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Slideshow: 24 Exclusive Portraits of Comedians at the 2013 ‘Just for Laughs Chicago’

4 July 2013 10:34 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Previous | Image 1 of 24 | NextJohn Hodgman of ‘The Daily Show’ headlined ‘Just for Laughs Chicago.’

Chicago – The annual “Just for Laughs Chicago” comedy festival, sponsored by the TBS network, is one of the highlights of the summer months in the Windy City. Each June, Chicago cements its reputation as the capital of hilarity, and the participating comedians are the top of the current crop.

Photographer Joe Arce of took these Exclusive Portraits of 24 comic masters during the festival in June. Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. All photos © Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for

LAUGHS1: John Hodgman of ‘The Daily Show’ headlined ‘Just for Laughs Chicago.’ LAUGHS2: Tim Meadows of ‘Saturday Night Live’ and ‘The Ladies Man.’ LAUGHS3: Brian Posehn was recently in Comedy Central’s ‘The Sarah Silverman Show. »

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Here are some photos from last night's super-secret comedy show

13 June 2013 1:15 PM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

Last night was the second annual [Redacted] comedy show, brought to the world by your friends at The A.V. Club along with Constellation and Just For Laughs. Once again, the comedians were kept secret until they walked on stage, and once again it was a lot of fun—and raised a bunch of money for 826 Chicago. And now we must thank everyone who donated their time, in order of appearance: Brian Babylon, Cameron Esposito, Kyle Kinane, Brian Posehn, David Cross, Todd Barry, Mac McCaughan, Jason Narducy, Jon Glaser (sort of), Todd Glass, Doug Benson, and John Hodgman. Highlights »

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Six Reasons Why YouTube’s ‘Big Live Comedy Show’ Didn’t Work

20 May 2013 10:16 AM, PDT | | See recent Tubefilter News news »

Last night, YouTube kicked off its Comedy Week with a 'Big Live Comedy Show' starring dozens of funny people from both new and traditional media. Promos used the tagline "this better be funny" to promote the event. Unfortunately, the vast majority of the kickoff show very clearly wasn't. Here are six reasons why what should've been a laugh fest (or at least a fake laugh fest) was a weak start to Comedy Week: This particular mix of new and traditional media didn't gel. During the pre-show, hosts Jenny Slate and Kassem G invited the legendary Norm Macdonald to join them. The former SNL cast member proceeded to run through a list of online creators he had clearly never heard of. When Slate praised Macdonald by calling him "one of the best," he sarcastically quipped "well, I'm no Harley Morenstein." And yet, when Morenstein appeared later in the show (alongside the spectacularly unfunny Todd Glass, »

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Top 10 Wtf With Marc Maron episodes

7 May 2013 12:04 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Top 10 Glen Chapman 7 May 2013 - 07:30

Glen counts down ten terrific episodes of Marc Maron's Wtf comedy podcast. See if your favourites made the cut...

There have been close to four hundred episodes of Us comedy podcast Wtf since it started in September 2009 and its list of guests read as a who's who of comedy and the entertainment industry. During that time, the profile of host Marc Maron has increased enormously, and in the week that his self-titled TV series debuts on IFC (read our episode one review, here) how better to salute the man himself than with a run-down of Wtf's ten best episodes...

Robin Williams –  67

Starting off the list with a giant of comedy is no bad thing, particularly one who has such a long and interesting story as this one. Williams' manic energy and charisma made him a star but his battles with addiction over the »

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Morning Meme: George Takei Says It Should Matter To Straights If a Friend Is Gay, Some Clarity On Klaine (or not), and Is Prince Harry The World's Most Eligible Bachelor?

17 January 2013 5:33 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

TV Line has visited the set of Glee, and has news about our favorite couples. As for Britianna, well, there are going to be a lot of angry lesbians out there. And when it comes to Klaine, Darren Criss says that he and Kurt do "suss out" their relationship, but there's a new love interest for Kurt, and Blaine "strikes [up] a new relationship, not a romantic relationship – or maybe it is – with somebody who’s already been around, who is now more involved in Blaine’s life. They’ve kind of taken a new step in their relationship.” Clear as mud?

John Mulholland, editor of the British Observer, has released a statement about that horrible transphobic article over the weekend. "We have decided to withdraw from publication the Julie Burchill comment piece 'Transsexuals should cut it out'. The piece was an attempt to explore contentious issues within what had become a highly-charged debate. »

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Todd Glass on His First Year As an Out Comedian and the Support of the Comedy Community

16 January 2013 9:30 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Exactly a year ago, veteran comedian Todd Glass was a guest on Marc Maron's "Wtf" podcast. (Listen to the full episode below.) After some jokes about a "big announcement," Glass, at age 47, after doing comedy for 31 years, came out of the closet. Throughout the very powerful episode, he discussed why he did it. Much of it was personal, but he also said he felt an obligation to the kids having a terribly hard time growing up homosexual. Maron remarked on his palpable passion and clarity of thought. Glass is a brilliant comedian whose act is often self-referential and silly, so hearing him discuss these things with such focus was arresting. Now a year later, it appears Glass has grown more comfortable talking about being gay and gay issues, especially on his podcast, "The Todd Glass Show," where the topic occasionally comes up. Wanting to know how it's been »

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