What's On TV This Week: 'Veep's Season Finale and the Return of Comedy Central's 'Half Hour'
by Zach Herwitz As the summer rolls on this next week, there's still plenty of interesting stuff happening on TV. Veep is airing its two-part season finale, set during the New Hampshire primary, on Sunday. Comedy Central is premiering its standup special series The Half Hour on Friday with sets from... [Read More]
Regarding Our Annual Companywide Retreat, by Zack Wortman
by Brian Boone, Editor Q: Must I attend the retreat?A: Everyone wants to attend the retreat. Our annual spring retreat is an honored company tradition here at Smith and Associates and is a well-loved part of our social calendar. It is designed as a fun and relaxing time for employees,... [Read More]
Follow Friday: @MarissaARoss
by Emma Soren A lot of Twitter users take to the platform to test out their latest jokes and quips, but certain people truly excel at making us laugh with the available characters and constraints. With the Internet being such a big place, it can be difficult to find the comedians most worthy of your... [Read More]
The Fake Talk Show is Born with 'Fernwood 2 Night'
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]
This Week in Comedy Podcasts: Marc Maron's 500th Episode of 'WTF'
by Jessye McGarry The comedy podcast universe is ever expanding, not unlike the universe universe. We're here to make it a bit smaller, a bit more manageable. There are a lot of great shows and each has a lot of great episodes, so we want to highlight the exceptional, the noteworthy. Each week ... [Read More]
This Week In Web Videos: 'Studio Heads'
by Luke Kelly-Clyne I realize I’m about to tread on some touchy territory but just hear me out. Maybe, just maybe, we’re all a little comedy prejudiced when it comes to our entertainment choices, and it’s sort of understandable. Because pleasure is usually derived — especiall... [Read More]
Eight 'SNL' Cast Members Who Went from Sidelined to Success
by Megh Wright Now that Saturday Night Live's highly transitional 39th season has come and gone, the next question on SNL fans' minds is which cast members will be back in the fall and which will be given the axe. A couple relatively new cast members like Taran Killam and Kate McKinnon have stepped ... [Read More]
What's On TV This Week: Season Finale for 'Silicon Valley,' Premiere of 'Undateable'
by Emma Soren While the broadcast networks' season finales are behind us, HBO's sitcoms Silicon Valley and Veep will return after a hiatus this weekend. Silicon Valley will end its eight-episode first season Sunday, but it was quickly renewed for a second season shortly after its prem... [Read More]
Letter to My Husband as He Tries to French Kiss Me, by Devorah Blachor
by Brian Boone Dear Sweetheart, Gosh, it’s been a long day, hasn’t it? I’m beat. If I closed my eyes right now, I’d fall into Stage 4 sleep and stay there until someone shook me so violently that I’d wake up and say something crazy in a panic-stricken voice like, &ldquo... [Read More]
Sketch Anatomy: John Levenstein Goes Behind the Scenes of 'Kroll Show's "Niece Denise"
by Megh Wright Welcome to our new column Sketch Anatomy, where we ask some of our favorite television writers to choose any sketch — one they personally wrote or one from history they find particularly hilarious, notable, or underappreciated — to learn from a writer's perspective what se... [Read More]