Listen to The History of Standup as told by Wayne Federman and friends
You want to get your TBTs on in a very comedy way? Starting this week, your ear holes can deliver the history of comedy into your brain parts, thanks to the brand-new podcast, The History of Standup. Over the course of six weekly episodes, teacher Wayne Federman (who is a legit professor of comedy a... [Read More]
Jack Black and Richard Linklater on their unlikely partnership on 2003’s feel-good hit, School of Rock
Scott Rudin needed to persuade both star Jack Black and director Richard Linklater that Linklater was the right choice to direct 2003’s film, School of Rock. As these new interviews for an American Masters documentary on Linklater prove 14 years later. “At first we were like, that doesn&... [Read More]
Watch Billy Crystal race David Letterman in a classic “Battle of the Network Stars” obstacle course
Late-night TV talk show hosts love digging up old clips from a celebrity guest’s early career, but this clip Jimmy Kimmel Live found of Billy Crystal is extra special. As ABC prepares to reboot Battle of the Network Stars, Kimmel showed Crystal a clip from the classic years in the 1970s, racin... [Read More]
Will Ferrell and Adam McKay launch 11-episode retrospective on 10 years of Funny or Die
“It was 2007, and at this point, the Internet was basically just a place for perverts to talk dirty to each other,” says writer/director Adam McKay. “It was rubble,” added comedy star Will Ferrell. “It was just a vast field of rubble.” Enter Saturday Night Live al... [Read More]
Samantha Bee reminds us she was on the case of Russian hacking and fake news trolling BEFORE the election
While the FBI and Congress are still trying to figure out what happened in our presidential election of 2016 and who helped the Russians and how much the Russians meddled with us, Samantha Bee already knew. Bee told us all about it months ago, before Election Day. As she reminded us all on last nigh... [Read More]
Now hear this: The very first “State of the Industry” by Andy Kindler at Just For Laughs Montreal in 1996
For years now, we’ve been sharing notes, transcripts and more recently full audio recordings of Andy Kindler’s annual State of the Industry Address that he delivers at Montreal’s Just For Laughs Comedy Festival. It has become one of the must-see, must-listen moments each July at co... [Read More]
Fred Armisen remembers “Sgt. Fred,” his first TV credit on Late Night with Conan O’Brien
Before IFC’s Portlandia, and before NBC’s Saturday Night Live, Fred Armisen showed up on your TV screens in unusual ways and sometimes even without credit. Armisen performed a number of short videos for HBO in the late 1990s, for instance, that ran as interstitials between movies. He&rsq... [Read More]
Fred Armisen remembers “Sgt. Fred,” his first TV credit on Late Night with Conan O’Brien
Before IFC’s Portlandia, and before NBC’s Saturday Night Live, Fred Armisen showed up on your TV screens in unusual ways and sometimes even without credit. Armisen performed a number of short videos for HBO in the late 1990s, for instance, that ran as interstitials between movies. He&rsq... [Read More]
The Washington Post profiles Norm Macdonald
The odd brilliance and sincerity of Norm Macdonald shines through this new profile of him, diligently reported by The Washington Post's Geoff Edgers (included online are months of their text exchanges). Here's an excerpt of the kind of praise Macdonald's peers give him, including these quotes from D... [Read More]
Comedy Central revamps Key & Peele site for all of your #tbt needs
Comedy Central unveiled a new and improved website for the late, great sketch comedy series, Key & Peele. The site includes everything you saw (or didn't see) on TV the first time around -- including 176 sketches that hadn't yet made the leap to online archives for sharing and caring. Plus! They... [Read More]