The Johnny Carson Comeback Special That Never Was
by Ramsey Ess On Mark Malkoff’s wonderful Carson Podcast, several guests have been asked about why they believe that when Johnny said goodbye on May 22, 1992 he never returned to television in any substantial form. Several of them say that Johnny cited Bob Hope as the inspiration behind his de... [Read More]
Comics of Comedy, a graphic design project by Bill Dawson
Bill Dawson is a graphic designer by trade. Corporate logos, fonts and brand design communications are his game, as creative director of XK9. But earlier this month, Dawson set his mind to a more personal project that allows him to have fun. He calls it "Comics of Comedy." His computer ill... [Read More]
SNL 40: Steve Martin catches Martin Short ‘doing Coke’ backstage (PHOTO)
In what could have been the most apt maneuver of Sunday’s Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special, Martin Short decided to do a little Coke backstage, maybe hoping to settle his jangled nerves before performing. Unfortunately for him – but fortunately for us – old pal Steve Ma... [Read More]
'SNL 40' Review: The Stars Come Home
by Erik Voss After 40 years, Saturday Night Live may be the only remaining "watercooler comedy" that everyone still has something to say about. Whether it's "The first five years were the best," or "Bring back Victoria Jackson!" (just kidding, no one says that), we all have our ... [Read More]
Shout! Factory TV launches new streaming entertainment site
Shout! Factory TV launched today as a new free streaming service offering cult comedy favorites, from stand-up specials to sitcoms to movies, all available on your computer, cell phone, tablet or TV (via Roku app). The programming comes culled and curated from the company's Shout! Factory, as well a... [Read More]
Steve Martin Will Receive the AFI Life Achievement Award Next Year
by Megh Wright The American Film Institute announced today that it's chosen Steve Martin as its annual Life Achievement Award recipient. Martin will make the second comedian to receive the award since its inception in 1973 following Mel Brooks in 2013. The award will be presented to Martin at the AF... [Read More]
Steve Martin named next recipient of AFI Lifetime Achievement Award
The Jerk is getting an award. According to Deadline, Steve Martin will receive the prestigious AFI Lifetime Achievement Award next summer. The event will air on TNT on June 4th. Often these awards go to actors and directors (of which Martin is one), but it is a rare occasion some is recognized mainl... [Read More]
The 20 Greatest Standup Specials of All Time
by John Wenzel Modern standup has been around in one form or another since vaudeville, but it’s only been since the late ‘70s that the standup special has gained traction as the crowning achievement of a successful comic. Fortunately, the beginnings of the standup special were as fertile... [Read More]