"My count is now up to five. Five of my friends and fellow comedians have taken their own life.
It's shocking, but, sadly, not surprising. Non-comedians — or as we call them, 'civilians' — are always surprised. And I am always surprised they're so surprised. They have yet to realize the Two Big Things all comedians know.
" [may be triggering] [more inside]
After I called out to him, Tosh paused for a moment. Then, he says, “Wouldn’t it be funny if that girl got raped by like, 5 guys right now? Like right now? What if a bunch of guys just raped her…”Daniel Tosh
has more or less apologized
after a Tumblr user posted a friend's experience at one of his recent shows.
But the controversy has now somehow drawn in Louis C.K.,
who posted an apparent message of support
for Tosh on Twitter the same week a date-rape-themed episode of Louie aired on FX.
C.K. has also broached heckling
[NSFW], and had previously defended Tracy Morgan
in a similarly charged situation. [more inside]
"Anybody else give up the use of their left side for Lent?"
Carl Warmenhoven, the owner of a Seattle's Comedy Underground had a stroke -- and two weeks later does a stand-up routine about it. [SLYT, via SLOG
Can a stand-up comedian's performance be objectively evaluated and ranked? In the recent documentary I Am Comic [imdb | clips]
, Steve Roye
demonstrates his product, the Comedy Evaluator Pro
. A "Positive Audience Response" (PAR) score is the percentage of PAR during the time the comedian is on the stage (not taking into account other factors such as venue size, etc.). Of course, this method stirs controversy
about the art vs. science of stand-up. Ritch Shydner
, the protagonist of I Am Comic
, thinks that booking agents shouldn't rely on PAR scores
to choose who gets to be on stage, while the director of I Am Comic
, Jordan Brady, disagrees, seeing PAR as a way to elevate the quality of stand-up
. So, drum roll, please: Who is the world's funniest comedian?
According to PAR score, it's J.R. Redwater, during this bit at the Pow Wow Comedy Jam. [agree | disagree]
Life as a Comic
is series of short videos by Rob Paravonian (famous for The Pachelbel Rant) about what it's like to be a working stand-up comic. It has recently started up again after a long break. Here's the first episode
which is about doing gigs at venues which aren't full-time comedy clubs. Direct links to the rest of the episodes, all of which are in quicktime-format, below the cut. [more inside]