The Laughs, Pathos, and Overwhelming Talent of Jan Hooks | Grantland
An intimate portrait of the former ‘Saturday Night Live’ star’s career and life, one year after she was laid to rest. [Read More]
How Judd Apatow Went From Comedy Nerd To Hollywood Heavyweight
Apatow's roots as a comedy obsessed kid in New York helped make him into the Hollywood heavyweight that he is today. A self-proclaimed “comedy freak,” Apatow was looking to comedy to fill a certain void. He was “an angry kid who didn’t feel like the world made sense.” His Jewish parents were non-religious and not particularly insightful regarding his place in the greater scheme of things. He was also angry because he was the smallest kid in his class, so sports were a trial. Always picked l... [Read More]
The King of the Times Square Comedy Show Ticket Hawkers
Amongst the Times Square denizens — everyone from the Spidermans to the Weed Guys to the tour bus ticket hawkers — Paul Rosa is one of the most well-known fixtures. Paul manages comedy club ticket sellers. When he’s not managing, he’s selling tickets himself. Paul tries to no... [Read More]
Tenacious Dean: The long and winding road of Dean Delray from rock ‘n’ roll to movies to stand-up comedy
Inside San Francisco’s Cobb’s Comedy Club, Dean Delray is preparing for a sold-out Friday night show.  I am led to his dressing room, where he anxiously greets me at the door.  He stands about 5’ 6” with slicked hair and a thick handlebar mustache.  A former ro... [Read More]
The Set with Marina Franklin – The Interrobang
RJ Waldron caught from The Interrobang caught up with one of the most beloved stand-ups in the business-- Marina Franklin-- to ask a few questions for “The Set.” [Read More]
'The NY Times' Has an Excellent Jack Handey Profile Today
by Bradford Evans Longtime SNL writer Jack Handey, who's responsible for recurring sketches like "Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer" and "Deep Thoughts," is the subject of an excellent, in-depth profile in The New York Times Magazine today. Titled "Jack Handey Is the Envy of Every Comedy Writer in America," i... [Read More]
The Unsung Brilliance of Tom Lehrer
One of the sharpest wits of the 1950s and ‘60s was Tom Lehrer, the mathematician-turned-satirist who sang and performed blackly comic songs lampooning social norms, musical genres and the headlines of the day. In his foreword to the CD collection The Remains of Tom Lehrer, Dr. Demento calls Le... [Read More]
Tommy Lee Jones’ Golden Globes Snarl; “Full on Koechner”
At the 70th Golden Globe Awards 2013, Lincoln actor Tommy Lee Jones did not look happy during the presenting of Best Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical. Saturday Night Live alumni and alumna Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig graced the stage w... [Read More]
The Comedy Cellar: A Comics’ Crypt, Still Bursting With Life
Every time I walk up the stairs at the West Fourth Street subway stop on my way to the Comedy Cellar, I find myself bouncing from one leg to the other, the way that Louis C. K. does on those steps in the intro to his popular summer series on FX. Call it the Louie shuffle. Once at street level, I look around, and the first things I often see are ghosts. [Read More]
Examining Marc Maron's Stand-Up Beginnings
I'm going to paint in a very broad stroke here for a moment, but I feel secure in saying that if you're here you are familiar with and probably enjoy the podcast WTF with Marc Maron. For the very few of you who don't listen to it (or read the New York Times or watch The Comedy Awards, or are complet... [Read More]