Looking for Comedy in the 1800s
America in the 1800s was mostly lousy. Human beings owned other human beings, a president got shot in the head, everything had syphilis, and the country decided to have a war with itself. Laughs were needed. From playing Oregon Trail, you’d assume folks got their kicks from shooting dozens of buffa... [Read More]
The Roast: A History
The cancellation of Comedy Central’s Roast of Kid Rock has already led one writer to bemoan the odiously unclassy state of today’s roasts. Jake Kroeger makes the very good point that the original Friars’ Club roasts honored sincerely respected entertainers, while modern Comedy Central roasts often t... [Read More]
Jason Sudeikis on Secrets, Postshow Parties and Mambo No. 5
In Jason Sudeikis Playboy interview, the Horrible Bosses actor reveals a few of the hidden specifics that make working at the Rock as special and legendary as you'd fantasized. "Oh yeah, there’s stuff everywhere," Sudeikis said. "On the eighth floor there’s a chute made entirely of brick, almost l... [Read More]
The Lost Roles of Mike Myers
Outside of the Shrek films, the past decade hasn't been to kind to Mike Myers's career. While its now commonplace for critics and Internet commenters to dogpile on the man, let's not let The Love Guru taint our collective opinion of Myers. He's created a lot of beloved comedy in his time, especially... [Read More]
Comedy Tourism: Arabian Comedy Nights
Who knew the home to Mecca was also a new mecca for comedy in the Middle East? Much like many of its neighbors, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is not necessarily known for its tolerance. Oil? Sure. Princes? Yeah, we got those. YouTube sensations? Not so mu..wait no, no we have them, we just don’t know where they are at the moment. [Read More]
Talking to Rob Huebel about Childrens Hospital, Filming in Brazil, and Scott Aukerman’s Heroin Addiction
Rob Huebel is in high demand in the comedy world these days, splitting his time between a wide range of acting roles in film and TV, most notably on the Adult Swim series Childrens Hospital. Huebel has also had scene-stealing turns in I Love You, Man, The Other Guys, and The Office, and he keeps bus... [Read More]
Can Conservative Political Humor Be Funny? An Examination of The 1/2 Hour News Hour and An American Carol
The ½ Hour News Hour and An American Carol were a television show and feature film made by conservatives, for conservatives, at the expense of liberals. And yet their objective badness is perhaps one of the few issues in the last half decade on which liberals and conservatives are in agreement. They... [Read More]
Why SNL Is to Blame for Justin Timberlake Quitting Music
Want a new Justin Timberlake album? Too bad! He's done with music for the time being, instead focusing on acting and stuff. What gave him the acting bug, pray tell? Here's what he told Playboy.. [Read More]
Jay Pharoah Joins Lola Versus
There needs to be more Jay Pharoah love in the world; apparently the filmmakers behind Lola Versus understand this, as they've cast him in the rom-com alongside Bill Pullman, Greta Gerwig and The Killing's Joel Kinnaman. The film is reportedly about a jilted woman who "proceeds to embark on a series of desperate encounters as she finds herself questioning her place in the world on the cusp of turning 30." [Read More]
Saturday Night's Children: Laraine Newman: 1975-1980
Saturday Night Live has been home to over a hundred cast members throughout the past 35 years. In our new column Saturday Night’s Children, we present the history, talent, and best sketches of one SNL cast member each week for your viewing, learning, and laughing pleasure. This column can’t start w... [Read More]