Fall Comedy Reads: ‘Jack Benny and the Golden Age of American Radio Comedy’
Welcome to our Fall Comedy Reads series, where we take a closer look at some of the newly released comedy-related books worth checking out this month. In 1937, while visiting Los Angeles, British journalist Austin J. Putnam described the “Seven Wonders of Hollywood.” His list included re... [Read More]
Netflix Renews ‘American Vandal’ for a Second Season
More American Vandal is in the works. According to Variety, Netflix handed out a season 2 renewal to Dan Perrault and Tony Yacenda’s mockumentary series today, which will consist of 8 episodes and debut sometime next year. The Funny or Die-produced series premiered its first season last month.... [Read More]
Netflix’s ‘American Vandal’ Is More Than a One-Note Dick Joke
American Vandal promises satire that will puncture the self-importance of Netflix’s own entries in the true crime genre, like Making a Murderer and The Keepers. By moving the setting to a high school in California and making the central crime 27 spray-painted dicks, American Vandal seemed pois... [Read More]
Talking True Crime Satire with ‘American Vandal’ Showrunner Dan Lagana
From Serial to binge-demanding TV series like The Jinx and Making a Murderer, the true crime doc format has become a national phenomenon that immediately sucks us in and then spits us out eight hours later with endless debates about whodunit. Though these are serious topics that would often demand a... [Read More]
This week on TV: American Vandal asks, “who drew the dicks?”
The time has come for a new Netflix series that we’ve been eagerly anticipating for a while now and that’s… MORE This week on TV: American Vandal asks, “who drew the dicks?” appeared first on The Laugh Button.... [Read More]
Jack Black and Richard Linklater on their unlikely partnership on 2003’s feel-good hit, School of Rock
Scott Rudin needed to persuade both star Jack Black and director Richard Linklater that Linklater was the right choice to direct 2003’s film, School of Rock. As these new interviews for an American Masters documentary on Linklater prove 14 years later. “At first we were like, that doesn&... [Read More]
David Wain Has Plenty More ‘Wet Hot’ Stories to Tell
David Wain is a true believer in the idea that limitations are the mother of invention. That was certainly true of Wet Hot American Summer, Wain’s feature directorial debut, in which it rained nearly every day and featured a cast and crew who were also movie first-timers for the most part. Tho... [Read More]
ABC Announces Fall Premiere Dates for ‘Speechless,’ ‘Black-ish,’ ‘The Mayor,’ and More
ABC just announced its fall premiere date lineup, including return dates for The Goldbergs, Modern Family, Speechless, The Middle, Fresh Off the Boat, American Housewife, and Black-ish as well as the series premiere date for the new comedy The Mayor. On hold for midseason are new comedies Alex, Inc.... [Read More]
Michael Showalter and Stephen Colbert share a sketch from their short-lived 1999 show “Random Play”
Two offbeat sketch show veterans reunited last night on The Late Show when Stella alum Michael Showalter joined host Stephen Colbert, who… MORE Michael Showalter and Stephen Colbert share a sketch from their short-lived 1999 show “Random Play” appeared first on The ... [Read More]
Taking American Sign Language Comedy to the Mainstream Masses
Standing in line on the sidewalk in front of the Nuyorican Poets Café is usually a time of sensory overload. The performance space, located in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, is best known for raucous poetry slams, and while you wait to get in on an ordinary Friday night, you knock elbows w... [Read More]