'SNL' Review: Melissa McCarthy and a Farewell to Seth Meyers
by Erik Voss Some episodes of SNL are bigger than the host. For example, this season's premiere spotlighted the show's record six new cast members, while host Tina Fey shone in serviceable roles, like her pep talk to Cecily Strong in the latter's first time co-hosting Weekend Update. Similarly, last... [Read More]
Above Average Launches Two New Shows
by Bradford Evans Above Average, the YouTube channel of Lorne Michaels's company Broadway Video, just debuted two new web series this week. The first (above) is called That Couple You Know and it was created by Mike Scollins and Emily Altman. The second (below) is Charles, Your Hangover, written an... [Read More]
Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld's "Mysterious Project" Is a Broadway Play
by Megh Wright During his Reddit AMA last week, Jerry Seinfeld hinted at an upcoming collaboration with Larry David. "We wrote this script for this thing that you will eventually see but I can't reveal what it is at this time," he said. "All I can do is tell you that it's big, huge, gigantic." While... [Read More]
The Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show: Space Suit/Broadway Costume Production
by Jeff Rubin This week on The Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show, Jeff is joined by Kari Love, a former Broadway costume producer who now helps build prototype space suits for commercial use, and for space tourists to go into space with. They talk about how she got started on Broadway, what it was like wor... [Read More]
SNL’s Vanessa Bayer offers up media coaching in new web series ‘Sound Advice’
Saturday Night Live cast member Vanessa Bayer has a new web series, Sound Advice. In it, she portrays the character Janessa Slater, a media coach who works with bands. But is her help really that sound? Probably not. In the first episode of the series, the band FUN. comes in for some media coaching.... [Read More]
The Muppets consider re-taking Manhattan with Broadway musical
On May 31, over 85 Muppets convened at the New Amsterdam Theater to put on a proof-of-concept show for Disney Theater Productions, performing existing material under the direction of Alex Timbers (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, The Pee-Wee Herman Show). Initial audience reaction wasn't terrific, as two unnamed elderly critics declared it “wasn’t half-bad—it was all bad!” before chortling to themselves. [Read More]
Supreme Court to rule on whether comedian can keep his job as a judge
Vince August has been a well-established comedian for years, working as a warm-up comic for the Daily Show with Jon Stewart and as a regular performer at Carolines on Broadway, one of the most respected comedy venues in the country. During the same t... [Read More]
CBS Sunday Morning revisits the Catskills “Borscht Belt” era in comedy
In the 1950s and 1960s, the Catskills attracted the crowds and the comedians alike. Several decades later, it's a much different story. CBS Sunday Morning profiled the upstate New York conclave, and how "Borscht Belt" comedy has survived the changes ... [Read More]
Ana Gasteyer lied to Lorne Michaels about her age during Saturday Night Live interview
We’ve all lied on our resumes or job applications. But lying to Lorne Michaels during your Saturday Night Live interview takes some serious balls. But that’s what Ana Gasteyer did before she landed her spot on the iconic show in 1996. In a new interv... [Read More]