Patton Oswalt


DVD addict. Film freak. Comic book connoisseur. Comedic Jedi master. Patton Oswalt says he’s a geek, but in actuality he’s more a guru with an abundance of comic wisdom: “Always treat the audience…

Louis C.K.


One look at Louis C.K.’s publicity still, which looks like a police mugshot, and one might glean that this is not your average, run-of-the-mill talent. Nor is this a normal person. Example: His…

Mitch Hedberg


Mitch Hedberg might epitomize the boy-man who refuses to grow up. He’s not going to toil away at something that smacks of routine or encroaches on his sense of wonder from what he loves to do most…

Lewis Black


After listening to Lewis Black’s act one night in 1989, a fellow comedian told him: “It sounds like you’re pretty ticked off at some things up there. Next time you go on stage, I want you to yell: ‘I…

Paul F. Tompkins


“Comedy has to evolve or it won’t be funny,” insists Paul F. Tompkins, steering open-mike night in the direction of Darwin. In a world where the terrain for comedians is all too familiar (from Elian…

Sarah Jones


Sarah Jones will be the first to inform you that she doesn’t consider herself a comedian. And if an abbreviated version of her solo theater piece “Surface Transit” wasn’t presented at this year’s…

Zach Galifianakis


“I don’t know exactly what alternative means,” says Zach Galifianakis. “I just play the coffee house and alternative rooms as they remind me of what comedy use to be before television arrived on the…

Maureen Cassidy


Call her crazy, but Maureen Cassidy doesn’t think landing her own sitcom represents the Holy Grail of standup comedy. “It’s such a gamble,” she says. “David Spade is really smart, because he chose to…

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