Before ‘Rick and Morty,’ Dan Harmon Tried to Reinvent Acceptable Television with ‘Acceptable.TV’
The idea of entertainment as an entity separate from the internet is one that is for the most part dead. Every movie must have social media tie-ins, every book a video trailer, every TV show a second screen experience. For just a moment, imagine a strange, distant land called “Cable TV in 2007... [Read More]
Episode #193: Jade Catta-Preta
Jade Catta-Preta is a Brazilian-born comedian and actress who you can see on the truTV series, Those Who Can’t, and in person frequently at The Comedy Store when she’s not touring as a feature act for Bobby Lee, Kevin Nealon or Bill Burr. In 2014, she co-starred as a regular on three dif... [Read More]
R.I.P. Stevie Ryan (1984-2017)
Stevie Ryan, one of the first YouTubers to score her own comedy series on TV, has died. She was 33. Ryan, born June 2, 1984, and raised in Victorville, Calif., moved to Los Angeles at age 19 to pursue a career in show business. After booking various commercial projects, her YouTube videos caugh... [Read More]
We need to talk about black women in comedy: VH1’s “All Jokes Aside”
If you think it’s still tough out there in the comedy trenches for a woman wanting to make it as a stand-up, then just imagine what it must be like for a black women. Heck, don’t imagine it. Go out and talk to some black women in comedy. That’s what the new short documentary, All [... [Read More]
Episode #104: Christian Finnegan
Christian Finnegan co-stars in a new series on A&E he created with Sherrod Small called Black and White, where over the course of the first eight episodes, they’ll deconstruct today’s headlines through the humorous prism of race relations. Finnegan and Small cracked wise about less s... [Read More]
Cedric The Entertainer on show business ebbs and flows: “It’s down to one guy at a time”
Promoting his new movie, Barbershop: The Next Cut, Cedric The Entertainer fielded a question from VH1's Sway about how comedy has evolved. The o.g. Original Kings of Comedy alum -- who's touring now with a crew of D.L. Hughley, George Lopez, Eddie Griffin and Charlie Murphy for The Comedy Get Down -... [Read More]
Zach Galifianakis’s Short-Lived Talk Show: ‘Late World with Zach’
At this point in television history, there is a very long tail of late night programing. You have your massive monoliths of success that have been running for decades like Saturday Night Live, you have your notoriously short-lived failures that more people have talked about than ever actually seen l... [Read More]
Episode #15: Michelle Buteau
Here's the buzz: Michelle Buteau spoke to me just as VH1 announced last week it'd canceled Big Morning Buzz, the live talk show she co-hosted with Nick Lachey for the past year. But that's no sweat off of her back. She decided to pursue her comedy career after working in TV news on 9/11. Yes. T... [Read More]
Watch the trailer for the new docu-style comedy “Barely Famous” featuring David Foster’s daughters
This is about as meta as you can get. A reality show spoofing reality shows, that is actually a reality show. Sisters, Erin and Sara Foster, who happen to be the daughters of Grammy Award-winning producer David Foster are starring in VH1’s new faux reality series, Barely Famous. Erin... [Read More]
SNL Mega-Marathon Begins Tomorrow
by Tina Jett   (image via VH1) Snowed-in sketch lovers rejoice! Beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, January 28, VH1 kicks off their Saturday Night Live mega-marathon, SNL REWIND: 2015–1975. For 19 days – 433 hours – 40 years of SNL episodes will air b... [Read More]