Paul Mecurio: From Wall Street to The Daily Show

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The name Paul Mecurio might not instantly ring a bell, but you have no doubt been privy to his comedic stylings. The writer and standup comedian came into comedy not through extensive improv training but a career on Wall Street. What started as a comedy habit quickly turned into a double life, and now Mecurio is a full-blown comedian.

The Emmy-winning writer cut his teeth working for Jay Leno before nabbing a coveted seat in The Daily Show writer's room. Now as a traveling standup and host of his own podcast, The Paul Mecurio Show, this guy is showing no signs of slowing down. Mecurio is the audience warm-up comic on The Colbert Report and The Daily Show, and lucky for us, he set aside some time on the set of Colbert to chat about his big career swap, why The Daily Show keeps creating stars, and scoring an interview with another more musical Paul.

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Jeff Ross Sees Roasts as "a Real Showcase for New Comedians"

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Personal Publicity
The roast with the most

Each year when Comedy Central announces a new roast, everyone has two questions on their mind: 1. Who will the target be, and 2. What will Jeffrey Ross do? Now dubbed the Roastmaster General, Ross has made a living out of tearing people to shreds. He killed so many roasts, the network had to give him his own show. But Ross became a permanent figure in comedy long before getting sent home the first week of Dancing with the Stars.

Now Ross' jokes stand out no matter who is in the room. With upcoming shows in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, Ross isn't just flying down just to escape the cold weather. He takes funny business seriously. And while Ross seems like a guy who only talks in insults, we found him warm and passionate about keeping his act the best it can be. Before he migrates South, we chatted with Ross about vets coming to his shows, what we can expect from the next season of The Burn and why he encourages everyone to embrace roast-worthy behavior.

See Also: Comedy Central Up Next Talent Search at the Palm Beach Improv Picks a Winner

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Rosie O'Donnell - Palm Beach Improv - January 10

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Rosie has something to say.

Love her or Donald Trump-level hate her, Rosie O'Donnell is a kind of a big deal. Chances are pretty good you spent a childhood afternoon, or fifty, watching The Rosie O'Donnell Show back when her face was a daily television habit. Having left that post back in 2002, Rosie's heyday might be long gone, but she never truly left the spotlight, especially when making a habit of ruffling feathers on The View. So when she took over the Palm Beach Improv this past weekend, we assumed Rosie was fleshing out some new material in front of a live audience in preparation an an upcoming standup special. But instead, it looks like she might be looking for a new outlet to express an issue very near and dear to her.

See also: Review: Artie Lange at the Palm Beach Improv

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Jeff Dunham Will "Cut Loose" with Dummies at the BB&T Center

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There are as many answers as there are comics for the question of whom America's best stand-up comedian is. But if you're asking who the most popular comedian is, Pollstar magazine will tell you the only correct answer is Jeff Dunham.

Dunham is a ventriloquist who crafts and designs his own dummies. Over the course of his 35 years perfecting his ventriloquism craft, he was eventually declared ineligible for Vent Haven ConVENTion ventriloquism competition after winning it too many times. Dunham has since become North America's highest grossing standup act. While the bigger name comedian Jerry Seinfeld will play a massive room at Hard Rock Live later this same month, Dunham will be filling up a hockey arena January 25, at the BB&T Center.

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Andrew Dice Clay on his "Roller Coaster" Career: "I'm All the Way Up Again, So I'm Happy"

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The Dice Man cometh.

Clay has been in comedy so long, he's seen it all. Back before Twitter and podcasts, comedians lived and died on their jokes. And while Mr. Hickory Dickory Dock has seen waves of new comics sparkle and fade, he's been taking notes and plotting a major comeback. But before he heads down to South Florida for a string of gigs, we sat down with the Dice Man to discuss his yo-yo comedy career, his kids' band, and how he plans on making it to the top and actually stay there.

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Dom Irrera Admits He Was "the Only Italian Rabbi in South Florida"

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Susan Maljan
Dom in deep thought.

On the cusp of 2014, it's easy to think about all the new comics that popped up this year and made your funny bones tickle. But when it comes to the funnies, it's not all about fresh faces and polished Twitter skills. The comics that have made a career out of grabbing a mic are the ones that never disappoint. They have been cracking wise since there was no internet and successfully adjusting to the podcast way of life, all the while passing the true test of what it means to be a comic -- to be 'on' even when you're feeling off.

Take Dom Irrera, for instance. The Philly-born stand up vet has a soft spot for Florida. He's even a die hard Dolphins fan. He's been so funny for so long that it's all he knows. And while you might recognize his voice from repeat appearances on Paul and Young Ron, Dom does his best work in front of a crowd, microphone in hand, and that's why he's being singled out as a Comedy All-Star at his next Florida gig. Before he plays the Seminole Hard Rock with Jake Johannsen and Tammy Pescatelli, we chatted with Dom about his time in Florida, betting on football, and how his favorite show biz experience was as a character on Hey Arnold.

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Tom Cotter Takes a Look Back at 2013, a Look Forward to Arbor Day

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Virginia Sherwood
Tom Cotter. He loves trees.

Being a stand up comedian is one thing, but being a stand up comedian on a nationally televised reality competition show is an entirely different level of standup-ness (cause we just made that a thing). Tom Cotter jumped into the spotlight as the runner up during the 2012 season of America's Got Talent and has seen an instant increase in national bookings that have changed his life as a professional comic.

We talked with Tom earlier this year before a show in Fort Lauderdale. Now, gearing up for his first ever West Palm Beach Improv appearance, we circled back with the almost-champion comic to see how the taste of fame has changed his outlook. It's the special December time of year when you have to spend too much energy on your family and eat obscene amounts of food in public. So we figured this was the perfect opportunity to find out what Tom thought of 2013, which holiday is his favorite, and his riveting New Year's resolution, just as we look 2014 directly in the face.

See Also: Tom Cotter: "If a Woman Gets on Stage and Talks About Her Vagina, You Can Hear Sphincters Shut"

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Paula Poundstone Prefers a Republican President for the Sake of Comedy

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When you can be divisive enough to make both Comedy Central's list of 100 greatest stand-ups of all time and simultaneously make Maxim magazine's worst comedians list, you must be doing something right.

Paula Poundstone has had a successful stand-up career for over three decades now, which has included four HBO comedy specials, recurring gigs on The Tonight Show, and her own award winning talk show.

A day before her stand-up gig at Broward Community College's Bailey Concert Hall, Poundstone reminisced with New Times about her days struggling to make it as a comedian while looking forward to a time when there's a Republican president that would be easier for her to make fun of.

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Cheech Marin on Cheech & Chong: "We Couldn't Be Censored"


Cheech Marin began our telephone conversation with a loud, sustained yawn. At the moment it took me off guard, but as I kept replaying the interview to type up the transcript the yawn became funnier and funnier each time. That shouldn't be a surprise. Cheech is a man who knows how to make people laugh. It's why he was cast as Hurley's Dad in Lost. It's why they use his voice for characters in animated films like the Lion King and Cars. It's why director Robert Rodriguez has him in nearly every movie he shoots.

But Cheech has always been his funniest when paired with Tommy Chong. If Cheech & Chong did not invent the idea of stoner comedy, they clearly perfected it. Combining absurdity with hedonism in their nine classic comedy albums and a series of feature films highlighted by Up In Smoke, they set the blueprint for all other drug humor to follow. Reuniting with Tommy Chong for what's being billed as their first comedy tour in over 25 years that hits Hard Rock Live December 15, to fundraise for Broward House, South Florida's "oldest and largest HIV/AIDS Community Service organization." Cheech Marin took a moment to speak with the New Times about Frank Zappa, singing on stage, and The Ed Sullivan Show.

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Christopher Titus - Fort Lauderdale Improv - September 27

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Christopher Titus has a lot to say. Always has, and always will. The man has had an extremely difficult and interesting life, which he has no problem documenting, discussing, and breaking down into some of the most hilarious, dark, and oddly heartwarming comedy.

Titus has done it all, from his extremely popular eponymous show on FOX that ran for three seasons in the early 2000s, four one-hour comedy central specials, three albums, and in 2011, he started up the Titus podcast. Every one of his sets is concise, the stories ebb and flow perfectly into one main theme, be it love, family, or just the absurdity humanity has come to embrace and accept as normal. Titus has a unique energy that has become synonymous with his name, and on Thursday night at the Fort Lauderdale Improv, he displayed why he truly is one of the best comedians currently in the business.

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