The Hot Streaks of John Candy
Hot Streaks is a look at the times when comedians at the height of their power. Comedy comes in waves, and with it comedians ride the success of public adoration and creativeness. During these times (usually around 5 years), comedians are putting out some of their most successful projects. So with t... [Read More]
Comedy for Dummies: Jeff Dunham's Fall at the Top
by Matt Schimkowitz My first experience with comedian/ventriloquist Jeff Dunham, unbeknownst to me, came from a t-shirt in the mall. I didn’t know what I was looking at, this turbaned skull with bloodshot eyes above the phrase “Silence! I Kill You.” What does this mean? What was it... [Read More]
Ranking Yahoo's 5 New Comedy Shows, from Worst to First
by Bradford Evans We're still in the very early days of web TV, with Amazon, Yahoo!, Netflix, and Hulu having emerged as the first generation of high-quality streaming content creators. Yahoo! rebranded its video site "Yahoo! Screen" in 2011 and soon got into the comedy game with Ken Marino and Eric... [Read More]
"It Was a Fighter's Comedy Show": The Oral History of 'Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn'
by Elise Czajkowski 2013 has brought an unprecedented wave of new late night shows. Most stick to the tried and true late night format of scripted segments and celebrity guests, or the faux news style of Comedy Central's late night lineup. But years before The Colbert Report became a staple of that ... [Read More]
Talking to Ken Marino About ‘Bad Milo!’, ‘Eastbound & Down’, and Playing Both Nice Guys and Jerks
by Jeremy Popkin If there’s one actor who possesses the sheer gravitas to play a man plagued by a murderous ass demon, that actor is Ken Marino. As one of the many talents to spring from the MTV sketch group The State, Marino has starred in a number of classics that have become required viewin... [Read More]
Win tickets to the Mixtape Comedy Show! (contest)
The monthly stand-up comedy show Mixtape Comedy Show will once-again go down at Gotham Comedy Club this Sunday, September 15th. The show, which occurs on the third Sunday of every month, is a mixture of comedy and music, with a DJ, four comics and a live band. Mixtape Comedy was founded by Anthony A... [Read More]
Kumail Nanjiani and the business of being a Beta Male (interview)
Kumail Nanjiani just released a long awaited hour special via Comedy Central, Beta Male. In addition to a brilliant stand-up career, Nanjiani also has a loyal podcast following, and shows up on many TV shows including, Portlandia and Franklin & Bash and a new show all his own coming soon. We rec... [Read More]
The Writers and Cast Take Us Behind the Scenes of 'Get a Life'
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]
The 12 most unforgettable sets from the Comedy Central Roasts
In light of the Comedy Central Roast of James Franco, which debuted this Monday and it’s re-airing tonight, we decided to take a dive into the world of the Comedy Central Roasts. Since 1998 Comedy Central has aired an annual roast on its channel. The first five of the roast were held at the in... [Read More]
Splitsider's Fall Comedy Preview 2013: Movies
by Bradford Evans The fall is typically a slow time for big screen comedies, with Oscar-baity dramas and smaller releases filling multiplexes during the autumnal months. This year, however, we have a pair of highly-anticipated blockbuster comedies closing out the year around Christmastime: Ben Still... [Read More]