Penelope Cruz Didn`t Realise She Filmed A Comedy
Penelope couldn't understand why people were laughing during screenings of Woody Allen's latest project. [Read More]
Michael and Michael get the green light
Hot off The State reunion at San Francisco Sketchfest comes the news that Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter just got the green light for a new show on Comedy Central called Michael & Michael Have Issues. [Read More]
Comedian John Cleese still fit at 69
British comedian John Cleese, known for his work with the comedy group Monty Python, is very fit and active at age 69, his girlfriend says. U.S. actress Barbie Orr, who says she's 27, said the "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" actor also has undergone medical and dental procedures to stave off the effects of old age, the Daily Mail reported Saturday. [Read More]
Judge: No 'Daily Show' clip at PA religion trial
A federal judge has decided against letting a jury see a comical report from "The Daily Show" about a man who says he heads a southwestern Pennsylvania church with services consisting of rock and jazz "jam band" concerts and who tells the interviewer "God never said you can't party on." [Read More]
Fox picks up 'Absolutely Fabulous' pilot
It's "Ab Fab" time at Fox. The network has handed a pilot pickup to "Absolutely Fabulous," an U.S. version of the cult British comedy about a neurotic fashion publicist, Edina, and her best friend Patsy, an outrageous fashion editor, who drive Eddie's sensible teen daughter, Saffron, up the wall with their wild behavior. [Read More]
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]