Louis C.K., Wanda Sykes, Jerry Seinfeld and more! 11 Comedians as comedians on television
Stand-up comedians are taking over television! Comics, not all of them trained actors, are getting the opportunity to play the roles they were meant to play: comedians. The old stand-up-to-sitcom model was that maybe you’d get discovered at the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal or a ... [Read More]
Carol Leifer
Carol Leifer previously published a book of essays about her life, 2009′s When You Lie About Your Age, the Terrorists Win, so another set of anecdotes and reflections might seem beside the point. Not so. Leifer fills her new one with the sort of concise, actionable advice usuall... [Read More]
What I've Learned About Comedy From Two Years of Hanging in the Archives
by Ramsey Ess The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny p... [Read More]
Nine of the best comedic actors who starred as themselves in sitcoms, on playing themselves on TV
If you think it's weird that Louis C.K. and Matt LeBlanc are competing against each other again in the same Emmy Awards category for roles in which they play themselves, in name and essentially in spirit, in TV comedies, consider this: C.K. and LeBlanc were high-school classmates, too. Newton N... [Read More]
Sing in the holidays with “Carol of the Comedians”
New York City-based comedy rock band Fortress of Attitude is halfway through a "12 Christmas Songs in 12 Days of Christmas" project called "Bigger Than Santa." They may have found their winner with "Carol of the Comedians," with traditional Christmas... [Read More]
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36 Great Moments From "The Larry Sanders Show"
If you haven't seen all 89 episodes of the best television series that has aired in my lifetime, just quit your day job and start watching now. [Read More]
Showtime changes name of David Steinberg/Steve Carell documentary series to “Inside Comedy,” announces air dates
David Steinberg's latest comedian interview show -- with Steve Carell on-board with him as a fellow executive producer -- has a new name, Inside Comedy, and a debut date on Showtime (Jan. 26, 2012). With ten, half-hour episodes, the series will have ... [Read More]
Steve Carell’s comedian interview show will premiere Jan. 26 on Showtime
It’s finally happening, folks. We first heard Steve Carell and David Steinberg were working on a documentary about comedians way back in December of last year. Three months ago we found out that Showtime had picked up the project, called Laughi... [Read More]
Watch Mel Gibson, Jamie Foxx and Garry Shandling backstage, honoring Robert Downey Jr.
Where are we at on Mel Gibson these days? Is it ok to not hate is very existence anymore? It seems Hollywood – the moral compass of the world – has forgiven him for his past bouts of sexism, anti-semitism and psychological abuse layed upon his former... [Read More]
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The embarrassing beginning: nine comedians’ roles they’d probably like to forget
As anyone in show business can attest to, the entertainment industry can be horribly cutthroat and demoralizing. Everyone has to pay their dues, do their time, and otherwise work their way from relatively uninspiring, embarrassing, or generically shi... [Read More]