Andy Kaufman Gets Illustrated in ‘Is This Guy for Real?’
Around 2010, I worked at a coffee shop for a man who believed Andy Kaufman was still alive. It had been a generation since Kaufman’s apparent death, in 1984, from lung cancer. My old manager isn’t alone, either; Kaufman’s career onstage included comedy, songs, impersonations, wrest... [Read More]
Jason Zinoman’s Book ‘Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night’ Is Out in April 2017
New York Times columnist Jason Zinoman has a new book out next year about David Letterman that’s currently available for pre-order. Titled Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night, the book will be available through Harper on April 11, 2017. Here’s an excerpt from the book’s descrip... [Read More]
Episode #97: Greg Giraldo biographer Matt Balaker
Matt Balaker is writing a book about Greg Giraldo; scratch that, he’s writing THE book on Greg Giraldo, as there hasn’t been a proper biography about the outrageously witty stand-up comedian since he died in 2010 at the age of only 44. Balaker, a comedian himself, has interviewed more th... [Read More]
Episode #97: Greg Giraldo biographer Matt Balaker
Matt Balaker is writing a book about Greg Giraldo; scratch that, he’s writing THE book on Greg Giraldo, as there hasn’t been a proper biography about the outrageously witty stand-up comedian since he died in 2010 at the age of only 44. Balaker, a comedian himself, has interviewed more th... [Read More]
A Lorne Michaels Biography Is in the Works from Susan Morrison
There are plenty of books out there for SNL fans, and now there’s a new one to look forward to: an authorized biography of Lorne Michaels. According to The New York Times, Random House has acquired a biography of Michaels, which will be written by New Yorker editor and former assistant to Jim ... [Read More]
Exclusive excerpt from “You Might Remember Me: The Life and Times of Phil Hartman,” by Mike Thomas
In his new biography of SNL legend Phil Hartman out today, "You Might Remember Me: The Life and Times of Phil Hartman," Chicago Sun-Times newspaper reporter Mike Thomas captures the man who represented "the glue" of Saturday Night Live during what many consider its greatest cast era of the late 1980... [Read More]
Bill Cosby’s biographer on the origin story of the “Cosby Sweater”
The term "Cosby Sweater" is one of the most unlikeliest legacies to come out of the #1 TV show of the 1980s. And yet, even today, you had an image in your head of a Cosby sweater even before you saw the photo above, probably of one much similar to it. In the first major biography of Bill Cosby writt... [Read More]