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10 Great Stand-up Comics from the South

Originally published with Paste Magazine on September 29, 2015. Throw “southern” and “comedy” together in a sentence and most likely Blue Collar Comedy Tour will come to mind. Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall, Ron White…

10 Jokes that Prove Bill Hicks was the Best Comic of His Time

Originally published with Paste Magazine on September 11, 2015. Out tomorrow, Bill Hicks: The Complete Collection features every album and special the comedian ever released, along with more than ten hours of previously unreleased…

10 Stand-Up Comics Who Deserve Their Own TV Show

Originally published with Paste Magazine on September 2, 2015. Jerrod Carmichael’s new NBC sitcom might be a potential hit, but not everyone can make the leap from stage to small screen. Sometimes what works…

Bill Hader’s 10 Best SNL Characters

Originally published with Paste Magazine on August 26, 2015. Young, old, gay, straight, quirky or sincere, Bill Hader can play it all, and he often did over his eight-year run at SNL. Hader slowly…

The 10 Best Aqua Teen Hunger Force Villains

Originally published with Paste Magazine on August 21, 2015. Would a villain by any other name be as terrible? This Sunday, Aqua Teen Hunger Force comes to an end after 11 seasons and a…

20 Great Musical Comedians

Originally published with Paste Magazine on August 14, 2015. They go by different names: Musical stand-up comics, comedy-folk duos, two-man novelty bands, or perhaps they’re simply comedians with a penchant for songwriting. Call it…

Unheard of Music in New Orleans

Originally published with Paste Magazine on July 22, 2015. (Lead photo courtesy of Gasa Gasa.) Austin may tout itself as the live music capital of the world and Nashville may call itself “Music City,”…

9 Must-Read Autobiographies by Legendary Stand-Up Comics

Originally published with Paste Magazine on June 23, 2015. It takes a certain kind of personality to get up onstage and talk about life. Whether from personal experience or general observation, stand-up comics produce…

10 Ryan Adams Songs that Nail Heartbreak

Originally published with Paste Magazine on June 22, 2015. Whether you’re freshly entangled in the feelings following a soured romance, or you’re a few months out and still experiencing occasional pangs, heartbreak is a…

10 Stand-Up Comics That Prove Men Can Be Funny, Too

Originally published with Paste Magazine on June 12, 2015. It’s the question that has loomed over stand-up comedy since the first day someone stepped in front of a mic and shared their observations about the…

The 20 Best Kids in the Hall Sketches

Originally published by Paste Magazine on May 29, 2015 Narrowing down Kids in the Hall’s five seasons into a short list of twenty best sketches is no easy feat. The cult show created a…