I understand comedy clubs and booking agents fighting for territory, but I think it's a losing path. Comedy clubs and booking agents need to work hand-in-hand to promote comedy, and support comedians.
As great as he was on stage, his offstage actions made a believer of a teenager who was celebrating his first night as a comedy club owner back in 1979. It was a first encounter I will never forget.
Atlantic City NJ has been compared to Las Vegas' younger, smaller, less glamorous sister, but Jersey Shore fans are quick to point out one glaring and crucial difference.
Dave Brenner was in our living room with remarkable regularity, a saturation level I've never seen equaled since. He was a guest on the Tonight Show, he hosted the Tonight Show, he was on Merv Grifﬁn, he was on Mike Douglas (for weeks at a time), he was on game shows... and, it seemed to me, always with new material. That kind of proliﬁc consistency takes a lot of hard work and dedication -- something I sensed would hit home with my dad.
I am issuing a challenge to our nation's stand-up comedians. Before you accept, I suggest you call, email, text and tweet the best joke writers you know because you're going to need them. Ready?
In every service industry, there is always a customer who, despite having never done the job on which they feel the need to offer critique, gives instructive thoughts on how exactly they think it could be better done. Stand-up comics are no exception.
You know all of those comedy shows, movies, books, specials, albums and podcasts that your friends can't believe you haven't seen and which they swear will change your life? Well, we've got a long list of them, too. So we're taking a cue from our friends over at HuffPost Books, who recently launched an awesome book club, and starting the HuffPost Comedy Club.