Take Me to the Pilot Season: Tracking a Year in Network TV Development
TV networks spend billions of dollars each year for ideas you'll never see on television. That's a bold statement. But it's nevertheless true. Literally. And also by the bass-ackward "new" "definition" of "literally" adopted through repeated utterances on Parks and Recreation. So, too, there's ... [Read More]
Kurt Braunohler reveals fun things to do to strangers, strange things about his childhood, on Conan
Kurt Braunohler loves to inject fun into the lives of strangers. We saw that this spring in the skies above Los Angeles when he hired a plane to write an emergency message as a goof; and we saw that again last night on Conan as Braunohler offered up a few ideas you can use in your everyday lives to ... [Read More]
Hannibal Buress gives Kevin Durant a new nickname in Nike commercial
Here's one way to know you're making it. You're in a national TV commercial for a big brand, with a big star, but you're the star of the commercial. Such is the case for stand-up comedian Hannibal Buress, who holds court on the basketball court in this new Nike commercial, handing out nicknames at t... [Read More]
Looking back on mid-1990s TV panels with younger Jon Stewart, Louis C.K.
This summer may be all about John Oliver substitute hosting The Daily Show on behalf of Jon Stewart, or about Louis C.K. racking up more individual Emmy nominations in a single year than anyone previously...but it's Throwback Thursday. So let's go back in time. A time when Jon Stewart was hosti... [Read More]
Autobiography of a Young Comedian: Woody Allen’s resume, circa 1965
They don't make resumes like they used to. Picture this. It's 1965. You're in the position to hire a young comedian. I know, I know. You must be old by now if you could hire a kid way back in 1965, but try not to think about that right now. Focus on 1965. You've got a stack of resumes on your desk b... [Read More]
First look: IFC sets October debut for The Birthday Boys, sends them on national tour with Comedy Bang! Bang!’s Scott Aukerman, Paul F. Tompkins
It's going to be a busy fall for The Birthday Boys. The L.A.-based sketch comedy troupe will earn their TV debut all together now on IFC, debuting the first of 10 half-hour episodes at 10:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. The Birthday Boys will be paired with Comedy Bang! Bang!, not just on the la... [Read More]
Why did the comedian cross the road? A teaser from “I Am Road Comic”
Why did the comedian cross the road? Wait a second. This isn't a chicken joke. Why do comedians go on the road? That's one of many questions posed by comedian and filmmaker Jordan Brady (I Am Comic) in his upcoming follow-up documentary, I Am Road Comic. And here are some of the answers from some of... [Read More]
Maximum Fun on the high seas: The Atlantic Ocean Comedy & Music Festival
Today is the final day to buy tickets for the first-ever Atlantic Ocean Comedy & Music Festival, happening in September with two stops in the Bahamas on its four days and three nights at sea. It's not the first comedy cruise and certainly not the last. But it's your last chance to be part of thi... [Read More]
James Adomian as Louis C.K., Freddie Mercury, Madonna, Kate Upton and Rihanna; on “Childrens Hospital
In case you missed it, last night's episode of Childrens Hospital on Adult Swim featured comedian James Adomian performing several impersonations onstage all at the same time. Here he was, and is, and ever shall be, remembered together as Louis C.K., Rihanna, Madonna, Kate Upton and Freddie Mercury.... [Read More]
What Jealousy and Bitterness Can Do For Your Comedy Career
What Jealousy And Bitterness Can Do For Your Comedy Career By Andy Sanford Jealousy and bitterness exist in just about every pursuit, and especially artistic ones. I can only speak from a comedian’s perspective, but I’ve watched it ruin people. I believe that if you are going to pursue s... [Read More]