Joe Toplyn on writing for Leno, Letterman, Chevy and more
For millions of students and teachers, it's time to go back to school this week. For a handful of lucky comedy students, it's also the start of a very specialized schooling, as Joe Toplyn leads a new group of would-be TV writers in his Comedy Writing for Late-Night TV class at The PIT. It starts Wed... [Read More]
What's on TV This Week: The Emmys and the Finale of 'Chelsea Lately'
by Stephanie Simon Tonight, Seth Meyers hosts the Primetime Emmy Awards from LA. Emmys will be given to Outstanding Comedy Series, the Best Actor and Actress in a Comedy Series along with Outstanding Writing and Directing for a comedy series, amongst many others. Also this week C... [Read More]
Jay Leno’s words of wisdom to NBC’s Top 5, Last Comic Standing 8
Jay Leno appeared briefly on NBC's Last Comic Standing as the guest mentor for season eight's top five finalists, before they faced a studio audience and the judges in the first full head-to-head-to-head-to-head-to-head stand-up challenge. We didn't get to hear or see much of Leno on the TV broadcas... [Read More]
Today Is My Last Day as a Person Who Works at
by Bradford Evans Hey gang, A couple weeks ago, I put in my two weeks notice as Managing Editor at because I have other stuff I've gotta go do. Today is my last day. I've been working here full-time for nearly two years now and it's been a blast and a super enjoyable job, but it'... [Read More]
Summer Reads: Comedy Writing for Late-Night TV, by Joe Toplyn
Any time is a good time to pick up a book, but summertime sure feels like the right time to lounge poolside or on the beach, or anywhere you feel most comfortable, really, with a great read to pass the carefree day away. On weekends this summer, The Comic's Comic will showcase an excerpt from a wort... [Read More]
Judd Apatow’s new book will feature interviews with Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Jay Leno, more!
Before he was the king of comedy movies, Judd Apatow was a comedy connoisseur. The Anchorman producer, who used to interview famous comedians for his high school radio station, will release a compilation book through Random House featuring interviews he’s conducted over the last 30 years. Stic... [Read More]
Judd Apatow to release a book of comedy interviews
Looks like producer, writer, director Judd Apatow is adding a new title to his resume; author. Apatow has been signed by publishing giant Random House to produce Sick In The Head, a collection of interviews he’s conducted over the past thirty years with many of his comedy heroes. Interviewees ... [Read More]
Jay Leno to receive Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2014
Now that he's retired, Jay Leno can start to reap the rewards of his free time. Perhaps nothing quite as rewarding as the news this morning that The Kennedy Center has named Leno the 2014 winner of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. “Like Mark Twain, Jay Leno has offered us a lifetime&rs... [Read More]
Watching Rare Early Comedy from Jay Leno and Freddie Prinze
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]
Jay Leno, America’s Got Talent’s Tom Cotter to headline Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in Jamestown, NY
Comedians Jay Leno and Tom Cotter will headline the 2014 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival this August in Jamestown, NY. The annual festival is part of a mission to preserve the comedic legacy of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, which includes The Lucy Desi Museum & Center for Comedy. The festival includ... [Read More]