Adam Carolla Breaks Guinness World Record For Podcast Downloads
As announced on Jimmy Kimmel Wednesday night, Adam Carolla won the Guinness World Record for most downloaded podcast of all eternity, stretching back to the Big Bang. The award was formerly held by The Ricky Gervais Show, written by Gervais, Steven Merchant and Karl Pilkington, suggesting that all o... [Read More]
Michael O'Donoghue: "Let me close with the sincere hope that you and everyone you love catches rectal cancer and dies screaming."
Michael O'Donoghue, SNL's first head writer, wasn't known for pulling punches or sugarcoating his opinions. That's made especially clear in this letter that he wrote to the Los Angeles Herald-Tribune's Gregg Kilday in 1985 after he mistakenly attributed the lousy sketches of that season's premiere s... [Read More]
The Lost Roles of Woody Allen
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 — and explores how some casting ch... [Read More]
The Backlash Against Brazil's Anti-Humor Law
Last year, the superior electoral court decided to start enforcing what quickly became known as the “anti humor” law. Al Jazeera described the details as no “trickery, montage, or other feature of audio or video in any way that degrades or ridicules a candidate, party or coalition or to deliver a program that has this effect.” Pretty much the same deal as the original version of the law. But here’s the kicker, the law only goes into effect the last three months before the election. [Read More]
Multi-Camera Sitcoms Coming Back Strong In The Fall
Over the last few years, single-camera comedies like 30 Rock and Community have soaked up critical praise, while multi-camera sitcoms patiently bided their time over at CBS (and, you know, were watched and beloved by millions of people). However, with the announcement of several multi-camera comedie... [Read More]
Here Is The Napoleon Dynamite Animated Trailer; Where Is Lafawnduh?
I'm sure there are a lot of other questions people might have about the new Napoleon Dynamite show, such as "Why did it take this long after the movie to be made?" and "Does it even make sense as a cartoon?" and "What?" However, the Napoleon Dynamite animated trailer leaves me with only one query: ... [Read More]
Jon Stewart and Bill O'Reilly Go Head-to-Head Over Common's Trip to the White House
Jon Stewart joined Bill O'Reilly on the O'Reilly Factor last night to debate the "controversy" surrounding Obama's invitation of the rapper/actor Common to the White House for a poetry slam. He held his own well in the bear's den, despite a good amount of yelling coming from O'Reilly's direction. I... [Read More]
The Importance of Stephen Colbert's Bold and Subversive PAC
By promoting his Colbert Super PAC on the Colbert Report against Viacom's wishes, Colbert is crossing the comedy line yet again. He is using his cable news persona's megalomania to bring exposure to some brand new and potentially devastating realities in campaign financing, something that most voters are not even aware of, not because we aren't interested, but because these new rules are as confusing and opaque and absurd as most deliberately cryptic money things usually are. They're like the co... [Read More]
Bridesmaids Review Round-Up: You
There seems to be a lot of fear floating around the internet that seeing Bridesmaids might make men's wieners fall off, but if the reviews are any indication, that is either not true or the film is funny enough that it's worth it. "Guys, it’s not only safe to see Bridesmaids this weekend, you tota... [Read More]
A Book of Mormon Tour Is in the Works
Trey Parker and Matt Stone's Book of Mormon has been a huge success, selling out shows through the late summer, garnering 14 Tony nominations and paying for extra wings to be added to each of their solid-gold mansions. But what of the people nowhere near NYC who want to check it out? There's the sou... [Read More]