Let's Talk About SNL's Diversity Problem
by Erik Voss Kenan Thompson has been taking a lot of heat this week for a comment he made in a TV Guide interview about SNL's lack of a black female cast member, despite the recent hiring of six white performers. Following Jay Pharoah's rather blunt remark to theGrio that "They need to pay attention... [Read More]
 
Why People Get Obsessed: The Religion of Improv
by Will Hines A cult. A philosophy. A religion. These are the terms people use to describe improv. The casual outsider would be amazed at how intensely some people view improv. It’s just a way to make jokes, right? Or a some guidelines for brainstorming together in public? Well, yes, it is tho... [Read More]
 
“On The Cusp, Off The Cuff,” a documentary film about improv comedians in NYC and the UCB
Improv. Say that one word in comedy circles and you'll see a multitude of reactions. OK. Mostly likely one of three: Love. Hate. Indifference. Or maybe even something that's along the spectrum that connects those three. Who decides to pursue a life or career in improv comedy, what are their motivati... [Read More]
 
NYC improv groups performing late-night commercial spots for Lexus LIVE during Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Last night's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon kicked off an ambitious, weird experiment in advertising that's both old-school #tbt-worthy, whilst also modern enough to throw in all of the social media that goes with using a hashtag and an acronym like #tbt. For four consecutive Thursday nights, Lexus is... [Read More]
 
Ian Roberts on running “one of the really good TV sketch shows,” Comedy Central’s Key & Peele
Comedy Central’s sketch comedy series, Key & Peele, returns for its third-season premiere tonight. From the start of each premise, through a wonderful job of heightening and tight closing buttons to sketches, it's simply great comedy. And the tremendous onscreen chemistry between lead... [Read More]
 
The Inspiring Kay Cannon On Being A Writer
Kay Cannon, the Emmy-nominated writer and producer for “30 Rock,” co-executive producer for “New Girl” and screenplay writer of the hit movie Pitch Perfect is not only driven and talented, she’s beautiful [...]Author informationMonique MadridWest Coast Editor ... [Read More]
 
Talking to Matt Walsh and Matt Besser About the New UCB Book, Improv, and the Future of UCB
by Bradford Evans Since longform improvisation was created by Del Close in the 1980s, there hasn't been a book on the art form as thorough as the Upright Citizen Brigade Theatre's new improv textbook. Co-written by UCB co-founders Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh (Amy Poehler receives a "Spe... [Read More]
 
Matt Besser: UCB Comedy Improv Manual (Interview)
Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh, three of the four founders of Upright Citizens Brigade, just released  The Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Improvisation Manual.  One of the goals of this book, according to Matt Besser in an interview with AmericasComedy.com, was “that you d... [Read More]
 
Brooklyn Comedy Fest: Very Funny Characters Welcome Who Know Comedy
At a bar called “The Flat,” The Brooklyn Comedy Festival hosted “Very Funny Characters Welcome Who Know Comedy” on Thursday night. The bar had a very classic Brooklyn vibe to it, very dimly lit and a little crowded. As the night went on, the bar became more and more full. Tho... [Read More]
 
Here Are Your 4 New 'SNL' Featured Players
by Bradford Evans Deadline is reporting that SNL has four top candidates to add to the cast as featured players for the fall. While NBC has yet to announce the news, the report says that Beck Bennett, John Milhiser, Kyle Mooney, and Noël Wells are "heavily rumored to land the coveted SNL&n... [Read More]