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Stand Up! Records Joins the Ranks of CXA Comedy Labels


Philadelphia, PA - Stand Up! Records is the newest addition to join the ranks of CXA Comedic Labels. Stand Up! Records promises to follow “in the tradition of Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor and George Carlin. We like our truth straight up and bitter.” As a member of CXA, Stand Up! Records will receive royalty payments for terrestrial radio airplay of its roster.

Stand Up!’s edgy, thought provoking comedy makes a great addition to CXA. Stand Up! Founder and President Dan Schlissel expressed his excitement about CXA in saying, “This is an idea that has been far too long in coming. Until now, comedians performance rights has been a backwater issue and I am glad that Comedy Exchange is here to help represent comedians and labels in this very real, very important initiative.”

Stand Up! Records launched in 2001 when Schlissel noticed that the comedy CDs on his then-label -ismist Recordings were selling better than indie rock. Lewis Black’s The White Album was the label’s first release and its roster has expanded to include Maria Bamford, Hannibal Buress, David Cross, Marc Maron, Patton Oswalt and Doug Stanhope, among others. Comedy Exchange Association is the new non-profit performing rights organization that provides royalties for comedy labels as well as comedians (who perform their own material), and other comedic writers, whose works are used on AM / FM and other terrestrial radio broadcasts. For more information, please contact CXA at 267.232.1300 or at



Pushing the Limits of France’s Comedy Tradition


“Sharp-tongued comedian Stéphane Guillon went a bit too far when he was hired by French state radio to spice up its morning schedule. He joked about President Nicolas Sarkozy’s diminutive stature, mocked the first lady’s music career and called France’s immigration minister ‘chinless.’”
In France, a Comic Who Specializes in Short Jokes Gets Cut Down to Size Monsieur Guillon Ribbed Nation’s Leaders in Time-Honored Tradition—But Went Too Far



FCC Appeals ‘Fleeting Expletives’ Decision


FCC today appealed a federal court’s decision to strike down its authority in the Fox Television “fleeting expletives” case. The move is likely to set up a significant First Amendment case at the Supreme Court. Joe White has the story.



A Plea for more Comedy, Less Comity, in the US Senate


The Mirthless Senate

Absent any structural change, what the Senate badly needs is a jolt of humor, a clown to shame fellow members of the circus. More ridicule, more mirth under the spotlight to fight a mildewed sense of entitlement, could have the ironic effect of forcing senators to act like adults.



In The City, Serious Laughter


Every week, a group of people gather in a Manhattan textile office to exercise their laughter. No joke. It’s called laughter yoga, and its popularity is growing. Produced by Brent McDonald, Andres Otero.



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