Checking in on 'South Park' Halfway Through Season 17
by Matt Schimkowitz South Park has dealt with its one-week turnaround for years. Because of it, like Norm MacDonald once said of SNL, South Park is one of the few places where you can go to be bad. The short production schedule from writing to editing to animating to voicing gives the show some leew... [Read More]
The Original Writers of Conan's 'Late Night' on Writing
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]
12 Rejected Pilots We Want to See Put Online
by Bradford Evans Over the past month, the creators of two rejected TV comedies released the pilots for their shows online with approval from the networks/studios who made them. First, CBS released its Rupert Grint superhero comedy Super Clyde after Greg Garcia asked them to, followed by YouTube net... [Read More]
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]
Talking to Aziz Ansari About His New Special, 'Parks and Rec', and Why He Prefers Standup to Films
by Elise Czajkowski Beloved by many as the stylish Tom Haverford on Parks and Recreation, Aziz Ansari has been amassing an impressive standup catalog for a young comic. At only 26, his first hour special, Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening, debuted on Comedy Central in 2009. In the spring o... [Read More]
Tammy Pescatelli Finds The Funny Beyond Being an Italian Chick
Tammy Pescatelli’s latest special, Finding The Funny, premiers November 1 on Netflix. Pescatelli spoke with AmericasComedy.Com about the long and bumpy road this hour has had finding its way to air, overcoming her Last Comic Standing reputation as “too Italian” and taping down... [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]
Talking to Tim Heidecker About 'Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories' and Future Projects
by Bradford Evans It's been three years since comedy duo Tim & Eric's last TV show, Tim and Eric's Awesome Show Great Job!, ended its run, but they're back tomorrow night with the pilot for their new Adult Swim series, Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories. It's a Twilight Zone-esque anthology series... [Read More]
‘The Pete Holmes Show’ Is the Pete Holmesiest Show on Television, and That’s Great
by Elise Czajkowski More than a year after a pilot was made for what was then The Midnight Show with Pete Holmes, The Pete Holmes Show finally began last night after Conan. The long awaited show debuted in the middle of a much-discussed late night boom, but there’s little chance of it get... [Read More]
Rob Delaney Uses the Extra Space to Get Candid in His First Book
by Julia Wiedeman When the cover of a book hails the author as the “Funniest Person on Twitter”, one might expect that the content of the book would be concise and funny. One might also expect, as I did, that the subject matter be as frivolous as any comedians’ Twitter offerings.&n... [Read More]