Day: September 11, 2015

A latesummer’s night with the stand-up all-stars of Funny or Die’s Oddball Festival

Stand-up comedians generally frown upon shows that have them performing outside and in the daylight. But Funny or Die’s Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival, now in its third summer run of dates across North America, offers just that to lure aspiring comics to its second stage. Not that the mainstage, which starts up just shy of sunset, doesn’t present its own set of challenges for the funny men and women onstage. Just ask Dave Chappelle, who faced off with, then walked away from the faces of a hostile crowd in Hartford two summers ago. Then again, don’t ask him....

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Aaron Berg, Jessica Delfino set out to break Steve Byrne’s record for stand-up comedy sets in one night

Aaron Berg is known for his muscles and muscling his way through any crowd work that comes his way, whether he’s working a guest spot at a comedy club, headlining a show or hosting his popular free Frantic showcase Monday nights at The Stand in New York City. This Saturday will be the most frantic yet for Berg, as he’s attempting to perform 23 different times in 11 different venues across NYC over the course of 11-plus hours, shattering whatever the record may be for such an endeavor. “I’m think because I’m so extreme, I had one night where...

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