Comedian Portrait-A-Day for 2013, courtesy of Dan Dion
Do you need a funny face to brighten up your days in 2013? Photographer Dan Dion is here to help. Whether you already have a calendar or not for this year, Dion has a new photo for each of the next 365 days. His Comic Portrait-A-Day kicks off this Ja... [Read More]
The 60 Minutes profile of Judd Apatow
Judd Apatow has been the biggest behind-the-scenes name in big-screen comedy for the past few years. But it's only now, at the end of 2012, and the release of his latest semi-autobiographical film, This is 40, that CBS and 60 Minutes has served up a ... [Read More]
Advice for submitting a late-night TV writing packet, from someone who has been on both sides of the hiring process
Sara Schaefer is one half of Nikki & Sara Live, a new weekly late-night talk show debuting on MTV on Jan. 29, 2013 -- they're profiled in today's issue of The New York Times, and Schaefer and Glaser also have a popular podcast, You Had to Be Ther... [Read More]
12 Things (and more) to Look Forward to in Season 3 of “Portlandia” on IFC
IFC's wonderfully clever sketch comedy series Portlandia, starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein as an assortment of characters from Portland, Ore., returns for its third season on Jan. 4, 2013. You can catch up with the first two seasons during... [Read More]
Chris Spencer on creating BET’s “Real Husbands of Hollywood” for Kevin Hart, guest-writing on SNL for Jamie Foxx
Chris Spencer is really a husband in Hollywood, but when he created Real Husbands of Hollywood for BET, putting Kevin Hart and other funny celebrities together in an awards show sketch proved so popular that it's a cable TV hit even before the first ... [Read More]
Secret Society of Comedy: Seth Herzog, Jamie Lee and Craig Baldo on their worst gigs
Among the offerings on Official Comedy's YouTube channel is a weekly series called "Secret Society of Comedy," in which comedians sit backstage or in an otherwise private setting and reveal secrets from the show biz. This week's episode finds Jamie L... [Read More]
“Make ‘Em Laugh”: Famous comedians reminisce about their beginnings at the Comic Strip
At the SPIKE TV tribute to Eddie Murphy in November, Adam Sandler praised Murphy's first stand-up special, Delirious, and acknowledged that he went to great lengths to be just like Eddie. "I tried to do everything he did in his career," Sandler said.... [Read More]
UCB artistic director debunks “reality” TV romances via his experience on “Beauty and the Geek”
As 2012 comes to a close, Nate Dern celebrates his first full year as artistic director of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City, overseeing one of the hubs for developing young sketch and improv comedic actors. Dern's UCB bio lists h... [Read More]
Preview two more sketches from Comedy Central’s “Kroll Show”
Nick Kroll's Comedy Central sketch comedy show, Kroll Show, debuts in a couple of weeks. But 2013 and Christmas both come early for comedy fans as two more sketches already have hit the YouTubes. In "Ref Jeff," Kroll plays an NBA referee who wants to... [Read More]
Upon receiving Kennedy Center Honors, a rare interview with David Letterman
Finding a sincere, sit-down interview with David Letterman is about as rare as finding one with the late Johnny Carson. Which, if you follow Letterman's career as closely as he has followed Carson's, makes perfect sense. Almost. But this year, the Ke... [Read More]