Review: “The Last Laugh” documentary explores humor, the Holocaust and taboos
The Last Laugh opens with a quote onscreen from the noted non-comedian, German novelist Heinrich Mann, who wrote: “Whoever has cried enough, laughs.” Mann fled Nazi Germany while Hitler’s soldiers burned his books in public. The documentary then cuts to a Nazi-uniformed figure... [Read More]
Review: “The Last Laugh” documentary explores humor, the Holocaust and taboos
The Last Laugh opens with a quote onscreen from the noted non-comedian, German novelist Heinrich Mann, who wrote: “Whoever has cried enough, laughs.” Mann fled Nazi Germany while Hitler’s soldiers burned his books in public. The documentary then cuts to a Nazi-uniformed figure... [Read More]
Your guide to the 2016 New York Comedy Festival
Everybody loves a comedy festival. And in this year of 2016, it doesn't just feel as though every city has its own comedy festival, because not only do they, but oftentimes, several cities have recruited all-star comedy lineups to their region on the same weekend. And New York City can feel like a c... [Read More]
Your guide to the 2016 New York Comedy Festival
Everybody loves a comedy festival. And in this year of 2016, it doesn't just feel as though every city has its own comedy festival, because not only do they, but oftentimes, several cities have recruited all-star comedy lineups to their region on the same weekend. And New York City can feel like a c... [Read More]
Conan O’Brien, other comedians and colleagues remember Garry Shandling
The shocking sudden death of Garry Shandling shook up the comedy community, with many comedians owing more than debts of gratitude to the 66-year-old. Conan O'Brien devoted much of his monologue and early program of Thursday's Conan to talking about Shandling. A GQ profile of Shandling in 2010 opens... [Read More]
Alan Zweibel in conversation with Martin Short at the 92Y
In case you missed it, Alan Zweibel sat down with Martin Short for the better part of an hour last month at the 92Y in New York City to discuss their comedy careers. Mostly Zweibel's, but there's also a bit of backstory for who inspired Short to create the characters of Ed Grimley and Nathan [&helli... [Read More]
The Friars Club celebrated in PBS “Treasures of New York”
Enjoy this Throwback Thursday with a look back across a century of laughs and comedian-on-comedian ribbing as PBS premieres a new half-hour documentary on The Friars Club as part of the "Treasures of New York" series. The special debuts at 10 tonight on WLIW21, and 10 p.m. Friday on WNET-THIRTEEN. I... [Read More]
Saturday Night's Children: Alan Zweibel (1979-1980)
by Megh Wright Saturday Night Live has been home to over a hundred cast members throughout the past 38 years. In our column Saturday Night’s Children, we present the history, talent, and best sketches of one SNL cast member every other week for your viewing, learning, and laughing pleasure. Th... [Read More]
When Jon Lovitz Performed an Original Play on Live TV
by Ramsey Ess The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny p... [Read More]
HBO to air Billy Crystal’s “700 Sundays” in 2014
If you feel like you've missed out already on Billy Crystal's revival of his one-man show on Broadway, 700 Sundays, then don't worry so long as you have HBO in 2014. The autobiographical show -- written by Crystal along with Alan Zweibel -- returned to Broadway last month and runs through Jan. 5, 20... [Read More]