See Jon Stewart Accidentally Reference Letterman's Sexual Harassment Scandal
Jon Stewart dug himself into some real collar-yanking awkwardness on Letterman last night. The interview starts out innocently enough with chit-chat about that handsome Mitt Romney, but once Jon Stewart asks if Letterman gives people college credit to hug his groin, things become a little uncomfort... [Read More]
The Lost Roles of Bill Murray, Part Two
It's the one-year anniversary of "Lost Roles," the column where we take a different comedian, comedy writer, or comedic performer each week and dive deep into the movie and TV projects they almost became involved with but didn't. This column began with "The Lost Roles of Bill Murray."Even though tha... [Read More]
The History of Britain's Amazing Secret Policeman's Ball, Coming Soon to the US
The Secret Policeman’s Ball, the legendary British charity event benefitting Amnesty International, is taking up residence at Radio City Music Hall on March 4. It’s scheduled to feature a smorgasbord of American and British comedians, including Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Russell Brand, Reggie Wat... [Read More]
How a Serbian Comedy Is Fighting Homophobia Throughout the Balkans
Serbian director Srdjan Dragojevic's latest film, Parada, is about a "homosexual couple who wants to organize a gay pride parade in Belgrade, despite obstacles in the form of right-wing violence and government opposition." Amazingly, this film is actually changing people's views in a widely homophob... [Read More]
The Second City and Yoshimoto Will Open a New Theater in Japan
The Second City's going international, with a new partnership with Japan's comedy conglomerate Yoshimoto Kogyo Co. LTD (which Laura taught us about last year). Apparently, the joint venture will bring The Second City's improv teachings to Yoshimoto and eventually launch a Second City theater in Toky... [Read More]
SNL Is Looking to Add New Castmembers, Held Auditions This Week in NYC
It looks like SNL is looking to add a couple new castmembers to the lineup for the first time in two seasons, as they've started holding auditions in New York for potential performers. Earlier this week at The PIT, about a dozen people auditioned for Lorne Michaels, Seth Meyers, and other producers ... [Read More]
Jeff Ross on the Art of Roasting Playground Kids and Canadian Cities Alike
Jeff Ross has already made fun of everyone in America, so he's moving on to Canada with the Jeff Ross Roasts Canada tour. In this interview, he tells the story of how he first started roasting people in self-defense. And in this one, he gets into what audiences expect from his standup, and whether ... [Read More]
Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon's Late Night Ice Cream Wars Rage On
The world's cutest beef was still going strong this Valentine's Day. Mortal enemies Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert's latest feud topic? Whose Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavor is selling best. And this time, they've dragged an innocent rabbit and two ice cream company owners into their vindictive qu... [Read More]
The Increasing Necessity of Promoting Books and Comedy Albums Online
Jim Norton took to the red carpet of the Grammys to ask stars from Steve Martin to Adele to hold up his non-nominated 2011 standup album Despicable and related merchandise onstage. It's a pretty funny idea, and it highlights the fact that you rarely see successful album or book releases from comedi... [Read More]
Bill Lawrence on Tricking Networks Into Airing Good Comedies
Bill Lawrence – the creator of Scrubs, Cougar Town, and two new pilots – gives a big insiders' look in this interview at the process of making network television and how drastically a show or character can change in its first season. Here's his description of how Cougar Town came to be: ... [Read More]