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WATCH: ROOFTOP’S TOP 10 HALLOWEEN JOKES

Happy Halloween, everybody! We’ve summoned the ghosts of comedy’s past to put together the 10 best Halloween clips on our site. Sit back, crack open a bag of candy corn, and enjoy!

In no particular order…

1. TJ Miller: Mysterious Basement

Can I borrow your candelabra? Why? No reason really, I just need to grab something out of my haunted basement. No biggie.

2. Kumail Nanjiani: Horror Movie Reception

Be afraid. Be very afraid… of using At&T as your cellphone provider.

3. Jesse Joyce: Haunted House Trauma



The trauma of a haunted house isn’t necessarily limited to ghosts and goblins. Don’t believe us? Maybe you’ll believe Jesse Joyce.


4. Jessi Campbell: Spooky Shower

Jessi Campbell takes a scary shower, and she’s not even at the gym.

5. Butch Bradley: Watching Scary Movies

Butch Bradley is a scaredy cat. Lucky for us, he’s not afraid to talk about it.

6. Ryan Singer: Carl Treadway: Monster Hunter

If Ryan Singer doesn’t scare you, NOTHING WILL. He’s scary funny is what we’re trying to say.


7. Matt Braunger: Partying on Halloween

What would your favorite super hero look like wasted? Halloween to the rescue!


8. Nick Griffin: Scared of Horror Movies


Jesus the Friendly Ghost doesn’t have the same ring to it.

9. Andy Ritchie: Living with Ghosts

The housing crisis might affect some people, but there is one demographic who welcomes it. GHOSTS!

10. Auggie Smith: Halloween and Pedophiles

Mixing Halloween and pedophiles is a bad idea. To remedy it, just tell them to give out pennies instead of candy.

TJ Miller retuns to Conan

TJ Miller appeared on Conan Thursday night and he did a mighty fine job. You may recognize Miller as Ranger Jones in the live action Yogi Bear movie, from multiple appearances on Chelsea lately, and in heavy rotation as a Rooftop staff pick. On his second appearance on Conan, TJ rounded out his set with a story of an awkward airplane experience follwed by an amazing set of impressions Check it out!

Make sure to check out TJ’s hour long stand up special “No Real Reason” when it premieres on Comedy Central Saturday, November 12th at 11pm.

Watch more clips from TJ on Rooftop

Matt Braunger Kills it on Conan

Our old pal and “Best of the Fest” winner at the 2008 Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival Matt Braunger was a joy to watch on Conan last night. Watch as he discusses awkwardness, drinking in your thirties, and Hungry Man dinners. Check it out!

Watch more clips of Matt on Rooftop

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Tommy Johnagin Does @TeamCoco

Longtime Rooftop favorite Tommy Johnagin performed on Conan last night. He discusses a boyhood visit to the OBGYN, dating an older woman, the joys of red wine, and more!
You can catch Tommy live November 17th- 19th at the Comedy Club on State in Madison, Wisconsin. In the meantime, watch the clip!


Watch more clips from Tommy on Rooftop

SUBMIT FOR THE MAGNERS COMEDY FESTIVAL

We’re very happy to announce that submissions are open for third annual Magners Comedy Festival. Comics can submit their best 1-3 min worth of material (Oct 28th deadline) to compete in a series of voting rounds and the best 10 contestants will advance to face off at the festival in Boston. The top comic wins a trip to perform at the 2012 Glasgow International Comedy Festival! Visit our submissions page for contest rules and requirements. Good luck!

APPLY FOR THE 2012 WOMEN IN COMEDY FESTIVAL

The Women in Comedy Festival 2012 is accepting submissions for its annual event. Comedians can send submissions online in the categories of improv, musical comedy, sketch, stand up, and storytelling.

The deadlines for show submissions are Tuesday, November 1, 2011 with $30 submission fee and Tuesday, November 8, 2011 with $40 submission fee (extended deadline). Instructor deadlines are Tuesday, October 18, 2011 with $10 submission fee and Tuesday, October 25, 2011 with $15 submission fee (extended deadline). All deadlines are at 11:59pm ET.

The 4th annual Women in Comedy Festival will take place March 21-25, 2012 in Boston.

Visit the WICF 2012 site to apply.
Good luck!

Andres du Bouchet’s CD Release Show

Celebrate the release of Andres du Bouchet’s first comedy album, ‘Naked Trampoline Hamlet’, at The Steve Allen Theater in Los Angeles, Friday October 21st at 8pm.

Hosted by fellow CONAN Writers Dan Cronin and Todd Levin.

With Performances by:
Chris Regan
Jim Earl
Jesse Popp
Andres du Bouchet
Music from Samantha Shelton
Plus Special Guests Brian Stack & James Urbaniak as fictional rival record executives!

For the price of admission guests receive a free copy of ‘Naked Trampoline Hamlet’ and free beer!

Friday, October 21, 2011 at 8:00 PM
The Steve Allen Theater at The Center For Inquiry
4773 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90027
Phone: (323) 666-4268
Get tickets

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HAL SPARKS REVIEW

Our newest album release, “Escape from Halcatraz”, by Hal Sparks has been reviewed by Ed Placencia over at Comedy Reviews. Here’s a teaser:

If Bobby Slayton is “The Pitbull of Comedy” then I think it’s fair to call Hal Sparks “The Pomeranian of Punchlines.” I admit that may not sound like the most flattering of comparisons, but it’s not meant to be a criticism or putdown. Where Slayton is rough, gruff, and comes right at you, on his new album Escape From Halcatraz Sparks is full of happy energy with a manic desire to please. He desperately wants to entertain and he pours everything he has into telling a story, his excitedness turning into yippy fits that wreak havoc on his throat (I can imagine vocal coaches everywhere cringing as they listen to Sparks destroy his voice with his uncontrolled-yet-strained shrieks, wails, and attempts at an operatic falsetto).

Read the rest of the review at the Comedy Reviews site.

Pick up Escape from Halcatraz on iTunes.

TIG NOTARO ON CONAN

Tig Notaro ripped it on Conan last night. She discusses having friends with kids, an encounter with a discourteous gentleman, and closes with a set of mind warping impressions. Have a look.

Watch more clips from Tig on her Rooftop page

Buy her new album “Good One” on Amazon

JOE WONG INTERVIEW

Our very own producer and San Francisco based comedian Edwin Li caught up with fellow comedian Joe Wong. Joe discusses political correctness, performing in China, his autobiography, life after Letterman, and more. Joe headlines the San Francisco Punchline September 20th and 21st.

Edwin

You recently did Letterman for the third time. Has your life changed dramatically since then?

Joe
Since my first time on Letterman my life changed dramatically, but there is not much change since my second and third one to be honest. (Laughs)

Edwin
Before you were a full time comic you were a scientist. What was that transition like?

Joe
The transition it take some getting use to because with the 9-5 job you don’t have to plan too much, you know, you have to worry about your kids meals and stuff but other than that you just show up to work and just do it. You deal with the same numbers and same people. So there is a nice structure to it.

Stand Up comedy is a 24/7 hour job. There is always something you can be doing. It’s tough to make a decisions, for example, tomorrow is it best for me to write stand up jokes or write scripts or some other stuff business related? You get more control of your own time but it takes some getting use to.

Edwin
Do you write a lot of scripts now?

Joe
I write a lot in general. I worked on script writing for a while. I’m writing an autobiography in China and that takes up some time. Well, not too much time. I know what happens in my life, so that’s easy. (Laughs)

Edwin
Is it in Chinese or English?

Joe
I wrote it in English because my Chinese typing is excruciatingly slow. (Laughs)
Basically just orally translated taped in voice and send it to China where they type it up. That’s how it works.

Edwin
Can you tell me about it?

Joe
It’s about how I grew up in Eastern China back in the 70′s and 80′s. It’s a very rural area, and a lot of things happening there are very interesting like one of the stories I told on Letterman where I have to pave the road. Then it was about me going to college in Beijing and then coming to the United States. How life in the United States is like. A lot of people are curious because a lot of Chinese people watch American movies and televisions but they want to hear a real person telling about their stories. I also talk about my comedy career. How I get started. The obstacles. That’s basically the content of the book.

Edwin
Do you have any fans in China?

Joe
The correspondents dinner got ten million hits there. China has a twitter but it’s a different kind of twitter. They call it a mini blog or something. I recently started blogging there. It has about 180,000 followers, but I”m not a house hold name.

Edwin
Have you were performed comedy in China?

Joe
I did it once back in 2008.

Edwin
How did that work out?

Joe
I learned a very good lesson. I did about 7 minutes of stand up routine and jokes that rely on play on logic or what I call play on logic or just pointing out the flaws in logic what can be logically inferred on something can always make people laugh no matter what language you are speaking but then the jokes that are based on word play or cultural content, that’s going to be tough.

Edwin
What are some ways you come up with material and what inspires you.

Joe
That is always the hardest question. I think comedy comes out of fascination. I’m always fascinated by people’s lives. I remember watching people go by thinking, “what is this guy thinking? What is motivating this guy to do this?” Sometimes I see people walk around with their dog in day light during the week and I’m like “Wow. How did this person pull it off? I have to bust my ass making a living but he looks so comfortable and at ease. I’m just curios about peoples behavior motivation and the mentality.

Edwin
How do you like performing in San Francisco. What’s the difference between Boston and San Francisco?

Joe
I think people in San Francisco are more nicer and more earnest. (Laughs) And people in Boston have more of a mean streak. Some of the more meaner jokes were taken really well in Boston but when I said it in San Francisco people were pretty sensitive about it. (Laughs) I have a joke about biographies where I say my wife loves biographies but I don’t have that time so I just read obituaries, because they always say nice things. Sometimes I wonder what the obituary of Jeffery Dahmer would have been like if he was executed. It would have been like, Jeffery Dahmer died yesterday after a short battle against an electric chair”. And that joke always gets a big laugh in New England.
Sometimes people are very PC which should be a good thing but comedy is comedy and dark comedy has its place too.

Edwin

What is your take on political correctness on comedy.

Joe
It’s really complicated. I think it’s a double edged sword. In one sense it’s good. The thing I did not like, like some comedians they pick on Asians they would have never have the guts to pick on blacks or Hispanics. Those Comedians I just don’t like at all. When I see them nowadays I confront them. You know just because an Asian person is there you can’t call them China man or something and think you shouldn’t get away with it. That’s just not cool with me unless you’re doing it to a black comedian or something but they don’t have the guts. See that’s the part I don’t like. I can’t stand how much hate is really behind the joke it’s this really heart felt hate, and it’s not comedy anymore, but if you say you suck and I suck then that’s comedy.

Edwin
What do you like most about comedy?

Joe
I guess it’s just a way to make sense of life. If you look at life rationally it does not make any sense at all. I mean you can work your butt off, you can be a saint, but in the end we all die, so what’s the meaning of life? But on the other hand, it’s also the biggest joke ever. Life itself is the biggest joke, and I just feel day to day, life is just a joke.

Visit Joe Wong’s Rooftop Comedy profile.