10 Great Comedy Film Audition Tapes
Watching an actor or actress’ screen test or audition tape feels very voyeuristic, like you’re seeing something that’s not supposed to be seen. They’re reading back scenes that, more often than not, will make it into the movie, but they haven’t mastered the role yet — they’re just auditioning,... [Read More]
Jeffrey Tambor Reveals the Genesis of Oscar Bluth
Hey, anyone laboring under the impression that Arrested Development was meticulously plotted down to the last chicken dance before the first episode ever aired: We were fitting a wig for George, for a scene when he'd have hair, and I walked outside, and Mitch [Hurwitz] was way high up in the writer... [Read More]
Watching the Comedy Documentary I Am Comic
I Am Comic is the ideal place to start a series exploring comedy documentaries. It’s a light-hearted and enjoyable look at the world of stand-up filled with jokes and fun stories, and doesn’t ever get bogged down in grandstanding or self-pity. [Read More]
How Reruns Made TBS the #1 Cable Network
Here's a fairly stunning look at how reruns of The Big Bang Theory helped boost TBS to the #1 cable network among 18-49 year olds, and how those reruns often get better ratings than new episodes of shows like South Park and Archer. We sure do love our physicist jokes, huh, America?---See more posts ... [Read More]
Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase Will Have a Vaguely Described Movie Reunion
Dan Aykroyd announced on his Facebook page last night that he and Chevy Chase are "about to start work on a script concept for a comedy movie." He didn't say anything else about, you know, what the concept is, but as long as it isn't "Chevy Chase stealing Bill Murray's identity and face and making G... [Read More]
Got $10,000? Buy the Writers Room Table From The Onion's New York Office
Now that the Onion is moving to Chicago, the staff has some priceless memorabilia to unload. Like their writers' room conference table, which is being advertised on Craigslist right now. For $10,000 or your best offer, you could own "the site where tens of thou... [Read More]
So Abby Elliott's Not Leaving SNL This Year After All
Very suspicious news is in the air. Abby Elliott has left the pilot cast for Ben Fox Is My Manny after "it was determined that she wasn’t the right fit for the role" in a table read yesterday. Determined by whom? Damn you, passive voice! What happened here??? Drama aside, the upshot is that Elliott ... [Read More]
Talking to Seth Morris About Funny or Die, UCB, and
We told you last week about  Yahoo’s new web comedy push. Part of that effort is a partnership with Funny or Die with the web series First Dates with Toby Harris, starring comedian and Funny or Die writer, Seth Morris. Morris is the former artistic director of the Upright Citizens Brigade LA, and a... [Read More]
Bob's Burgers Is Rebounding in the Ratings After a So-So Premiere
Ratings for Bob's Burgers were up 11% last night after a non-amazing season two premiere. Maybe you didn't know the Belchers were back on the air? Because they are. And you can watch them.---See more posts by Hallie Cantor0 comments... [Read More]
The Short Films of Louis C.K.
Much has been said about how Louis C.K. singlehandedly writes, directs, edits, and stars in each episode of his acclaimed FX series Louie, but it’s made even more impressive when you consider that he started making films as a teenager. In the 80s and 90s, Louis C.K. made a series of short films tha... [Read More]