Review: “The Last Laugh” documentary explores humor, the Holocaust and taboos
The Last Laugh opens with a quote onscreen from the noted non-comedian, German novelist Heinrich Mann, who wrote: “Whoever has cried enough, laughs.” Mann fled Nazi Germany while Hitler’s soldiers burned his books in public. The documentary then cuts to a Nazi-uniformed figure... [Read More]
Review: “The Last Laugh” documentary explores humor, the Holocaust and taboos
The Last Laugh opens with a quote onscreen from the noted non-comedian, German novelist Heinrich Mann, who wrote: “Whoever has cried enough, laughs.” Mann fled Nazi Germany while Hitler’s soldiers burned his books in public. The documentary then cuts to a Nazi-uniformed figure... [Read More]
Carl Reiner Praises Conan O’Brien for His “Nut Spoon” Sketch: “It Was the Best Sketch I’ve Seen in a Long Time”
Here’s a clip from last night’s Conan, where guest Carl Reiner takes a moment to praise Conan O’Brien and his staff for what he calls “the best sketch I’ve seen in a long time” — a delightfully long, ridiculous sketch from earlier this month called “Th... [Read More]
In Memoriam: The late Dick Van Patten remembers meeting Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner
Dick Van Patten, famously known as the TV dad on Eight is Enough in the late 1970s, died on Tuesday. Van Patten was 86. Van Patten started as a child actor on stage productions in his native New York City He really began to show off his comedic touch, though, in the 1970s, thanks to Carl Reiner, who... [Read More]
Arsenio Hall Show canceled
Although it was renewed for a second season in February, CBS Television Distribution has changed their mind and now have canceled The Arsenio Hall Show. “Unfortunately, The Arsenio Hall Show will not return for a second season; while there are many loyal fans of the show, the series did not gr... [Read More]
Carl Reiner reads his 70-year-old poem, “Ode To the Buttocks Bountiful,” on The Arsenio Hall Show
Carl Reiner appeared as a guest Tuesday night on Arsenio, and when he saw Arsenio Hall welcome a spoken-word act to the program, Reiner wanted to read a little something of his own. This is "Ode To the Buttocks Bountiful," a 70-year-old poem the young Reiner wrote and still remembers. As he does wit... [Read More]
Hasan Minhaj circles the Stand Up Planet and back in TV documentary
Eddie Izzard's "Force Majeure" global tour kicked off the first of five nights in New York City on Tuesday, with Izzard performing in French, German, Spanish, gibberish and plenty of plain English over the course of two hours. Izzard has taken his stream-of-silly-consciousness stand-up act all over ... [Read More]
Watch Drew Carey host The Late Late Show, with guest Carl Reiner
For April Fools, it's not so much a prank as much as 'twas fooling around by longtime comedy pals Craig Ferguson and Drew Carey in their respective CBS Television City studios, hosting each other's shows. So Drew Carey and his crew took over The Late Late Show overnight, with Carey delivering t... [Read More]
RIP Sid Caesar (1922-2014)
Sid Caesar, TV's sketch comedy pioneer, died on Wednesday in his Beverly Hills home. He was 91. Born in Yonkers, N.Y., Caesar began to make his mark at the dawn of our network television age, landing his own show in 1948 with the Admiral Broadway Revue. But it was Your Show of Shows, which starred C... [Read More]
What I've Learned About Comedy From Two Years of Hanging in the Archives
by Ramsey Ess The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny p... [Read More]