Damon Wayans is Always Thinking Outside Of the Box

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The journey has been hard and that's how I know it's good.
When you think about Damon Wayans (and you are of that "certain age") you no doubt think of stand-out characters like Homey the Clown, Anton Jackson, and Handi-Man from In Living Color. Some of you might even think about Major Payne, The Last Boy Scout, or My Wife and Kids.

Whatever you know the name from, this man has paved the way for many by dipping his toes in a lot of roles but this incredibly talented Wayans is also keeping his stand-up roots intact by headlining the Irvine Improv this weekend. Before the big shindig goes down October 23rd through 26th, we talked to Damon and found out that he dips those little tootsies in arenas well beyond the stage and screen.

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Comedian Lahna Turner Unlocks Dirty Online Dating Secrets

Categories: LOL, Q&As, comedy

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You don't care what a guy looks like, you just need him to make you laugh.

Having a conversation with a comic can be a dream come true if you happen to be a fan. Or a total fan boy (or girl). When you talk to comedians for a living, well, one could say that is a wet dream come true. Since I happen to be lucky enough to do that for a living, I figured I'd hit a few of them up to give me some advice. Of the dating nature. See, comics are writers so they no doubt understand how it is to have deadlines (well, show dates for them) as well as having the "gift" of being in your own head all of the time. (Which can quite honestly lead to a few negative effects on life's views.) Add those two together and some people (me) could have a hard time juggling a relationship as well. I know it's kind of crazy (and hilariously ironic) to ask comics for love advice but fuck it, I'm going there. And yes, I realize that their guidance might be sick and might not be the best but hey, I know who I'm dealing with. As do they.

Lahna Turner has become one of my closest friends over the years and since we've dished incredible amounts of dirt to each other with zero judgment attached, I knew when it came time to try out online dating and fill in the profile that goes along with it, she'd be perfect to help me convey honesty.

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Cristela Alonzo's New TV Gig is More Than a "Latino Show"

Categories: Q&As, TV, comedy

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We all have the same problems and the same joys.
Put in your time, be prepared for life on the road, and be funny. Those rules are quintessential when it comes to the art of stand-up comedy and Cristela Alonzo has mastered that list and then some. Hanging up the mic for now (although she promises it's never for good), this talented lady has landed herself a TV gig and, it's a big one at that. Her show "Cristela" debuts on ABC this Friday (October 10th) at 8:30 p.m. and we had the chance to chat with her to find out how the show came to be and what we are in store for the first season.


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Dave Attell Talks TV, Twitter, and Designer Bush

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I don't need to be all up in people's faces like that.

After twenty-eight years of wielding a microphone on the stand-up stage, Dave Attell has built quite an impressive career by staying true to an unapologetically un-PC style of comedy. In our book, that's a grand accomplishment given the direction shit is going these days. With his shows at the Irvine Improv fast approaching this weekend (October 10th and 11th), we took the opportunity to get on his level (as if) and talked to him about what's up with his show "Comedy Underground," the possibility of "Dave's Old Porn" coming back, and to wax a bit about social media seeing as how this man still has a flip phone. No joke.

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Bobby Kelly's Advice on The Crazy Things We Do to Become "Marriage Material"

Categories: Q&As, comedy

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We're all fucked up so there is no perfect scenario.
Those of you who follow my work on Heard Mentality know that I spend most (OK, all) of my time talking to comedians about their lives. We talk about sex and dating (and poop jokes) quite a lot. I decided that maybe, despite all the depraved things I now know about these comics, maybe it was time I asked one of them to hang out and talk about my life for a change--more specifically, my romantic life. See, comics are writers so they understand how it is to have deadlines (tour dates for them) and we also share the "gift" of being in our own head all of the time. (Which can quite honestly lead to a few negative views on life.) Add those two together and some people (i.e. me) could have a hard time juggling a relationship as well.

This time around and since he is married, I reached out to one of my favorite comics Bobby Kelly to get some advice on how to become "marriage material." Seeing as how it took him so long to become marriage ready himself, I knew he'd have some semi-decent (kidding) words for me on the topic.

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Paul Rodriguez and Mario Lopez: The Not So Odd Couple?

Categories: Q&As, TV, comedy

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I knew he was going to be a big and talented star, I would have treated him better.
Comedian Paul Rodriguez has made a major success out of himself as a comedian and actor for almost 30 years. It's that longevity that spawned his newest NUVOtv special "For the Record" which tells the tale of his life. On September 18th at 10pm, he'll be talking all about both when he joins Mario Lopez on his series, "One on One." With the show coming up tomorrow night, we got Paul on the horn to see what's been going on since the last time we talked to him and to find out not just about this special, but to see what's up with his ever evolving life, get an update on his comedy camp at Laugh Factory, and to hear about his newest venture in theater.


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Hannibal Buress Isn't an Oddball But He May Be A Weirdo.

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"Yo what's up dude? Hannibal Buress!"
If last year's Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival (presented by Funny or Die) was any indication of how this year's show will be on September 13th and 14th at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, then be sure to drain your bladder before hand. There's a good chance you could laugh hard enough to piss yourself. With a stellar line-up that includes performances by Louis C.K., Sarah Silverman, Hannibal Buress, Whitney Cummings, Chris Hardwick, Marc Maron, Demetri Martin and so many more, our "giddy with excitement" phase quickly turned into a "we need to know more" phase. With the show looming in the super near distance, we got in on a conference call with Hannibal and grabbed some questions from it in order to dish out some details about the show, find out what he loves about being on this tour, and also learned about how people react when they see him these days.

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Comedian Jesus Trejo Cares About Rick Ross's Weight

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I'm more of a self-deprecating comic so that's safe ground for me.
[Editor's Note: Quick Questions is our semi-regular feature where we ask comedians a ton of random questions without giving them time to think of anything funny to say. Surprisingly, they still do.]

We could tell you that the fourth annual Comedy Show for Autism is coming up on September 12th at The Fox Theatre. We could also tell you that the line-up has been beyond spectacular over the years, how incredible the line-up will be this year, and how letting comedians tickle your earhole all for a great cause feels better than great. Rather than go on and on though, we decided to tap comedian Jesus Trejo for a game of quick questions before he hits the stage at this very event because we know you're smart readers. So you get it. Also, we know Trejo is a smart ass comic who would get the game. Win MF-ing win all for a good reason, right?

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Colin Quinn's Dating Advice: Play Head Games, Be a Bully and Stay Away For a Few Days

Categories: Q&As, WTF, comedy

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I think bullying is an underrated technique.
Those of you who follow my work on Heard Mentality know that I spend most (OK, all) of my time talking to comedians about their lives. We talk about sex and dating (and poop jokes) quite a lot. Recently, I decided that maybe, despite all the depraved things I now know about these comics, maybe it was time I asked one of them to hang out and talk about my life for a change--more specifically, my romantic life. See, comics are writers so they understand how it is to have deadlines (tour dates for them) and we also share the "gift" of being in our own head all of the time. (Which can quite honestly lead to a few negative views on life.) Add those two together and some people (i.e. me) could have a hard time juggling a relationship as well. Recently, I reached out to Colin Quinn to get some advice on amoré. Before I picked up the phone I already realized I would be dealing with a cynical, depraved individual. But, so did he.


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Hot Snakes Prove That a Band With Two Drummers is Twice as Good

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Hot Snakes' first two records (2000's Automatic Midnight and 2002's Suicide Invoice) feature Jason Kourkounis on drums, but the band's third release, 2004's Audit in Progress, was recorded with drummer Mario Rubalcaba, who became a permanent member for the group's final two years. So, when singer/guitarist Rick Froberg, guitarist John Reis and bassist Gar Wood decided to reunite in 2011, they had a decision to make.

Luckily for fans, the threesome opted to include both Kourkounis and Rubalcaba, allowing each drummer to perform the material he recorded. Taking a quick break mid-set to change skinsmen might sound odd, but it's not. In fact, it's fucking awesome not only because audiences get to see both versions of Hot Snakes but because Kourkounis and Rubalcaba are phenomenal drummers who deserve to be heard.

Still, having two drummers isn't the norm, which is why I spoke to Rubalcaba and Kourkounis in regards to their band's upcoming show at Alex's Bar in Long Beach on Sept. 18 to find out what they plan on doing when the other guy is on stage.

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