Mike Myers: Auteur
People weren’t quite sure what to make of Mike Myers’ (alleged) hosting gig as Tommy Maitland on the new Gong Show. Why the makeup? Why the backstory? “The novelty of Maitland’s presence on The Gong Show, however, becomes tired quickly,” wrote Decider’s Jade ... [Read More]
Mike Myers: Auteur
People weren’t quite sure what to make of Mike Myers’ (alleged) hosting gig as Tommy Maitland on the new Gong Show. Why the makeup? Why the backstory? “The novelty of Maitland’s presence on The Gong Show, however, becomes tired quickly,” wrote Decider’s Jade ... [Read More]
Applying the Auteur Theory to Kevin Smith
by Brad Becker-Parton In the early '90s American Indie boom, auteurs like Quentin Tarantino and Steven Soderbergh emerged into the zeitgeist with personal, low-budget projects that ultimately  came to inform a larger body of work that made them the important film personalities they are today. I... [Read More]
The New Age of the Comedy Auteur?
Over the past decade or so, an interesting shift has taken place within the comedy-going audience, with more attention given to the individuals behind the camera as opposed to the broad, star-driven fare of the 80s and 90s. As a result, filmmakers, showrunners, and performers are being sought out and even marketed for their individual sensibilities. These auteurs, to borrow a term from the French New Wave, give an authoritative stamp to their work, allowing them to stand out from their peers, an... [Read More]