‘There’s…Johnny!’ Picks the Worst Time for Nostalgia
When Johnny Carson took over as host of The Tonight Show in 1962, there was no sense that he would last 30 years in the job. Television talk shows were in their infancy, and The Tonight Show’s previous two hosts (Steve Allen and Jack Paar) had done such different jobs there was no real st... [Read More]
‘The Problem with Apu’ Expertly Explores the Biggest Flaw of ‘The Simpsons’
In 2012, Hari Kondabolu — then a writer for Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell — went on a rant that had been long overdue. In a clip that quickly became viral, he expressed his anger at Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, The Simpsons’ Indian convenience store clerk voiced by Hank Azaria. Kond... [Read More]
‘SNL’ Celebrates Thanksgiving with Chance the Rapper
Chance the Rapper’s SNL episode could never have happened without the show’s recent, much needed diversity push. Chance could have hosted before, but he wouldn’t have starred in four sketches where the majority of players were black. These sketches varied greatly in style and conte... [Read More]
Season 2 of ‘Search Party’ Is for the Complicated Liars
Note: Spoilers for the first season follow. Search Party’s first season began over brunch, in Brooklyn. Its core cast, four friends in their twenties dealing with privileged ennui, learned that an old college acquaintance Chantal had gone missing. Dory, played by Alia Shawkat, was particularly... [Read More]
Tiffany Haddish Was Ready for ‘SNL’
The best episodes of live television have a nervous excitement to them. People are stoked to be there, on camera, knowing they have the power to cuss but that they’re not going to. Tiffany Haddish, who blew up this past summer from her role in Girls Trip, brought that enthusiasm. Haddish was t... [Read More]
Fall Comedy Reads: ‘The Daily Show (The Book)’
Welcome to our Fall Comedy Reads series, where we take a closer look at some of the newly released comedy-related books worth checking out this month. When it began in 1996, The Daily Show was nothing like what it would become. Hosted by Craig Kilborn, the show dealt mostly with light ente... [Read More]
Fall Comedy Reads: ‘The Daily Show (The Book)’
Welcome to our Fall Comedy Reads series, where we take a closer look at some of the newly released comedy-related books worth checking out this month. When it began in 1996, The Daily Show was nothing like what it would become. Hosted by Craig Kilborn, the show dealt mostly with light ente... [Read More]
Innovation and Catharsis Make Judah Friedlander’s Netflix Special Stand Out
Generally speaking, when we hear the phrase “standup special,” we think of an individual performance. A comic gets on stage, and for the next 60-90 minutes, we watch them masterfully weave between bits of material, ideally keeping the crowd captivated the entire time. Chris Rock’s ... [Read More]
Fall Comedy Reads: Budd Friedman’s ‘The Improv’
Welcome to our Fall Comedy Reads series, where we take a closer look at some of the newly released comedy-related books worth checking out this month. Budd Friedman loves celebrities. This point is driven home multiple times throughout his memoir/“oral history,” The Improv... [Read More]
Fall Comedy Reads: Budd Friedman’s ‘The Improv’
Welcome to our Fall Comedy Reads series, where we take a closer look at some of the newly released comedy-related books worth checking out this month. Budd Friedman loves celebrities. This point is driven home multiple times throughout his memoir/“oral history,” The Improv... [Read More]