‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’s Local TV Origins
Guys, there’s so much TV now. There are a million channels, with new ones launching constantly, and then tons of streaming platforms, with new ones launching constantly, and they all need content. Hundreds and hundreds of new TV shows being made, filling up an infinite number of half-hour bloc... [Read More]
Tim Robinson’s Furniture Commercial Goes Horribly Wrong at The Second City in 2011
Welcome to The Second City Archives, in which we post an exclusive clip each week of some of comedy’s biggest superstars performing early in their careers on the legendary Chicago stage. Second City has generously given us a glimpse into their extensive archive of live performances, and over t... [Read More]
‘Little Clown’ Does Something More Sketches Should
Written by and starring Wes Haney, directed by Doron Max Hagay, and featuring Ana Fabrega in a silent but memorable role, Little Clown grabbed my intention because of the risks it takes. What begins as a straight ahead sketch setup–guy buys weird clown art–pivots to offer ... [Read More]
‘Little Clown’ Does Something More Sketches Should
Written by and starring Wes Haney, directed by Doron Max Hagay, and featuring Ana Fabrega in a silent but memorable role, Little Clown grabbed my intention because of the risks it takes. What begins as a straight ahead sketch setup–guy buys weird clown art–pivots to offer ... [Read More]
‘Little Clown’ Does Something More Sketches Should
Written by and starring Wes Haney, directed by Doron Max Hagay, and featuring Ana Fabrega in a silent but memorable role, Little Clown grabbed my intention because of the risks it takes. What begins as a straight ahead sketch setup–guy buys weird clown art–pivots to offer ... [Read More]
They Can’t All Be Spider-Man: Your Handy Guide to B-Level Super-Powered Folk, by Kit Lively
The Stupendous Bee Woman. College student Sheila Sherwood is stung by a bee that had been exposed to mysterious rays of ultra-dimensional energy. Realizing that she now has incredible bee powers, she decides to devote her life to fighting crime as The Stupendous Bee Woman! Sadly, after stinging... [Read More]
‘Complete Joy’ Is a Hilariously Grim, Worthy Follow-Up to ‘The Complete Woman’
Pod-Canon is an ongoing tribute to the greatest individual comedy-related podcast episodes of all time. The 2015 cult mini-series The Complete Woman introduced listeners to self-help author Marabel May, a gently narcotized 1960s housewife who has the curious distinction of being the hero, anti-heroi... [Read More]
Hassan S. Ali (@Hassanisms) on Millennials and Positivity
Hassan S. Ali is a comedy writer, video maker, and creative technologist with over 15 million video views, 2 viral chatbots, and yet zero grandchildren to give his mother. He is the creative marketing director at The Onion and editor and founding member of Slackjaw, the largest humor publi... [Read More]
Stan Freberg: Guerrilla Satirist
Dan Pasternack is a comedy producer and programmer as well as a scribbler and superfan who loves alliterative couplets almost as much as he loves comedy. His passion and his professional life have brought him into contact with comedy legends and lore of the past and present. For each installment of ... [Read More]
The Don Rickles Performances You May Have Missed
Dick Cavett said it rather well when he introduced his next guest onto his show in 1972: “When great comedians gather late at night over coffee and cheesecake to pay tribute to those among them who have scaled the heights and brought the art of public performing to its zenith, one name, I supp... [Read More]