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Interview: Michael Ian Black's death-defying comedy

Despite the title of the much lamented comedy series he shared with Michael Showalter, it turns out that Michael Ian Black does not have all that many issues after all. He's just deeply strange.
Unstoppable
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  October 07, 2011
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Interview: Bob Saget

Bob Saget introspects
Balls-deep introspection
By ROB TURBOVSKY  |  January 14, 2011
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Interview: Tom Green

Tom Green's rules of behavior
On the Gathering of the Juggalos and his rules of behavior
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 03, 2010
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Interview: Paul Provenza

In Satiristas! veteran comic Paul Provenza engages in revealing, surprising conversation with a diverse group about comedy’s role in revealing uncomfortable truths about our world and ourselves.
Comedy life saver
By ROB TURBOVSKY  |  May 07, 2010

More Wiping Lore

I loved your response to “Just Wondering,” who asked why people used to use their left hand to wipe their butts before the glorious advent of TP. That being said ...
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  April 16, 2010
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Naked Boston

Every year, Ol' Man Winter cruelly turns Bostonians' bodies into shriveled, cracked sacks of atrophied muscle and lumpy goo — not exactly fodder for Playmate of the Month.
Spring has finally arrived! So take off all your clothes with these seven ways to celebrate nudity in greater Boston.
By ALEXIS HAUK  |  March 19, 2010


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Must Flee TV?

If Jersey Shore and Last Comic Standing had a threesome with Curb Your Enthusiasm in the men’s room of Great Scott, the bastard issue might look a little something like Quiet Desperation .
With his new ‘reality sitcom,’ the artist formerly known as Robbie Roadsteamer tries to stop the Allston hipster brain drain
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 12, 2010
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Interview: Damon Wayans

"Right now, my intent is not to offend. I just want to laugh. I want to suspend reality."
Getting silly again
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  February 19, 2010

Dane Cook does suck

In "Dane Cook Is Funny," the author says that to say “ 'Dane Cook is not funny' is an extreme oversimplification.” Not really.
Letters to the Boston editor, January 22, 2010
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  January 22, 2010
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Dane Cook is funny

There are two things that non-comedians feel the need to tell me when discussing comedy. One is "Bob Saget is filthy." The other is "Dane Cook is not funny."
In defense of the local comedian, who plays TD Garden on New Year's Eve
By STEVE MACONE  |  January 01, 2010
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Interview: Richard Lewis

"My dream [today] was bad. It was like a Jewish, Fellini-esque dragons-with-skulls-and-ex-girlfriends."
Richard Lewis can't stop himself
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 18, 2009


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Bottle rocket

Who exactly is Charlyne Yi? Two years ago, she appeared — seemingly from out of nowhere — in a brief but memorable turn in Judd Apatow's Knocked Up. A closer look at Apatow's new Funny People , however, might provide a clue as to where he discovered
Charlyne Yi is a hot date
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 07, 2009

Wicked Funny

Judd Apatow pulls no punchlines
Judd Apatow pulls no punchlines
By LANCE GOULD  |  July 31, 2009
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Interview: Judd Apatow

Behind every successful comedian, there's . . . a personal assistant. Who, given how egomaniacal and utterly misanthropic the funnyman in question is, is probably his best friend, too.
On the making of his Citizen Kane
By LANCE GOULD  |  July 31, 2009
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The Wiz is alive in Boston

For many years, people have been asking me, 'Quincy, what was your very first big assignment?' My answer now is, "THE WIZ." – Anytime you have 9 singing principals, 120 dancers, 6 sound technicians, 3 conductors, 4 contractors, 300 musicians, 105 singer
Ozians Reach Musical Heights
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 03, 2009
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It Does Come Easy

Ringo Starr was the best artist in the Beatles. And, I believe, the best artist to appear on Shining Time Station too. (Sorry, George Carlin.) It feels really weird to say, but it's the undisputable conclusion I drew from seeing "Ringo Starr — Artist"
Ringo Starr At Chabot, Quinn Taylor At Stairwell
By GREG COOK  |  June 19, 2009


Steven Wright | I Have a Pony

"I used to be a parking attendant in Boston at Logan Airport. I parked jets. They let me go, though, 'cause I kept locking the keys in them."
Warner Bros. (2009)
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 12, 2009
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Sox trump comedy

"Being bitter is poison and bitter will kill you. Bitter is a root that will grow a poopy tree of death."
Local Boy Does Better
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  May 22, 2009
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World gone Wong

"I'm an immigrant," says Joe Wong. "And I used to drive this used car with a lot of bumper stickers that are impossible to peel off. One of them said, 'If you don't speak English, go home.' And I didn't notice it for two years."
Chinese-born biochemical-engineer-turned-comic Joe Wong has conquered Letterman. You're next.
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  May 01, 2009
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Interview: Traci Skene and Brian McKim

For the past 10 years, comedians (and married couple) Brian McKim and Traci Skene have cultivated a unique online niche for their comedy website SHECKYmagazine.com - a forum for both sharp, funny content and for erudite dissection of the craft and busin
Double your pleasure
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  April 17, 2009
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Interview: Jonathan Katz

The moment I step into the Newton home / sound studio of comedian Jonathan Katz, he warns me that he's a show-off and invites me to admire his kitchen.
Caffeinated
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  April 17, 2009


Mike Barnicle

In a recent interview with Boston Magazine, disgraced Boston Globe columnist and Rasputin-esque blowhard Mike Barnicle said – among other things – that “New York is about success [while] Boston is about resentment.” He would have whipped up a more clever
In a recent interview with Boston Magazine, disgraced Boston Globe columnist and Rasputin-esque blowhard Mike Barnicle said – among other things – that “New York is about success [while] Boston is about resentment.” He would have whipped up a more clever way to elbow his lowly Beantown contemporaries, but George Carlin hasn't been too prolific lately.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009

Darryl McCauley

While some folks express dislike for Dane Cook by not buying tickets to his TD BankNorth Garden frat fests, his older half-brother Darryl went a tad further by embezzling millions from the polarizing comedic force. We especially feel badly for Louis C.K.
While some folks express dislike for Dane Cook by not buying tickets to his TD BankNorth Garden frat fests, his older half-brother Darryl went a tad further by embezzling millions from the polarizing comedic force. We especially feel badly for Louis C.K., who has now technically been robbed twice.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009

Greg Behrendt

We're just not that into you, either, and not just because you belittle desperate women and look like the offspring of Dane Cook and an old banana. This so-called author/comedian is one of those one-hit-wonders who can't accept his destiny, but who for s
We're just not that into you, either, and not just because you belittle desperate women and look like the offspring of Dane Cook and an old banana. This so-called author/comedian is one of those one-hit-wonders who can't accept his destiny, but who for some reason will have opportunities to produce a new failed talk show every few years.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009
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Interview: Mitch Fatel

Given that he was once an intern for Howard Stern, it's not too surprising that comedian Mitch Fatel is all about clits and tits, and assorted lady bits – not the stuff that feminists would gleefully shave their legs over.
Fatel hates the Yankees, loves stand-up
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  March 18, 2009
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Interview: Louis CK

"Boston is a great town to grow up in, but I really wanted to get out of there," says comedian Louis CK.
Boston's contribution to Conan, Letterman, and Chris Rock returns with a comedy special and a role in This Side of the Truth
By MIKE MILIARD  |  March 12, 2009


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What's in a name?

Hey, look everybody: Dane Cook got arrested!
Okay, not that Dane Cook.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  February 04, 2009
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Interview: Judy Gold

She stands 6' 3", and she's Jewish, a lesbian, and the mother of two boys.
"Mommy queerest" sounds off
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  December 16, 2008
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Wright stuff

 
The Comedy Hall of Fame picks a winner
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  December 11, 2008
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Robby Roadsteamer's good intentions

"He's beyond passionate — it's almost to the brink of sanity with him."
The Greater Boston Alternative-Comedy Festival
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 11, 2008