What it’s like to work as a woman in late-night TV comedy in 2018
You don’t have to be Nell Scovell to know the gender ratio is and always has been rather bleak for hiring women to write for late-night TV talk shows. Although Scovell, one of the rare women hired to write for David Letterman over multiple decades, certainly has crunched all of the numbers. St... [Read More]
American comedy acts at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival
It only seems like there are a million other shows happening in Edinburgh each August. In fact, this month, the Ed Fringe is only hosting 3,781 different shows. Of those, only about show up in the filtered results for comedy from the United States. So if you’re looking for an American act, or ... [Read More]
Ariella Segal Is Redefining the One-Woman Show
One-person shows are usually characterized by a string of character pieces, appreciated (or bemoaned) by a collection of live humans who must sit in their seats for at least a half hour, lest they be perceived as rude by the Bumble date that brought them there. Ariella Segal is c... [Read More]
HBO renews “Ballers” for a third season
Following the return of the hit show for its second season on July 17th, HBO has renewed the comedy series Ballers for a third season, it was announced today by Casey Bloys, president, HBO Programming. “Dwayne Johnson, Stephen Levinson, Mark Wahlberg and the rest of the Ballers team have once ... [Read More]
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Laughter and the art of survival
I just finished watching Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt for a third time on Netflix, and I’m having some feelings about it. Namely, wow. They really did it. They managed to make a sitcom with a central premise that revolves around a victim of kidnapping and abuse. Yup, that actually happened. And t... [Read More]
How Improv Helps Television's Best Comedy Writers
by Megh Wright The best comedy lives in the moment, and improvisation is as in-the-moment as it gets. Improv proves you can create great comedy on the spot by listening, taking big chances, and working alongside a team, which is probably why the writing staffs of most television comedies today count... [Read More]
Stephen Colbert, Allison Janney Join Voice Cast of 'Mr. Peabody & Sherman'
Stephen Colbert and Allison Janney have signed up for DreamWorks Animation's Mr. Peabody & Sherman, based on the iconic cartoon series. Also joining the project are Ellie Kemper (Bridesmaids, The Office), Ariel Winter (Modern Family) and Stephen Tobolowsky (Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, Californication). [Read More]