Meet Me In New York: Ophira Eisenberg
What do they say about New York City: There are eight million stories, and sometimes it seems as though eight million of the people telling them think they're comedians? No, that's not it. It is a fact, though, that America's biggest city is also its biggest comedy mecca. Hollywood may be Hollywood,... [Read More]
 
Standup, Storytelling and Radio Hosting with Ophira Eisenberg
by Lara Zarum Ophira Eisenberg is a standup comic, the host of NPR’s live quiz show Ask Me Another, and a regular host and contributor to the popular live storytelling series The Moth. Somehow, she also managed write a memoir, Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy, which was published la... [Read More]
 
The 5 Best New Web Videos/Series You Almost Definitely Haven't Seen
by Luke Kelly-Clyne We did it once. You guys seemed to dig it. So now, we're doing it again. Ladies and gentleman, Splitsider presents: The 5 Best New Web Videos/Series You Almost Definitely Haven't Seen, Part II. We clicked through pages and pages of Gmails to distill five of the funniest "This Wee... [Read More]
 
Mike Birbiglia: Thank God for Jokes
In 2003 Mike Birbiglia was just another comedian making the rounds throughout the New York clubs. In 2004 he began workshopping a one-man show called Sleepwalk With Me, and everything changed. The live version, book and 2012 film having cemented him as an NPR darling and the most lauded storyteller ... [Read More]
 
Listen: 1981 David Letterman interview on Fresh Air with Terry Gross
In light of David Letterman’s announcement last night that he will retire from Late Show in 2015 — watch the video here — the fine folks at NPR and Fresh Air with Terry Gross, unearthed this excellent interview with Letterman from 1981. The interview on Fresh Air went down after hi... [Read More]
 
Mike Birbiglia finally tells his parents that comedy was a good career choice
If you haven’t heard of NPR’s My Big Break series, it’s certainly worth checking out. The series talks with some of entertainments biggest names about that certain moment that many of us dream about on a daily basis. NPR recently caught up with Mike Birbiglia to talk about the inst... [Read More]
 
Ophira Eisenberg in her own words (audio)
If you’re not aware of the NPR show Ask Me Another then you’re not listening to the latest craze sweeping the nation. Part game show, part concert, part celebrity interview; this weekly podcast has had guests ranging from RL Stine to Justin Long. Shepherding the ship is host and comedian... [Read More]
 
IFC’s Portlandia goes tailgating…for Prairie Home Companion
Portland, Ore., is so close to Seattle, and yet Portlandia is so far away from football. So, obviously, the IFC sketch comedy series starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein isn't tailgating for the Super Bowl. But Prairie Home Companion? Now there's something these two characters can get behind,... [Read More]
 
'Go to Hell, Mike Piazza': The Ben Stiller/Mike Piazza Baseball Comedy That Never Was
by Bradford Evans "The Script Pile" is a biweekly column on Splitsider that takes a look at the screenplays for high-profile movie and TV comedies that never made it to the screen. In 2001, hot on the heels of major hits There's Something About Mary and Meet the Parents, Ben Stiller became arguably ... [Read More]
 
Vince Gilligan Held a Live Reading of His Unproduced Comedy About Racism with Will Ferrell
by Bradford Evans Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan held a live reading of his long-unproduced feature script 2 Face yesterday at the Austin Film Festival with Will Ferrell, Thomas Haden Church, Linda Cardellini, and Breaking Bad's Giancarlo Esposito all participating. A comedy about racism origin... [Read More]