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]
An Excerpt From ‘FUDS: A Complete Encyclofoodia’
by Brian Boone FUDS began in 2012 as a parody menu satirizing the foodie scene, food blogs, and, mostly, pretentious food words. (The menu includes “thick crust stringer chunks,” “crab dorks,” and “sea sucklers towered over a seaweed sleeping bag and calmed with a ... [Read More]
The 7 Best DIY-ish Comedy Albums of 2014
by Eddie Brawley This is a collection of the best comedy albums I heard this year that aren’t by like huge rich comics like Jim Gaffigan or Aziz Ansari. Not that there’s anything wroooong with that, just every end-of-the-year list kind of ends up being the same thing and leaving out a lo... [Read More]
Dan Klein’s “This is Comedy” special
Sometimes alternative comedy isn't alternative at all, but rather an insane looking-glass mirror of what mainstream stand-up comedy is. In Dan Klein's "This is Comedy" special, he could have put the quotations marks anywhere, really. "This" "is" "Comedy" "special." It's an hourlong take on stand-up ... [Read More]
A Russian Broadcasting Company Got Dan Klein's 'This Is Comedy' Special Removed from YouTube
by Megh Wright Earlier this month, comedian Dan Klein released a fantastic collection of standup tropes and clichés in the form of an hourlong special titled This Is Comedy. Last week, however, Klein discovered that YouTube had removed his video due to a copyright claim by a Moscow-based broa... [Read More]
Dan Klein's 'This Is Comedy' Is Both the Best and Worst Standup Special Ever
by Megh Wright Comedian and Funny or Die writer Dan Klein released a brand new standup special today called This Is Comedy, which turns out to be the ultimate hourlong collection of standup's worst clichés. It's all here — mic drops, excessive audience pandering ("You guys like the show... [Read More]
Dan Klein and Don Fanelli Are 'New York Car Guys'
by Bradford Evans Here's "New York Car Guys," a new video starring comedians Dan Klein and Don Fanelli as a pair of New Yorkers both named Joe Formaggino making a video about their obsession with cars. The video's labeled "Episode 1," so it looks like we'll get to see more of these guys. 1 Comment... [Read More]
First look: Montreal’s New Faces Characters, 2013
If the atmosphere at the New Faces Characters showcase at Montreal's Just For Laughs feels a bit more heightened than in years past, it's likely because the opportunities for actors and actresses to break out in sketch comedy roles is that much obvious to both the performers and the industry. W... [Read More]
Pangea 3000, Sketch-Comedy Troupe, on Disbanding | NY Times
The four members of the NYC sketch comedy group Pangea 3000 are going their separate ways, at least for the time being. [Read More]