Will Ferrell promises surprises in Bush special
Will Ferrell says his upcoming Broadway show "You're Welcome America: A Final Night With George W. Bush" will show the departing president using this opportunity "to set the record straight" about his tenure. "Some people will think the show is too harsh, some will think it isn't harsh enough, but people should expect the unexpected," Ferrell says. "People will be surprised by some of the twists and turns." [Read More]
Tina Fey To Real-Life Internet Critics: 'Suck It!'
Tina Fey wasn't kidding around when she named online critics and told them to "suck it" as she picked her trophy for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy at the Golden Globes on Sunday night. The "30 Rock" star was naming real names when she rattled off the online handles of "Babsonlacrosse," "Dlanefan" and "Cougarletter," she told Access Hollywood's Billy Bush backstage at the Globes. [Read More]
Steve Martin to release bluegrass album
It ends up Steve Martin lost the arrow but hung on to the banjo. On Jan. 27, the actor/writer/comedian will release an album of bluegrass music. [Read More]
NCCAF Announces Comedian Lineup
The 9th annual North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival will showcase improv groups, and for the first time ever, stand-up comedians. NCCAF will highlight some of the best performers in the alternative comedy scene. [Read More]
Celebrating Anchorman's Brick Tamland
If you're the lead in a comedy, you absolutely need to watch your back, as more and more it's the supporting characters, without the pressure of carrying the film, who appear to be having the most fun. But is there a finer supporting comedy character in recent times than weatherman Brick Tamland? [Read More]
Quincy Newell, 'Why We Laugh': Comedy, Race, and Positive Representation
‘Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy' is a sweeping account of the evolution of black comedy in America. Inspired by comedian Darryl Littleton's book, directors Robert Townsend and Quincy Newell have crafted a no-holds-barred documentary that is both an insider's take and a critical examination of the cultural influence of black comedy. [Read More]
review - Jimmy Fallon, Much Improved
The new year means new opportunities, even for web content you've previously dismissed. And so in today's Station Conversation, Jill Weinberger and Liz Shannon Miller revisit future Late Night host Jimmy Fallon's ongoing web prelude to his on-air series - which definitely gets their vote for Most Improved. [Read More]
"Make 'Em Laugh" on PBS, dvd this week
It is the exploration of the unexpected thematic connections across generations of comedians — from Bob Hope to Woody Allen; from Buster Keaton to Lucille Ball; from Phil Silvers to Paul Lynde to Redd Foxx — that provides the structure of "Make 'Em Laugh" and gives it an excuse to showcase some of the funniest American performers of the past century. The series is released on dvd Tuesday and premiers on PBS Wednesday. [Read More]
Sacha Baron Cohen's black Jesus to shock America
Sacha Baron Cohen, who has been sued by several people who featured in his film Borat, will be ready for similar reactions after the release of the big-screen debut of his character Bruno. [Read More]
'Hee-Haw' comedy duo member Jon Hager dead at 67
Jon Hager, who performed in the musical comedy duo The Hager Twins on "Hee-Haw," has died. He was 67. Sam Lovullo, who produced "Hee-Haw" and was a friend of Hager's, said Hager was found dead in his apartment Friday morning. He was found in bed and apparently died in his sleep. [Read More]