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]
 
Watch Carol Burnett win the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on PBS
Carol Burnett received the 16th annual Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor for 2013. Held in Washington, D.C., at The Kennedy Center in October, and broadcast Sunday night on PBS, the all-star cast who paid tribute to Burnett included Julie Andrews, Lucie Arnaz, Tony... [Read More]
 
Modern Comedian – Rich Vos
We actually kind of envy you if you have yet to watch Scott Moran‘s brilliant documentary web-series, “Modern Comedian,” because that means that you get even more episodes to binge [...]Author informationJimmy CallawayAuthor at Serial OptimistJimmy Callaway lives in San Diego. He w... [Read More]
 
New Episode Of Scott Moran’s ‘Modern Comedian’ With Subhah Agarwal
A new episode of the wonderful documentary series “Modern Comedian” came out today featuring Subhah Agarwal. Agarwal is known as one of the hardest working open mic comedians in NYC. Here [...]Author informationDavid DeanPublisher at Serial OptimistDavid is the publisher of Serial O... [Read More]
 
Behind The Sound With NPR’s Peter Sagal & The Writing Staff Of ‘Wait…Wait Don’t Tell Me’
Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me, “The Oddly Informative New Quiz” needs no introductions, nor does its host Peter Sagal. For over 14 years, listeners across America have played the trivia [...]Author informationMonique MadridComedy Editor at Serial OptimistMonique Madrid is a Chica... [Read More]
 
Watch “Mel Brooks: Make a Noise,” the PBS American Masters documentary
In case you missed it, here it is online. From the PBS American Masters description: "Mel Brooks: Make a Noise journeys through Brooks’ early years in the creative beginnings of live television — with Sid Caesar on Your Show of Shows — to the film ge... [Read More]