Episode #6: Michael Ian Black
Michael Ian Black is familiar to anyone who has watched TV in the past two decades -- first as a member of MTV sketch group The State, later in shows including Ed, Stella, Michael & Michael Have Issues, and several other series not named after first names. This summer, you can see him in scene-s... [Read More]
Carol Leifer Is Developing a Comedy Series Based on Her 2014 Memoir
Longtime television comedy writer Carol Leifer has a new television show in the works. According to Variety, Leifer has teamed up with Gaumont International Television to adapt her 2014 memoir How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying. Here’s a description of the book: For many years, t... [Read More]
In ‘Funny on Purpose’, Joe Randazzo Guides You Into Your Comedy Career
Lots of people are funny; very few can be comedians. For anyone unsure about the transition from the first to the second, longtime Onion editor Joe Randazzo’s new book, Funny on Purpose, is here to hold your hand. Subtitled The Definitive Guide to An Unpredictable Career in Comedy, Randazzo ha... [Read More]
Comedy Is Life and Life Is Comedy in Judd Apatow’s ‘Sick in the Head’
Judd Apatow has been interviewing comedians since he was fifteen years old. Back then, in the early 1980s, a new crop of bright young comics was rising through the ranks of the entertainment industry, capitalizing on the enormous American appetite for comedy whetted over the last several years by th... [Read More]
The Outsider Cynicism of ‘Black Books’ Non-Party Party Bottle Episode
‘Genie in a Bottle’ is a recurring feature where each week a different bottle episode (an episode set entirely in one location, often designed to save money) from a comedy series is examined “Because tonight, we go out!” “Why?” “Because it’s Friday! It... [Read More]
Rob Zombie to Direct a Movie Adaptation of ‘Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho’s House’
Rob Zombie has a new film in the works that’s a departure from his usual work as a horror director. According to Deadline, Zombie will direct a film adaptation of Steve Stoliar’s 2011 memoir Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho’s House with Oren Moverman attached to write the s... [Read More]
‘Sick in the Head’ Is Judd Apatow’s Comedy Bible
As a relatively unpopular 10th grader in the mid-1980s, Apatow began working at his Long Island high school’s radio station, and quickly realized that the station’s call letters (WKWZ 88.5, in Syosset) were enough to score him sit-downs with almost anyone, including soon-to-be comedy legends. Before he was old enough to vote, Apatow interviewed everyone from Jay Leno to Jerry Seinfeld, Weird Al Yankovic to John Candy, and those interviews were the foundation for a life spent pursuing both comedy... [Read More]
The Problem with Aziz Ansari Writing a Book About Something He’s Never Done
There is a long tradition of comedians and sitcom stars writing books about relationships. Paul Reiser’s first book (of three books, Paul Reiser wrote three books!) was called Couplehood. Steve Harvey wrote Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, which is a hilarious joke book full of jokes. And a ... [Read More]
Amazon Will Premiere Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan’s ‘Catastrophe’ on Facebook
Last month, Amazon picked up Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan’s Channel 4 comedy Catastrophe to premiere in the US, but they’re taking an alternative approach when they debut the series later this month. According to THR, Amazon will premiere the pilot episode on its Facebook page instead o... [Read More]
Colin Quinn’s “The New York Story,” directed by Jerry Seinfeld, debuts Off-Broadway July 2015
Jon Stewart glossed over the news in his otherwise highly amusing interview with Colin Quinn on Wednesday's episode of The Daily Show when Stewart asked if Jerry Seinfeld would be directing Quinn onstage again. Because it's happening. This summer. Colin Quinn's The New York Story will debut at ... [Read More]