Best of 2014: Best comedy festivals
If you look not very hard you can find yourself a comedy festival pretty much any weekend in the country. Some are new to the scene looking to make a splash with their local scene while some have all the A-list comedic talent you could find. Being spread all around this great nation, our staff [&hel... [Read More]
Best of 2014: Best live stand-up moment
One of the most important parts of stand-up comedy is seeing it live in clubs with other people in a collective moment. We’ve all heard a story about Rock or C.K. dropping in unannounced one night at the Cellar, or everyone collecting at The Comedy Store after midnight for a Sam Kinison set. T... [Read More]
Baring all onstage: The Naked Comedy Show goes all the way in Long Island City
Sharing your honest self onstage as a comedian gets a lot more honest once you've not only shed any persona, alter ego, reputation or gimmick you use, but also every ounce of clothing you normally cover yourself with to further enhance whatever brand you want the audience to perceive. So if you real... [Read More]
The Long-Running Sitcoms We Lost in 2014
by Harry Waksberg Today, a sitcom making it to a second season is as notable as another return to Gilligan’s Island. Here, we pay tribute to some sitcoms we lost in 2014 that lasted longer than three seasons, and offer some options for those grieving their passing. How I Met Your Mother When ... [Read More]
Best of 2014: Best sketchs of the year
Sketch comedy hit a high mark in 2014. As stalwarts like Saturday Night Live continue to evolve with the times, newer sketch shows are beginning to hit their stride, while freshman ones just hit the block. So with that TLB staff got together to list their favorite sketches of the year. Inside Amy Sc... [Read More]
The Comedy Legends We Lost in 2014
by Erica Lies We lost several funny people of note in 2014, but the year was a real doozy for comedy legends in particular, including writer/directors, TV announcers, critical mentors, and legendary performers we grew up watching. Many of the people below had careers so vast and influential that the... [Read More]
Saturday Night's Children: 2014 in Review
by Megh Wright After three and a half years of highlighting the lives and work of SNL cast members, Saturday Night's Children finally wrapped up its run on Splitsider this year. From January to November, we took a look back at 22 former SNLers including original Not Ready for Prime Time Players John... [Read More]
Best of 2014: Best late night stand-up sets
We watch a lot of late night television ’round these parts. A large reason is because comedians get the chance to drop in an do a tight 5 for the late night audience. This year we saw so many great comedians make late night debuts or solidify their stance as comedy pros. Here are staff [&helli... [Read More]
The 7 Best DIY-ish Comedy Albums of 2014
by Eddie Brawley This is a collection of the best comedy albums I heard this year that aren’t by like huge rich comics like Jim Gaffigan or Aziz Ansari. Not that there’s anything wroooong with that, just every end-of-the-year list kind of ends up being the same thing and leaving out a lo... [Read More]
2014's Most Memorable Late Night Moments
by Megh Wright It's been a truly momentous year for the late night talk show circuit with Letterman and Leno announcing their retirement from their longtime posts, creating a veritable mosaic puzzle of moving host pieces including the start of new eras at The Tonight Show and Late Night, a round of ... [Read More]