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Daniel Tosh 2013 Tour May Be His Last

If you haven’t heard the jokes of Daniel Tosh, then you are missing out on a seriously funny good time.  The American born comedian has a razor sharp wit, and isn’t afraid to use it on any topic that comes his way.  Many of his jokes may not be for the faint of heart, but they wouldn’t be nearly as funny if they were!  

The comedian’s first big break came in 2001 when he made an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman.  A string of appearances followed after that and eventually culminated in a special on comedy Central Presents.  In 2009, the comedian got his own show called Tosh.0, in which he mocks Internet clips with sometimes racy but always hilarious jokes.  It is currently one of the highest-ranking non-animated shows on the network averaging over two million viewers. 

His newest endeavor is that of being the producer of the newest Comedy Central animated show “Brickleberry”.  It first aired in September 2012, and already has critics and fans in sidesplitting laughter.  The show focuses on forest rangers in the Brickleberry National Park, and Tosh voices the character Malloy, a bear cub with a foul mouth.    

Tosh has currently stated that he plans to end his career in May 2013 on his birthday by either “committing suicide or retiring to the beach”.  He even has a clock on his website counting down the amount of time left until his birthday.  Some fans believe it is a joke, but for those that want to see the comedian live and in person, well there is no time like the present! 

Luckily for fans the show can be seen several places over the next few months.  He will be performing live at the Terry Fator Theatre at the Mirage in Las Vegas, the State Theatre in Minneapolis, and the Silver Legacy Casino in Reno.  If you plan to be in any of those cities in the upcoming months, you may want to book your tickets now, as his shows are often sold out in advance.  Come hear the newest jokes from Daniel Tosh, and see what all the laughter is about.

Jeffrey Ross – Comedy Central’s Roast King Visits the People

Jeffrey Ross (or Jeff Ross) is not only king of the roast, but also the “Roastmaster General” for Comedy Central’s Roast. What originally started as a televised version of the Friars Club tribute show, evolved into its own entity–a raucous anti-tribute show of a modern or past icon that featured insults from today’s hottest living comics, like Jeff Ross, Lisa Lampanelli, Gilbert Gottfried and Andy Dick. (If you count Andy Dick as a comic or “living”…zing!) Jeffrey Ross is now part of both entities, the Friars Club and the Comedy Central Roast, but he also goes on the road entertaining millions of Roast fans.

Actually, the insults get much worse on the uncensored broadcasts and that’s partially because of Jeffrey’s Ross’ talent for X-rated, nothing-sacred cut downs. He’s like Rick Moranis and Walter Matthau had a baby that was then beaten up by Don Rickles. Yes, he started the whole “if so and so had a baby” routine, as well as many other “bits” that are far too risqué to be printed here.

However, if you have enjoyed any of Comedy Central’s greatest Roasts in recent years, like Bob Saget, Drew Carey, Pamela Anderson and most recently, Charlie Sheen, then you have already enjoyed the best and meanest of Jeffrey Ross. Ross secretly writes a lot of the insults you see on those celebrity roast shows as spoken by celebrities, as most big Hollywood names (unlike the glory days of the Friars Club or the Dean Martin Roasts) are not spunky or fearless enough to think of those burns on their own.

Of course, witnessing Ross in person is not exactly like a roast, since there is no celebrity sitting on a mock throne pretending to laugh after an insult about his/her crack habit. However, in person you can expect the same Jeff Ross spirit, a more personal look into his life, many funny observations about stupid or insane people, and sure, some acid-tongue insults that are too hard to resist.

Jeffrey Ross is the Don Rickles of this generation, though he cites his most important comedy influences as Eddie Murphy, Steve Martin and, naturally, Cheech & Chong. He’s no spring chicken at the age of 46, but he still has many years of roasting and toasting to go, as he is gaining mainstream attention as the insult go-to-guy.

Colin Mochrie is This Week’s Winner!

It’s been a long time since you’ve heard either Clive Anderson or Drew Carey mutter those words, but once you heard them, there was very little argument. Sure, the points never mattered on Whose Line Is It, Anyway? and the logic in the way that the host awards the fake points was always absurd. Still, whenever comedian Colin Mochrie received the win, nobody could possibly object. The man was just bloody hilarious!

In the company of performers like Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady, and if you go back that far, Mike McShane, Tony Slattery and Greg Proops, that is an impressive achievement. They don’t breed them like Colin Mochrie anymore. This Canadian-Scottish actor is an iconoclast, a scholarly wit and a slapstick comedian all in one sitting.

After a long career of auditions, bit parts and theater, he earned mainstream fame on Whose Line Is It, Anyway?, both the British version and the U.S. version. He has stated before that his favorite sketches were “Scenes From a Hat”, which was an interactive segment co-written by random audience members in the crowd. He also stated that the “Hoedown” sketch (which featured the task of creating improvised funny and catchy songs) was his weakest point and caused him great trepidation. (Just watch the old episodes and crack up when he so desperately talks the lyric instead of singing them!)

So what happened after WLIIA? Mochrie is still alive and still funny, and has actually been touring across North America showcasing his comedy and improvisational skills. Mochrie often works with fellow WLIIA alumni Brad Sherwood in a two-man stage show. It is sometimes referred to as “An Evening with Colin and Brad.” The show was so successful that it spawned a DVD of the duo’s best performances.

However, even when Mochrie doesn’t have his improv friends to fall back on, he is still one of the funniest human beings you will ever have the privilege of giggling to. He brings a certain childlike innocence to all of his performances, all the while approaching comedy with that caustic tone that could only come from a Canadian smart-ass and veteran of the comedy stage.

To see him in person is a delight! And Clive is delighted to say that the winner for the show is Colin Mochrie who will be reading the credits in the style of a funny man who cannot hoedown!

Jeff Dunham: A Dummy Savant and a Deadly Funny Comedian

In the year 1990, ventriloquist and comedian Jeff Dunham made his debut on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, and even received Carson’s own “couch invitation” approval.  It was a moment of destiny, and the promise of great things to come.  However, this comedy quickly became a tragedy and Dunham toiled in obscurity for 12 years. 

It wasn’t until 2003 that Dunham finally received his “second big break” on Comedy Central Presents.  Even after that great night, in which Dunham previewed early dummy prototypes like José Jalapeño on a Stick, Walter (a predecessor of Melvin the Superhero Guy) and Peanut, Comedy Central still put him on hiatus.  It wasn’t until 2006, (after the success of the Blue Collar Comics concert movie) that the network truly stood behind Dunham and allowed him to make his name known.  In 2006, Dunham was long overdue for his big break (his third, in fact) and knocked this one out of the ballpark.  Jeff Dunham: Arguing with Myself drew two million viewers, and his follow-ups quickly made Dunham a viral sensation (The “Silence, I Kill You!” terrorist bit is now a common catchphrase) and even set a new record for Comedy Central ratings.

Dunham is now the third highest paid standup in the country, just behind Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock.  That’s quite an achievement for a man that doesn’t have a family sitcom and has yet to headline a movie.  However, Dunham’s unique act ensures his popularity.  It’s nothing to new to this edgy comedian (who hides his caustic wit behind the facades of dummies) who has actually been doing his act since his teenage years.  He used to perform in school, church and at Six Flags.  He graduated to banquets, TV commercials, comedy clubs, and eventually private shows for VIPs. 

Most recently, he has appeared on Late Show with David Letterman, Comedy Central Presents, The Tonight Show and is being called “America’s favorite comedian” by sources such as Slate.com, not to mention polls taken around the country.  What makes Dunham such a joy to behold?  It’s not only the fact that he is a skilled ventriloquist, but also that he infuses his characters with such ribald personalities and politically incorrect viewpoints. 

You may know Dunham from his “I Kill You!” bit…but the numbers show this talented comic just plain kills when it comes to comedy tours.  Come see him in person – get your Jeff Dunham tickets today!

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