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]
Oh, Dear: Ben and Jerry's May Be Prepping a "Schweddy Balls" Ice Cream
Ben and Jerry's has apparently had a lot of success peddling comedy-themed ice cream such as Stephen Colbert's Americone Dream and Jimmy Fallon's Late Night Snack. But rumor has it that they've got something planned that goes way beyond those personality-based flavors: Schweddy Balls Ice Cream. Yes... [Read More]
Jon Benjamin Has a Van and a Bunch of Other Shows, Too | SplitSider interview
..tonight with Comedy Central’s Jon Benjamin Has a Van, a co-venture with FunnyorDie, Benjamin plays a fictionalized version of himself leading an investigative team on a news magazine-type show. Oh, there are sketches also. SplitSider recently spoke to Benjamin about carousels, his new show, and something called SemenX. [Read More]
20 Years Later, Looking Back at the Twisted Genius of Ren and Stimpy
Ren and Stimpy turns 20 years old this summer.. The show makes a fantastically rich commentary on the psyche, and definitely bears reconsideration. There’s almost too much to say about it. So if you’re not watching already, you insipid little monkey, then you’re really just a bloated sack of protoplasm. [Read More]
Tina Fey, Cheyenne Jackson and NBC Give Tracy Morgan the Side Eye
Despite Tracy Morgan's apology for that hilarious bit about stabbing his son if he were to come out as gay, Tina Fey, Cheyenne Jackson and NBC are taking pains to make it clear that they were not just thoughtfully nodding along in the audience. [Read More]
Checking In With the Cast of Pootie Tang
Whatever happened to predictability, the milkman, the paperboy, evening TV…and the cast and crew of the cult hit, Pootie Tang? Released 10 years ago this month, Pootie Tang is one of those “how was this ever made?” movies. Which isn’t to say it’s not hilarious, because it is, but the lead character... [Read More]
J.J. Abrams, Former Comedy Writer
While J.J. Abrams has become one of his generation's leading directors with genre fare in the action/adventure/sci-fi realm, such as this weekend's Super 8, he got his start in the movie industry by writing comedies. Under the name Jeffrey Abrams, the man who's been hailed as the next Steven Spielbe... [Read More]
The Lost Roles of Married with Children
While Married with Children hasn't aged as well as some of the sitcoms that were its contemporaries, the show's influence is vast. Married with Children changed the way American families were portrayed in TV sitcoms, taking a drastic departure from the lovey-dovey "everyone gets along" attitudes of The Cosby Show, Leave it to Beaver, and their ilk. Sure, you can point to All in the Family or National Lampoon's Vacation as earlier examples of darker and more realistic depictions of family life, b... [Read More]
Inside the Spanish Version of Saturday Night Live That Aired on Thursdays
Spanish production company Globomedia opted to keep the title, naming its version “Saturday Night Live.” Despite preserving the namesake though, the programming department at Cuatro, the channel on which it airs, failed to honor the proper timeslot. Spain’s Saturday Night Live actually airs on Thursday nights and not at 11:30, but rather in primetime. Hmm. [Read More]
The Novels of John Swartzwelder, the Most Prolific Simpsons Writer Ever
John Swartzwelder is the J. D. Salinger of comedy writing. The prolific Simpsons writer (he's written 59 episodes of The Simpsons, far more than any other writer, even when the show is quickly approaching five hundred episodes) has since written a novel a year. I read all eight of Swartzwelder's novels in a row and have put my impressions together here, hopefully in a way that's slightly less absurdist than Swartzwelder's prose. [Read More]