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  • April 23, 2014 7:30 pmADVENTURE FRIENDS PRESENT A SKETCH HAROLD + SABOTAGE @ PHIT
  • April 23, 2014 9:00 pmOUTSIDE VOICES + THIS IS YOUR CAPTAIN @ PHIT
  • April 23, 2014 10:00 pmOUTSIDE VOICES @ PHIT
  • April 24, 2014 7:30 pmPHIT PRESENTS: MILLENNIUM QUEST: WARP JAWN
  • April 24, 2014 9:00 pmCHEAT CODE W. SPECIAL GUESTS @ PHIT
  • April 24, 2014 9:00 pmThe Comedy Attic
  • April 24, 2014 10:30 pmHOUSE OF BLACK @ PHIT
  • April 25, 2014 7:00 pmThe Comedy Works
  • April 25, 2014 7:30 pmPHIT PRESENTS: MILLENNIUM QUEST: WARP JAWN
  • April 25, 2014 8:00 pmCrazy Cow Comedy
  • April 25, 2014 8:00 pmThe N Crowd
  • April 25, 2014 9:00 pmCHEAT CODE W. SPECIAL GUESTS @ PHIT
  • April 25, 2014 10:30 pmSTORY UP! AFTER DARK @ PHIT
  • April 25, 2014 11:00 pmIRON SKETCH @ PHIT
  • April 26, 2014 7:30 pmSarcasm Comedy Club
  • April 26, 2014 7:30 pmComedy Sportz Philadelphia
  • April 26, 2014 7:30 pmPHIT PRESENTS: MILLENNIUM QUEST: WARP JAWN
  • April 26, 2014 8:00 pmBye Bye Liver: The Philadelphia Drinking Play
  • April 26, 2014 8:00 pmCrazy Cow Comedy
  • April 26, 2014 9:00 pmMEN WITH FACES + BIG BABY @ PHIT
  • April 26, 2014 9:30 pmThe Comedy Works
  • April 26, 2014 9:30 pmSarcasm Comedy Club
  • April 26, 2014 10:00 pmComedy Sportz Philadelphia
  • April 26, 2014 10:30 pmTHE FUTURE + MAYOR KAREN @ PHIT
  • April 26, 2014 11:00 pmIRON SKETCH @ PHIT
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Comedy Around the Web, Vol. 14

Watch Chris Gethard travel to New Jersey diners to try to have them put his headshot on the wall in this short from IFC’s Adopt-A-Comic series.

Bill Murray was interviewed by The New York TimesWhy wouldn’t you want to read that?

In this interview with Pitchfork Weekly Tig Notaro discusses her most recent special Live.

In the latest episode of his web series Speakeasy Paul F. Tompkins talks to Aziz Ansari about stand-up and suits.

Tracy Morgan did his own special rendition of Twas the Night Before Christmas with Jimmy Fallon.

Did you know that stand-up comedy is hard? Vice columnist Harry Cheadle found that out when he tries it for the first time in the second episode of their All Around Losing series.

Here’s an interview Judd Apatow did with Chris Rock as part of the Vanity Fair comedy issue that Apatow guest edited.

The first episode of Joe DeRosa and Nikki Glaser’s web series We Should Break Up premiered this week. You can watch it online.

In this clip from The Simpsons Mr. Burns explains the fiscal cliff to all of us common folk.

Improvising Tragedy – What Happens When a Comedy Show Gets Surprisingly Intimate?

Last Saturday, I encountered an improv show that radically expanded what I believe the form is capable of.

At the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Chelsea, New York, an improv team called Grandma’s Ashes has a Saturday night show titled Grandma’s Ashes Gets Dark. In lieu of getting a one-word suggestion for inspiration, the team invites an audience member to share the story of the worst moment of his or her life.

That’s right. Grandma’s Ashes starts its improv comedy show by asking the audience to think of the most painful thing that’s ever happened to them.

While asking for volunteers, an improviser offers up some past stories as examples—somebody nearly severing her leg in an accident and calling her dad thinking that she might be telling him she loved him for the last time, a person who lost his job, got kicked out of his apartment, and found out his mom died—and the examples are extreme, but have a certain, could-have-happened-in-a-movie quality, a survived-the-storm distance that allows us to laugh.

A young woman volunteers, and improviser Abra Tabak sits down with her for the interview, asking what moment in her life she’d like to talk about. The woman takes a breath and answers:

“It’s when I realized that my dad had been raping my sister for 18 years… and then I remembered that it had happened to me too.”

 

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Comedy Around the Web, Vol. 6

Tig Notaro released her special, Tig Notaro: Live via LouisCK.net. The set, recorded at Largo in Los Angeles, covers the very personal material of Noraro’s recent breast cancer diagnosis (and, as you’ve probably heard already, is amazing). You can purchase the special for $5 online.

Comedian Rob Riggle released this video offering his special services as part of the lead-up  to Comedy Central’s Night of Too Many Stars.

Amy Poehler revealed the six bizarre habits of her Parks and Recreation co-star Adam Scott.

Heres the story of how SNL won a bid to have the one and only Big Bird as a guest on last week’s show.

Splitsider shared everything there is to know about the new season of Arrested Development.

Comedians Bill Burr, Joe DeRosa, and Robert Kelly released their book CHEAT: A Man’s Guide to Infidelity this week sharing the wisdom, advice, and humor they picked up through their romantic indiscrecions. You know, if you’re into that sort of thing.

GQ posted this oral history of Cheers for the 30th anniversary of the show’s debut.

Fans of FX’s Louie (and who isn’t) will have to wait until the Spring of 2014 for Season 4.