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Scott Kennedy, standup comic

by Brian McKim & Traci Skene on March 15th, 2013

We woke up this morning to the news that Scott Kennedy passed away last night.  We didn’t know Kennedy, but, […]

Hal Spear, writer, comedian

by Brian McKim & Traci Skene on March 12th, 2013

We’re seeing chatter on the social media that Hal Spear has passed away. We’re all too certain that it’s true. […]

Attention readers: A writing contest

by Brian McKim & Traci Skene on March 6th, 2013

From Tom Sebastian at Reach Entertainment, writing behalf of Will Smith and James Lassiter of Overbrook Entertainment and the ANA […]

The last time a Jew was in this much hot water…

by Brian McKim & Traci Skene on March 1st, 2013

Here we go again. And again. And again. A comedian makes a joke. It offends some folks. People attack the […]

Zany biopic available

by Brian McKim & Traci Skene on January 28th, 2013

Click on closebutnocigarmovie.com to purchase the delightful Bob Zany biopic and the Zany special (the making of which was depicted […]

Female Half puts in time @ the Factory

by Brian McKim & Traci Skene on January 14th, 2013

The Female Half of the Staff had the pleasure of sharing the bill for the past week at LV’s Laugh […]

A conversation between two morons

by Brian McKim & Traci Skene on January 5th, 2013

Writing about hecklers is nothing new. And attempting to group them into types is something that The Female Half of […]

Guest Set-iquette

by Brian McKim & Traci Skene on November 28th, 2012

In a perfect world, permission for a guest set would be granted by the headliner. It would be up to […]

Writer producer Alan Kirschenbaum

by Brian McKim & Traci Skene on October 27th, 2012

Our hearts go out to Freddy Roman. Variety and other outlets are confirming social media reports that his son, television […]

A binder full of lame jokes

by Brian McKim & Traci Skene on October 17th, 2012

Writing topical humor is tough. Writing topical humor on a deadline is exhausting. Writing topical humor after the fact is […]

What would you do? THE FOLLOWUP

by Brian McKim & Traci Skene on October 13th, 2012

Two days ago, we posted about tonight’s (Friday’s) segment on ABC’s What Would You Do? in which comedian Rich Vos […]

I can’t quit! You fired me!

by Brian McKim & Traci Skene on October 11th, 2012

We’ve all been there. You have a gig coming up. You want to maybe supplement the income from the engagement […]

What would you do?

by Brian McKim & Traci Skene on October 11th, 2012

ABC runs a successful Friday night block of programming that kicks of with Shark Tank, then What Would You Do?, […]

The PCH to the VCF

by Brian McKim & Traci Skene on October 1st, 2012

The Male Half scheduled a spot at the Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach on Friday night. He also […]

Comedy Bloghorn # 6

by Brian McKim & Traci Skene on September 25th, 2012

How about another quote? Freedoms must not interfere with the freedoms of others. If someone insults, what would you do? […]

Theft, magic, comedy, shame

by Brian McKim & Traci Skene on September 25th, 2012

Sounds like a Red Hot Chili Peppers album. But it’s just all the elements that ping pong around our heads […]

The crank speaks

by Brian McKim & Traci Skene on September 23rd, 2012

Deadline Hollywood super crank, Nikki Finke, regarding the Emmy award for Julie Bowen, says some dumb stuff about comedy: Listen-up, […]

World Series of Comedy 2012

by Brian McKim & Traci Skene on September 23rd, 2012

It’s over! The winner of the 2012 World Series of Comedy is… Landry! The one-named, Atlanta-based comedian beat out Tyler […]

Comedy Bloghorn # 5

by Brian McKim & Traci Skene on September 21st, 2012

How about a quote from Voltaire: “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed […]

One wedding and a funeral

by Brian McKim & Traci Skene on September 15th, 2012

There’s the happy couple– Kristeen von Hagen and Luciano Casimiri– minutes after they were joined in holy matrimony. They’re Friends […]

Sometimes Ask A Man by Traci Skene

by Brian McKim & Traci Skene on September 7th, 2012

The Female Half has penned a book, now available at Amazon.com! It’s called “Sometimes Ask A Man” and it’s getting […]

Comedians ignore Eastwood’s schtick

by Brian McKim & Traci Skene on August 31st, 2012

Clint Eastwood, the “surprise guest” at the Republican National Convention, delivered an 11-minute speech that was part serious but mostly […]

Wild Bill Bauer, comedian, 62

by Brian McKim & Traci Skene on August 31st, 2012

One of the “founding fathers of Minneapolis comedy,” Wild Bill Bauer passed away at his home in Inner Grove Heights, […]

Idiocy on the high seas

by Brian McKim & Traci Skene on August 24th, 2012

We stumbled across this article on USAToday.com, which in turn led us to the original account (in the UK Guardian) […]

Phyllis Diller, 95

by Brian McKim & Traci Skene on August 20th, 2012

Phyllis Diller passed away. We never got to meet her in person, nor see her perform, but we felt like […]

Don’t think it didn’t cross our minds…

by Brian McKim & Traci Skene on August 11th, 2012

…that this is where they put up the comics! As you swing around the corner in the lobby of the […]

Who is that advertising up there at the top of the column?

by Brian McKim & Traci Skene on August 6th, 2012

It’s TheStandupComedians.com. At least it is/was until the ad comes/came down. Anyway, it’s interesting… Paul Breau explains: The idea for […]

Somali comedians who mocked Islamists is shot dead

by Brian McKim & Traci Skene on August 1st, 2012

From the UK Guardian: One of Somalia’s most popular comedians, known for his parodies of Islamist militants, has been shot […]

A coupla comics discussing humor

by Brian McKim & Traci Skene on July 31st, 2012

Two prominent comedians, talking on a syndicated radio show, wondered aloud why there seems to be a reluctance on the […]

Showtime at the Apology

by Brian McKim & Traci Skene on July 30th, 2012

The title of this post comes from the Male Half’s tweet from July 27: Cook created this week’s “Comic Under […]

Both Halves of the Staff on CooperTalk

by Brian McKim & Traci Skene on July 26th, 2012

Comedian Steve Cooper hosts CooperTalk, a radio show, taped in Burbank. “He hosts Comedians and Comedy Writers and spends an […]

Tosh.Opus

by Brian McKim & Traci Skene on July 16th, 2012

We spent the better part of the last four days in Los Angeles, wallowing in standup comedy, performing standup comedy, […]

God help us, we agree with The View

by Brian McKim & Traci Skene on July 13th, 2012

Sarah Devlin, writing for Mediaite, reports that the three comedians who make up the bulk of the panel on ABC’s […]

George Carlin: “Rape CAN be funny.”

by Brian McKim & Traci Skene on July 13th, 2012

Death is never funny

by Brian McKim & Traci Skene on July 13th, 2012

Child molestation is never funny. No one should ever joke about domestic violence. A comic should never joke about the […]

We live in a “rape culture,” dontcha know

by Brian McKim & Traci Skene on July 10th, 2012

On the one side of this world, we have comedians and the people who “get it,” people with a sense […]

Finding the funny

by Brian McKim & Traci Skene on July 3rd, 2012

We finally found the time to find the funny last night. We had the DVD of “Finding The Funny,” the […]

Walking the walk

by Brian McKim & Traci Skene on June 30th, 2012

Congratulations to our friends over at Cringe Humor for opening up a comedy club in New York City. It’s called […]

Our minds are boggled…

by Brian McKim & Traci Skene on June 30th, 2012

Saw the following tweet from a club owner, who shall remain nameless: Really great show at the club this weekend. […]

Know when to pause…

by Brian McKim & Traci Skene on June 29th, 2012

From the Financial Times comes this fascinating observation about athletes… and comedians: Watch Novak Djokovic. His advantage over the other […]