Kurt Braunohler Talks Penelope Pilot
Ever since Reggie Watts warbled "talk to me" in the opening credits to "Penelope: Princess of Pets", we've been hooked on this puckish Web series by Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunohler. Penelope had it all: Dr. Doolittle in ponytails, an orphan on Heelys, an unctuous politician and a foul-mouthed bird. When the series first appeared online, it was a perfect companion piece to the idiosyncratic but earnest live, two-person comedy show being honed by Kurt & Kristen. [Read More]
Mo'Nique As Another New Villain!
The comedic actress Mo'Nique, everyone's favorite Mother from the hit show UPN's The Parkers is about to add another VILLAIN to her resume. Mo'Nique, who turned lots of heads from her dramatic performance in the films Domino and Shadowboxer, is now in the new film titled Push which is debuting at the Sundance Film Festival next week. [Read More]
review - Live from "The Line" LIVE
Some of the Saturday Night Live gang used a brief break from putting together this week's show to present the first live screening of 2008 online series "The Line" in front of a packed audience at the UCB Theatre followed by a lively Q&A. [Read More]
Jon Stewart's First Ever Daily Show
As Jon Stewart mentioned on last night's Daily Show, this week marks his tenth anniversary as host of the show. On the one hand, where did the time go? On the other hand, it's hard to remember what life was even like before we had The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to rely on four nights a week. And on another hand, holy shit, I have three hands. Anyway, it seems like a good opportunity to look back at Jon's first ever episode and get a sense of how much he, the show and we as a country have chang... [Read More]
Sundance: Patton Oswalt gets serious in 'Big Fan'
Patton Oswalt is a funny guy. The stand-up comic brilliantly skewered Kentucky Fried Chicken and the "Star Wars" prequels on his album "Werewolves and Lollipops." He was a regular on "King of Queens" and provided the voice of Remy, the culinary-minded rat of Pixar's "Ratatouille." In the movie "Big Fan," premiering Jan. 18, Oswalt gets serious. He plays a Staten Island parking-lot attendant who's the world's biggest New York Giants fan. The movie is written and directed by Robert Siegel, now g... [Read More]
Comedian Costaki Economopoulos mines political gold
Costaki Economopoulos, best known as a regular guest on the Bob & Tom radio show, did a graduate thesis in the early 1990s on whether satire and humor were healthy parts of the political process. His conclusion? Mock to your heart's content. [Read More]
SF Sketchfest: Big laughs
Just as Rome wasn't built in a day, SF Sketchfest didn't establish itself overnight. But what started in 2002 as a weekend showcase of San Francisco sketch comedy groups has mushroomed into one of the most acclaimed — and certainly one of the coolest — comedy gatherings in North America. And the 2009 edition of Sketchfest — which kicks off tonight with a live version of the Cartoon Network's "Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!" — features the festival's strongest lineup ever.... [Read More]
Amy Poehler lands sidekick for NBC comedy
Upright Citizens Brigade player Aubrey Plaza has landed a co-starring role on UCB alumna Amy Poehler's upcoming NBC comedy series. [Read More]
Pakistani comedian harassed in India
Activists of Hindu extremist outfit Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) on Wednesday harassed Pakistani comedian Shakeel Siddiqui in Mumbai for ‘being a Pakistani', a private TV channel reported. [Read More]
Greg Giraldo makes his case in comedy
Greg Giraldo is no stranger to being clever and witty under pressure. The Harvard Law grad and former lawyer spent tireless hours arguing points and delivering persuasive speeches in courtrooms. But at 26 he gave it all up to pursue a career as a comedy writer, which eventually led him to stand-up. [Read More]