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Tig Notaro Live in Austin (Review)

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 00:26

AUSTIN – In a paradoxical municipality like Austin, Texas, where small-town mentality seems to prevail even as the city itself continues to balloon, it’s easy to see how a personality like Tig Notaro’s would sell out tickets like a scalper on Super Bowl Sunday. To begin with, Tig is excessively weird – and of course, we mean that as the highest imaginable compliment. As a stand-up, her style has long leaned on the side of the impossibly kooky; an unapologetically deadpan delivery, coupled with the compliment of strange and silly material. If Austin’s reputation for weirdness flows as freely as cans of Steel Reserve down the Guadalupe river, then Notaro’s particular brand of offbeat, oddball wit certainly fits snuggly at home in Weird’s own capital city.

In recent years, however, Notaro’s comedy trajectory has taken a turn toward the more serious of subject matters. With her 2012 breast cancer diagnosis and subsequent surprise death of her mother, Notaro gained some long-overdue fame with her now-iconoclastic Largo set that confronted her grim prognosis head-on. Two years, one double-mastectomy, and a whirlwind trip to the top of the comedy game later, we’re happy to see that Tig remains as solid a stand-up as ever, and that sitting in her presence for one full evening constitutes something incredibly close to a comic ecstasy experience.

Taking to the historic Paramount Theatre stage in Austin on Oct. 16, Notaro delivered an unquestionably power-packed hour of nonstop hilarity. Quick on her feet, and sporting an enviable ability to spin laugh webs from impromptu audience participation, she kept the packed house equally enthralled and in stitches. After covering some more familiar material – everything from performing in Vegas with a “full-blown” ice cream chocolate mustache on her lip to her lack of reconstructive chest surgery and the uncomfortable gender confusion caused by it – Notaro quickly shifted gears and pulled the audience completely into her delightfully weird world.

What a lip-smacking treat, to be lead in a rousing chorus of “Yellow Submarine” by Tig as she revs up to impersonate Ringo Starr’s wife, reacting to his news at landing a main singing part. And I’m sure we’re far from the only seat-holders who had to hold ribs together when Notaro began poking fun at one overly enthusiastic back-row-shouter. “Ask her if she’s from Texas!” commanded the voice, when Tig began bantering with another audience member. “Ah, good thinking,” came the reply. “That’s my comedy coach, out on the crowd, you see. Never travel without your comedy coach to shout encouragement from the stands.”

As the comedy scene in Austin continues to grow and blossom (thanks in no small part to the efforts of the Paramount Theatre and its partner org, the Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival), it’s not hard to conceive of a future in which Tig Notaro plays comedy parent to a thriving funny realm on the verge of greatness. Many, many thanks for gracing us with your presence, Tig – please feel very free to keep on coming back, over and over again.

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Brad Pitt hates Zach Galifianakis on Between Two Ferns (Video)

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 23:17

Zach Galifianakis topped his previous presidential interview with a brilliant new episode of his Funny Or Die series Between Two Ferns. The guest this time is Brad Pitt (or Bradley Pitts, or Bart Pitt, or whatever). The Furry Fury star sits down with Galifianakis as he receives an odd assortment of questions, some of them eerily specific. Pitt pretty much refuses to answer most of the questions, including what losing his virginity was like and about his recent marriage to Angelina Jolie. The Due Date star tests Pitt’s patience as we watch him attempt to keep his cool. Galifianakis has had many big names on Between Two Ferns, including President Obama, Bradley Cooper and Samuel L. Jackson. It was great seeing the Academy Award-winner be such a good sport! Watch the video below and keep your ears alert for that Louie theme song.

Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: Brad Pitt from Zach Galifianakis

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Will Smith turning ‘Hitch’ into Fox comedy series

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 15:40

Will Smith is bringing Hitch to the small screen (or computer screen, or phone screen…wherever you watch things now). Smith is developing his 2005 hit movie into a half-hour comedy series for Fox. Smith starred in Hitch as a dating consultant for good guys who lacked the confidence and knowledge to date the women they pined for. Kevin James co-starred as fumbling finance guy Albert Brennaman who wanted to date a model (but for only the right reasons). The film, which also starred Eva Mendes, grossed nearly $370 million worldwide. Overbrook Entertainment‘s James Lassiter is working with Smith on the single-camera project. Overbrook and Sony TV previously attempted an adaptation in 2007 at CBS before trying a first stab at Fox in 2010. Fox’s Hitch would be a workplace comedy that explores dating and sexual politics. Maybe we’ll see a Kevin James return to TV?

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Tina Fey, Fortune Feimster comedy headed to ABC

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 14:48

Tina Fey is still trying to make comedian Fortune Feimster a star. After not having their Feimster-led comedy Cabot College picked up at Fox this year, Fey is executive producing a project for ABC with the former Chelsea Lately panelist as her lead. The untitled project will be set in North Carolina and is based on the family life and stand-up of Feimster. ABC ordered the script but will pay a penalty if they don’t order the series.

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George Carlin: Colin Quinn, Dave Attell, Kelly Carlin, Jim Norton pay tribute (Exclusive video)

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 11:27

George Carlin way became a reality in New York City yesterday, thanks to the work of comedian Kevin Bartini, his team and thousands of supporters. Laughspin was lucky enough to be at the ceremony where hundreds of fans, friends and comedians gathered to pay tribute to the iconic comedian who died in 2008. We had the chance to chat with George’s daughter Kelly Carlin as well as Bartini, Dave Attell, Robert Klein, Judah Friedlander, Gilbert Gottfried, Colin Quinn and Jim Norton.

“Carlin never seemed to respect the line in the sand his audience drew,” Jim Norton told Laughspin. “That’s why I love him the most. He never allowed the possibility of losing the audience to stop him from going into a material idea.”

And Kelly Carlin painted such a complete and vivid picture of life with her dad.

“Walking the streets with my dad in the 70s was terrifying because people would shout out of windows, ‘Hey, hippie freak, go home.’ But in the 80s and the 90s and the aughts – especially when we came to New York City – policemen would stop in the middle of the street, double park their car, run to my dad and get him to sign their ticket because they loved him so much,” Carlin told Laughspin. “That was a magical thing, to see the love people had for my dad and how much he changed their life, their minds, the trajectory of their lives.”

Check out the full video, shot and edited by Derek Scancarelli below!

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Comedian, former pornstar Alia Janine: 5 ways comedians and pornstars are the same

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 20:05

I’ve been asked many times why comics and pornstars seem to get along so well. There’s many reasons that when you’re at a comedy show in Los Angeles the chances you may see one of your favorite fuck flick stars are pretty good. If there’s a huge porn party, there will be comics present, guaranteed. Think about how many comics have jokes about porn, or how many porn parodies there are of comedies (Bob’s Boners, anyone?). It’s not just because porn stars love comedy, or that comics love porn, or that you have to have a sense of humor to be in both porn and comedy, but because these two groups actually have a lot more in common than the average observer knows. Here’s a list of five of things that comics and pornstars have in common.

1. Everyone thinks they can do it.
If I had a dollar for every time I have heard, “I could totally be a pornstar,” or “I could totally be a comedian,” I would totally have a decent amount of cash in my pocket. Let me clear this up right now to avoid any confusion. No, you probably fucking couldn’t. Every time a guy puffs out his chest and tells me he could be a pornstar, I can’t help but to hysterically laugh in his face. The average male could not keep hard for 4-6 hours on an average shoot, let alone getting hard and soft throughout a 12-hour day on a feature movie set, and then cum on demand. I won’t even get into how close a dude’s dick is to another dude’s dick during a double penetration scene, or how he’d likely have to jack off in a room full of dudes for a gang bang or a bukkake. Half of the girls that think they can do it end up drinking the enema instead of cleaning out their bunghole with it, or end up quitting only after a few scenes because it’s really hard work, and the competition is fierce. There’s a reason adult industry members call non-adult industry members “civilians.”

When it comes to stand-up comedy, most people forget that it’s not just about being funny and telling jokes. You actually have to get up and talk to a room full of people, which happens to be one of the greatest fears of pretty much every living person on Earth. Plus, the stories or jokes you tell a couple of your friends in a bar will most likely not work in an actual comedy show. I have taken a couple comedy classes in New York, and I have seen every “funny person” that you would think would do well just crumble once they get on stage. Sometimes it’s because of stage fright, and sometimes it’s because of their egos. It takes years of practice to find your voice. Let me put it to you this way, you can Google me and find any number of pictures where you can literally see inside of me, and I still get stage fright. So settle down, funny people.

2. “Issues”
Let’s face it. In today’s world everyone, has “issues.” What used to be considered “normal” is almost extinct. Hell, my mother and I think one of my uncles is a serial killer, and it’s not even the uncle that used to get paid to kill people for a biker gang. I can go on for days about where my issues came from, but that’s perhaps for another essay. How we were raised affects every person throughout his or her entire life. Maybe your parents got divorced, mommy drank too much, daddy hit too hard, uncle Johnny liked to touch your special spot, daddy lost his job, mommy left daddy, maybe grandpa’s just an asshole.

Then there’s the personal demons that stem from our childhood experiences like alcohol and drug abuse, depression, overactive sex drives, abusive tendencies, and on and on. We all have issues, and we all have skeletons in our closet. How we deal with those issues is part of what makes us who we are. Comics and pornstars tend to have very similar childhoods, but comics choose to use comedy to express themselves and pornstars choose sex. Neither is the right or wrong way; it’s just how that person is wired. And then there’s also many comics and pornstars that have had “normal” childhoods, but still chose their professions. The two groups just tend to click; they get each other.

3. Status on the entertainment food chain
When it comes to the entertainment food chain, some pornstars and comics happen to be on the same level– that is, they’re struggling. When living in LA, it’s not hard to find pornstars in comedy sketches, or even comics in porn flicks. Granted, most comics in porn are just background actors, but there are a few that have ventured into performing. Jennifer Tisdale and Dave Smith are two that I can think of off the top of my head. Then there are the few pornstars that do stand-up comedy. Ron Jeremy, Evan Stone, Kurt Lockwood and Alexa Aimes have all dabbled in stand-up. Although, I’m proud to say I’m the first and only pornstar to quit porn and do stand-up full time– but there are more of my kind, oh yes, there are. Pornstars and comics also love using whatever miniscule “mainstream” credits they have to boost their low standing on the food chain. I’m completely guilty using all of mine. But I mean, come on, you can totally see my back in a Spike Jonez film. I’m just saying…

4. The desperate need for attention
If there is anything a pornstar or comic wants besides shitloads of money, it’s attention. They want people to see what they do and love and appreciate it. They will go to extreme levels to impress and/or shock their onlookers to get the attention they need. This stems from those aforementioned “issues.” Good or bad attention, most don’t care as long as someone is talking about them. The best way to measure the neediness of a pornstar or comic (or anyone, really) is to follow them on social media. Some pornstar and comic egos are fragile things, and they need to be constantly fed. Others just get off or get a rush from performing, and like a drug they want more. Either way, they all love the attention.

5. Travel, travel, travel
One of the perks of being a pornstar or comic is that we get to travel, sometimes all over the world. Now, that may sound glamorous, and sometimes it can be, but for the most part it down right sucks. Most pornstars (if they’re smart) feature dance at strip clubs all over the country, exactly how comics perform at different comedy clubs across this nation. When traveling to either a strip or comedy club, that club will either pay for your flight or give you traveling money. Seems fine, right? But, the actual lodging is where it gets tricky. Most places will put you up in a motel close to the club, but others have a “model/feature house,” or the “comic house.” These places can rank up there with roach infested crack houses.

Week after week pornstars, feature dancers and comics flood these houses leaving their mark for the next. It’s a fact that girls are gross, sometimes even grosser than guys. Between the hairballs in the sink to tampons clogging the toilets, girls are just gross. Male comics are not the neatest in the bunch either, and they like to play practical jokes on one another. From farting on someone’s pillow, to the classic shaving cream and feather gag to wake up someone who passed out is common practice in these places. Yes, of course (some of) these places have maids and cleaning services, but can you really just wash a pillow case when someone farts on the entire pillow? That pillowcase will never be the same. In the end, the life of a traveling comic or pornstar can greatly test your patience and your living standards.

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Netflix snags Bill Burr animated series

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 16:32

Bill Burr will finally star in his own comedy series— but the hilarious red head will only be heard, not seen. Burr’s new animated series F is for Family will release exclusively on Netflix next year. The half-hour cartoon comes from Burr and Michael Price (The Simpsons) and will follow the Murphy family for six half-hour episodes. F is for Family follows the Murphy clan in the 1970′s during the good ole days when you could smack your kid without getting arrested and smoke inside without being bothered. The Breaking Bad comedian will voice the family patriarch Frank Murphy. Laura Dern voices Frank’s wife Sue and Justin Long takes on the role of Kevin, the family’s eldest child.

F is for Family” is the show I’ve always wanted to do,” said Burr. “It captures all the characters of my childhood the way I remember it to be. It’s going to be a lot of fun to tell these stories.” Burr and Price will serve as executive producers alongside Vince Vaughn, whose Wild West Television production house will produce the series with Gaumont International Television. Vaughn boasted, “Bill is the funniest, most original voice out there. We’re all excited to be working with Netflix on this project.” Burr is currently starring in a pilot for FX Networks called Pariah. His latest hour-long stand-up special I’m Sorry You Feel That Way premieres exclusively on Netflix on Dec. 5.

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George Carlin Way becomes reality! Watch the unveiling (Video)

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 15:56

It’s been three years in the making, but George Carlin Way is officially a reality. Earlier this afternoon a few hundred comedy fans and comedians damned to hell the wet, cold and incredibly windy day to gather at the corner of Morningside Drive and 121st Street in Harlem to not just see the literal unveiling of the sign but also to hear George’s daughter Kelly, older brother Patrick, George’s girlfriend Sally Wade, comedian Colin Quinn and New York City Council member Mark Levine (who actually dropped a ‘motherf-cker’) speak of why George Carlin is such an important part of their lives and why it’s about time the neighborhood in which the iconic comedian grew up is finally honoring Carlin.

Perhaps most importantly, comedian Kevin Bartini, who spearheaded the street naming campaign, spoke about his amazing journey. Those gathered in addition to those who spoke included comedians Jim Norton, Gilbert Gottfried, Ted Alexandro, Lizz Winstead, Eddie Brill, Dave Attell, Judah Friedlander, Robert Klein, Costaki Economopoulos, Rick Overton, John Fugelsang, Jon Fisch and more. The photo to the right was taken before the ceremony at a private gathering at the Flat Top bistro.

Also in the crowd was Richard Pryor’s daughter Rain Pryor, Carlin’s manager and friend Jerry Hamza, friend and author Tony Hendra. We’ll have video coverage of the event – including exclusive interviews tomorrow on Laughspin. But for now, here’s the moment of the unveiling!

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Hannibal Buress talks Bill Cosby ‘rapist’ joke on Howard Stern Show (Audio)

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 17:33

To true comedy fans, Hannibal Buress is one of the most well-respected new stars of the past five years or so. To those unfamiliar with Buress, however, he’s now just a guy who called Bill Cosby a rapist. Thanks to one of thousands of concert goers these days who just can’t seem to enjoy the moment but instead felt the need to illegally record and upload a clip from Buress’ Oct. 16 show in Philadelphia, Buress is under fire for calling the iconic Cosby a rapist. While the joke is, of course, rooted in truth — Cosby has been accused of sexually assaulting at least 13 women throughout his life — Buress’ use of hyperbole — in this case, just flat out calling Cosby a rapist knowing he’s never been convicted — hasn’t been taken lightly by many. Still others are applauding Buress for having the balls to even bring it up.

“It’s even worse because Bill Cosby has the f—ing smuggest old black man public persona that I hate,” Buress said on stage in Philadelphia. “He gets on TV, ‘Pull your pants up black people, I was on TV in the ‘80s. I can talk down to you because I had a successful sitcom.’ Yeah, but you rape women, Bill Cosby, so turn the crazy down a couple notches. ‘I don’t curse onstage.’ Well, yeah, you’re rapist, so I’ll take you saying lots of motherf—ers.”

As one of the most beloved entertainers of all time, Cosby is often given a pass for his alleged past transgressions. In a recent 544-page biography by Mark Whitaker, in fact, there is absolutely no mention of the allegations. This morning Buress visited the Howard Stern Show on SiriusXM, where Howard asked him about the Cosby bit.

“I’ve been doing the bit on and off for six months. It was unexpected. It wasn’t my intention to make it part of a big discussion,” Buress told Howard Stern. “It was just something I was doing at that venue right there. So for someone to put it to the media, it’s crazy.” Stern then makes the point that when he’s seen some the things he, himself, has said on the Howard Stern Show in print, it takes on a totally different meaning. “Yeah, you take the energy away and put it in print and let people who are not even your fans, that don’t know your intent. It’s an interesting thing but it’s just part of the game.”

Check out the clip from SiriusXM below.

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Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation producer Aisha Muharrar developing comedy series

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 13:20

Amy Poehler has become a producing powerhouse with her newest project about one woman and her new church. As Parks and Recreation comes to a close after its next and final season, Poehler will develop a single-camera workplace comedy with Parks and Recreation co-executive producer Aisha Muharrar. The series would revolve around a young, agnostic woman who inherits a church and the devoted characters who make up her congregation. Poehler will executive produce with Muharrar.

This is the second show the UCB alum has developed under her three-year deal with NBC’s Universal TV. She created a popular pilot Old Soul starring Natasha Lyonne last season, but it was not greenlighted to series. In addition to her work with NBC, she is executive producing Billy Eichner’s pilot presentation for USA Network about frustrated comedians called Difficult People. If she weren’t busy enough, she reunited for a comedy movie The Nest with friend Tina Fey. Oh right, and her first book, Yes Please, comes out at the end of the month. Midterm elections are coming up, so maybe she could do that too. We’d vote for her.

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Key & Peele stars Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele will shoot ‘Keanu’ for New Line Cinemas

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 20:16

Key & Peele stars Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele will finally make their starring role debuts on the big screen in Keanu. The stars of the popular Comedy Central sketch series will work on their first project with New Line Cinemas. Keanu centers around the quest to recover a kitten named Keanu who has been kidnapped by a tough drug-dealing street gang. Peele wrote the script with Key & Peele writer Alex Rubens. Shooting is set to begin in Los Angeles next spring. Key and Peele will also produce.

Lots of speculation has been made about films starring the Key & Peele duo. There were reports that they will produce (and potentially star in) a Police Academy reboot. They’ve also been linked to an untitled Judd Apatow film and a spinoff movie Mr. Garvey, aka Substitute Teacher, one of their beloved characters from their Comedy Central show. But for now, it appears that their on-screen debut together will be with Keanu. “We were happy that they were open to doing it at a studio, particularly ours,” New Line President of Production Richard Brener said. “Everything they do is funny.” Peele assured fans that no matter what, “None of our Key & Peele characters will be harmed in the making of this film.”

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Russell Brand Kicked Out Of Fox News! Watch Video Of Comedian Nearly Getting Arrested While Filming ‘Trews At Network Headquarters

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 16:49

Russell Brand claims he was invited to appear on Fox NewsHannity program this week. But when the producers supposedly canceled, Brand decided to have a little fun at the conservative network’s expense. Brand tried to film an episode of his web series The Trews, which often attacks Fox News, outside the network’s headquarters. The resulting video went viral after security threatened to arrest Brand for this stunt.

The clip began with Russell Brand standing outside Fox News’ studio with a laptop. Brand insisted that since Sean Hannity’s show canceled Brand’s appearance, the comedian would do a Trews special from the network’s headquarters.  Brand then started ranting about the “Islamophobic narrative” pushed by the Fox anchors.

But this Trews episode took a hilarious turn when a security guard confronted Russell Brand outside the Fox News studio. The guard insisted that Brand needed to leave because he was on private property. When Brand refused, the guard threatened to arrest him.

Russell Brand did eventually walk away from the Fox News building, telling the guard, “I don’t mean to be rude to you. Just making some True News.”

Unsurprisingly, Russell Brand returned to Fox News headquarters a bit later. This time, he walked inside and told a receptionist that he had been booked for Hannity. But since the gig was apparently canceled, he asked for a tour of the studio instead. When the woman denied this request, Brand told her to tell Hannity that he had dropped by. Brand then left the premises for good.

“Whether the subject is Islamophobia or it’s just the freedom to be in a lobby, Fox is a difficult organization to work with,” Russell Brand concluded after being kicked out of the network’s headquarters. “Whether it’s canceling booking for the Hannity show or kicking you out of their property, which they claim is owned by Beacon Management, it’s very difficult to have true freedom. We’ll run this building one day.”

Watch Russell Brand get kicked out of Fox News below.

Fox News, for its part, maintains Russell Brand was never actually invited to Hannity, despite the comedian’s statements to the contrary. In fact, it would have been somewhat of a bizarre decision for producers to invite Brand on the show, as he publicly feuded with Sean Hannity on Twitter just a few months ago.

“Russell Brand was never booked on the show and therefore couldn’t have been canceled,” Hannity executive producer Porter Berry said in a statement.

This Fox News drama nothing new for Brand, who has called out the network in the past. In June, he called Fox News a  “Fanatical Terrorist Propagandist Organization” when Judge Jeanine Pirro claimed on her network show that the only way to defeat ISIS was to constantly bomb the terrorist group.

“This isn’t reasonable, is it?” Russell Brand said in this video slamming Pirro. “Like the way she’s talking? ‘Bomb them! Bomb them!’ She’s worse … She’s the savage, she’s totally espousing savage values. I’m not being just sensational, that is more dangerous than ISIS. That attitude. ‘Cause that’s far-reaching. That’s affecting millions and millions of people.”

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John Mulaney’s Fox show ‘Mulaney’ in jeopardy of cancelation?

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 15:39

John Mulaney’s new Fox sitcom may be in some trouble. Fox execs cut its order for Mulaney from 16 episodes to 13. The show has recently wrapped filming its thirteenth episode, so it appears that the network wanted to stop the show from spending any more money as they decide its fate. Mulaney has not impressed like many hoped it would. The show’s first two episodes opened to a 1.0 and 1.1 rating, respectively, amongst adults 18-49. Mulaney’s new series has had a whacky development story as is and the low ratings and episode trimming may be the beginning of a sad ending.

Mulaney follows its titular protagonist in a similar way as Seinfeld: a stand-up comic surrounded by his colorful friends and strange boss. The show began as a beloved pilot passed by NBC. Fox swung in to the rescue last year and greenlit it for a six-episode order. In an exciting development, the network ordered another ten episodes earlier this year before the show even aired. Suits must have thought the show would be a hit to make such a rare move. Sadly, the show debuted to lackluster fan fare.

Fox has a few new mid-season comedies to choose from if they decide to cancel Mulaney and replace it with a different show. After all of the drama and excitement surrounding the talented former Saturday Night Live writer’s show, hopefully the quality of the series gets better and saves itself from cancellation.

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Dane Cook on Tinder, Robert Downey Jr, Troublemaker and more! (Laughspin Podcast)

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 11:54

Dane Cook has been in the comedy business for nearly 25 years and by his own account he’s the happiest he’s ever been— both personally and professionally. That’s one of the many things he chatted about with Laughspin editor Dylan Gadino on the latest episode of The Laughspin Podcast. With the premiere of his latest hour-long stand-up comedy special Troublemaker on Showtime this past weekend, Cook is more excited than ever about his life in comedy. During the episode of The Laughspin Podcast, Cook also talks about his friendship with Jerry Lewis, dealing with the death of his parents, therapy, how he became pen pals with someone who hates his guts and so much more. You can listen to the full episode below and check out some written excerpts as well. You can also check out The Laughspin Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher.

You’ll also want to peep the exclusive Dane Cook photos shot by Greg Pallante. You can check out more of his work here.

On romantic relationships
I realized something about myself recently. I was dating this girl. I’m not anymore. But in terms of how things go into the [comedy] routine. She said to me one day as I was just kind of staring at her from across the room, she goes, ‘Can I ask you a question, Dane? Are you watching me or are you observing me?’ And I was like, ‘Wow, I am observing you.’ She’s like, ‘Yeah, I can tell.’ And she knew at that point that most of this was just for mining for what will possibly be [new material]. I think sometimes when I feel like a relationship is at its final act, I don’t just man up and go, ‘Listen, it’s over.’ I kind of let it play out for the material. And she caught on to it. She’s the first woman who was like, ‘Got it! Alright, well thanks, Dane.’

On why he’s on Tinder
I’m on Tinder. If there’s one thing you know about me I will use tech in any way to promote. And once I knew Tinder was the thing, I was like ‘How can I use this to my advantage?’ So I got on Tinder and I put my Troublemaker ad on it. And was like, good. Now everyone in the circumference that’s searching, they’re seeing me. And maybe it’s a subliminal thing like, Dane Cook? Why is he on here? Oh, the special? Ok. And then I break up and I’m not with my girl anymore and I’m going to see what the power of Tinder really is. I wanted to really find out how people behaved on it so I can start putting it in the routine because I’m doing a whole chunk on it now. But I wanted to do it from the inside. I wanted to use this.

On why everyone loves Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr was sleeping in a neighbor’s little kid’s bed on black tar heroin. And you know what’s amazing? Not only the fact that he came back. He is a genius. Robert Downey Jr is a great actor. But the fact is this: The reason we love Robert Downey Jr. is because of that. It’s because he survived that. The reason he’s an interesting human being and character in films is because of that. The reason we love Kim Kardashian is because that’s all of us. Everyone’s got deviant stuff. Sometimes people film it. So we live vicariously through them and we hero worship them simply because we’re doing that.

On dealing with tragedy
I realized with some time that everything good in my life came on the heels of something that was really brutal, something really rough. It went back to when I started exploring being a kid. I had a really unhealthy family atmosphere. There were some things I thought were healthy until the last few years when I was like, ‘Oh, shit. That’s not how parents and kids…that’s not a working relationship.’ There are certain things I needed to peel back.

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Couple Gets Stuck During Sex In Sea! Why Italian Lovers Were Hospitalized Following Intercourse At Porto San Giorgio

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 20:12

Having sex in the sea sounds like a perfectly romantic date. But one Italian couple learned the hard way that things can go terribly wrong. The lovers had to be hospitalized after getting stuck toegther in the water.

The hilarious incident took place at the Porto San Giorgo beach in Italy’s eastern Marche region . After some sex in the Adriatic Sea, the male realized that he was stuck to his female partner. The suction of the water had apparently attached the lovers by their genitals. The couple called over a woman for help, and she gave them a towel to cover themselves as they worked their way back to shore.

While at the beach, the couple called a doctor, but even he was unable to free the lovers who got stuck having sex. So they had to go to an emergency room, where doctors freed the couple with the medicine used to dilate a pregnant woman’s uterus.

Oddly, this is not the first time a couple has been stuck together while having sex. Back in July, a Zimbabwe couple got stuck for seven hours during bedroom intercourse. Cain Chamhuze and wife Vongai Nhopi even called some neighbors into their home  to try to free the couple. It is still unclear exactly how the lovers got stuck in the first place.

“It started from 2AM and we remained stuck together until his father came,” Nhopi said of getting stuck during sex. “He hugged me but couldn’t move his hand. We were separated after 10AM when his father came.”

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Kevin Hart Helps Bus Driver Ganesha Bradley-Douglas Get Job Back After National Car Rental Suspended Her For Taking Selfie With Him (VIDEO)

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 09:14

When National Car Rental bus driver Genesha Bradley-Douglas saw the opportunity to take a selfie with Kevin Hart, she knew she could not turn it down. Sadly, this led to Bradley-Douglas getting suspended from her job. But Hart, ever the gentleman, posted a video online defending the driver that led National Car Rental to lift the suspension.

The drama started when Genesha Bradley-Douglas spotted Kevin Hart at LAX while driving an airport shuttle bus. Bradley-Douglas was so starstruck that she parked the bus and raced over to Hart to get a selfie. The comedian happily obliged, but when National Car Rental saw video of her actions, they suspended her indefinitely without pay. Bradley-Douglas maintained that there was only one family on the bus at the time of the selfie, and that one of these passengers got off the bus for a photo with Hart, as well.

“Honestly, I’m probably going to be terminated,” Genesha Bradley-Douglas told Inside Edition after her suspension. “[I’m worried about] not being able to pay my mortgage.”

So when Kevin Hart heard the story about the National Car Rental bus driver, he knew he had to do something to help Genesha Bradley-Douglas. Hart posted the below video to YouTube, asking the company to give Bradley-Douglas her job back.

“I’m asking National to please give this woman a pass,” Kevin Hart said to National Car Rental in the video. “I love National, and if I had seen me I’d have taken a selfie with me too! Come on! Have some compassion!”

Kevin Hart’s pitch apparently worked. Genesha Bradley-Douglas showed the video to her bosses on Friday, and they immediately gave her back her job. So now the bus driver can enjoy her Kevin Hart selfie instead of lamenting its consequences.

“Yay I got my job back!” Genesha Bradley-Douglas told Inside Edition after her reinstatement. “Things went very well, and I’m very happy that …  Kevin Hart and all the petitions and the likes really helped me out.”

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Gabriel Iglesias’ The Fluffy Movie: Win the Blu-ray extended edition from Laughspin

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 16:10

Gabriel Iglesias will release his motion picture event The Fluffy Movie – Extended Edition (Blu-ray + DVD + DIGITAL HD) on Oct. 21. And to celebrate that fact and because we love Laughspin readers, we’re giving away one copy of the Blu-ray version of The Fluffy Movie. And here’s how to enter: Simply email us at contest@laughspin.com with the subject FLUFFY and tell us you want to win a copy of The Fluffy Movie. Also, leave your mailing address so we can send your prize if you should win. You have until 6 pm EST on Wednesday, Oct. 22 to enter. We will announce the winner no later than Friday, Oct. 24. Oh, and you have to live in the Unites States or in Canada to be eligible.

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Filmed over two days in San Jose, CA, during his Unity Through Laughter tour, which visited 23 countries and more than 400 cities The Fluffy Movie was released theatrically this past July. So if you missed it then, now’s the time to catch up on Gabriel Iglesias’ latest comedy offering, released by Universal Studios Home Entertainment. In addition to the extended film itself, check out the bonus features below:

The Blu-rayTM Combo Pack includes a Blu-rayTM, DVD and DIGITAL HD with UltraVioletTM.

• Blu-rayTM unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X

the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound.

• DVD offers the flexibility and convenience of playing movies in more places, both at home and away.

• DIGITAL HD with UltraVioletTM lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly stream or download.

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Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson joined by Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan, Brian Regan and more in ‘Top Five’ trailer

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 13:25

In his directorial debut, Chris Rock calls in all the comedic favors he can and lines his upcoming film Top Five with a rogue’s gallery of talent. Brian Regan. Kevin Hart. JB Smoove. Tracy Morgan. Whoopi Goldberg. The list goes on and on and it’s hard not to put our money on this movie for being one of the funniest of the year.

Taking on writing duties as well, Rock tells a semi-autobiographical story of jaded comedian Andre Allen. Allen, unlike Rock, is a washed up stand-up whose fame and fortune have outlived his love for the craft. Faced with a reality TV marriage and a quest for newfound dramatic notoriety, Rock meets a spunky head-half-shaved journalist in Rosario Dawson– and we smell a turning point!

The trailer is filled with comedian after comedian, and we even catch a glimpse of stand-up mecca The Comedy Cellar. Throwing in with the likes of films like Funny People and The King of Comedy, Top Five looks to explore stand-up comedy through the eyes of one of the quintessential stand-up comedians and we couldn’t be happier. Comedy is hard to write about without waxing poetic, but after a great reception at the Toronto International Film Festival and the fact that it comes from an incisively funny mind like Rock’s, we’re all thinking this might be one of the more candid yet entertaining takes on the subject. Check out the trailer and see how many of the comedy royalty you can count. Top Five will have a limited release on Dec. 5 before opening wide on Dec. 12.

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Billy Eichner joins ‘New Girl’ for holiday episode

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:33

Sassy comedian Billy Eichner will appear on Fox’s New Girl this season. The Billy on the Street host has recently shown off his acting chops on NBC’s Parks and Recreation, where he will be seen a bit during the upcoming final season as Craig. On New Girl‘s holiday episode on Dec. 9, Eichner will play Barry. The gang meets Barry, a beleaguered airline representative, while trying to leave Los Angeles for Christmas. Barry is not very pleased dealing with even more holiday travelers.

Eichner’s star continues to soar with his comedic acting gigs, possibly in hopes that USA Network will greenlight his Amy Poehler-produced pilot Difficult People to series. In the meantime, he continues to host his FUSE Network ambush game show Billy on the Street. With all of the projects in the air, Eichner still manages to write a book and yell at Burger King.

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Bob’s Burgers cast responds to porn parody Bob’s Boners (Video)

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 17:51

You may have heard that a porn parody of Fox’s animated hit series Bob’s Burgers has become a reality. You may have even spent time reading Jezebel’s review of said porn parody. But what does the cast think of the Bob’s Burgers porn parody. Well, we finally get some insight into that thanks to the intrepid team at NowThisNews, who caught up with castmembers H. Jon Benjamin, Kristen Schaal, John Roberts and Larry Murphy at PaleyFest in New York yesterday.

“I’m not a big girl-on-guy porn guy,” Benjamin says, adding, “I’m like girl-on-horse. A girl on a horse. Not porn, I would watch. I would watch a girl riding a horse.”

Check out the full video below! And then check out the trailer for Bob’s Boners. Fear not. It’s totally safe for work.

The fifth season of Bob’s Burgers premiered Oct. 5 and airs every Sunday on Fox.

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