The Daily Show's Al Madrigal on What He Really Thinks of Arizona

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Al Madrigal isn't just a funny man, he's a hustler. His day-to-day schedule is spent moving from one project to another -- from the East Coast to the West Coast, television, stand-up -- all the while still making time for his number one priority, his family.


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Andrew Dice Clay Is Kind of an Asshole, But You Already Knew That

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The Diceman performs Saturday at Wild Horse Pass.

To call Andrew Dice Clay's comedic career long and storied would be an understatement. Since first appearing on a Rodney Dangerfield special in the late 1980s, Clay's leather-jacket-wearing, chain-smoking mug has become synonymous with the kind of raunchy comedy that dominated the scene in the 1990s.

He became the first stand-up comic to sell out Madison Square Garden on two consecutive nights (and only five others have done it since) and became a magnet for controversy thanks to a particularly foul mouth and highly sexualized set.


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Jim Breuer Isn't High, That's Just the Way His Face Looks

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Though Jim Breuer has been performing stand-up comedy for over 20 years, he's had success in other creative areas as well. Breuer showed his talent for portraying a pothead in his role as Brian, Dave Chappelle's lovably high best friend in the stoner cult comedy Half Baked. He showcased his versatility and creativity during his four-year stint on the cast of Saturday Night Live, playing the recurring character Goat Boy.

The comedian has also stepped out of the acting world for a few projects. In 2009, he released a documentary about life as a traveling comedian using footage of his "Breuniversity Tour." Later that year, he published his autobiography: I'm Not High: (But I've Got a Lot of Crazy Stories about Life as a Goat Boy, a Dad, and a Spiritual Warrior). These days, when comedian Jim Breuer isn't touring the country performing stand-up, he and his wife are taking care of their three daughters.

Before his appearances on Friday and Saturday nights at Stand Up Live, Jim Breuer talked with Jackalope Ranch via e-mail about his routine, his children, and the way his face looks.


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Judah Friedlander Says His Shows at Stand Up Live in Phoenix Will Give You a Six Pack

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The World Champion, Judah Friedlander will be at Stand Up Live Thursday through Saturday.
Whether you know him as Frank Rossitano from 30 Rock, Toby Radloff from American Splendor, or as his guest characters on Flight of the Conchords or Curb Your Enthusiasm, Judah Friedlander is one thing and one thing only: The World Champion.

The 44-year-old comedian has been performing stand-up for more than 20 years now, and he's bringing his routine to Phoenix on Thursday for a three-day stint at Stand Up Live.


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Doug Stanhope Is Arizona's Darkest Comedian

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Doug Stanhope is scheduled to perform on Wednesday, November 12 at Stand Up Live in Phoenix.
"Most comics are pretty dark people," Doug Stanhope says.

Few comics are quite as dark -- or willing to get as pitch black -- as Stanhope. Our conversation with him, following the terrible news that his best friends and Bisbee neighbors Nowhere Man and a Whiskey Girl, had passed away, understandably went painful places. You can read that part of our interview here. But Stanhope excels at drawing out the humor inherent in the worst news; for better or worse, Stanhope is Arizona's gallows funnyman.


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Saturday Night Live Head Writer Colin Jost on Stand-Up and Sketches

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SNL Head Writer Colin Jost performs at Stand Up Live this weekend in downtown Phoenix.
Chances are you've never heard of Colin Jost. There's a good chance you've never seen him, either, but if you've tuned into Saturday Night Live anytime since 2005 you've certainly laughed at his jokes and probably find him funny -- even if you have no idea who he is.


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Bill Burr Uses Flaws, Screw-ups, and Bowfishing to Fuel His Comedy

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Despite his onstage agitation, Bill Burr is in a very good place.

The longtime comedian has secured his seat in the who's-who of stand-up without falling victim to bad TV sitcoms, publicity stunts, and other perils of growing celebrity status.

But that's not to say the man isn't busy


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Breaking Bad's Lavell Crawford to Perform at Stand Up Live

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By Jose Gonzalez

Warning: Spoilers follow.

This past Sunday, the penultimate episode of Breaking Bad, "Granite State," seemed to set the stage for tying up of all the loose ends from the past five years in the finale of AMC's hit TV show. Well, almost every loose end is accounted for.

Where the hell is Huell?

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Oddball Comedy Fest 2013 Wraps Up in Phoenix

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Hanniball Buress and his ballerinas at Ak-Chin Pavilion on Sunday
For those of you who missed the Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival, we have some good news and some bad news.

The good news: Roastmaster General Jeffrey Ross closed out the four-hour stand-up special by thanking everyone for attending the "2013 Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival." That subtle denotative remark gives us hope that this won't be the only Oddball Fest to ever grace the stage.

Now for the bad news: You missed a fucking awesome show.


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Tom Green on How His Comedy Will Make You Think, And How Facebook and Internet Porn Wreck Relationships

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‚ÄčTom Green has a tendency to get pretty cerebral. And yes, we're referring to the same dude who penned "Lonely Swedish (The Bum Bum Song)" and suckled milk directly from a cow's waiting teat. Green's comic efforts have always been quite genius -- and oftentimes exceptionally madcap -- whether the over-the-top guerilla comedy of his groundbreaking self-titled MTV show, any of his numerous online projects like Web-O-Vision, or his various stand-up gigs in recent years.

Get past the inherent silliness and shock value of anything Green has done comedy-wise and there's always some sort of deeper meaning or message at work (even with the crazier stuff). That was the case back in his MTV days and is especially true with his stand-up. He's pretty much a live wire or hyperactive tornado onstage (check out his three-night stint at the Tempe Improv this weekend to see for yourself), but catch him when he's not performing and Green's far more subdued and analytical.


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