Why Artists Need Money to Buy Time, Not Things
“I’d rather have the thieves than the neighbors. The thieves don’t impose. Thieves just want your things, neighbors want your time.” – Larry David Like anybody, I want to make a lot of money and be rich. I used think I wanted that money to buy cool things. When yo... [Read More]
 
Stephen Colbert inspires #CancelColbert hashtag on Twitter, because people hate context (Video)
If the misinformed #CancelColbert campaign teaches us anything, it should be that the premise of a joke is just as important as its punch line. Twitter erupted Thursday evening when The Colbert Report’s official Twitter page tweeted a joke from Wednesday night’s episode. On the show, Ste... [Read More]
 
‘Broad City’ and ‘Legit’ are the future of television comedy and here’s why
In 12 days, How I Met Your Mother will reach its expiration date after nine seasons and 208 episodes, the television equivalent of a long and prosperous life. Fear not, fan-clubbers: Although your favorite show is being put out to pasture, CBS will continue to milk the cash cow with the inevitable s... [Read More]
 
South By Southwest comedy, days 5 and 6: Chris Gethard gets naked, Superego gets weird (Photos)
AUSTIN – The city of Austin is well known for its quirky eccentricity, as reflected in its mostly official motto, “Keep Austin Weird.” And South by Southwest has a tendency to exacerbate said weirdness, particularly where the comedy scene is concerned. Today, I have two examples fo... [Read More]
 
South By Southwest comedy, day 4: Sinbad kills it, Jim Breuer gets real and more
AUSTIN – To borrow the words of the great philosopher Ice Cube, today was a good day. The story kicks off on Tuesday with some serendipitous moments only possible at an event like SXSW, where the city of Austin’s innate quirkiness morphs into something produced and promoted with a glossi... [Read More]
 
South By Southwest Comedy, day 2: Comedy Bang Bang, Fred Armisen, Sasheer Zamata
AUSTIN – Okay, forewarning: there was too much legit Sunday night to be able to comprehensively share all of the laughs with you, dear readers, but I will do my damnedest to offer the highlights. Checked out three shows, all in a row, and lived to tell the tale. Mostly. Sunday kicked off with ... [Read More]
 
Laugh Tracks by Laughspin: Listen to Kevin Pollak, Chelsea Peretti, Doug Benson, Jason Gillearn (Podcast)
This week on Laugh Tracks we travel to the Golden State for our first group of comedians from California. Cali has an overabundance of talented comics so for this episode we have a total of four great clips. KEVIN POLLAK – The multi-talented comic, actor, and webcast host, has been busy since... [Read More]
 
Blue Eyes On The Bay: How an ill-fated live comedy show led to love
Last year a group of Sacramento-based comics and I drove to San Francisco to hit some open mics and pizza shops. I’ve been to plenty of open mics, so I was more excited about the pizza. Not just because I’m a glutton, but because pizza places don’t usually stink of awkward desperat... [Read More]
 
Comedy about Dennis Rodman and North Korea dictator Kim Jong Un is happening, because what’s funnier than human rights violations?
What’s funnier than a dictator-led country, whose government enslaves hundreds of thousands of its citizens in labor camps – children included! – publicly executes people for owning a Bible and maintains no freedom of the press? Well, Tim Story, director of such hits like Ride Alon... [Read More]
 
Will Ferrell’s production company starts division for female comedies, but does the label help or hurt?
News surfaced today that Gary Sanchez Productions – that’s Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy – will establish a production division in charge of developing female-centic movies. The new arm of the wildly successful company will be lead by Jessica Elbaum, who’s been wi... [Read More]