How 'Parks and Rec' Transcended its Mockumentary Roots
by Brad Becker-Parton NBC’s Parks and Recreation ended its seven-season run Tuesday night and will go down as undoubtedly my favorite sitcom of its era. Created as a spinoff of The Office by writers Greg Daniels and Michael Schur, the first season mostly mimicked that mockumentary style and ev... [Read More]
Watch a Short Film Based on DC Pierson's 'The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To'
by Megh Wright DC Pierson recently teamed up with Community and Mystery Team director Dan Eckman and producer Meggie McFadden to turn his 2010 novel The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To into a movie. In the meantime, they posted a proof-of-concept short today to give an idea of what a f... [Read More]
Tom McCaffrey’s Stand-Up Mocumentary, ‘Adventures in Comedy’ Now Available Online
(via Twitter) by Tina Jett Tom McCaffrey‘s inside look at the trials and tribulations of life as a stand-up comedian is now available for your viewing pleasure on the interwebs. Adventures in Comedy is a truthful account of how the stand-up life can draw you in, dance with you for a littl... [Read More]
2015 Tribeca Film Festival to open with SNL documentary, “Live From New York!”
The 40th Anniversary Saturday Night Live party continues just a little longer. Tribeca Film Festival announced that they will kick off their 2015 festival with an SNL documentary directed by Bao Nguyen. The documentary, based on the 2014 best-selling book, offers a deep and comprehensive look at the... [Read More]
Looking at the Comedy-ish Movies That Premiered at Sundance This Year
by Brad Becker-Parton Sundance 2015, the unofficial film industry new year marker, has come and gone, leaving in its wake as usual a pile of must-see titles, underappreciated gems, and new talent. The quintessential “modern Sundance film” is a quirky indie comedy compiled from equal part... [Read More]
Martin Starr Lives a Slowmo Life in New Short Film 'Leonard in Slow Motion'
by Megh Wright Vice released a new short film this week from writer/director Peter Livolsi called Leonard in Slow Motion, and it's a sweetly sad look at a day in the life of a man (played by Martin Starr) with a rare condition that keeps him stuck in a constant state of slow motion. The short also s... [Read More]
Adam Sandler’s first film for Netflix “Ridiculous 6″ to star Blake Shelton
Adam Sandler is rounding up quite a cast for his film Ridiculous 6 including Blake Shelton who will assume the role of Western lawman Wyatt Earp. Shelton who just recently hosted Saturday Night Live put on display his comedic chops and is up to the billing. Sandler co-wrote the script and ... [Read More]
Watch a Lengthy and Candid Conversation with Tig Notaro and Sarah Silverman
by Megh Wright Comedians Tig Notaro and Sarah Silverman both have projects at the Sundance Film Festival this year — Notaro is the subject of a new documentary called Tig and Silverman stars in a drama called I Smile Back — and The New York Times sat down with both of them for a lengthy ... [Read More]
Jack Black comedy “The D Train” heading to IFC
Debuting this week at the Sundance Film Festival is the high school reunion comedy starring Jack Black entitled The D Train. And the next stop for said train is possibly IFC, who is close to signing a deal for U.S. distribution rights. Fox Searchlight was also in the running for ... [Read More]
Veep star Matt Walsh premieres A Better You at Santa Barbara Film Festival … watch the trailer!
One of America’s favorite improviser, guest star and stand-out character actor Matt Walsh has added ‘director’ to his impressive list of credentials. The Upright Citizens Brigade co-founder’s second feature film A Better You is about to make its debut at the Santa Barbara Fil... [Read More]