New biography, documentary explore the life and death of Robin Williams
Is there ever an appropriate time to look back at the life and legacy of Robin Williams without feeling sad at how it all ended? Whether you’re a “too soon” sort of person or not, this summer you’re getting two chances to remember Robin, with a new HBO documentary and a biogr... [Read More]
New biography, documentary explore the life and death of Robin Williams
Is there ever an appropriate time to look back at the life and legacy of Robin Williams without feeling sad at how it all ended? Whether you’re a “too soon” sort of person or not, this summer you’re getting two chances to remember Robin, with a new HBO documentary and a biogr... [Read More]
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]