Inside the Conan Writer's room with Brian Stack
by Rachael Mason Brian Stack honed his skills at Second City in Chicago before being hired as a temporary replacement at Late Night with Conan O'Brien in 1997. Fourteen years later, he still works with the late night legend, having travelled to The Tonight Show and then to TBS with Conan. I ask... [Read More]
Looking Back at MADtv
by Carleton Atwater MADtv was created by Fax Bahr and Adam Small, two writers from In Living Color, Fox's first sketch show. It's very easy to see MADtv as Fox's follow up to In Living Color. Both shows were directed (at least initially) towards black and Latino audiences, both made e... [Read More]
Should "Retarded" be Retired from the Comedic Lexicon?
by Carolyn Castiglia I learned about Spread the Word to End the Word on Ellen Seidman’s blog, Love That Max. Seidman’s son, Max, has cerebral palsy, and Seidman wrote a very thoughtful post about why the word "retarded," or the "R-word" as it’s called by the organization of the s... [Read More]
A Marcel the Shell Children's Book Is Coming
by Adam Frucci The much-loved short video Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, by Jenny Slate and Dean Fleischer-Camp, is being made into a children's book called Marcell the Shell with Shoes On: Things About Me. It'll feature oil paintings of Marcel doing various things. But the best version ... [Read More]
The Lost Roles of John Belushi
by Bradford Evans Casting is one of the most important processes in movie making. Placing the right actors in the right roles 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 — an... [Read More]
Community Is Prepping a Pulp Fiction Homage
by Adam Frucci Another day, another crazy Community theme episode. The latest news on an upcoming episode is that Jeff is going to plan a Pulp Fiction themed surprise birthday party for Abed. This will involve playing dress-up, with Shirley dressing like Samuel L. Jackson and Britta as Uma Thurman. ... [Read More]
Donald Glover on Franco's Potentially Pot-Addled Oscar Hosting Stint
by Adam Frucci Donald Glover is hosting the MTVu Woodie Awards, so Vulture asked him if he took any cues from Franco's recent awards show hosting gig: "I mean, it was pretty funny to watch somebody as high as Franco. Was he not? Was he not high? Can you watch and be like, 'That dude w... [Read More]
Judd Apatow: How Pee Wee Herman is Like Bart Simpson
by Adam Frucci Judd Apatow, who's producing a new Pee Wee Herman movie, had this to say about whether or not we'll see what Pee Wee has been up to for the last 25 years: "No, it exists in its own world but it’s very imaginative. I think that’s one of the best characters of all time fo... [Read More]
The Cable Guy's Unfair Stigma
by Ben Worcester The Cable Guy was one of the funniest movies of the 1990s and few people know it. If you’ve only seen it once, chances are you probably still think it’s a stinker. If you happened to revisit the movie at some point in the last 15 years, you know the real deal — it’s hands-down... [Read More]
Jonah Hill Is Going to Direct a Vampire/Zombie/Alien Drama
by Adam Frucci Jonah Hill is more than just a funny guy who can make jokes about weed! He's soon to be a director, and one of dramas at that. Although the drama he's set to direct sounds pretty nuts. It's called The Kitchen Sink, which is a reference to all the different types of supe... [Read More]