Episode #172: Jimmy Shubert
Jimmy Shubert was just a kid from Philly who wanted to be a magician. That’s how he started in show business, before moving to Los Angeles in the 1980s and taking a job at The Comedy Store, where he became the kid in Sam Kinison’s outlaws of comedy crew. That led to development deals and... [Read More]
They’re Baaack: The Return of Harvard Sailing Team
Five long years ago, Splitsider wrote this piece on the then New York-based Harvard Sailing Team (HST) and the resurgence of sketch comedy. Well, in these past five years, HST members have gone on to do amazing things, like star and guest star on great TV shows, movies, yes, podcasts have ... [Read More]
They’re Baaack: The Return of Harvard Sailing Team
Five long years ago, Splitsider wrote this piece on the then New York-based Harvard Sailing Team (HST) and the resurgence of sketch comedy. Well, in these past five years, HST members have gone on to do amazing things, like star and guest star on great TV shows, movies, yes, podcasts have ... [Read More]
Del Close biopic needs new financing, new Del in lead after Mike Myers drops out
A roast of George Wendt at The Second City over the weekend brought with it some unexpected news about an upcoming movie on the late improv icon Del Close. Various sources reported that the financing for Del needs to be reconfigured, and executive producer and Second City owner Andrew Alexander told... [Read More]
Mike Myers Drops Out Del Close Biopic ‘Del’
Earlier this year it was confirmed that Mike Myers had signed on to play legendary Chicago improv coach Del Close in a biopic called Del, but now the project is looking to recast the role. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Myers has dropped out of the project, which is written by Nick Torokvei and... [Read More]
‘Veep’ to End Its Run on HBO After Season 7
  The end is near for Veep. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the HBO series’ upcoming seventh season, slated to premiere sometime next year, will also be the show’s final season. “It became clear that this season should be the last season,” Julia Louis-Dreyfus told T... [Read More]
Why Vic Berger Is the Perfect Satirist for the Trump Era
Tom Lehrer once said “I don’t want to satirize George [W.] Bush and his puppeteers, I want to vaporize them.” Perhaps even more than with Bush, impersonation saturation under the current GOP regime is high. If you still feel the need to bust out a Trump impression these days, you b... [Read More]
Episode #170: Scot Armstrong
Scot Armstrong grew up outside of Chicago and first studied comedy under the legendary Del Close, before moving to New York City and joining the Upright Citizens Brigade improv troupe Mother, whose members included Jason Mantzoukas, Jon Daly and Jessica St. Clair. He has since worked with St. Clair ... [Read More]
John Cleese’s Early Days on ‘I’m Sorry, I’ll Read That Again’
When John Cleese looks back on his life in the first volume of his memoir, So, Anyway…, he doesn’t say that the happiest time in his life was starring in an immensely popular sit-com with his then-wife. It’s not working on Monty Python’s Flying Circus, or being in a Bond fil... [Read More]
John Cleese’s Early Days on ‘I’m Sorry, I’ll Read That Again’
When John Cleese looks back on his life in the first volume of his memoir, So, Anyway…, he doesn’t say that the happiest time in his life was starring in an immensely popular sit-com with his then-wife. It’s not working on Monty Python’s Flying Circus, or being in a Bond fil... [Read More]