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Ben Kharakh

  • Arts and Entertainment
    One of the last places you might expect to see an acoustic Christian duo is NBC's Last Comic Standing, but Gideon Lamb and Jeremiah Smallchild aren't your ordinary religious crooners. As God's Pottery , the pair has transcended genre barriers and appeared on two Comedy Central Records releases, including their own EP Live at Comix, earned rave reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and tour the country performing their delightful blend of good natured...
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    Stand Uppity is a tour so forward thinking that they planned their legacy before ever hitting the road. Of course, one should expect no less from a tour presented by 236.com, the satiric news site spun off from The Huffington Post. Comprised of comedians Marc Maron, Eugene Mirman, and Andy Kindler, the tour collectively boasts over 40 appearances on Conan O'Brien, 4 Comedy Central Specials, and enough showings on Letterman to support a blockbuster...
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    In 2007, a little movie called American Fork made the film festival rounds, garnering rave reviews and some awards as well. The story, written and staring Hubbel Palmer followed the life of Tracy Orbison, a grocery stork with aspirations of being an actor and changing lives. LAist got a hold of Hubbel to discuss the changes in his own life, as well as some of the themes that run through out the film and...
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    Matt Belknap is changing the way people experience comedy. As founder of Aspecialthing.com , Matt's created a place where comedy nerds, whether they be fans or the artists themselves, can discuss the art form they love so much. But Belknap isn't only a comedy fan. He runs See You Next Tuesday at the UCB Theater, is producer of and panelist on Never Not Funny, one of the I-Tunes picks for best Podcasts of '06...
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    Want to be a singer, a model, or maybe a comedian or TV Host? Then Big Shot Live is your chance to do just that. Simply go to the site, submit your video, and see if you're one of the lucky winners to get flown to LA (given that you're not already here) to pursue your goal and have it documented on the web. But unlike most talent contests, you get flown out right away,...
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    To Catch A Predator is one of the more intriguing shows to come around in past years, and certainly one that's sparked its fair share of debates. A group known as Perverted Justice goes into Internet chat rooms posing as young teens and engages in conversation with potential pedophiles. After a while, the offer is made for the targets to come over and a meeting time is set. Unbeknownst to the subjects, the person that...
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    Ever tell a joke? Chances are that if it wasn't made up by Red Sandwich, then it's indebted to his work. Fact of the matter is, our modern conception of humor and pathos has its roots in the groundbreaking pantomimes of Red Sandwich. LAist sat down with the prognosticator of laughter as the best medicine on the eve of his perennial The Red Sandwich Christmas Hour to discuss the nature and evolution of pathos,...
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    There's a lot of books out there claiming that they contain the secret to being funny, but only the authors of Comedy by the Numbers actually know how to crack a joke. LAist spoke with co-author Eric Hoffman about the how-to-guide to makem-laughs and crackem-ups, and even got him to reveal a few of the secrets just for you. But, be warned, Eric also reveals the means by which you'd know if you're currently...
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    For Joe Wilson, joking is a part of everyday life. After all, he is a comedian. But, one day, some casual joshing lead to an experiment: would people pay money for celebrity air? Joe put his plan into action, started an eBay auction, and found himself swamped by media attention, enemies with Jay Leno, and with enough material for a one man show that he called A Jar of Celebrity Air, which he'll be...
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    Comedian Jen Kirkman doesn't think humanity could handle world peace. After all, there's people who can't even handle raising kids and keeping track of whether they live on a flat or round planet. And the fact that those people are on TV while a comedian capable of telling stories as hilarious, unique, and honest as Jen's is not is plain wrong. Sure, Jen's been on VH1's Acceptable TV, Comedy Central's Premium Blend, and provided...

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