Eddie Murphy Shares His "Ultimate Vision" for a Live Music/Standup Show
by Megh Wright "My fantasy I always be having when I think about getting onstage is to do everything. If I came back and did stand-up again, I can't just be like the other standup comics. To have a real hot band, play some tracks for about 40 minutes, the curtain drops and then you do an hour of jok... [Read More]
Former 'Onion' Editor on the 'Charlie Hebdo' Attack: "We Cannot Police Our Own Thoughts"
by Megh Wright "They cannot kill everyone who disagrees with them. There are not enough bullets in the world for that. The most responsible thing we can do is be aware that the most likely threat to freedom will now come from within. We cannot, should not, police our own thoughts – or the thou... [Read More]
Patton Oswalt on His Dream of Becoming a Film Director: "Eventually I Will"
by Megh Wright "Eventually I will. But when I make the leap to become a director, I have got to convince a platoon of people to make the leap with me, so that's really nerve-racking. And I'm in the process of working up to that. And hopefully, someday, someone can play back this interview, if I've m... [Read More]
'The Interview' Screenwriter Dan Sterling: "Comedians Shouldn't Be Held Accountable for Acts of Violence"
by Megh Wright "Comedians shouldn't be held accountable for acts of violence – and those we satirize shouldn't be silenced. Sarah Palin is hilarious, and I would never want her silenced. It informs the debate. The problem is the people who make the threats. If Iran made a comedy titled Eat Shi... [Read More]
John Cleese Explains the Difference Between American and British Comedy Fans
by Megh Wright "The Americans are more enthusiastic and more likely to engage in hyperbole. The British fans are liable to suddenly be talking to you about something that you don't know how you got into the conversation. I think it's something to do with the fact that they've been watching you for s... [Read More]
Larry David and Bill Simmons Talk 'Seinfeld,' 'Curb Your Enthusiasm,' and Series Finales
by Megh Wright "I think the thing about finales is everybody writes their own finale in their head, whereas if they just tune in during the week to a normal show, they’re surprised by what's going on. They haven't written it beforehand, they don't know what the show is. But for a finale, they ... [Read More]
Billy Eichner: "People Who Are Not Watching 'The Comeback' Should Be Ashamed of Themselves"
by Megh Wright "People who are not watching The Comeback should be ashamed of themselves. If you're into TV and pop culture, if you like quality, well-written, well-acted TV shows, do yourself a favor and watch it. Lisa Kudrow is really giving one of the great performances on TV ever. That is the No... [Read More]
Billy Eichner: "People Who Are Not Watching 'The Comeback' Should Be Ashamed of Themselves"
by Megh Wright "People who are not watching The Comeback should be ashamed of themselves. If you're into TV and pop culture, if you like quality, well-written, well-acted TV shows, do yourself a favor and watch it. Lisa Kudrow is really giving one of the great performances on TV ever. That is the No... [Read More]
Cameron Esposito on Taboo Joke Topics: "The Best Defense Against Criticism Is a Better Joke"
by Megh Wright "IN THE END: Tell the jokes you want to tell. But know that feedback isn’t censorship or persecution, especially when it comes from a group more affected by the topic of your joke. The best defense against criticism is a better joke." - Cameron Esposito explains how to joke abou... [Read More]
Former 'SNL' Writer Cindy Caponera on Molly Shannon: "She Was Scrappy and Relentless"
by Megh Wright "Molly's path to SNL was impressive. She was scrappy and relentless. She did these crazy one-woman shows, and in between shows she would gather lists of names and phone numbers to ensure that when she did the next show she would have a full house. Again, pre-social media—that me... [Read More]