Inside With: J.D. Durkin of 'Stephen Colbert: Hire Me'
Everyone in comedy has their dream job: a producer they want to work with, a venue they want to sell out or a late night show they want to write for, etc. J.D. Durkin wants to write for The Colbert Report so badly that he’s created Stephen Colbert: Hire Me, a live comedy show to act as his resume. [Read More]
First impressions on; simplicity is key
Jerry Seinfeld’s brand new eschews the multi-sensory attack for an incredibly simple site that only has clips of Seinfeld doing stand-up over the years, tour dates and an explanation for why the site was built this way.. [Read More]
Bobby Hundreds' recap and photos from behind the scenes of the Beastie Boys' 'Fight for Your Right: Revisited' shoot
"Late last year I was blessed with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that also happened to be a lifelong dream: To be personally involved in a Beastie Boys video. Adam Yauch (also known as MCA, also known as Nathaniel Hornblower) was looking for a DeLorean to be featured in his latest project, a music video to promote the Beastie Boys’ long-anticipated new album, that was so under-wraps that they couldn’t even tell me how the car would be used throughout the film. I just so happen to own a DMC... [Read More]
MTV Greenlights 'Zach Stone' Comedy Pilot Starring Comedian Bo Burnham
..a comedy about young people's obsession with celebrity and with reality TV as a way to become famous. MTV has given the green light to single-camera comedy pilot Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous, co-created by hot 20-year-old comedian Bo Burnham and writer Dan Lagana and starring Burnham. It is a mocumentary, which centers on Zach (Burnham), a kid fresh out of high school who hires a camera crew to film him because he wants to be famous. "It's that idea that your life is not worth anything if you... [Read More]
Christopher Titus enlists fellow headliners for a benefit in Los Angeles May 7th for at-risk children
Children are our future is just a song. In-Sight Youth was set out to help organizations that help older foster kids become adults, kids who have their adult hoods ‘In Sight.’ And let’s not forget, 14 to 18 year old kids are our immediate future. It just won’t fit into a song lyric. We help kids from 8 to 18, kids who have been through 22 foster homes but were not taught the skills for the real world. We raise money for groups, like Olive Crest, who give these kids a real shot at a powerful l... [Read More]
Joke is no longer on President Obama: Late night tv and the President
In Julie Mason's Poltico article "Joke is no longer on President Obama," Mason wonders how the death of Osama bin Laden will change how late night hosts will depict Obama, and how a potentially more positive image will influence the public's opinion of the political climate. “When Leno decides somet... [Read More]
Kristen Wiig: The Anti-Comedian | TIME profile
She zipped through the Groundlings' classes and won tons of stage time performing absurd characters, including a very serious composer who writes music for Disney's Main Street Electrical Parade and a chatty Target salesclerk. By 2005 she was on SNL doing the Target Lady nearly every week. In fact, there are weeks when it feels as though Wiig is in every sketch. "There are two people who arrived fully formed — her and Dana Carvey — where you saw what they did in their audition and you put it on ... [Read More]
Will Ferrell on 'Everything Must Go': Fighting the Stigma of Being Funny | WSJ
"..what disappoints me is that there's still a stigma attached to the fact that a comedic actor did that role [in 'Stranger Than Fiction']. If it was a dramatic actor, I think that movie would have been put on more of a pedestal. I say to Marc Forster, had you cast Russell Crowe you might have gotten more credit as a director. There's an absolute bias." [Read More]
Bridesmaids' Ellie Kemper Discusses Women And Comedy And Steve Carell's Office Departure | CinemaBlend
"I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately and I think that in TV more you see more things that are sort of driven by strong female characters, especially in terms of comedy. I think you see that more on television than in movies, until this point, these days I mean. That’s why it’s so, without sounding sappy, like special about this is it’s called Bridesmaids, it is about women. But I think that it is something that, not to go back on what I just said, but I don’t really think of it as, like, ... [Read More]
Real Beats, Fake M.C.s: A Conversation With the Guys of The Lonely Island | NY Times
Lonely Island teammates talked about the role of taped comedy segments on “S.N.L.”, their musical tastes and working with some of their illustrious collaborators. [Read More]