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How Spalding Gray Moved Standup Comedy Beyond Jokes

This past August, a number of Spalding Gray monologues and more became available on Howl Premium. They are joined with a number of familiar podcasts on that network, including the Earwolf and Wolfpop archives, made up mostly of standup comics’ [...]

By Harry Waksberg

Standup, Storytelling and Radio Hosting with Ophira Eisenberg

Ophira Eisenberg is a standup comic, the host of NPR’s live quiz show Ask Me Another, and a regular host and contributor to the popular live storytelling series The Moth. Somehow, she also managed write a memoir, Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way [...]

By Lara Zarum

Mike Birbiglia and the Importance and Power of Jokes

Mike Birbiglia has a very unique ability: the ability to tell any story, like the story of jumping out of a hotel window in Walla Walla, Washington, and make it relatable. To a certain extent, this is one of the primary goals of standup comedy. [...]

By Philip Stamato

A Funny Thing: Cammi Climaco Can Has Cat Puke

Our story this week: cats. They are the worst. This is inarguable, timeless wisdom. As if we needed further proof (we didn't), Cammi Climaco investigates just how much of the worst (all of it) they can be when she cat-sits two purrfect examples [...]

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Michelle Markowitz No Longer Likes You as a Man

Our story this week: Sideburns, zoot suits, and Fred Savage, these are the three omens that signaled Michelle Markowitz's late blooming into a wonderfully awkward young woman. Actually, you know what? Instead of describing this story, I will [...]

By Splitsider Editors

A Funny Thing: Lisa Kleinman Says Come On, New York

Lisa Kleinman moved to New York for the big dreams, the bright lights, and the infinite possibilities. She ended up with a secret life, pregnant legs, and a roommate named White Shoes. It's the best things in life we never see coming.

By Splitsider Editors

A Funny Thing: Caitlin Brodnick Loses Her Mind to Lose a Few Pounds

Caitlin Brodnick thought diets were fun. Really. But then she made herself a lab rat in the cult-like laboratory of the Great American Infomercial. Cast as a "Before" in a meal-plan experiment for television, what wouldn't she sacrifice for the [...]

By Splitsider Editors

A Funny Thing: Nick Kanellis Wets the Bedbug

Our story this week: Christian talks with Nick Kanellis about one horrible night when Nick suffered the perfect storm of bedbugs, robot vodka, human urine on an air mattress, and being cast off from the summit of Mount Olympus, home of the gods.

By Splitsider Editors

A Funny Thing: Christian Capozzoli Takes Over the Show

Our story this week: Christian Capozzoli is your new host of A Funny Thing. Listen as he takes the reins in our first ever studio session and leads the story carriage right over a cliff of fire fog, adolescent gore, unrequited tan-lust, sun [...]

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A Funny Thing: Pat Baer Fights Wolves, Finds Love

Our story this week: Pat Baer, creeped out by an awkward drug party around an unfamiliar campfire, escapes into the forest along with the beautiful, straight-edge subject of his unspoken desire. But if there's one thing that history teaches us, [...]

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A Funny Thing: Ophira Eisenberg Scrapes the Bottom of the Sex Barrel

Our story this week: Fresh off bombing her stand up set, Ophira Eisenberg was desperate to turn a bad night into a good one. How to do it? By sleeping with the weird, sad headliner, of course. The guy "who's entire wardrobe came from a t-shirt [...]

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A Funny Thing: Adam Wade and Peter Aguero Tag Team Their Pants

Our story this week: The narratorial tag team of Adam Wade and Peter Aguero form the beast with two butts to double down on the old number two. It's a poop story, okay? Two poop stories. Remember a couple of weeks ago when we had the story of [...]

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A Funny Thing: Streeter Seidell Loves Dogs, Re-animation of Dead

Our story this week: Streeter Seidell (CollegeHumor) takes us down his twisting path of pet ownership, from the truth of how horrible cats are to the inevitable dark magic ritual that brought a colony of dead mice back to life. Only one of them [...]

By Splitsider Editors