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They call him "the Closer." James Judd is the man that the storytelling show Snap Judgment brings out to bring down the house. The lawyer and former stand-up comedian is known for his brash, energetic style and his rollicking stories of public embarrassment and failure.

Judd will be among the performers taking the stage of Atlanta Symphony Hall this weekend when Snap Judgment rolls into town for a live show. 

Michael Krasny Delves Into Jewish Humor In New Book

Dec 27, 2016
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One of Woody Allen’s jokes starts with him showing off his watch.

“This is a gorgeous, gold pocket watch, and I am proud of it,” he says. “My grandfather, on his deathbed, sold me this watch.” Cue audience laughter.

Or, for those who find that joke too crass, a less problematic one-liner comes from Jon Stewart. He says, “My wife is Catholic. I’m Jewish. It’s very interesting; we’re raising the children to be sad.”

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Friday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

Noah Britton / Asperger's Are Us

Having Asperger's Syndrome is not funny, but the comedy troupe Asperger's Are Us is very funny. The quartet of comedians, all of whom are openly autistic, formed in 2010 after meeting at a summer camp and have been touring the country with their unique brand of comedy ever since.

Troupe member Noah Britton describes the syndrome as a "systematic difference" in the way they approach the world. The condition involves hypersensitivity to conflict and change. 

Closer Look: Atlanta Businesses; Comedians; And More

May 30, 2016
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Monday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

T. J. Miller arrives at the LA Premiere of "Silicon Valley" on Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Los Angeles.
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The realistic flair that has earned the HBO series “Silicon Valley” critical praise occasionally revisits one of the program’s stars when he’s out in the real world.

Actor and comic T.J. Miller, who plays the abrasive technology entrepreneur Erlich Bachmann, said a relentlessly confident developer once tried to demonstrate his beta project to him, only for the app to crash repeatedly.

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If you put Jeff Garlin live in a studio with “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes, add the final day of WABE’s spring pledge drive to the mix and let them improvise, what might you have?

A 25-minute bonanza of laughs with riffs on Jon Stewart, REO Speedwagon, George Wallace the politician, George Wallace the comedian and Mel Brooks.

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What do you get when you have four comedians in a recording studio? Far too much. 

Between jokes about oatmeal and cat ladies, four local comedic talents came into WABE's studio to talk about Atlanta’s comedy scene and what it means for female comedians.

The comedians represent four of the main improv theaters in Atlanta.

Lois Reitzes with Laughing Skull Lounge founder Marshall Chiles, who heads up the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival.
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The Laughing Skull Comedy Festival is bringing laughs to stages all around Atlanta for its sixth year, and Lois Reitzes sat down with Laughing Skull Lounge founder Marshall Chiles to talk about how they judge funny.

The Laughing Skull Comery Festival takes place Wednesday through Sunday, March 25-29. For more information, check out Atlanta PlanIt.

WABE's Lois Reitzes with comedian Gilbert Gottfried, in Atlanta for a run of performances at the Improv Comedy Club March 12-14.
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Gilbert Gottfried is in town for a three-night stand at the Improv Comedy Club. The famed comedian is known for his uniquely abrasive voice work, which he recently lent to a sketch on the website College Humor. In the video, Gottfried narrates passages from the book "50 Shades of Grey."

Lois Reitzes and David Koechner in WABE's Studio 4
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David Koechner may not be a household name, but his face – or better yet, his characters – certainly are. He's the actor behind Champ Kind, the chauvinist sportscaster in the "Anchorman" movies, and Todd Packer, the boorish brute to Steve Carell's bumbling nice guy Michael Scott from NBC's "The Office."

Our own Anchorlady, Lois Reitzes, spoke with Koechner about his craft, and his comedy.   

David Koechner performs Thursday through Saturday night at Buckhead's Atlanta Improv Comedy Club.

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You may know comedian Wyatt Cenac for his time as a correspondent for The Daily Show on Comedy Central. Cenac was on the show from 2008 to 2012. He is also a stand-up comedian, and he has a new Netflix special called Brooklyn.

He’ll be performing  at the Laughing Skull lounge this weekend. Cenac recently spoke with WABE’s Lois Reitzes about the art of stand-up and his career trajectory.

Web Extra: Wyatt Cenac on his love of puppetry and his visit to the Center For Puppetry Arts. 

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There's a lot going on this weekend, from stand-up comedy to classical performances. To figure it all out, WABE’s Lois Reitzes recently spoke with our very own Kate Sweeney. Here’s Lois with more.

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