In a Rare Early Performance, Richard Pryor Sings and George Carlin Gets in Character
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]
 
The 20 Greatest Standup Specials of All Time
by John Wenzel Modern standup has been around in one form or another since vaudeville, but it’s only been since the late ‘70s that the standup special has gained traction as the crowning achievement of a successful comic. Fortunately, the beginnings of the standup special were as fertile... [Read More]
 
Louis C.K.'s 'Dianetics': Inside His Weird and Wild Three-Hour Radio Show
by Eddie Brawley 26 minutes into a three-hour advice show Louis C.K. hosted in 2007, a guy named Blake calls up. Blake says he’s driving solo from Dallas to Oklahoma City that night and wants to know if Louie is going to just keep fucking around, or if he actually has anything good planne... [Read More]
 
Just For Laughs releasing old Gala clips from Canadian TV for the rest of us to see on YouTube
Marc Maron jokingly wondered this summer if anyone ever had looked him up after seeing him on TV in Canada via one of the many comedy "Galas" produced each summer by Montreal's Just For Laughs. Joke no more. Especially since some media reports described JFL's new YouTube Channel as releasing "unseen... [Read More]
 
FX greenlights series order for “Baskets” starring Zach Galifianakis
Zach Galifianakis has his first starring TV vehicle! FX just ordered Baskets, a half-hour, single-camera sitcom starring Galifianakis, and co-created by Galifianakis, Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel. You'll have to wait until 2016 to see it, though. FX's announcement today said the first 10 epis... [Read More]
 
Louis C.K., Sarah Silverman win comedy writing awards at 2014 Emmys
The top comedy writers on TV for 2014 were stand-up comedians, according to the Emmy Awards. Take that, comedy writers. In a telecast light on filler, viral videos or much in the way of surprises, the Emmy wins for Louis C.K. (writing, comedy series) and Sarah Silverman (writing, variety special) di... [Read More]
 
Dave Chappelle surprises Hartford crowd on 2014 Funny or Die Oddball Tour with triumphant return performance
Last year's stop on the Funny or Die Oddball tour in Hartford proved memorable for all of the wrong reasons, as the crowd turned on headliner Dave Chappelle, then Chappelle turned on the crowd. So it was surprising to see the Oddball tour schedule another stop in Hartford for this summer. But Satur... [Read More]
 
FX renews “Louie” for a seven episode fifth season
Announced at their summer TCA, FX has renewed Louis CK’s Louie for its fifth season. This really comes as no surprise as Louie has been a huge fan favorite and critically acclaimed series since its debut, and has racked up plenty of award nominations including two Emmy wins. It’s fourth ... [Read More]
 
66th Primetime Emmy Nominations in Comedy
Here are your nominees for 2014 Emmy Awards in TV comedy. Will update with more categories and breakdowns, but for now, congrats to all! Making a big splash this year definitely is Netflix, with its decision to Orange Is the New Black in comedy earning the streaming site a series and acting nods. Th... [Read More]
 
Burn It Down and Start Again: 4 Comics Who Threw Out Their Material and Reinvented Themselves
by Ian Goldstein Throwing out material is a frightening prospect for any entertainer. For some performers it can take years to compile a half-hour show. Especially in comedy, recycled material can feel reheated quickly; it ends careers of comedians who refuse to change their once popular, soon ... [Read More]