Jim Norton on Sharing Perverted Personal Stories and "Bonding" with Audiences

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Jim Norton will be at Tempe Improv for four shows on Friday, January 30 and Saturday, January 31.

If you're easily offended, you might want to stay away from the Tempe Improv on Friday and Saturday evenings. If you're not, then you'll be able to see comedian Jim Norton do some new, topical material this weekend.

"If you're offended by Bill Cosby rape jokes or strap-on stories, or if you're politically correct, you're not going to like it," Norton says. "I think every man should have a good strap-on story, and I've always been very self-revealing on stage and very open about my disastrous sexual life."

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11 Super Bowl Weekend Comedy Events in Metro Phoenix

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Kevin Hart is scheduled to perform at Comerica Theatre on Friday, January 30, and Saturday, January 31.
Heard any good jokes lately about New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his (allegedly) soft balls? We're guessing that you have, since many a comedian (not to mention sports wags nationwide) have gotten a lot of mileage out of the whole hullabaloo surrounding Deflategate. And such cracks and quips are probably going to keeping coming, what with Super Bowl XLIX happening Sunday, February 1, over in Glendale.

We're equally as certain that those won't be the only sort of jokes inspired by football you'll hear during the next few days, as the NFL, its many controversies this season, and such colorful stars as infinitely quotable Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman providing endless amounts of material.

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Jim Gaffigan on Charlie Hebdo and the Comedic Allure of Fancy High-End Wristwatches

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Jim Gaffigan is coming to Talking Stick Resort January 29 through 31.

Comedian and author Jim Gaffigan has a lot on his plate (that's only sort of a food joke). Somehow between guest-hosting The Late Late Show, publishing his latest book, Food: a Love Story,, and raising five children, he managed to squeeze in a few minutes to speak with Jackalope Ranch by phone prior to his upcoming performances at Talking Stick Resort. Here's what he had to say.

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Chris D'Elia on Open Mics and Why He Hates Hecklers

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Chris D'Elia didn't start doing stand-up until 2006, but that's not to say he didn't start working on his comedy well before then.

"My family's real funny, so I had to be funny," D'Elia says. "I really had no choice."

Almost nine years ago, D'Elia began participating in open mic nights as a New Year's resolution. From there, D'Elia found what he wanted to do, and began attending open mics more and more regularly as the year went on.

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Comedian Paula Poundstone on Laughter, Forgetting Her Lines, and Cat Pee

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Paula Poundstone will make sure your New Year is full of laughter.
For comedian Paula Poundstone, it's all about bringing people together through laughter. Well, and making people lose control over their bodily functions due to laughter. Oh, and also getting a break from her 15 cats at home.

"I know that not everyone is going to find everything I say hysterically funny, but I hope there's at least one moment for each member where they fear incontinence," says Poundstone, who will be performing at Mesa Arts Center on New Year's Eve. "Where they have that kind of cathartic wonderful laughter. I don't tell them that, I don't say to them at the beginning of the show, but it's certainly my game plan. And again for me, it's just a chance to be away from cat pee for a few hours."

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Kevin Hart Is Coming to Comerica Theatre

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Let us explain: Kevin Hart's coming to town.

The comedian's keeping plenty busy at the box office in Chris Rock's Top Five and a string of upcoming releases, The Wedding Ringer, Get Hard, and Ride Along 2. And on Friday, January 30, he's coming to a performing arts venue near you -- namely, Comerica Theatre.

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Aziz Ansari Is Coming to Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix

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The cast and crew of NBC's Parks and Recreation recently finished shooting its final season. Which is a bummer. The final season will air two back-to-back episodes at a time. Which means it'll go by super fast. And NBC canceled pretty much all its new comedies. Which makes a post-P 'n' R world look all the more grim.

But ah, a glimmer of hope.

Aziz Ansari has announced a brief tour for January and February of 2014. And Phoenix is one of just six stops.

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Joe Rogan on the Freedom of Stand-Up and Why He'd Choose Comedy Over Pretty Much Everything Else

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UFC analyst, stand-up comedian, and television personality Joe Rogan will be performing his stand-up routine at Celebrity Theatre on December 12.

You've probably seen or heard Joe Rogan before, whether you intended to or not.

He's a pretty busy guy, considering that he does the color commentary for the major UFC events, has his own successful interview-based podcast The Joe Rogan Experience, and shows up on a wide variety of television programs. Oh, and he's also "that guy from Fear Factor."

But you might not have realized that he's also an accomplished stand-up comedian who sells out shows across the country and has his own hour-long special on Comedy Central.

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YouTube Comedians Mamrie Hart and Grace Helbig on Selfies, Drake Trivia, and Figuring Out Arizona

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Grace Helbig (left) and Mamrie Hart will be getting really weird in Tempe this Sunday.
If you've been around YouTube, Tumblr, or the general Internet over the past few years, chances are you've heard of Mamrie Hart and Grace Helbig, seen one of their videos on either Helbig's It's Grace YouTube channel or Hart's You Deserve a Drink, laughed, cried, and possibly had your life changed by their movie Camp Takota, or at least giggled over one of their GIFs. If you don't know who they are, do yourself a quick favor and Google them. Because you need to prepare to experience the comedy duo's punny improv live on Sunday, December 7, during their last stop of the This Might Get Weird, Y'all tour.

"We try to keep the show about 90 percent improvised so that if you're the sixth stop on the tour, you're still gunna get something new and fresh and not just going through the motions," Hart says.

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The 10 Best Comedy Podcasts Right Now

Categories: Comedy, Top Lists

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Start listening to this literary-minded, not-quite-historically-accurate podcast before it becomes a TV show.
You might be planning a long road trip or maybe you've just exhausted all of your go-to bands on Spotify while sitting at your desk. Never fear -- the time to dive head first into the world of comedy podcasts is here. Whether they're talking about the biz, literature, movies, or whatever else the funny people in charge of these free online radio shows decide to discuss, you can be sure you'll have to stifle a few laughs, should you choose to listen to them at work.

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