The ¡Three Amigos!, Together Again
To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the comedy western ¡Three Amigos! (or just because they could and it was a great idea), Empire brought together Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, Martin Short and their director John Landis for a reunion interview, and apply a liberal coating of lip balm. [Read More]
The Lost Roles of Steve Carell
Casting is one of the most important processes in television and movie making. Placing the right actor in the right role can determine whether or not an entire film rings true. Lost Roles is a weekly series that examines the missed opportunities — the roles that could have been — and exp... [Read More]
Women Showrunners Are Kicking Ass in This Year's Pilot Season
In case you weren't yet convinced that we are in the middle of a complete takeover of comedy by hilarious ladies, Variety has an article about how a serious chunk of this year's most buzzed-about pilots are fronted by women. I look forward to 2012, when women are totally dominating comedy and I am a... [Read More]
The Absurd Mayorship of Jón Gnarr, Iceland's Comedian Politician
What is the deal with international comedy? Join me each week to ask that very question in Comedy Tourism as I explore different trends and traditions of how the rest of the world makes funny in their respective native tongues. Don’t forget your passports! Just kidding, you don’t need your passport.... [Read More]
Then What Will Absorb His Tears? Conan's Beardpocalypse Approacheth
The more they hype Conan's beard removal on Monday's show, the more I viscerally don't want to see Will Ferrell's pretend-threats come true. There is something deeply unholy about the blade in Ferrell's hands, his furious shrieks, and the glycerin tears streaming down Coco's face. "I'll take that ... [Read More]
Inside Modern Humorist with Co-Founders Michael Colton and John Aboud
The breeding grounds for professional comedians are well known at this point: comedy performers have Improv Olympic, The Second City, Groundlings, and Upright Citizens Brigade, and the scribes have, well, um The Onion. But once upon a time there was a website that was churning out powerhouse comedy ... [Read More]
The New Trailer for High Road Is Even Darker
That is some heavy shit to yes, and. The second High Road trailer is significantly bleaker than the High Road red band trailer. If anything, the new cut makes Matt Walsh's film look a little like an infinitely more realistic Knocked Up: unplanned pregnancy, police intervention and despair abound in the primarily improvised stoner flick. [Read More]
Amy Poehler Reps Her Nannies In 100 Most Influencial Speech
In case your judgmental cubicle mate is currently right behind you, Amy Poehler's Time 100 speech will make you cry a little, then quickly wipe your face and say "Allergies" a little too loud to no one. In addition to being hilarious, Poehler ended her stage time at the Time gala last night by thank... [Read More]
Tina Fey's Google Interview: Don't Tell a Crazy Person They're Crazy
While Tina Fey's interview at Google is an hour-long delight, the real character on stage is Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt. This guy! "There's a lot in the book about women things, which I'm not going to quote from," he reassures her. Later he asks, "You like Alec Baldwin" as a question.... [Read More]
Jesse Thorn Talks About Living to Podcast and Podcasting to Live
Attention, podcast aficionados: here's an excellent, lengthy interview between the Nieman Journalism Lab and The Sound of Young America's Jesse Thorn. It's worth reading if you're interested in how podcasters do what they do.---See more posts by Adam Frucci0 comments... [Read More]