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Archive for November, 2012


2012 Pardcast-a-Thon Recap

I am so ecstatic to report that the 2012 Pardcast-a-Thon raised a whopping $108,000 for the charity Smile Train this year. So many kids around the world will be able […]

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Rob Delaney ‘Live At The Bowery Ballroom’ Review

Rob Delaney is a Twitter success story. A largely unknown comedian and writer during the mid-2000s, Delaney took to Twitter with aplomb. His prolific output of profane and hilarious tweets […]


BIG DOIN’S Comedy Show

There is a delicate comedy seed growing in the quaint San Gabriel town of Monrovia and I had the good fortune of witnessing the germination. Once a month comedian Adam […]

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Is It Just Me Or Is Sufjan Stevens “Silver & Gold” Super Weird?

Sufjan Stevens is a crazy person. Throughout Silver & Gold, his second multi-volume set of Christmas tunes, we see him diving back into Yuletide minutiae, combing and back-combing the finer […]


Not the Manama Dreams… Andrew W.K. Middle East Ambassador Trip to Bahrain Cancelled, Official Press Release

Yesterday Andrew W.K.‘s people released an Official Statement regarding the US State Department’s recent decision to cancel his Ambassador tour to the Middle East.  W.K. had been planning his mission to spread the power of party, […]

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SO Approved: Chromatics – Cherry

[youtube width=”600″ height=”400″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjQ2jGUNSck[/youtube] Chromatics is just killing it this year, breaking out big time. Their album Kill For Love is contending hard in the upcoming (and overwhelming) “Best Albums of […]


Review: LA Comedy Festival

Finding the best comedic talent around is no small undertaking. Add to that organizing the talent into a 10-day festival is simply inspiring. Festival director and founder, Lawrin Goulston Salazar, […]


‘Nikki & Sara Live’ With Nikki Glaser & Sara Schaefer

Nikki Glaser has been turning heads with her stand-up since her stint on “Last Comic Standing” while she was still in college. Sara Schaefer won two Emmys as Head Blogger […]


Pardcast-a-Thon 2012

This Friday kicks off the 4th annual Never Not Funny Parcast-a-Thon. Jimmy Pardo, Matt Belknap and Pat Francis host the event to benefit the charity Smile Train. This charity helps […]


Meet The Comedy Duo That Is Wrestling Team

Mark Bisi and Andy Beckerman are two of the funniest guys we have ever encountered. Their comedic chemistry is palpable almost immediately, which is why it comes as no surprise […]


Comedy Bang! Bang! Goes Out Big

Comedy Bang! Bang!, one of the absolute must see comedy shows in our era is closing its curtains Nov 27th at UCBTLA. I’ve spent many an evening lining up to get […]


“Thank you for the tragedy. I need it for my art …” Kurt Cobain’s Top 50 Albums

With a documentary in the works by Brett Morgen, director of HBO’s new Rolling Stones piece, Crossfire Hurricane, and an ebook, Experiencing Nirvana: Grunge in Europe, 1989  just released, Kurt Cobain seems to still have a […]


Chelsea Peretti Crankin Thru Your Sys

This gal is currently batting a thousand in the comedy arena. Most recently a writer on the Emmy-nominated “Parks and Recreation” on NBC, Chelsea Peretti is at the top of […]


More Thought Catalog Equals More Stellar Content With The Launch Of Their Digital Books Division

We all know that Thought Catalog is one of the best publications for high quality content. You see it mentioned in multiple interviews on Serial Optimist when people name their […]