The Auteur Theory of Judd Apatow
by Brad Becker-Parton More than any modern day comedy director, Judd Apatow can be considered an auteur. Auteur Theory, first written about by Francois Truffaut in the 1950s as a way to show the value of the lesser-respected American Hollywood filmmakers in comparison to the more artistically respec... [Read More]
What It's Like to Be an Artistic Director at a Comedy Theater
by Elise Czajkowski Comedy is an industry, and for every performer on stage, there are hundreds of people working behind-the-scenes. These creative and business jobs, which exist in all disciplines and levels of comedy, collectively make up the comedy scene. In this column, we're looking a comedy jo... [Read More]
'Happiness Isn't Everything': Mitch Hurwitz's Lost Post-'Arrested Development' Family Sitcom
by Bradford Evans "The Script Pile" is a new biweekly column on Splitsider that examines the screenplays for high-profile movie and TV comedies that never made it to the screen. Since Arrested Development was canceled by Fox in 2006, Mitch Hurwitz has created four other shows: the short-lived Fox du... [Read More]
The American Version of 'The IT Crowd' That Never Made It to TV
by Matt Schimkowitz There’s no formula for good TV. Networks and studios shuffle through hundreds of new projects every year, but when it comes down to it, it’s easier remake, reboot, or sequelize. Throughout the 2000s, NBC struggled to bring highly popular and influential BBC television... [Read More]
Bob and Ray Team Up with Jane, Laraine, and Gilda
by Ramsey Ess The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny p... [Read More]
How Louis CK's Directing Style Helps Him Translate His Standup to the Screen in 'Louie'
by Brad Becker-Parton Louis C.K. is a filmmaker. That is not to undermine his world-class abilities as a writer and performer, but rather to emphasize the role his direction and visual style plays in his comedy. Historically, audiences have operated under a false perception that in comedy films and ... [Read More]
What It's Like to Write For a Late Night Talk Show
by Elise Czajkowski Comedy is an industry. For every performer on stage, there are hundreds of people working behind-the-scenes. These creative and business jobs, which exist in all disciplines and levels of comedy, collectively make up the comedy scene. In this column, we're looking a comedy jobs t... [Read More]
Celebrating the Honeymooners with Audrey Meadows
by Ramsey Ess The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny p... [Read More]
'Dieter': The Surprisingly Funny Mike Myers Movie That Never Was
by Bradford Evans "The Script Pile" is a brand new biweekly column on Splitsider that examines the screenplays for high-profile Hollywood comedies that were never made. Adapting a popular Saturday Night Live sketch into a movie is a difficult task, but Mike Myers is one of the few people who's ... [Read More]
'That’s My Bush': Inside Matt Stone and Trey Parker's Short-Lived Presidential Parody
by Matt Schimkowitz By the year 2000, Matt Stone and Trey Parker could do no wrong. South Park was entering its fourth season with no signs of slowing down, and one year earlier, their hit movie version of the cartoon earned them an Oscar nomination. But the greatest sign of their hold over Comedy C... [Read More]