Video: Richard Lewis has severe emotional issues and therefore hasn’t seen any Oscar contenders
With the “Best Picture” category of the Oscars now nominating 10 movies instead of five, it’s hard to get a sense of which are serious contenders and which are just… not. But never fear, because Richard Lewis is here to help. Check this Funny or Die... [Read More]
Steve Carell’s Magician Comedy 'Burt Wonderstone' Has a Director | Film School Rejects
Steve Carell has been attached to a comedy about Las Vegas magicians for a while now. It was originally put together in 2006, but now it seems to have some motion; a director has been attached as well. The film is called Burt Wonderstone and it is about Carell’s more traditional magic act being overshadowed by a flashy young upstart, resulting in a rivalry developing. It sounds like a cross between The Illusionist and The Prestige with a little Zoolander thrown in for good measure. [Read More]
Bruce Vilanch | The A.V. Club interview
Frequent appearances on the Whoopi Goldberg-led Hollywood Squares aside, Bruce Vilanch has spent most of his nearly four decades in show business in the writers’ room. The chubby, fuzzy, T-shirt-wearing Vilanch started out writing for ’70s variety shows ranging from The Bette Midler Show to Donny And Marie to the infamously bad Brady Bunch Variety Hour and The Star Wars Holiday Special, but he made his name writing for award shows, the most famous being the Academy Awards. This year marks his 22... [Read More]
"Mr. Funny Pants": Michael Showalter explains comedy memoirs | Salon
"The State" writer is the latest stand-up to tell all. He talks to Salon.com about Hollywood, hipsters and Judy Blume [Read More]
Adam Reed ('Archer', 'Sealab 2021', 'Frisky Dingo') interview | The A.V. Club
Adam Reed has been creating animated shows with a distinctive sense of humor for more than a decade. In 2000, he and co-creator Matt Thompson went underwater with Sealab 2021, a takeoff on the short-lived ’70s show Sealab 2020. The series aired on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block for five years, developing a cult following that would follow Reed to his next Adult Swim venture: Frisky Dingo. Now Reed has taken his comic sensibility to FX and aimed it at the spy genre with the animated comedy Ar... [Read More]
Jay Leno talks David Letterman, Howard Stern, and when he'll retire [AUDIO] | Minneapolis / St. Paul News
"I've never had a reputation for taking other peoples material. But that's Howard's thing, if he can get any traction with it--good luck. Let me know if any other comics agree with him, and then we'll deal with it. But Howard is Howard, that's what he does, the idea is you try to pick a fight with somebody and then they fight with you back in the media. And I don't do that, I just ignore him, and it's fine, he can do whatever he wants." [Read More]
Is a new 'Police Academy' a good idea? | Los Angeles Times
A new installment of “Police Academy,” the comedy franchise about misfit police recruits that made us think Steve Guttenberg was the man (for about three seconds), is making progress on its path to the screen. David Diamond and David Weissman, the writing team behind the Nicolas Cage drama “The Family Man,” are set to turn in to the studio their draft of a "Police Academy" reboot, said one person who was briefed on the project but not authorized to talk about it publicly. If the script passes m... [Read More]
Notre Dame football player Jonas Gray upstages Dustin 'Screech' Diamond at Southbend standup comedy show
Dustin "Screech" Diamond, the former king of teenage nerd camp – now the creatively and financially bankrupt king of desperate, unapologetic schlock – who was in Southbend this week for a pair of shows at a local bar on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Gray, taking the stage for only the second time in his life, served as the opening act. And he put the foul-mouthed headliner to shame.. [Read More]
Jason Sklar on Cheap Seats' Legacy
by Mike Schuster Supercult profiles the obscure, the offbeat, and the feverishly celebrated pieces of comedy which deserve more recognition. From 2004 to 2006, the Sklar Brothers skewered the socially awkward and the feverishly pompous of the sports world from the sidelines with their ESPN Classic s... [Read More]
The Poehlers: WSJ Interview with Amy Poehler's Parents
It's widely assumed that most comedy comes from pain, unhappiness and conflict. How then does one explain Amy Poehler? "They were incredibly supportive," the actress says of her parents. "But you weren't allowed to take yourself very seriously." The elder Poehlers—Eileen, a retired teacher, and Bill, a retired teacher-turned-financial-planner—still live in the same house in Burlington, Massachusetts, that Amy and her younger brother, Greg, grew up in.. [Read More]