Ask Eugene Mirman about love and sex! - A.V. Club Q&A
For the past two years, we've dedicated some space around Valentine's Day to a guest columnist to offer our readers advice on love and sex. In 2007, it was the ever-witty Sarah Silverman. Last year, a playa named Slug (of hip-hop outfit Atmosphere) took his turn. In February, comedian Eugene Mirman will release a book of advice called The Will To Whatevs, which includes plenty of good tips on how to live your life to the fullest, including "how to find a mate before you die--to do it with, marr... [Read More]
Worrying a Little Bit? MAD Magazine Goes Quarterly
Today's economy is tough enough to even make MAD Magazine's Alfred E. Neuman worry, apparently. The venerable humor magazine today announced that starting with issue #500 in April, it will move to a quarterly publication schedule from its current monthly. The magazine's version for younger readers, MAD Kids will cease publication with the issue on sale February 17th, while the final issue of MAD Classics will go on sale March 17th. Both of the spinoff magazines launched in 2005. Circulation num... [Read More]
The Writers of The Late Show with David Letterman: Eric & Justin Stangel and Bill Scheft on The Sound of Young America
Eric and Justin Stangel are the co-head writers of The Late Show with David Letterman. Bill Scheft is a monologue writer on the show, who started working for Letterman in the NBC days. The writers of the Letterman show have just published a book compilation of Letterman's "Late Show Fun Facts" segment. They talk about starting as comedy writers, and what it's like to work for the funniest man in America. [Read More]
From Obama, no drama and so far, even less comedy
Barack Obama is no barrel of laughs — at least not yet. Just hours after his inauguration in front of millions of adoring fans, late-night talk show hosts who've consistently made politicians the brunt of their jokes were gentle to a fault. [Read More]
Patton Oswalt of 'Big Fan' - Cinematical Interview
As Paul Auferio, the title character in Robert Siegel's Big Fan (which Erik Davis reviews here), Patton Oswalt didn't have a chance to fall back on the skill set he's honed through the years as one of the best stand-up comics working today: "As a comedian, your instinct is you tag everything with a joke or a look or a take; this guy, this character ... this is not one of those movies where the writer and director is looking at the characters ironically or in a post-modern sense where it's implie... [Read More]
Paul Rust - Buzzine Interview
Paul Rust is this really funny improviser/comedian/writer guy from LA. He's going to be in Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Bastards too. I actually once saw him doing a stage show in NYC where he played a cardboard saxophone to Glen Frey's "You Belong To The City." [Read More]
Larry Blamire - Buzzine Interview
There's something very peculiar about the films of Larry Blamire. Cult favorite The Lost Skeleton of Cadavera feels like a 1950s sci-fi movie, except all the characters are in on the jokes. It's all there — the stilted acting, the crazy logic behind the dialogue, the outlandish plots — and it's exaggerated to absurd heights. There's so much humor in the movie that it's like someone left the hose running on a water balloon and it's getting ready to burst. Wordplay, running gags, clever retort... [Read More]
Oscar Shows Some Respect For Comedy
The Oscar nominations where just announced and in addition to 87 nominations for Doubt and The Curious Case of Brad Pitt Getting Hotter the academy showed a little love to comedy by nominating Robert Downey Jr. for an Oscar for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role. [Read More]
Where Does Your Sense Of Humor Come From?
You know where you got your height from. Your hair color. That weird lookin' nose that you really want to get "taken care of" but for right now are saying gives your face character. But where did you get your sense of humor from. [Read More]
Margaret Cho to Star in New Lifetime Series ‘Drop Dead Diva'
Lifetime Television announced the pick up of Drop Dead Diva, a new comedic drama series that puts a unique twist on the age-old battle between brains and beauty starring comedian-actress Margaret Cho. [Read More]