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Colin Quinn needs no introduction. He is a master of stand-up and has been shifting from comedy clubs to theatres… the perfect venue for his wildly popular one man show - Unconstitutional. In this episode we hear why Colin prefers a theatre to a club for this type of show and why he decided to write a full show about The Constitution. 

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Subhah Agarwal is known as one of the hardest working open mic comedians in NYC. Here we see Subhah hit some open mics while describing that lifestyle… and then surprise comes along.

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Reggie Watts ponders the mystery of time travel.

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Bonnie McFarlane is not only capable of a great stand-up set, she is also a highly regarded writer. Her career took off almost immediately, and though she had some failed pilots early on, she has been able to maintain a healthy career for 20 years by not limiting herself to stand up alone. Here Bonnie describes how her goal was always to be a writer and how stand-up led her to that goal.

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Heneghen is known for his very funny, long, improvised stand-up routines which usually include current events and social commentary. My favorite line I heard him say once… “Don’t you find it a little ironic people listen to Rage Against The Machine on an iPod?”  

Here Heneghen talks about why he chose the road and the Pacific Northwest over a shot at the big time in LA.

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Sara Schaefer has been working very hard since she arrived in NYC almost 12 years ago. After a few life changing events, Sara got caught up in a mess of credit card debt trying to survive NYC and reach her life long dream of being a talk show host. 

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Beth Stelling is an LA based comic with a sweet tooth to say the least. Here Beth talks about her sugar addiction and what it’s done to her teeth.

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10 years ago Jim Gaffigan had no idea he would be married, let alone a father of five. Here Jim describes whats it’s like to be a traveling comedian while balancing family life in Manhattan. Order Jim’s new book on parenting “DAD IS FAT” which comes out today!

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Phil Hanley didn’t invent crowd work, but because he started comedy in some of Canada’s roughest rooms, he got very good at it. Here we see Phil describe those early days and how they shaped the comedian he is today.

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This is some outtake footage from the second batch of Modern Comedian episodes. Some of it was shot for fun and some of it was just too long to squeeze into the episodes. Enjoy this bonus footage.

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Chris Gethard is an amazing person with a big heart, who also happens to be one of the most entertaining people around. Last year, Chris was cast as the lead in a sitcom that was canceled right away. So he decided to stick with something that was he could control … a public access show on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network. The decision to pause a more typical acting career in Los Angeles in favor of a public access TV show was not an easy one. But as we see here, the show has become an important thing in a lot of people’s lives, particularly young people with mental health issues. As Chris says, it is the closest thing to a ‘calling’ he has ever experienced.

 

Watch The Chris Gethard Show:
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Yannis Pappas is one of NYC’s favorite native comics, born and raised in Brooklyn - a rarity amongst his peers. Few can write good jokes as fast as Yannis. 

A year into stand up, Yannis was shot in a traumatic botched armed robbery attempt. In this episode, we see Yannis tell the story while working out some new jokes on the subject.

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Mike Lawrence is one of the best up-and-coming young comedians in New York City. He moved there from Florida more than six years ago, and has been extremely driven in his goal to do stand-up on TV. Here we see Mike reflect on his early days in stand-up and describe what he thought doing a set on TV would mean for his career. As a side note, this video was released two days after Mike’s 30th birthday. Happy Birthday Mike!

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Ted Alexandro is a staple in the New York comedy scene as well as a traveling headliner with numerous TV appearances on Letterman, Comedy Central and more. Ted thought he was going to be a jazz pianist as he entered college but as fate would have it he discovered stand-up and didn’t look back. Here Ted discusses his history with Jazz and the similarities he sees between his musical background and his stand-up performances.