Comedy’s Second Wave

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Aziz Ansari is just one of three comedians who’ve sold out Madison Square Garden in the past three years. Only three comedians had ever sold out the Garden before 2009. Sure, comedy and comedians were really big in the days of Roseanne, Cosby and Home Improvement. Things got tough for them, however, when the sitcom went out of favor. But then Twitter and YouTube and podcasts came along, not to mention the rise of cable. All of this has amounted to very fertile - and lucrative - ground for funny people.

Azia Ansari
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