‘NYT’ on the Approaching Comedy Bust: “If Comedy Is to Grow, It Needs to Be Inclusive and Open to Change”
Is the current comedy boom about to bust? Yes, and we should welcome it, according to a great new piece by Jason Zinoman over at The New York Times. Titled “Comedy Is Booming. I Can’t Wait for the Bust,” the piece analyzes both the comics who helped pave way for alt comed... [Read More]
‘NYT’ on the Approaching Comedy Bust: “If Comedy Is to Grow, It Needs to Be Inclusive and Open to Change”
Is the current comedy boom about to bust? Yes, and we should welcome it, according to a great new piece by Jason Zinoman over at The New York Times. Titled “Comedy Is Booming. I Can’t Wait for the Bust,” the piece analyzes both the comics who helped pave way for alt comed... [Read More]
Fred Armisen: How to fake being a drummer
When Fred Armisen isn't remaking Portland into Portlandia with Carrie Brownstein for IFC (their sixth-season finale airs Thursday), he's playing drums for Late Night with Seth Meyers. Or is he? As Armisen explains in this video for The New York Times T Mag, it's easy to fake being a drummer. Roll th... [Read More]
Fred Armisen: How to fake being a drummer
When Fred Armisen isn't remaking Portland into Portlandia with Carrie Brownstein for IFC (their sixth-season finale airs Thursday), he's playing drums for Late Night with Seth Meyers. Or is he? As Armisen explains in this video for The New York Times T Mag, it's easy to fake being a drummer. Roll th... [Read More]
The New York Times thinks "Political Correctness Isn’t Ruining Comedy. It’s Helping."
"We are living in the age of the joke controversy. On the Internet, they seem to arrive with the frequency of subway trains. But despite what you might have heard, a new political correctness is not ruining the art of comedy. In some quarters, it may be helping." [Read More]
How Walt Maguire, Forensic Puppeteer, Spends His Sundays, by Walt Maguire
I’m usually up by 6, then back to bed by 7, then up by 7:30. Sunday mornings I like to sleep in until 9. I take the dog out for a walk, pick up a latté, leave the dog tied up at the coffee shop for the day—someone will take care of him, people love […] [Read More]
Comedy Central at peak TV glory, just as TV viewership is fading
If you want to get a sense of where Comedy Central stands in the TV landscape, consider this. Consider these two things, really. The basic cable TV network has so much quality programming that its "For Your Consideration" video for Emmy voters will remind you of such -- Broad City, Inside Amy Schume... [Read More]
Go Behind the Business Side of Comedy Central with Its Top Executives
Between Broad City, Key and Peele, Inside Amy Schumer, and The Daily Show, most comedy fans would agree that Comedy Central is killing it these days, but when it comes to the boring business side — specifically how to maintain steady advertising revenue in the age of DVR and internet viewing &... [Read More]
CBS Never Consulted with David Letterman About His 'Late Show' Successor
by Megh Wright David Letterman's final episode as host of Late Show is just a few weeks away, and to celebrate his long late night reign, The New York Times sat down with him for an interview about how his late night show developed over the years, why he never joined Twitter, what it felt like to be... [Read More]
David Letterman’s exit interview with The New York Times
Six big takeaways from Dave Itzkoff's sit-down with David Letterman for The New York Times as Letterman approaches his final month as a late-night TV host (and for a seventh, how about this photo from Damon Winter that reveals Letterman has wall of stacked paper cups along his dressing-room mirror r... [Read More]