Talking Shit with the Sklar Brothers
The Sklar Brothers have been talking a lot of shit lately. Literally. The duo are the executive producers of a new documentary about bowel movements called Poop Talk, which debuts tonight at the Lower East Side Film Festival in New York. The film is an open and earnest look at, well, pooping, featur... [Read More]
Bassem Youssef and Sara Taksler Take on Fragile Egos and Authoritarian Regimes in ‘Tickling Giants’
Bassem Youssef has been through a lot. If you aren’t familiar with Youssef, he’s often described as “The Jon Stewart of Egypt,” but that’s more of a convenient shorthand. Youssef created and spent three years hosting the enormously successful Egyptian television show Al... [Read More]
Grace Parra’s New Documentary ‘Grace Anatomy’ Premieres on Fusion This Sunday
Former Nightly Show contributor Grace Parra has a new project premiering on Fusion this weekend. This Sunday at 10:00pm, the network will air a new comedy documentary hosted by Parra called Grace Anatomy, in which she “embarks on a journey across the state of California in the middle of a nati... [Read More]
Review: “Gilbert” at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival
You know the voice of Gilbert Gottfried. But who is the man behind the voice? That’s the question Neil Berkeley wanted to answer. Berkeley, who previously directed the 2014 documentary Harmontown, wondered how character comedians lived offstage when not in character. Which naturally led him to... [Read More]
Review: “Gilbert” at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival
You know the voice of Gilbert Gottfried. But who is the man behind the voice? That’s the question Neil Berkeley wanted to answer. Berkeley, who previously directed the 2014 documentary Harmontown, wondered how character comedians lived offstage when not in character. Which naturally led him to... [Read More]
Review: “I Am Battle Comic” by Jordan Brady
Jordan Brady, a former (and still) stand-up comedian turned filmmaker, has found a renewed love for comedy a generation after he first entertained audiences in person and on TV with his own reimagining of what porn films should sound like (whether you say “Bow-chicka-bow-wow” or “w... [Read More]
Robert Klein Still Can’t Stop His Leg, from SXSW to Starz, from The Second City to today
Ask any stand-up comedian today who the best stand-up of all time is or was, and they’ll likely tell you Richard Pryor, George Carlin, or want to make cases for both equally as the top of the tops. Ask any Jewish comedian from the Baby Boomers through Generation X that same question, and they&... [Read More]
Humor In Hindsight: Trevor Noah in “You Laugh But It’s True”
My latest Humor In Hindsight column for Decider looks back at the start of Trevor Noah’s rapid rise through the stand-up comedy ranks, which began in his native South Africa. You Laugh But It’s True followed Noah at 25, directed and produced by David Paul Meyer (now a producer for Noah&r... [Read More]
SiriusXM broadcasting Garry Shandling documentary tribute on the first anniversary of his death
Garry Shandling died a year ago today at the age of 66. A consummate comic’s comic and a television pioneer not once but twice, Shandling left a permanent legacy for us to behold and celebrate. Tonight, SiriusXM will pay tribute to the late great comedian with an audio documentary, “Garr... [Read More]
SiriusXM broadcasting Garry Shandling documentary tribute on the first anniversary of his death
Garry Shandling died a year ago today at the age of 66. A consummate comic’s comic and a television pioneer not once but twice, Shandling left a permanent legacy for us to behold and celebrate. Tonight, SiriusXM will pay tribute to the late great comedian with an audio documentary, “Garr... [Read More]