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Madonna Does Stand-Up Comedy

Madonna joined Amy Schumer has on stage for her comedy debut. During Amy Schumer’s New York’s Comedy Cellar slot Madonna decided to have a go at stand-up. The pair share the same manager so this isn’t the first time they have crossed paths. Madonna introduced Schumer at one of her Madison Square …

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Where to Find Visual Comedy

This is a great 10 minute video analysing Jacques Tati, a master of visual comedy. It explains how the simplest things can be the funniest with intelligent use of props, sound and observation. If you watch a lot of film essays, then you’ve probably heard the complaint that visual comedy is …

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Zach Braff’s Simpsons Moment

It was back in 1999 when The Simpsons aired their Thirty minutes over Tokyo episode.  Remember when Homer found his doppleganger who was the face of a Japanese laundry detergent Mr Sparkle? Well the exact same thing has happened to Zach Braff. Except it wasn’t for laundry detergent, it was …

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FAT CHANCERS on Tour

Lots of Laughs? Fat chance! Weight loss? Slim chance! Irish comedy fans are in for a double dose of laughs with the announcement by top Irish stand-ups Bernard O’Shea and Karl Spain of their first-ever joint tour, Fat Chancers, which comes to Vicar Street on 24th February courtesy of Aiken Promotions.  The pair …

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Comedy Wins At The Emmys

So much comedy, so little time. Veep took home the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series making this it’s third win. The HBO comedy was up against “black-ish,” “Master of None,” “Atlanta,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Modern Family,” and “Silicon Valley. Veep actor Julia Louis-Dreyfus brought home the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy …

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What Key & Peele Teach Us About Comedy

Wisecrack have deconstructed what makes Key and Peele’s sketches so funny. Comedy creators will find some inspiration here, particularly in the idea of looking for humour in everyday human behaviour, and how to translate that into great comedy. If you’ve never heard of Key & Peele then are you even …

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A Louis CK Joke Broken Down

The Nerdwriter deconstructs a short Louis CK joke.  Louis CK is widely regarded as one of the best stand ups around today. This excellent video by ‘The Nerdwriter’ gets to the heart of his craft, focussing on the value of each word and action. Nothing is wasted. It all adds …

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Heard It Say – A new Irish joke book

The new joke book is due out September 25th. Heard It Say is 104 pages of one-liners and celebrity quotes. It’s illustrated throughout with original cartoons by ad agency creative Aidan Dowling. Obviously, Trump features prominently, but there’s also a lot of topical Irish jokes to amuse people. It will be available to …

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