Though Dane Cook may be the most popular comedian on MySpace, with over a million friends, he is nowhere to be found in the blogosphere. Indeed, many of the blogs that made the list are written by women and/or Asians, a far cry from the frat party that mainstream stand-up has become. Here are the top 40 blogs on Technorati(at this time) either written by comedians or about comedians.
Can't one just type in "comedian" into Technorati's blog directory and see what the top 40 blogs are for themselves? No; since most of these blogs aren't claimed, they are not tagged with words like "comedian" or "stand-up." Thus important blogs like "Aziz is Bored" or "Gothamist" don't appear in the search.
These blogs came from the following sources:
*Technorati, after I entered "comedian," "stand-up," "stand-up comedy" into the blog directory search engine
* the blogrolls/linklists of The Apiary, The Bastion, A Special Thing, Chicks and Giggles, Drink at Work
* my bookmarks (Gothamist, Apiary, Best Week Ever)
Each of these blogs was entered into Technorati's blog directory. The higher their rank, the higher they were placed on the list. Technorati ranks blogs by how many inbound links they receive as well as how many other blogs link to them.
I did not include MySpace blogs because, unlike regular blogs, you cannot comment on them unless you are the blogger's friend. Moreover, most MySpace blogs do not have a Technorati rank. Not even Dane Cook's MySpace blog.
Of course there may have been blogs I overlooked. If so, submit them in the comments and I will enter them if they fit the following criteria:
a) they have a Technorati rank of 174,135 or higher
b) they are written either by professional or amateur comedians
c) if they are not written by comedians, they have to at least focus on stand-up.
Since Internet traffic is difficult to track, please understand that the places of the blogs on the list are subject to change and these were the ranks at the time of this writing. Some blogs will fall in rank, some will rise.
Check these blogs out. The ones in the italics are about comedians. The rest are written by comics.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Somebody convinced me to put Gawker on the list , so some of the blogs have moved down a notch. Nevertheless, one of the blogs was removed because it had no connection to comedians or stand-up except for the fact that it was tagged with the word "comedian," so some of you still have the same rank.
1) Gawker (often links to comedians' blogs; Alex Blagg writes for them)
2) Gothamist(has many interviews with comics)
3) Best Week Ever (comedians Michelle Collins and Alex Blagg blog for them and stand-up comics often make guest appearances on the "Best Night Ever" segments)
4) Margaret Cho
5) Drink at Work
6) Bob Powers
7) The Sound of Young America
8) Aziz Ansari
9) Gelf(has many of Keith Huang's interviews with comics)
10) Dead Frog
11) The Apiary
12) Todd Levin
14) Charlie Hatton
15) Liam McEneany
16) Chelsea Peretti
17) Hurty Elbow
18) Jen Dziura
19) Kate Spencer
20) Lang Fisher
21) Jack Kukoda/Carolyn Castiglia
22)Brian Palmer (has many interivews with comedians)
23) Claudia Cogan/Dan Allen
24) Bex Schwartz
25) Chicks and Giggles**
26) Chris Kula/Shecky
27) Brandy Barber
28) Lianne Stokes
29) Jessica Delfino
30) Chris Regan/Susie Felber/The Bastion/Baron Vaughn
31) Sara Alloco
32) Michael Showalter/Best Show on WFMU
33) Will Hines
34) Christian Finnegan
35) Benari Poulten/Rachael Parenta
36) MC Creighton/The Ointment** (often interviews comedians on his Wednesday episodes)
37) Brody Stevens
38) Anthony King/Becky Yamamoto
39) Desiree Burch
40) Giulia Rozzi
** both focus on and are written by stand-up comedians
UPDATE: Gigglechick, Jen is Famous, Carolyn Castiglia,Susie Felber, Benari Poulten, Baron Vaughn, Claudia Cogan, Bex Schwartz, The Sound of Young America, The Bastion, Hurty Elbow and Drink at Work are tops on my list for linking to me. Thanks.
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