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]
 
Watch “Robin Williams Remembered:” A PBS Pioneers of Television special
The PBS documentary series, Pioneers of Television, had interviewed Robin Williams extensively just recently for its portraits of him and other groundbreaking comedians of the past 60 years. So, when Williams tragically died last month at 63, they went back through the footage with him as well as wi... [Read More]
 
Robin Williams tribute on PBS airs Sept. 9: Watch a preview now
Robin Williams will be honored Tuesday, Sept. 9 at 9 pm ET when PBS premieres a one-hour tribute titled Robin Williams Remembered – A Pioneers of Television Special. The special will include Robin Williams’ last full-length television interview, “including never-before-seen footage... [Read More]
 
Pioneers of Television: Standup to Sitcom (PBS)
"In the beginning of stand-up, it's the hardest thing in the world, because you are not good," said Ray Romano. "It takes 30 years to make a good, a great stand-up comic," Roseanne said. "And it does!" And yet it doesn't take quite that long to get the attention of network TV executives, particularl... [Read More]
 
Marc Maron and Adam Carolla talk technology on PBS Web series ‘Everything But The News’ (Video)
The PBS original Web series Everything But The News with host Steve Goldbloom explores tech in California. Their newest episode, which launched this week on PBS’s YouTube page, examines the effects of technology on the state of comedy. Goldbloom talks to podcasters Marc Maron and Adam Carolla,... [Read More]
 
Bill Murray for the full hour with Charlie Rose
Bill Murray says you have to remain available. Not just for work, but also for life: "We're living this life, we're in this life, and if you're not available, a sort of ordinary amount of time goes past and you didn't live it. The day passes and you didn't live it. But if you're available, then life... [Read More]
 
Steve Martin Should Host Every Pledge Drive
by Bradford Evans Here's a new clip Steve Martin shot to air during PBS pledge drives starting next month, in conjunction with a concert special he's doing with Edie Brickell. It's both funny and less boring than anything that usually happens during public TV pledge drives. 0 Comments... [Read More]
 
Bill Cosby, on prejudice, circa 1971
More than three decades before Dave Chappelle rocked Comedy Central with his portrayal of "Clayton Bigsby," and less than a decade after the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech that capped off the 1963 March on Washington for civil rights, Bill Cosby delivered a devastating 22 ... [Read More]