Andy Samberg and Chris Hardwick Unwrap Web Comedy in Wired Q&A
For Wired's Humor Issue, Andy Samberg discusses web comedy with Chris Hardwick of The Nerdist, exploring the intricacies of how to deliver a dick in a box unto the people. Samberg reminisces how Lonely Island started making videos on the cheap, his SNL audition, and how a YouTube video of Jay Pharaoh's celebrity impressions basically got him hired. While the emergence of the internet has vastly complicated issues of copyright/ getting paid for your work, Samberg maintains that some things remain... [Read More]
Q. and A. With Tina Fey | NY Times
I learned, if you are ever in a position where you are asserting yourself as the boss, you’re dead. It’s like, if you’re ever in a restaurant saying, “do you know who I am?” No. The answer is no. “I’m the mom!” Like, no. You’re already dead in the water. [Read More]
Interview: Gallery Show co-creator Leslie Winchester
The Comedy Gallery is a brand new show combining the visual arts and the comedic arts into one big goopy mess. On display will be drawings of comedians by the lovely and talented Leslie Winchester as well as photographs of comedians by Ameen Belbahri. The Comedy Gallery takes place Monday April 18th at the 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco, CA. The show will also feature performances by Baron Vaughn, Kris Tinkle, Jules Posner, Janine Brito, Brendan Lynch, Joe Gorman, and special guests. We caug... [Read More]
Norm MacDonald Discusses His New Sports Show, Twitter and Making Movies |
"I don't like movies, because you're all alone and a guy puts a camera in your face and tells you what emotions to do or something. Which is great for an actor. Especially with comedies, you go, "Geez I don't think it's funny." The director's like, "No, no, don't worry about it." And I'm like, "Really?" If you're in front of a crowd you find out instantly if it's funny. With a movie you have to wait a year and a half and then they say, "That wasn't funny." And you're like, "I didn't think it was... [Read More]
Talking Happy Endings and NTSF:SD:SUV with Adam Pally
Adam Pally has been a writer and performer in the UCB scene on both coasts for a long time now, but he's got one of his first big roles debuting tonight, as Max in ABC's Happy Endings. In addition, he's also been writing for Paul Scheer's upcoming Adult Swim show NTSF:SD:SUV with writing partner Gil Ozeri (who you may remember as the guy who watched all of Two and a Half Men straight). SplitSider talked to him about working with a Wayans, playing a gay character as a straight guy, and the extrem... [Read More]
Donald Glover Is More Talented Than You: The comedian/writer/emo rapper is on a collision course with stardom | Village Voice
Ten years ago, "I Am Donald" could never have happened. Handlers and brand managers may have allowed a guy who played a lovable character on a popular mainstream network TV show to perform hardcore, dirty-mouth stand-up, and even dirtier emo-rap—but they would have insisted he do it all on a separate stage. But the transparency and immediacy of the Web makes it possible for Glover to avoid cutting his talent into tiny pieces for his different audiences. In a sense, he has spun the TV-personality... [Read More]
Three questions with comedian Sam Morril, winner of the Laughing Skull Comedy Fest competition
If you haven’t read out our recap of Atlanta’s Laughing Skull Comedy Festival that went down last week, go here. During our time there, we chatted with a few comics, one of which was winner of the marquee event of the fest– the four... [Read More]
Norm MacDonald on bombing, returning to tv and what it takes to be truly original
"It’s interesting. Because the funny thing about it is, you don’t ever intend to bomb. You’re trying your best to make people laugh; then if you fail, they hate you. But your intent’s the same. It’s not like you’re trying to do evil to them. Like, if a fucking singer is bad, you just listen to his stupid song; you don’t start yelling at him. Or you wait for the next song. But as a fucking stand-up, you could kill for 20 minutes, but four minutes, you bomb, you’re dead." [Read More]
Proops, Stiles, Mochrie and Kinney talk up reuniting for Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza
We never did find out Whose Line Is It Anyway? But the gang's all back together again to perform short-form improv games, only this time they're on a big Vegas resort stage (at the MGM Grand) and it's all for Drew Carey's Improv-A... [Read More]
Interview: Who are you, Reggie Watts?
What Reggie really is: a reminder that labels and categories too often distract us from just enjoying art. It’s something to keep in mind while listening to Watts’ latest release Live At Third Man Records. And the way this album was created and is being distributed is almost as telling as the music itself. [Read More]