Alec Baldwin Got Kicked Off a Plane For Playing Words With Friends
Not only did Alec Baldwin get yelled at for playing Words With Friends on his phone while on a plane, he also got removed from the plane? This is the best news story of the century. Who do we think he was playing with? Was he about to make an epic move or something? Or maybe it was a totally normal ... [Read More]
Magaret Cho Talks Stand-Up, Music And How To Hack It
While suffering through a technical glitch-ridden phone call (on my end. All on my end.) and a surprise visit from Housekeeping, the gracious Margaret Cho talked with me about her Grammy-nominated musical comedy album Cho Dependent (out Nov. 21 on DVD), her ever-increasing love for stand-up and the ... [Read More]
Look, America: Fred Armisen's Obama Impersonation Might Be Too Boring
Jason Zinoman's latest comedy column takes issue with Fred Armisen's Obama impersonation, which he describes as the culmination of an SNL trend towards detailed accuracy and away from bold comic choices. As he points out, "accuracy is not insight," and with a president without any particularly weird... [Read More]
Pitchfork Isn't Exactly a Fan of the New Childish Gambino Album
Yikes. Pitchfork seriously gives it to comedy's rapper Childish Gambino with this review of Camp, rating it a 1.6 and calling it "one of the most uniquely unlikable rap records of this year (and most others)." The review criticizes the joke integrity of Gambino's "hashtag rap" (lines like "You can k... [Read More]
Paula Pell, Lauryn Kahn, and Jay Baruchel Named Screenwriters to Watch
She's so much more than Pete's sleepy wife on 30 Rock! SNL writer Paula Pell has been named one of Variety's Screenwriters to Watch. She's done punch-up work on Bridesmaids and Judd Apatow's upcoming This Is Forty, so she's already basically the silent ninja of screenwriting, and next year Tina Fey ... [Read More]
Marc Maron and Bob Lefsetz on the Business of Podcasts
Here's an email exchange between Marc Maron and Bob Lefsetz of The Lefsetz Letter following Lefsetz' post on an old episode of WTF that listeners needed to pay for. It's a super interesting read for people who like thinking about business models for new content formats and also eavesdropping on othe... [Read More]
Joan Rivers Praises an Obscure Up-and-Comer Named Louis C.K.
I guess when you're Joan Rivers, even wildly successful standups who've been performing for 25 years are just "starting out." Rivers pays tribute to Louis C.K., who's been named GQ's latest Man of the Year, with some bleak but solid advice: Your chosen life's work, comedy, is a steaming shithole of... [Read More]
Fox Reveals Midseason Schedule With Two-Hour Tuesday Comedy Block
Fox's midseason schedule is out, with new comedy Breaking In premiering before New Girl on March 6 as part of a 2-hour Tuesday sitcom block. Meanwhile, Napoleon Dynamite and the new season of Bob's Burgers will join the Sunday Animation Domination lineup on Jan. 15 and March 11, respectively.---See ... [Read More]
South Park Is Being Turned Into a Full-Scale RPG Written by Trey and Matt
There have been a few South Park video games before, and there's even a relatively minor-looking Xbox Live Arcade game coming out soon called South Park: Tenorman's Revenge, but there's a new game in the works that looks to be far more ambitious. Simply titled South Park: The Game, this is going to ... [Read More]