Blackface Still Considered Comedy in Germany (at least to Martin Sonneborn)
German comedian Martin Sonneborn is well-known for jokes bordering on the tasteless. But a satirical political billboard of him posing in blackface makeup as US President Barack Obama is sparking outrage. [Read More]
Zach Galifianakis, Funny Or Die to be honored for digital content
the Producers Guild of America is recognizing the kickass nature of digital entertainment with their Digital 25 honors. Along with Variety and Digital Hollywood, the PGA is recognizing 25 individuals and teams who have done wonderful things with new media. Among the honorees are some of our favorite digital comedy creations, like Zach Galifianakis for the always awkward and hilarious Between Two Ferns and Dick Glover for Funny or Die. [Read More]
Arrested Development cast to reunite…for a New Yorker panel
This is not the Arrested Development movie post you were looking for, but you can bet somebody will bring it up when the cast reunites in person for the New Yorker Festival next month. Nancy Franklin will moderate an exclusive “Bluth family reunion” ... [Read More]
Will Ferrell to Receive Mark Twain Prize
Will Ferrell has been making people laugh since he first hit the scene in 1995 when he became a featured player on Saturday Night Live, entertaining countless people with not only spot-on impressions of cultural staples such as then-president George ... [Read More]
The Lost Roles of Danny DeVito
35 years in and Danny DeVito's career is still going strong. After establishing himself as a scene stealer with his portrayal of endearing dirtbag Louie DePalma in the 1978 sitcom Taxi, DeVito made a smooth transition to movie stardom. Appearing in blockbusters like Romancing the Stone, Twins, and B... [Read More]
Things you’ll see only at a Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival in 2011
The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival kicks off its 2011 edition tonight in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and as it has become an annual institution, it has remained steadfastly unique among comedy festivals in celebrating the fact that it's festive, but not in ... [Read More]
Eleven Non-English Humor Publications (In No Particular Order)
Different approaches to satire do not translate well across national borders, nor often does the subject matter. But if ever there were a case to be made for the universality of satire itself, allow this compilation of satirical magazines to lay a humble foundation. Discover we’re not so different a... [Read More]
Jon Stewart Compares 'Daily Show' to Fox News: 'We're Both Expressions of Dissatisfaction'
Jon Stewart talks about his disappointment in Obama, political satire in the post-Bush era and how the 24/7 media is corroding the national debate. "[The 24-hour networks] are now the absolute most powerful force driving the political narrative," he says. "And the picture that they create is one of conflict, because they're on for 24 hours a day, so they have to create a compelling reason for you to watch them. Otherwise, they're just Muzak – newzak." [Read More]
The Artie Lange comeback is in full effect; performing live stand-up, returning to radio Sept. 26
Artie Lange might not be back on Howard Stern, but his comeback is in full effect. Lange has been performing stand-up comedy regularly at The Comedy Cellar and appearing at other comedy clubs in New York City over the past couple of weeks, and today,... [Read More]
New York Times seeks a food critic; top editor acknowledges Aziz Ansari’s interest in same
Social media sure is bringing us all together more than ever, isn't it? Yesterday, the New York Times announced that it was moving Sam Sifton off of his food critic beat to become the paper of record's national editor. Think of that what you will. Th... [Read More]