Joan Rivers: Exit Laughing, on PBS (review)
Can we talk? There already just was and still is a great documentary, made just six years ago, that reminds us what it meant to be Joan Rivers. A Piece of Work. What Rivers meant to comedians and all of us, though, that's the point of Exit Laughing, the first documentary from the Comedy Hall [&helli... [Read More]
Reliving “The Great American Dream Machine,” on PBS from 1971-1972, and now on DVD
Four years before Saturday Night Live, and three years before Monty Python's Flying Circus would land on this side of the pond, New York City's public television station Thirteen put a spotlight on great young comedians and actors who'd become ready for primetime soon enough. A pastiche of patriotic... [Read More]
Elaine May Will Direct the PBS ‘American Masters’ Documentary on Mike Nichols
Get ready to revisit the work of comedy duo Nichols and May early next year. According to Entertainment Weekly, PBS announced today that the season 30 premiere of its documentary series American Masters will focus on the life and work of Mike Nichols, and the documentary has a director attached who ... [Read More]
Keenen Ivory Wayans To Feature On ‘Finding Your Roots’ With Henry Louis Gates
PBS original series Finding Your Roots has been green lighted to return for a new season. The series was expected to no longer continue following a scandal with actor Ben Affleck when he appeared on the show. Apart of the series upcoming guest, Keenen Ivory Wayans has been announced to sit down wit... [Read More]
‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ Creator Phil Rosenthal on Food, Family, and Funny
Phil Rosenthal is the co-creator of Everybody Loves Raymond, and in addition to that, he’s a delightful man. His new show I’ll Have What Phil’s Having, airing Mondays on PBS, allows him to showcase the food of other cultures, meet up with new and old friends, and just be funny whil... [Read More]
Eddie Murphy receives his Mark Twain Prize: “Did y’all make Bill give his back?”
Dave Chappelle, Whitney Cummings, Kathy Griffin, Arsenio Hall, Sam Moore, Kevin Nealon, Trevor Noah, Jay Pharoah, Joe Piscopo, Chris Rock, JB Smoove and plenty of other comedians turned out last night to salute Eddie Murphy at the 18th Annual Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. ... [Read More]
Margaret Cho on her mother’s Korean accent, father’s lack of one, and their acceptance of her
Margaret Cho famously has impersonated her mother in her stand-up routines. In this outtake from the new PBS documentary, American Masters: The Women's List, premiering nationwide 9 p.m. Friday, Cho describes why it has been important to voice her mother accurately, as well as how her Korean father ... [Read More]
The Friars Club celebrated in PBS “Treasures of New York”
Enjoy this Throwback Thursday with a look back across a century of laughs and comedian-on-comedian ribbing as PBS premieres a new half-hour documentary on The Friars Club as part of the "Treasures of New York" series. The special debuts at 10 tonight on WLIW21, and 10 p.m. Friday on WNET-THIRTEEN. I... [Read More]
Learn the Meaning of "Ridiculous" with Grover and Aziz Ansari
by Megh Wright Here's a clip from Aziz Ansari's recent visit to Sesame Street, where he and Grover were tasked with using chicken costumes, stove top hats, and extreme levels of silliness to explain the word of the day "ridiculous." 0 Comments... [Read More]
MAKERS documentary series kicks off with “Women In Comedy”
We need another documentary about women in comedy like we need another Holocaust movie. Distressingly, still necessary. So long as there are people who challenge genders, races, religions and varied upbringings, we'll need to keep presenting evidence to contradict and convince them that anyone is ca... [Read More]