Comedy Central programming chief Kent Alterman reflects on his career path, that of Comedy Central comedians
In case you missed it on the original audio podcast earlier this month, you now can watch Kent Alterman, Comedy Central's president of original programming, speak for 73 minutes with Andy Greenwald of Grantland about Alterman's career arc. Alterman met Amy Poehler and the founding four of the U... [Read More]
Improv as Practical Life Advice
by Will Hines When you ask people to think of reasons why someone took an improv class for the first time you get answers like “I wanted to do something fun” or “I’m a huge comedy fan” or “I wanted to be able to think on my feet more for my job.” (Side note:... [Read More]
Where are they now? Where will they be someday? New York City improvisers captured in The Mug Shot Journals
Keith Huang studied improvisation at The People's Improv Theater and trained at New York City's other two primary theatrical homes for improv comedy in the 21st century: The UCB and The Magnet. Huang later became an instructor at The PIT, house team performer there, and since 2012, served as The PIT... [Read More]
Rob Riggle compares “broken toys” of stand-up to “team” of improvisation on The Pete Holmes Show
In this conversation on The Pete Holmes Show, Holmes recalls first meeting Rob Riggle at Comix (RIP), a comedy club in New York City. Back then, Riggle was a correspondent on The Daily Show, but also known more as an improviser or sketch comedy player than as a stand-up. Riggle here tells Holmes abo... [Read More]
The Live Read – Space Jam Starring Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan
(Source: Flickr / Liezl Estipona) The comedy world might have just gained two (physically) huge stars. Los Angeles Clippers Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan appeared at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles to take part in a live table read of the 1996 classic film, Space Jam. The Live... [Read More]
Talking to Matt Walsh About His New Improvised Film, ‘Veep’, and More
by Jenny Nelson One of the founders of the UCB Theatre and a friendly face in the comedy ecosystem, Matt Walsh returns to TV April 6th when Veep premieres its third season on HBO. In addition to Veep, Walsh has a number of other interesting projects up his sleeve including a role in the found-footag... [Read More]
“Space Jam” table read with Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and comedians at the UCB Theatre in Los Angeles
So, this happened at the UCB Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday night. A table reading of the screenplay for Space Jam, the 1996 film that starred Michael Jordan with the Looney Tunes animated characters that fictionalized Jordan's retirement from the NBA and his comeback -- on film, joining Bugs... [Read More]
Matt Walsh raises money for “A Better You,” talks about the funny freedom of improvised movies
Everything is connected by pizza. Or karma. Mostly karma. No matter what you believe in the nature of coincidences, karma and pizza, believe this: Matt Walsh brought his new improvised comedy film, A Better You, to Indiegogo and not Kickstarter or anywhere else for help crowd-sourcing his ... [Read More]
The Chris Gethard Show, South by Southwest
“Last call for Hepatitus C!” Shannon O’Neill announced from the sold-out crowd as audience members lined up to dip spoons into the gray plastic tub overflowing with 20 gallons of ice cream, a couple dozen toppings and the nude, shivering host of The Chris Gethard Show. The self-des... [Read More]
South by Southwest Comedy
Attendee response to the first day of comedy programming at Austin’s 2014 South by Southwest Interactive/Film/Music Festival proved one thing undeniably: comedy personalities and projects are garnering more mainstream attention and attracting larger fanbases than ever before. By early afternoo... [Read More]