For Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland, ‘Oh, Hello’ Is Just the Beginning
Broadway on the small screen is generally limited to a Billy Crystal one-man show on HBO or those videos your high school English teacher would put on when they just couldn’t deal anymore. And it makes sense — the theatrical experience is hard to capture, and long-running shows are wary ... [Read More]
Bassem Youssef and Sara Taksler Take on Fragile Egos and Authoritarian Regimes in ‘Tickling Giants’
Bassem Youssef has been through a lot. If you aren’t familiar with Youssef, he’s often described as “The Jon Stewart of Egypt,” but that’s more of a convenient shorthand. Youssef created and spent three years hosting the enormously successful Egyptian television show Al... [Read More]
When ‘Bones’ Tried Standup
Many episodes of the long-running procedural Bones follow the same formula: the grossest corpse you’ve ever seen on television is found by two dinguses. Turns out, this dead person was involved in a freaky-deaky subculture. Forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan (nicknamed Bones because sh... [Read More]
When ‘Bones’ Tried Standup
Many episodes of the long-running procedural Bones follow the same formula: the grossest corpse you’ve ever seen on television is found by two dinguses. Turns out, this dead person was involved in a freaky-deaky subculture. Forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan (nicknamed Bones because sh... [Read More]
‘Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night’ Is an Intimate Portrait and Guidebook for Today’s Late Night Hosts
During his time on air, David Letterman was aware that he was comedy establishment, but this knowledge fueled him, becoming fodder to satirize the fanfare and spectacle that now consumes the late night landscape. Jason Zinoman’s recently released biography, Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Ni... [Read More]
Talking with Jordan Klepper About Empathy, His Gun Control Special, and Finding Common Ground
After the London terror attack last weekend, Donald Trump thought a perfectly rational response would be to go on Twitter and ask his 32 million followers a loaded question: “Do you notice we are not having a gun debate right now?” In response, many people demonstrated why the tweet was ... [Read More]
This Week in Comedy Podcasts: Talkin’ ‘U Talkin’ U2 To Me?’
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 our crack team of... [Read More]
‘Three Women’: A New Short with an Old Method
From the opening frame, Three Women brought back the smell of Blockbuster Video. Not the smell of bulldozed drywall dust in 2007, the smell of candy and freshly vacuumed carpeting in 1996. From the lounge-y tinsel town score to its muted golden glow and perseverating dialogue, watching thi... [Read More]
Catching Up with Jonathan Katz
The Comedy Central cult classic animation Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist is returning in a new format on Audible. The show was developed into a 15 episode audio series called Dr. Katz: The Audio Files, which debuts today on Audible Channels. Notable guests in the new ... [Read More]
May 2017’s Best Standup Specials: Hasan Minhaj, Maria Bamford, Chris Gethard, and More
We’re in the middle of a comedy special deluge, and May brought nine new hours of standup to the spate. In case you missed it, here’s a rundown of what dropped last month. Maria Bamford – Old Baby (Netflix) Continuing her run as the most inventive comedy special creator working tod... [Read More]