Day: September 15, 2015

Today is the deadline to submit for the 11th annual Andy Kaufman Awards contest

Please, if you’re funny and you know it but nobody knows what to make of how funny you are, dear God in Heaven or wherever Andy Kaufman is today, I beg you to consider submitting your entry today for the 11th annual Andy Kaufman Award. That’s because the entry deadline is today: Sept. 15, 2015. Go to andykaufmanaward.com and follow the instructions. Which means: Be original. Exhibit the spirit of Andy Kaufman. Prove your commitment to your act. To be eligible, you’ll have to be at least 18 and a legal resident of the United States. Submit a video — maximum of...

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Comedy Club managers answer 15 questions from aspiring comedians via Reddit

Rocky Kev is the former online manager for Helium Comedy Club in Philadelphia (club pictured above). A few weeks ago, Kev took to Reddit to solicit questions from comedians in that community that he’d pass along to comedy club managers across America with whom he’d planned conversations. After culling those into an FAQ, he came up with 15 common questions from aspiring comedians for actual club owners and managers. These are his findings. 15 Answers Directly from Managers of Comedy Clubs By Rocky Kev Just Keep Grinding. This statement is stupid to me. Grind at what? Getting on stage? Being...

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Jim Gaffigan will perform stand-up comedy for Pope Francis

Jim Gaffigan will perform stand-up comedy for Pope Francis when the titular head of the Catholic Church visits Philadelphia later this month, and Gaffigan is even more surprised by it than you are. Gaffigan is Catholic, and his wife “is Shiite Catholic,” as he likes to joke. He’ll perform live at the Festival of Families for Pope Francis on Saturday, Sept. 26, in a lineup hosted by Mark Wahlberg and also including performances by Aretha Franklin, Andrea Bocelli, The Fray. Juanes, Marie Miller, Matt Maher, Sister Sledge, and The Philadelphia Orchestra led by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, on the Benjamin Franklin...

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