt this article was the right way to end my sabbatical. Immense social everything site reddit is having a little bit of an internal struggle between their massive default subreddit /r/funny, which is a fairly self-explanatory name (though if you look at its content, it's really not) and the subreddit /r/standupshots, which features comedians posting their own material in easy-to-read imgur format. While not one of the biggest communities on the site, /r/standupshots is one of the most dedicated, but the...
Cody Nelson on 01/07/14 - 03:27 PM
Happy Holidays, everyone! The comedy thread regulars are over at Plug.DJ having a hilarious night playing their favorite bits. Feel free to head over and spin your favorite jokes!
Cody Nelson on 12/24/13 - 02:47 PM
Sorry about the week off and lack of notice, everyone. The guy that owns my house keeps telling me I have to pay rent or something, so I've been looking into getting another one of these "jobs" (before you say anything, yes, I tried running the old '...but I'm an acclaimed comedy journalist' routine by him; surprisingly ineffective) and unfortunately it got in the way of my AP duties for awhile, but I'm back, baby dolls, and with arguably my biggest guest yet. Director of films such as Wet Hot American Summer & Role Models and one of the main creative forces behind such shows as The State & Childrens Hospital, I sat down yesterday with the fantastic David Wain. So head over to my blog to...
Cody Nelson on 09/26/13 - 04:03 AM
Head to the replies to see the latest installment of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon's webseries "Worst I Ever Bombed," featuring Patton Oswalt, a stomach flu and a polite heckler.
Cody Nelson on 09/12/13 - 11:50 AM
Varying heavily from the format of recent talks, my newest "Behind the Bits" with stand-up legend Andy Kindler focuses much, much less on his career and places the spotlight on current comedy events and the state of the industry as a whole. While I'm biased, I consider this one a must-listen, even for non-comedy followers.There's not much else I can say without pointing you to the stream, so head over and give it a listen. It's lengthy, but it's the most enlightening conversation I've had with anyone in a very, very long time. Be sure to check back next week, when my guest is stand-up comic and the voice of Bob's Burgers' Gene Belcher, Eugene Mirman.
Cody Nelson on 09/10/13 - 09:28 PM
America's sweetheart Anthony Jeselnik is back on the road, and we've got a great prize for you guys: two tickets to his Asbury Park, NJ show at the Paramount Theatre this Friday, September 13th. Leave your name and email address in the replies (only if you are in the area and available to go), and a winner will be picked at random tomorrow. Tickets are still on sale for this particular show as well. Good luck, everyone!
Cody Nelson on 09/10/13 - 07:27 AM
Tickets for Jimmy Pardo's annual 12-hour podcast extravaganza The Pardcast-A-Thon have gone on sale. For a measly 10 bucks, you get half a day of the Never Not Funny gang, a plethora of fantastic guests, and as always, all proceeds go to Smile Train.
Cody Nelson on 09/09/13 - 07:12 PM
At the Chicago date of the Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival, Dave Chappelle had quite a bit to say about the crowd he had to deal with a few days prior in Hartford, CT (which can be read about here for those of you unaware). Head to the replies for the audio.

Update: Pedro Segarra, mayor of Hartford, CT, has issued a response to Chappelle's lashings out.
Cody Nelson on 09/05/13 - 08:07 AM
Funny or Die has posted a new Boardwalk Empire-themed sketch featuring everybody's favorite hitman Richard Harrow (Paul F. Tompkins). The video also features the gang from Superego.
Cody Nelson on 09/05/13 - 07:42 AM
So I know it's Thursday, but a couple things got swapped around last second, and so there was a bit of a delay and change on my latest installment of Behind the Bits; things will be back to normal next Wednesday with my guest Andy Kindler. For now, though, head on over to my blog to listen to my half-hour chat with the always-hilarious podcast master Jimmy Pardo. Slight disclaimer: while the audio is far better than it was on my previous chat with Neil Campbell, there's still some kinks being worked out.
Cody Nelson on 09/04/13 - 10:43 PM
Paul F. Tompkins' webseries Speakeasy has released a new episode with Pablo Schreiber of The Wire and Orange Is the New Black fame. Check it out in the replies.
Cody Nelson on 09/04/13 - 09:17 PM
Head over to TeamCoco's website to watch Rory Scovel performing what may very well be the fanciest set in the history of late-night stand-up comedy.
Cody Nelson on 09/04/13 - 11:33 AM
Robert Burke - music blogger for Yahoo Music, Rhapsody Radish, The Worst of the Worst, and board game designer - has announced his new project: The Offensive Band Name Generator. It is being funded via Kickstarter and allows you to come up with fake band names using cards.

Included:
330 3.5"X3.5" Word cards
60 3.5"X3.5" Album Cover cards
15 3.5"X3.5" Free Word cards
2 Band Name Theme Lists
1 Rulebook
High quality telescoping box
Ryan Gardner on 09/03/13 - 08:44 AM
A few AP users attended tonight's date of the Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Fest, at the end of which headliner Dave Chappelle had an unusual set. After about five minutes of trying to do his act per usual, repeated shouts of either praise or Chappelle's Show quotes from the crowd prompted him to say that 'you are wasting your money, I'm still getting paid.' As the shouting continued, he stopped his act, sat on the stage, and began smoking, refusing to continue until it quieted down. The audience began to turn on him, and Chappelle began saying how bad the crowd was. After about twenty-five minutes of back-and-forth with the crowd, he began reading from a book aloud on the edge of the...
Cody Nelson on 08/29/13 - 09:34 PM
Head to the replies to watch the trailer for Natasha Leggero's new webseries "Tubbin' With Tash," which features hot tubs, a crazy amount of guests, and most importantly, Moshe Kasher in numerous Speedos. The series premiere Wednesday, October 2nd on the buh Youtube channel.
Cody Nelson on 08/29/13 - 10:37 AM
Variety is reporting that Aziz Ansari's newest stand-up special "Buried Alive" will premiere exclusively on Netflix on November 1st.
Cody Nelson on 08/29/13 - 10:24 AM
The World's End stars Nick Frost & Simon Pegg recently laid down a cover of Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" that managed to trump the original in just about every way. Hit the replies to check it out.
Cody Nelson on 08/28/13 - 01:38 PM
Today's Behind The Bits is a bit of a departure, because I'm releasing it as an audio interview! I also did not plan on releasing it as an audio interview at first, which is why I paid no mind to the audio quality as I was recording it. So yes, I know it does not sound great, but can we move on? My talk with former UCB Artistic Director and Comedy Bang! Bang! head writer Neil Campbell is great otherwise, so head over to my blog and focus on the positives. Fear not, though, all the kinks were sufficiently worked out in time for my talk with next week's guest, Kumail Nanjiani.
Cody Nelson on 08/28/13 - 09:04 AM
Head to the replies to check out the newest installment of Comedy Central's web series This Is Not Happening, featuring Ari Shaffir and his night at a strip club.
Cody Nelson on 08/27/13 - 02:06 PM
Sponsored by the site Made Man and hosted by comedian Paul F. Tompkins, Speakeasy is a weekly webseries that has Tompkins sit down with a friend over a drink and just chat about whatever. Head to the replies to watch this week's episode, which features guest Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live) and topics such as South Park, trying stand-up and being nominated for an Emmy.
Cody Nelson on 08/27/13 - 01:57 PM
Head to the replies for the newest installment of "Worst I Ever Bombed," a Late Night With Jimmy Fallon web series chronicling just that. This week features Fallon head writer A.D. Miles and a college gig gone wrong.
Cody Nelson on 08/27/13 - 01:50 PM
Head to the replies to see The Daily Show fill-in host/correspondent John Oliver describing his worst stand-up set ever, which somehow managed to involve a broken bottle.
Cody Nelson on 08/22/13 - 01:36 PM
The New York Times has put together an unbelievably in-depth piece chronicling the audition process for 22 current and former Saturday Night Live cast members. For great acceptance (and rejection) stories, and to also get an idea of what goes into casting the show, take the time to give it a read.
Cody Nelson on 08/22/13 - 10:27 AM
Deepening his after-hours relationship with the network (which begun with his great series Insomniac), Comedy Central has just announced that comedian Dave Attell will be both hosting the network's first late-night uncensored stand-up show as well as premiering a new one-hour special of his own. Both projects will premiere sometime in 2014, and the press release can be found in the replies.
Cody Nelson on 08/22/13 - 10:20 AM
For those of you who missed the post last time around, our friends over at TheLaughButton.com are running a weekly series called "The Laugh Button Inquisition," which revolves around asking comedians a single question. Head to the replies for the newest installment, 'Are there any topics that are off-limits?'
Cody Nelson on 08/21/13 - 08:49 AM
In addition to the initial handful of roasters announced, Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Andy Samberg (SNL, The Lonely Island) and Aziz Ansari (Parks & Recreation) will also be taking part in The Roast of James Franco. I think I speak for most of when I say this thing is really coming together.
Cody Nelson on 08/21/13 - 08:18 AM
It's Wednesday morning, so I'm very excited to unveil the newest Behind The Bits installment: the second part of my talk with Paul F. Tompkins. We touch on everything here; podcasts, Rescue Dawn, mythical creatures.....death? Who knows! You'll have to read it to find out. As always, head over to my blog to check it out, and I'll see you all here next week with a great talk with one of my favorite people, Comedy Bang! Bang! TV show head writer and improviser extraordinaire Neil Campbell.
Yeah, its more whats a ridiculous thing this person would never do? You know? And that, to me, is the fun. You try avoid just rambling off career highlights and quoting lines from their movies; it...
Cody Nelson on 08/21/13 - 05:03 AM
Available in the replies or on his website, comic Dan Telfer has released his latest half-hour special Live At the Beat Kitchen for free. Also in the replies is Telfer's rationale behind giving the special away as opposed to taking after the $5 approach we've seen often recently.
Cody Nelson on 08/20/13 - 06:58 AM
In a true moment of art imitating life, Prince has put Dave Chappelle as Prince from the famous Chappelle's Show sketch on the cover of his new single, "Breakfast Can Wait." Stream the song and behold the glory in the replies.
Blake Solomon on 08/19/13 - 08:59 AM
Head to the replies to see Kurt Braunohler's set from Conan last night, and be sure to pick up his debut album How Do I Land?, out next Tuesday through Kill Rock Stars.
Cody Nelson on 08/16/13 - 01:39 PM
The Paley Center For Media has recently released decades-old interviews with Jon Stewart (soon after the cancellation of MTV's The Jon Stewart Show) and Louis CK (during his tenure as a writer on Late Night with Conan O'Brien). Easily worth watching for fans of either comic.
Cody Nelson on 08/16/13 - 07:48 AM
I am beyond excited to unveil what we've landed today. With over 20 years in the industry, Jim Norton has become one of the biggest names not only in dark comedy, but simply in comedy on the whole. Frequently regarded as the 'third mic' on the Opie & Anthony radio show, Norton feels no topic is taboo, and it doesn't take long for that mindset to shine through on any of his specials. We're lucky enough to have an exclusive stream of Norton's newest album Please Be Offended running all day today. Tackling such subjects as the Westboro Baptist Church and the Ground Zero mosque, this record is definitely controversial and definitely hilarious. Head to the replies to give it a listen, and...
Cody Nelson on 08/16/13 - 07:21 AM
Featuring nearly the entire Bob's Burgers cast as well as Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Jim Gaffigan and Wyatt Cenac (among many others), the lineup, schedule and pricing for the 2013 Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival can be found on Splitsider. The festival runs from Sept. 26th-29th and tickets are available now at either of the previous links.
Cody Nelson on 08/16/13 - 07:00 AM
Running the gamut from sketch to improv to stand-up and shining the spotlight on both veteran comics & rising stars (among which are the likes of Chris Gethard, Aparla Nancherla and Dan Soder), the 1st Annual Brooklyn Comedy Festival is quickly approaching. Luckily for you East coasters, however, our friends over at The Laugh Button (it's their day here today, I guess) are giving away three free passes to this great 5-day showcase beginning on August 19th. All you have to do is be over 21, head over to the contest page, fill out a couple quick boxes, and the rest is left to fate. If you're in the area and able, try your hardest to go regardless; the lineup is stellar for a first-year...
Cody Nelson on 08/15/13 - 12:39 PM
One of my favorite comedy sites TheLaughButton.com has put up a cool new video feature called The Laugh Button Inquisition, which revolves around asking several comedians one single question. Nearly two dozen comedians were questioned, including Kyle Kinane, Paul F. Tompkins, Kumail Nanjiani and Pete Holmes. Head to the replies to check out a few of the videos, and hit up TLB's Youtube page for the rest. They will be released weekly throughout the rest of the year.
Cody Nelson on 08/15/13 - 09:56 AM
Today, I'm very excited to be kicking off a feature that is 1.) my first real jaunt into original content as a staff member, and 2.) going to be a big player as far as comedy coverage on the site goes when looking into the future. I got the chance to have the wonderful Paul F. Tompkins be the first interviewee for my column Behind The Bits, which hopes to gather an in-depth look at the world of stand-up comedy. Head over to my blog to get more of a lowdown on this segment & to read the first half of our chat, and be sure keep an eye out here every Wednesday for future installments.
You know, I actually worry about the opposite. If Im talking about my experiences working on a movie, I...
Cody Nelson on 08/14/13 - 06:45 AM
Comedienne and Laughspin guest columnist Cameron Esposito put together a wonderful, thought-provoking piece on being a gay comic, homophobia in comedy, and being heckled by other stand-ups. Check it out here.
For years guys would come up to me other comics, audience members, married heterosexual audience member couples and proposition me after shows. I would be just talking about my life having a girlfriend, going to a movie with that girlfriend, whatever and for some reason, that would get folks going. Theyd want to talk to me about my sex life, or worse, their sex life. And the thing is, Im not into men. Because Im a lesbian. So Im not into men.
Cody Nelson on 08/13/13 - 10:36 AM
Fresh off the heels of the Seth Rogen Roastmaster announcement, we have a released list of the first group of roasters taking part in the Roast of James Franco (airing this Labor Day, Sept. 2nd), and let's just say, I don't think many of you will be disappointed. More roasters (as well as talent in audience attendance) are yet to be announced.
Cody Nelson on 08/13/13 - 08:50 AM
Headlined by names such as Larry David, Bill Maher and Anthony Jeselnik, the first handful of the (presumably) still-growing list of acts for the 10th annual New York Comedy Festival has been released. Taking place from the 6th-10th of November, the list so far and presale ticket information can all be found here.
Cody Nelson on 08/08/13 - 10:03 AM
Head to the replies to check out the newest installment of Comedy Central's web series This Is Not Happening, featuring Doug Benson and an...interesting cruise ship experience.
Cody Nelson on 08/07/13 - 11:49 AM
In addition to the music bill which can be found here, the comedy list for Austin, TX's upcoming Fun Fun Fun Fest was recently released. Including performances from heavyweights such as Patton Oswalt and Tenacious D, the entire comedy stage lineup can be found in the replies.
Cody Nelson on 08/07/13 - 06:48 AM
The Roastmaster for the upcoming James Franco Roast (premiering on Labor Day) has been declared, and its none other than Franco's Pineapple Express co-star Seth Rogen. Head to the replies for an excerpt from the press release.
Cody Nelson on 08/02/13 - 01:46 PM
Head to the replies to watch the trailer for When Comedy Went To School, a documentary highlighting the resorts of the Catskills mountains and the unlikely role they played in the birth of stand-up comedy. More info on the film can be found here.
Cody Nelson on 08/01/13 - 12:22 PM
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