Going Inside the TV Comedy Machine with Andy Richter
Andy Richter is professionally nice. He got his start playing sweetest dad in the game Mike Brady in The Real Live Brady Bunch and just got more convivial from there. From 1993-2007, and then from 2009 to today, Richter has been softening the edges of Conan O’Brien—first on Late Night, t... [Read More]
Going Inside the TV Comedy Machine with Andy Richter
Andy Richter is professionally nice. He got his start playing sweetest dad in the game Mike Brady in The Real Live Brady Bunch and just got more convivial from there. From 1993-2007, and then from 2009 to today, Richter has been softening the edges of Conan O’Brien—first on Late Night, t... [Read More]
Talking Faith, Standup, and Season 2 of ‘Crashing’ with Pete Holmes
As a verb, Crashing — the title of comedian Pete Holmes’s semi-autobiographical HBO series — took on multiple conceptual connotations throughout season 1. Our protagonist Pete, a naïve and sheltered evangelical Christian, watched his life come crashing down after discover... [Read More]
Catching Up with Anjelah Johnson
When I caught up with Anjelah Johnson she was at her home in LA, getting ready to head to the Bay Area to spend Christmas with her family before doing a stretch of eight New Year’s weekend shows at Tommy T’s Comedy Club in Pleasanton, just 25 minutes from where she grew up. For Johnson, ... [Read More]
Inside ‘Alone Together’ with Esther Povitsky and Benji Aflalo
In the opening scene of the pilot episode of Alone Together, a new comedy produced by The Lonely Island, a guy picks up a girl from her one-night stand and they talk about getting “smashed,” the walk of shame, and Boko Haram. There’s nothing entirely unusual about that for a cable ... [Read More]
Laurie Kilmartin’s Book ‘Dead People Suck’ Is Out Next Month
Standup, podcaster, and Conan writer Laurie Kilmartin has a new book out next month. Titled Dead People Suck: A Guide for Survivors of the Newly Departed, the book is described as an “honest, irreverent, laugh-out-loud guide to coping with death and dying” and is inspired by her experien... [Read More]
Laurie Kilmartin’s Book ‘Dead People Suck’ Is Out Next Month
Standup, podcaster, and Conan writer Laurie Kilmartin has a new book out next month. Titled Dead People Suck: A Guide for Survivors of the Newly Departed, the book is described as an “honest, irreverent, laugh-out-loud guide to coping with death and dying” and is inspired by her experien... [Read More]
Marianne Ways: Comedy Booker, Producer, and Consultant Extraordinaire
Over the years, Littlefield in Brooklyn has become a go-to spot for Monday night comedy in New York. It was once the home of Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal’s Hot Tub before the duo moved the show to LA. Night Train with Wyatt Cenac then filled the spot with a show that The New York [&helli... [Read More]
Behind the Camera with Lawrence Sher
Comedy movie directors may not get as much credit as they deserve. Yes, there is Judd Apatow and Todd Phillips, but how many people could name the director of Tommy Boy (Peter Segal) or Wedding Crashers (David Dobkin) or Superbad (Greg Mottola)? And how does one even become a comedy film director to... [Read More]
Talking Storytelling and Standup with Selena Coppock
It’s a great time to be a standup with both a killer persona and writing chops, and Selena Coppock knows a lot about both. The Massachusetts native currently lives in New York City and has spent years performing at standup and storytelling events like The Moth and Yum’s the Word as well ... [Read More]