Chris Rock Made a Movie About a Comic Who Abandons Comedy for Drama
by Megh Wright Actor and standup Chris Rock's new film Top Five premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival over the weekend to rave reviews, and according to THR, Paramount is already in exclusive talks to buy it for as much as $13 million. In an interview with Indiewire, Rock described th... [Read More]
 
Watch Jim Gaffigan, Tony Hale, Jack McBrayer, and Ellie Kemper in "The Nobodies"
by Megh Wright This week, UCB alums Dusty Brown and Greg Bratman released their new short "The Nobodies," which features the musical comedy duo alongside stars like Jim Gaffigan, Tony Hale, Jack McBrayer, Ellie Kemper, and Tony winner Sutton Foster. According to Indiewire, the short evolved from Bro... [Read More]
 
Is 'Modern Family' Really the Best-Directed Comedy on TV?
by Brad Becker-Parton On Monday night, Gail Mancuso took home the Emmy for “Outstanding Direction for a Comedy Series” for her work the Modern Family season five episode “Las Vegas.” This was Mancuso’s second win in a row and the show’s fourth win in a row in this... [Read More]
 
How Richard Linklater Uses Naturalism to Find Comedy
by Brad Becker-Parton Richard Linklater is having what can probably be considered the most visible period of his career with the release of his highly anticipated and equally regarded Boyhood. This marks the first time that the box office success and critical success of one of his projects coalesced... [Read More]
 
How 'Nathan for You' Brilliantly Blows Up Reality TV
by Brad Becker-Parton Popularized by The Office in the early 2000s, the “mockumentary” format has become the common TV style choice to tell loose, location-based, low-concept, character-driven comedies. However, aside from the interview cutaways and the cheeky Jim Halpert camera looks, s... [Read More]
 
Cat Group [Video]
Cat Group from Jeremiah Watkins and Dude City Films is incredibly silly. Now that you’ve watched it, you should know that Jake Weisman is actually obsessed with cats for real. Like, to the point where I can’t help but wonder if he already had some of these songs written, off in a co... [Read More]
 
Patton Oswalt releases a book about his love of classic films
Comedian Patton Oswalt has released a new book, a memoir of sorts as well as an ode to classic cinema. In “Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film,” Oswalt recounts the time he spent watching film after film at the New Beverly Cinema. Between 1995 and 1999, Osw... [Read More]
 
Chris Rock’s “Top Five,” Jon Stewart’s “Rosewater” both will premiere at 2014 TIFF
The Toronto International Film Festival announced its slate of world premieres, gala screenings and more this morning, and both Jon Stewart's directorial debut as well as Chris Rock's latest both will make their world premieres there this September. Rosewater rose straight from a guest's appearance ... [Read More]
 
Patton Oswalt Has Written a Book About His Addiction to Movies
by Megh Wright Patton Oswalt has a second book in the works. Recently, Amazon posted the pre-order page for his upcoming book titled Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film. Here's the book's official description: New York Times bestselling author, comedian, and actor Patt... [Read More]
 
Robert Kelly’s “Live At The Village Underground” was accepted at The Rhode Island International Film Festival
A few weeks back we had the pleasure of attending the taping of Robert Kelly’s new stand-up special recording live at NYC’s Comedy Cellar at the Village Underground which, as luck would have it, is also the name of the special. Today news broke that that Kelly’s special has been ac... [Read More]