This Week in Comedy Podcasts: ‘Comedy Bang! Bang!’ Womps It Up
The comedy podcast universe is ever expanding, not unlike the universe universe. We’re here to make it a bit smaller, a bit more manageable. There are a lot of great shows and each has a lot of great episodes, so we want to highlight the exceptional, the noteworthy. Each week our crack team of... [Read More]
Inside ‘The Big Sick’ with Kumail Nanjiani
After years of outstanding ensemble work in acclaimed television series like Silicon Valley, Portlandia, and Burning Love —as well as unforgettable scene-stealing cameos in films like Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates and Central Intelligence — comedian Kumail Nanjiani has been long overd... [Read More]
Why Seeso Is Worth Saving
Last Friday, it was revealed that Seeso, the comedy-oriented streaming site owned by NBCUniversal, was issuing a series of layoffs. If that weren’t troubling enough, it was also revealed that the service had yet to accumulate an impressive number of subscribers, currently operating in the low ... [Read More]
Why Seeso Is Worth Saving
Last Friday, it was revealed that Seeso, the comedy-oriented streaming site owned by NBCUniversal, was issuing a series of layoffs. If that weren’t troubling enough, it was also revealed that the service had yet to accumulate an impressive number of subscribers, currently operating in the low ... [Read More]
Here Are Two Vastly Different, Similarly Fun Videos
What do Jared Kushner and a trio of Greasers have in common? Yes, loved ones who obsessively groom their ridiculous hair but also: this week’s column! We’ve highlighted two contributions that don’t seem to share much DNA at surface level. Upon digging a little d... [Read More]
Emily V. Gordon Wants to Make You Laugh and Cry at the Same Time
Author, producer, screenwriter, and GWAR fan Emily V. Gordon is no stranger to the philosophical principle that comedy equals tragedy plus time. And not just because she traffics in the business of being funny, although that certainly helps. Gordon, years before she became a successful author (Super... [Read More]
What It’s Like to Take Steve Martin’s Comedy MasterClass
You must have seen it: the commercial/trailer for “Steve Martin Teaches Comedy.” Facebook tells me it surfaced in early March, when my brother excitedly posted it to my wall. And it was quite the trailer to be sure, with its lush production values, zippy pacing, and promise of quality&nb... [Read More]
The Many Faces of Rory Scovel
Rory Scovel’s newest hour, entitled Rory Scovel Tries Stand-Up for the First Time, dropped today on Netflix. If you haven’t watched it yet, please bookmark this article and come back after you’ve seen it because this is the kind of special that is best viewed with little to no adva... [Read More]
The ‘Deadpool’ Episode of ‘Hollywood Handbook’ Is Roughly a Million Times Funnier Than ‘Deadpool’
Pod-Canon is an ongoing tribute to the greatest individual comedy-related podcast episodes of all time. I finally caught up with the zeitgeist-capturing surprise blockbuster Deadpool for the Lukewarm Takes column on my website, and though I enjoyed it for the most part, it most assuredly did not liv... [Read More]
Why ‘Psych’s Love Letter to ‘Twin Peaks’ Needs to Be Watched Now More Than Ever
‘Structurally Sound’ is a recurring feature where each week a different structurally unusual, rule-breaking anomaly of an episode from a comedy series is examined. “What’s good?” “How about a cup of the best piping hot apple cider on this side of the Mississippi a... [Read More]