Get To Know A Comic You Probably Don't Know: Matt Goldich

Who? Matt is from Philadelphia, though he started performing in New York while he was a writer on Stump The Schwab. He went on to write for The Late Show with David Letterman.
Matt's style is subtle and hyperarticualte. Watch the first joke on his clip because it is one of my favorite jokes by a currently working… » 8/14/11 11:30am 8/14/11 11:30am

Dead Comedian Of The Week: Andy Kaufman, The Unlikely Bombthrower

For Comedy Week, we're running a handful of tributes in the vein of our Dead Wrestler of the Week series. Here, from the best book ever written about stand-up comedy, Phil Berger's The Last Laugh, we look at the evolution of Andy Kaufman, meshuga provocateur. » 8/12/11 4:25pm 8/12/11 4:25pm

Dead Comedian Of The Week: Mitch Hedberg, The Comic's Comic

For Comedy Week, we're running a handful of tributes in the vein of our Dead Wrestler of the Week series. Here, the Masked Man looks at the legacy of Mitch Hedberg, the surrealist who developed a cult following before his death in 2005—and an even bigger one after his death. » 8/12/11 2:20pm 8/12/11 2:20pm

Dead Comedian Of The Week: Vaughn Meader, Assassination Victim

For Comedy Week, we're running a handful of tributes in the vein of our Dead Wrestler of the Week series. Here, Alexander Woo, a writer and co-executive producer for HBO's True Blood, eulogizes Vaughn Meader, the wildly popular JFK impersonator whose star plummeted after the assassination of his subject. He died in… » 8/11/11 2:20pm 8/11/11 2:20pm

Get To Know A Comic You Probably Don't Know: Jessica Kirson

Who? Jessica Kirson started in New York. She's big but never uses it to self-pity or incur sympathy. She uses it to destroy. The hardest comics to follow on a show are the ones that change the rhythm of a room. A one-liner comic throws off the pattern for the comedians that follow because the audience adapted to that… » 8/11/11 1:20pm 8/11/11 1:20pm

Get To Know A Comic You Probably Don't Know: David Walton

Who? The entertainment industry makes no sense. It is capricious mix of talent, looks and most importantly, luck. Here is an example. There were two excellent comic actors in my college senior class. Both were charismatic, hard-working and good-looking dudes. They arranged a performance of Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross » 8/10/11 6:45pm 8/10/11 6:45pm

Our Resident Comedian Explains: How Do I Become A Comedy Writer?

Earlier, Drew mentioned the harrowing, unstable process of writing for TV. It is a blast if you get hired. If the show goes to series and you are staffed, you are now making around $200K minimum on a union show. That is more money than my family has made in generations. I would fill up my bathtub and swim in that… » 8/10/11 3:45pm 8/10/11 3:45pm