The First Annual Harris Phest Honors a True Comic Original
Some deaths remain fresh wounds that refuse to heal or dissipate with time. They remain eternally painful. The deaths of Johnny Cash and David Bowie and Philip Seymour Hoffman are like that for a lot of people. For many podcast and comedy fans, so was the death of Harris Wittels on February 19th, 20... [Read More]
Sarah Silverman, Amy Poehler, Mike Schur, and More Remember Harris Wittels
Ahead of what would be his 33rd birthday this Thursday, The Guardian has a wonderful piece out today about the late Harris Wittels, who died in 2015 after a short but prolific comedy career. In the piece, Wittels’ former coworkers and friends Sarah Silverman, Mike Schur, Aziz Ansari, Amy Poehl... [Read More]
Remembering Lashonda Lester, the Funniest Person in Austin
A wave of shock and grief swept through the Austin comedy scene yesterday as news spread that 2016’s Funniest Person in Austin winner Lashonda Lester passed away unexpectedly. Known for her ease on stage, Lester was a consummate professional in both her writing and delivery with jokes that nev... [Read More]
Stan Freberg: Guerrilla Satirist
Dan Pasternack is a comedy producer and programmer as well as a scribbler and superfan who loves alliterative couplets almost as much as he loves comedy. His passion and his professional life have brought him into contact with comedy legends and lore of the past and present. For each installment of ... [Read More]
Late Night Hosts Remember Don Rickles, the “Greatest Talk Show Guest of All Time”
Following yesterday’s news that legendary comedian Don Rickles died at age 90, last night, late night hosts paid tribute to Rickles in their own ways. Rickles’ passing hit the hardest for Jimmy Kimmel, who had him on the show many times and became close with him over the years. “I&... [Read More]
Remembering Chuck Barris, Accidental Comedy Pioneer
When she stumbles upon me chuckling at something she finds bewildering, my wife periodically asks me, “Is this that anti-comedy you like?” She’s invariably referring to something that I enjoy but that she finds unfunny, dumb, and weird for the sake of being weird. I can’t bla... [Read More]
Mel Brooks Looks Back on Meeting Gene Wilder on ‘The Tonight Show’
Here’s a clip from last night’s Tonight Show, where Mel Brooks looks back on the very first time he met Gene Wilder backstage at a play, which led to them working together on The Producers, Blazing Saddles, and Wilder’s own idea Young Frankenstein. But it all started with The Produ... [Read More]
Mel Brooks Looks Back on Meeting Gene Wilder on ‘The Tonight Show’
Here’s a clip from last night’s Tonight Show, where Mel Brooks looks back on the very first time he met Gene Wilder backstage at a play, which led to them working together on The Producers, Blazing Saddles, and Wilder’s own idea Young Frankenstein. But it all started with The Produ... [Read More]
James Corden Looks Back on the Time He Met Gene Wilder on ‘The Late Late Show’
At the beginning of last night’s Late Late Show, James Corden took a few minutes to respond to the news that comedy icon Gene Wilder passed away over the weekend. Corden had the honor of meeting Wilder when he was doing a play in New York, and even though Wilder later rejected Corden’s o... [Read More]
Judd Apatow, Sarah Silverman, Kevin Nealon, and More Remember Garry Shandling
It’s been a month since Garry Shandling died at his home in Los Angeles, and while there have been many tributes to him over the past few weeks, last night Judd Apatow produced and hosted a packed memorial for him at the Wilshire Ebell Theater in Los Angeles. According to The New York Times, K... [Read More]