1. How Chelsea Handler & Irving Azoff Became Comedy's Dynamic Duo (Cover Story)

    May 16, 2014 12:31 PM EDT The superstar comedian and her (legendary) new manager plot her next moves, from tours to books to something "a little more mindful, and not as stupid" as what she’s doing at her soon-to-end E! gig On Oct. 8 of last year, Irving Azoff got a call from Kevin Huvane, managing partner…

  2. Comedy Issue: A Timeline Of Musical Humor Milestones

    May 16, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Comedians and satirists have made their mark with music on the Billboard charts and at the Grammys since at least the 1950s.  Here’s a timeline of laugh-inducing musical landmarks. 1959 — Folk music duo Bud & Travis, Bud Dashiell and Travis Edmonson, record its first album, interspersing…

  3. Top 20 Best Selling Comedy Albums (Nielsen SoundScan Era)

    May 16, 2014 12:29 PM EDT 'The Blue Collar Comedy Tour' gang dominate the list of the top 20 biggest selling comedy albums of the Nielsen SoundScan era. The quartet — Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall, Larry the Cable Guy and Ron White — own 10 of the 20 titles on the list. Of those, Foxworthy has four of the top…

  4. Comedy Issue: The Next Generation of Comics Answer Our Questions

    May 16, 2014 12:21 PM EDT Tig Notaro, Chris D'Elia, Nikki Glaser, Rory Scovel, Rikki Lindhome, Kate Micucci, Michael Che, and Nick Kroll may have started out on the club circuit, but now they have Hollywood hot for them — and a slew of NSFW war stories. They answer a few of our questions below. Who are your comic…

  5. Comedy Issue: Dave Attell on the Touring Grind

    May 16, 2014 12:20 PM EDT Comedy Central’s "Comedy Underground" host says that, in the future, comics on the road will compete with a seal that doesn’t do anything “but sit in a lukewarm pool and fart sadly.” When I first started touring as a comic, it was exciting. It was like, I’ll tell you everything I…

  6. Comedy Issue: Live Comedy Becomes a $300 Million Punchline

    May 16, 2014 12:20 PM EDT By virtually every metric — ticket sales, the number of stars moving up to the theater and arena level, the volume of acts doing good business — touring comedy is in the midst of a golden age. “The comedy business has never been stronger,” says Nick Nuciforo, who heads up the comedy…

  7. Comedy Issue: Tenacious D's Kyle Gass On Guitar Licks & Laughs

    May 16, 2014 12:20 PM EDT There has been an explosion in comedy music lately, but I think it always has been around.  If you went back to the ancient Greek satyr plays, I bet you they were playing some kind of janglies. Court jesters? They were definitely getting jingly and jangly. To me, comedy and music are not even…

  8. Comedy Issue: Why Aziz Ansari Can Headline Madison Square Garden

    May 16, 2014 12:20 PM EDT Aziz Ansari’s comedy career is growing faster than the sinkhole that swallowed him in This Is the End, thanks to a biting and brainy comedy style that is breaking box-office records. Now, with plans to headline New York’s biggest arena, and a $3.5 million deal to write a book on modern…

  9. Comedy Issue: Podcasters Marc Maron, Jimmy Pardo & Aisha Tyler Bring Laughs Home

    May 16, 2014 12:20 PM EDT A comedian craving intimacy might want to consider becoming a podcaster. “[The audience knows] you a lot better,” says Marc Maron, 50, who has helmed the twice-weekly WTF since September 2009 and announced in December it had topped 100 million downloads. Each show averages about 80 minutes in…

  10. Seth MacFarlane Collaborates With Norah Jones, Sara Bareilles On Christmas Album

    May 16, 2014 1:00 AM EDT Go ahead and call Seth MacFarlane a renaissance man because no one fits the description better than he does. With both an Oscar and Grammy nomination under his belt, the writer/singer/actor/producer/ director has recently completed his first-ever Christmas album, which includes collaborations…

  11. St. Vincent, Andy Samberg 'SNL' Season Finale Promos: Watch

    May 15, 2014 6:57 PM EDT As reported last month, St. Vincent will be the musical guest on the 'Saturday Night Live' season finale that airs this weekend on May 17. The episode will be hosted by SNL-alum Andy Samberg. Thursday the late night comedy show released four promo videos with St. Vincent (real name…

  12. Mother's Day Playlist: 20 Songs for Mom

    May 11, 2014 8:20 AM EDT Chart Article From 2Pac appreciating his mother to Danzig belting "Mother" at a full-throated, hard-rock howl, there are plenty of ways to toast the women who gave us life on Mother's Day, this Sunday. Raise a glass this Mother's Day, and let these songs be your…

  13. Lily Allen Hospitalized Following 'Projectile Vomiting'

    May 08, 2014 7:47 PM EDT Lily Allen was hospitalized Thursday morning following symptoms of dehydration, queasiness and projectile vomiting. The singer had appeared on British comedy show “Chatty Man” before falling ill, and had been tweeting her symptoms along the way:    Prepping for chattyman feeling a little…

  14. Justin Bieber Fires Back at Seth Rogen: 'Sorry I Didn't Bow Down'

    May 08, 2014 11:54 AM EDT Justin Bieber is not staying mum while Seth Rogen sullies his good name: after the "Neighbors" star appeared on "The Howard Stern Show" earlier this week to expound upon his hatred for the Biebs , the pop superstar fired back on Twitter, and defended himself before…

  15. Alicia Keys Is The New Face Of Givenchy Fragrance

    May 08, 2014 12:20 AM EDT Alicia Keys has been tapped as the new face of Givenchy Fragrance, the French label announced Wednesday. The Grammy winner shared her excitement on Twitter, writing: "So proud to be part of the @ParfumsGivenchy family! Much love & Divine engery! Love forever, Alicia." So proud…

  16. Conan O'Brien Launches Comedy Record Label

    May 05, 2014 9:16 PM EDT Conan O'Brien is launching a record label. The first release under the Team Coco comedy record label will be a stand-up album from comedian Ian Edwards, 100% Half Assed, recorded at the La Jolla Comedy Store on March 8. The album will be released in June. Conan O'Brien to Host MTV…

  17. Sugar Sammy Video Q&A: Canada's Hot Comic

    May 05, 2014 5:21 PM EDT Canadian comedian Sugar Sammy has grossed nearly $3 million on the road. That's a lot of laughs. Sugar Sammy sounds exceptionally relaxed for a guy set to hit the stage in an hour, especially since he's still at the furnished apartment he has rented in Old Montreal. After…

  18. Michael Travis, Liberace's Costume Designer, Dies at 86

    May 04, 2014 4:59 PM EDT Michael Travis, the costume designer who created the outlandish and flamboyant outfits for Liberace's stage extravaganzas, died Thursday at his home in Studio City. He was 86. Liberace Biopic 'Behind the Candelabra' Wins Big at Emmy Awards Travis recently had been hospitalized…

  19. Top 10 Most Iconic Girl Group Music Videos: 'Waterfalls,' 'Wannabe' & More

    April 29, 2014 11:50 AM EDT These girl group songs will forever be tied to their unforgettable visuals. Girl Group Week continues with these 10 iconic clips.. Since the advent of MTV, the music video has been an absolutely integral part of the Girl Group experience. Groups have made their careers off one eye-catching…

  20. Conor Oberst: The Ex Boy Wonder of Indie Rock Moves to a Major Label

    April 28, 2014 6:23 PM EDT At 34, Conor Oberst would still prefer to never grow up. But a major label is okay Conor Oberst lives with ghosts. They lurk in the jukebox at the bar near his East Village apartment, and howl on the radio at home in Omaha, Neb. At just 34, the shape-shifting singer-songwriter has been…

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