Five Musical Ways to Cope With Your Long Commute

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Mike Rice
Is most of your life spent in a vessel like this, but way crappier? Then this list is for you.

Do you fear that too much of your life is spent on the road? Do you see your own mortality in the wide, grey, dismal tone of the turnpike? Do you feel your impermanence and the fleeting nature of time in the pit of your stomach while you struggle in futile attempts to listen to some halfway decent music, finally surrendering and choosing silence instead?Then this is the article for you!

Living in Broward or Palm Beach counties mean you're spending long hours in your car. Whether to visit your bubbie, get to work, or hit up the club. We here at County Grind feel your pain -- we're called County Grind for fuck's sake! -- and we specialize in sound, so we've compiled a list of musical ways to cope with your grueling commute. You're welcome!


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Richard Lewis: "I'm Not Going to Dress up Like a Hamburger"

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Phil Provencio
Making anxiety cool.

Johnny Cash might be known as the "Man in Black," but Richard Lewis could definitely take over that same title. Now famous for being Larry David's beloved frenemey on Curb Your Enthusiasm, the monochromatic comic has been deep in the comedy biz since the '70s. After a recent five month hiatus to give his brain a break, Lewis is back where he started: on the standup circuit.

Lewis isn't your basic punchline laden comedy artist. He's too anxious for that. Even after decades as a comic, he still doesn't know what words are going to come out of his mouth. He is the king of rambling for no reason and wouldn't have it any other way. When we chatted with Lewis, all it took was a simple hello for him to break into a full eight minute rant describing his current emotional state that ended with an abrupt, "And I don't know if Curb is coming back." Once we got him used to the idea that there would indeed be questions, Lewis cracked wise about everything from playing himself to being the only Jew on the set of 7th Heaven.

See Also: Ten Best Seinfeld Musical Moments

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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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