When Podcasts Meet a Live Audience
“It’s weird not in the closet,” Greg Behrendt says, looking at his partner Dave Anthony. It’s 8:15 PM on Saturday, November 19, I’m sitting in the gallery at Meltdown Comics in LA, and I’m kind of shocked that there are other people present. Podcasts, especially Walking the Room, are usually best e... [Read More]
Recap: Jason Segel's Great Muppet Revival
During SNL's first season in 1975, a recurring segment was an appearance by the Muppets. These slow, lengthy pieces took place in The Land of Gorch and featured ugly, monstrous characters like King Ploobis and Scred, whom Lorne Michaels and Jim Henson initially pitched as more adult versions of Mupp... [Read More]
A Fairly Horrifying Week in Comedy
- NBC dropped Community from its midseason lineup! We despaired (can network comedies with long-term jokes even survive?), we bargained (we could all send NBC some chicken fingers!), we accepted (maybe it's not that big a deal). And we got some perspective by putting Community's ratings in context. ... [Read More]
When Did Great Sitcoms Have Their First Great Episode?
Yesterday, not long after Splitsider published an article by Samer Kalaf about the long-term health of network sitcoms with long-term arcs, Hallie Cantor followed up with a post, via The Hollywood Reporter, on how viewers and networks are giving up on shows if they’re not immediately great sooner th... [Read More]
A Rare Sitcom Visit from Bill Murray
The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 120,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waitin... [Read More]
Regis Philbin Rides a Vespa Into David Letterman's Heart
Do you want to see David Letterman call Regis Philbin a slut? You do? I wasn't really expecting you to answer so vehemently. But good for you, being open about your desires! When Regis came on The Late Show last night, he confronted Dave about a passionate lip-lock the two shared on Regis' show. Di... [Read More]
What Marc Maron Looks Like Before and After You See His Face
As the first entry in a neat series in which comic book artist Harvey James draws podcast hosts before and after seeing their faces, he's done a really interesting pair of portraits of Marc Maron. After hearing Maron guest on Comedy Bang Bang, James says he had a picture of "an angry, difficult guy ... [Read More]
This Year Will Be Ricky Gervais' Last Golden Globes, But It'll Be Worth It
Ricky Gervais announced on his blog that this year will be his last time hosting the Golden Globes. But he's promising a legendary show to make up for it: "I don't think anyone had any right to be offended [last year] but they were. This year I'm going to make sure their offence is completely justif... [Read More]
Showtime's Upcoming Comedy Documentary Series Sounds Incredible
Hoo boy. You might as well just rip the entire page of January 26 out of your word-a-day calendar right now, because I know what you'll be doing at 11pm that night. You'll be watching the premiere of Showtime's Inside Comedy, a ten-episode "comedy documentary series from Curb Your Enthusiasm's David... [Read More]
The Lost Roles of Sarah Silverman
Comedian / writer / actress / producer / musician Sarah Silverman first entered the national spotlight in 1993, when she was hired by Saturday Night Live as a featured player and writer at age 22. Silverman found the show wasn’t to her liking and left after one season, like many talented comedians b... [Read More]