Critics Are Having a Lot of Fun Destroying 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2'
by Megh Wright Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 hits theaters today, and as you might've guessed, it's not getting the warmest reception from critics. Currently holding strong at an impressive 0% on Rotten Tomatoes, the Kevin James-starring sequel to the 2009 box office hit has received a lukewarm critical re... [Read More]
Review: Knock Knock, It’s Tig Notaro (Showtime)
Each of the past couple of years has made a big impact personally and professionally on stand-up comedian Tig Notaro. And yet, somehow, it's only April and Notaro's already shaping up to make an even bigger splash comedically in 2015, with a stand-up special on tap with HBO, a documentary about her ... [Read More]
Too Paul, Too Blart: Die Hard or Mall Cop Trying (aka reviewing Paul Blart, Mall Cop 2)
Underestimate Paul Blart at your own peril. Or at least risk the embarrassment of not knowing that Kevin James makes major bank by turning his sad-sack security officer into an unlikely action hero and father figure, twice over now with the release today of Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. That lack of appre... [Read More]
Big Time in Hollywood, FL, or the increasingly poor decisions of millennials
Comedy Central has been on a hot streak of late. The cable channel has led the resurgence of sketch comedy on TV -- launching Key and Peele, Kroll Show, and Inside Amy Schumer -- expanded its grip on young viewership of late-night with @midnight, won over critics with series that defy... [Read More]
Veep returns and it’s “Future Whatever”
As the Vice President of the United States, Selina Meyer was a woman on a mission. Any mission, in fact. Of (the most awkward) sorts. Disjointed ventures barely purported to win votes and carelessly undermined by P.O.T.U.S. (the President Of The United States) from episode one. And by her own staff,... [Read More]
'Veep' Isn't About the First Female President (Thank God)
by Meredith Haggerty Imagine an original comedy about The First Woman President. Between media pressure (“Is she powerful enough?”) and network notes (“Is she relatable enough?”) and focus group testing (“She should be hotter, but not like, too hot?”) it would lik... [Read More]
Daily Show’s Aasif Mandvi and Funny Or Die launch ‘Halal in the Family.’ Watch all four episodes now.
Family sitcoms of the 80′s followed a tried and true formula: an out of touch but well-meaning dad, the peacemaker mom, cool but combative teenage kids and a corny but catchy theme song that tied it all together. While the recipe for a successful comedy has long since evolved, some modern day ... [Read More]
Taraji P. Henson hosted Saturday Night Live: Cookie came out to play
You know it’s hard out there for a pimp. Taraji P. Henson has waiting many years to be an overnight success. From starring in Academy Award winning movies to critically acclaimed CBS dramas. But it wasn’t until the seemingly overnight success of her current project, Empire where Henson b... [Read More]
Hustling with the Funny Girls of Oxygen’s “docu-reality” series about stand-up comedy
It's OK to approach Oxygen's Funny Girls with at least a bit of apprehension. Billed as a "docu-reality" series about six aspiring stand-up comedians too young to see the title as wordplay on the 1964 Broadway musical and 1968 movie that starred Barbra Streisand, but old enough to already know ... [Read More]
Michael Keaton hosted Saturday Night Live: It’s showtime for Birdman, Batman, and Beetlejuice
Michael Keaton has hosted Saturday Night Live three times with some pretty hefty times in between. First in 1982, then in ’92, and now. So a lot happened in between those times. Like a new generation of people got a new Batman and Keaton is currently known more as Birdman. So, to say this migh... [Read More]