How Spalding Gray Moved Standup Comedy Beyond Jokes
This past August, a number of Spalding Gray monologues and more became available on Howl Premium. They are joined with a number of familiar podcasts on that network, including the Earwolf and Wolfpop archives, made up mostly of standup comics’ podcasts. Gray makes an auspicious addition to thi... [Read More]
Seth Meyers Is Delivering His ‘Late Night’ Monologue Weekend Update-Style Now
In case you missed last night’s Late Night, Seth Meyers decided to try a new approach with his opening monologue. Rather than deliver jokes in the traditional standup format like Jimmy Fallon, Conan O’Brien, James Corden, and Jimmy Kimmel, Meyers mixed things up by delivering the monolog... [Read More]
SNL’s 40th season finale monologue from host Louis C.K.
The mild racism bit is going to resonate and go over well. The Israel and Palestine stuff will push a lot of buttons and get you some blowback but you know that already. And you're really going to close with the child molester bit? Wow. That's what I told Louis CK after watching him test out his mon... [Read More]
Summer Reads: Comedy Writing for Late-Night TV, by Joe Toplyn
Any time is a good time to pick up a book, but summertime sure feels like the right time to lounge poolside or on the beach, or anywhere you feel most comfortable, really, with a great read to pass the carefree day away. On weekends this summer, The Comic's Comic will showcase an excerpt from a wort... [Read More]
Nina Millin brings new power to Beyonce lyrics in “The Beyoncelogues”
Everybody knows Beyonce, Bey, Queen B, Destiny’s favorite child. She’s an amazing lyricist and a powerful force in music, but actress Nina Millin makes her words resonate on another level in The Beyoncelogues. In a new web-series launched this week, Millin takes classic Beyonce songs and... [Read More]
The Results Are In: Leno's Biggest Joke Targets Were Bill Clinton and O.J. Simpson
by Megh Wright Leno only has two more Tonight Show episodes left to host, so George Mason University's Center for Media and Public Affairs took it upon themselves to analyze all 43,892 monologue jokes Leno's told on the show between its premiere on May 25, 1992 and the January 24, 2014 episode. What... [Read More]
The Results Are In: Leno's Biggest Joke Targets Were Bill Clinton and O.J. Simpson
by Megh Wright Leno only has two more Tonight Show episodes left to host, so George Mason University's Center for Media and Public Affairs took it upon themselves to analyze all 43,892 monologue jokes Leno's told on the show between its premiere on May 25, 1992 and the January 24, 2014 episode. What... [Read More]
Watch Joel McHale and Dan Harmon's Creative Arts Emmy Awards Monologue
by Bradford Evans Joel McHale and Community creator Dan Harmon performed the opening monologue for The Creative Arts Emmy Awards, which aired on FXX Saturday and took place a week earlier. Here's their Ricky Gervais-style monologue, which is worthy of an Emmy itself. 0 Comments... [Read More]
Amy Poehler and Stephen Merchant Interrupted Jimmy Kimmel's Monologue Last Night
by Bradford Evans Amy Poehler and Stephen Merchant were Jimmy Kimmel's guests last night, and they both interrupted his monologue by impatiently calling him from their dressing rooms to ask when they get to go on the show/ask for spray butter. Check out Amy Poehler and Stephen Merchant's interviews... [Read More]