Long before he morphed into one of the most celebrated American filmmakers in history, Woody Allen got his first taste of fame as a stand-up comedian working in the clubs in New York’s Greenwich Village in the 1960s. Those formative experiences are captured on the forthcoming The Stand Up Years, a two-disc set that captures some of Allen’s finest jokes and onstage moments. READ FULL STORY
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Comedy nerds know her already, but it’s high time the rest of the world catch on: Cameron Esposito is one of the most exciting young stand-ups working today, which makes the release of her new album, Same Sex Symbol—out today via beloved indie label Kill Rock Stars—a big event. It’s Esposito’s second album, but first since she really started getting a lot of attention, from her attention-grabbing performance on Ferguson, to hosting the podcast and stand-up showcase Put Your Hands Together, to her column at The A.V. Club, and all the time she puts in on the road performing for audiences around the country.
Esposito closes out the 18-track Same Sex Symbol with a track called “Guacamole,” which is a meditation on how people’s differences enrich everyone’s life—only it’s much funnier than that serious-sounding description. To say any more would ruin the joke, but check out this exclusive video of it below.
Joan Rivers’ career spanned several decades filled with dozens of hilarious film, television, and stage appearances. The comedienne and TV host, who died on Thursday at age 81, repurposed her own life experiences into biting, insightful, groundbreaking comedy.
From her early appearances on the Sammy Davis, Jr. Show to playing a robot in Spaceballs to her recent appearances on shows like Louie, Rivers imbued her jokes with energy and wit that few others have matched. In honor of her vast and memorable career, here’s a tribute featuring a few of the countless times Rivers made audiences laugh.
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