Mike Birbiglia and Ira Glass Sure (Don't?) Know How to Promote a Movie
With the Internet and all its doohickies there must be 14 zillion ways to promote a movie yet Mike Birbiglia and Ira Glass (aka Team Big Glass) are going old school. They're just going to be there. "Hey, come by this movie theater and hang out. Oh yeah, a movie will be playing? 'What movie?' you ask? Well, it's our movie but, seriously, we really just want to hang." If it were anymore grassroots it would be just signs written with the actual roots of grass. [Read More]
Jason Sudeikis might bolt 'Saturday Night Live'
Just weeks before the national political conventions get underway, a crucial figure has yet to commit to the presidential race. Jason Sudeikis, who plays "Saturday Night Live's" Mitt Romney as a cheerfully button-down, out-of-touch, Ward Cleaver-like figure, said he has not yet decided whether to return to the sketch show when it resumes this fall. [Read More]
When 'Comedy Bang! Bang!' Bangs Your Town
"My name is Broke Ankleman," Scott Aukerman said as he came to the lip of an unadorned stage. Roughly 95% of his body was vintage Aukerman: sensible sweater, Oxford shirt, well-ironed khakis, comfortable sneakers, and lightly tousled hair with just a hint of product. But at the bottom of his left leg was a massive black boot, one he bore due to an injury suffered early on in his "Comedy Bang! Bang! LIVE!" tour, weeks before it came to Manhattan's Highline Ballroom last night. [Read More]
Doug Benson: “Everyone thinks I’m funnier when I’m high, so why fight it?”
Doug Benson just released his 5th stand-up comedy album Smug Life [TLB Review] and he shows no signs of stopping. His constant recording and releasing of new albums, a hefty touring schedule, a podcast Doug Loves Movies that’s consistently one of the funniest and most popular out there, is enough to make anyone second guess the laziness of stoners. We got the chance to pick Doug’s brain to find out where his drive to podcast comes from, how he dives into social media and why he decided to record... [Read More]
Has Dave Chappelle handled fame exactly right?  | The A.V. Club
Chappelle’s reasons for leaving and the way he’s taking cautious steps toward returning make him a fascinating character—in addition to the fact that he was one of the smartest, funniest comics in the world at the time of his self-imposed exile. [Read More]
The Campaign stars Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell talk politics and pee 
Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell are two of the most bankable—and funniest— comedy stars in the world right now, so the announcement of their first major project together, The Campaign, was cause for optimism. The A.V. Club spoke with Ferrell and Galifianakis about the film at Chicago’s Wrigley Field during a whirlwind press tour, as they were getting ready to throw out the first pitch and eager to hit the bathroom. [Read More]
Brody Stevens talks up his new HBO Digitals series: “Enjoy it!”
At some point early Monday morning, Steven Brody Stevens turned digital. HBO Digital. The stand-up comedian, TV audience warm-up guy, supporting character in Todd Phillips movies and friend to Zach Galifianakis, Stevens now has his own turn in the sp... [Read More]
Joan Rivers Protests Costco, Handcuffs Herself To Shopping Cart After Store Refuses To Sell Her Book
Police were called to a Costco store in a Los Angeles suburb after comedian Joan Rivers handcuffed herself to a shopping cart to protest the store, which is not selling her latest book. The 79-year-old "Fashion Police" host was being filmed by a camera crew Tuesday as she complained that the store in Burbank, Calif., had refused to carry her book, "I Hate Everything... Starting With Me." [Read More]
Austin Powers 4: The Dr. Evil spin-off?
Tired of hearing nonsense non-news about a new installment to the Ghostbusters movie franchise? Let's mix it up, and turn our attention to the Austin Powers spy spoofery of Mike Myers and director Jay Roach. Roach, who's making the media rounds to pr... [Read More]
Garfunkel and Oates on HBO Digitals: In five easy pieces
Garfunkel and Oates -- the musical comedy duo of Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci -- filmed a pilot for HBO that would have had them follow in the footsteps of Tenacious D and Flight of the Conchords as a musical duo destined for greatness.. [Read More]