'The A.V. Club' Celebrates 'All That' as "the 'SNL' for Kids"
by Megh Wright "All That's attempt at giving children of the '90s their own SNL began with the masterstroke Lorne Michaels hit upon nearly two decades earlier: If your comedy show is supposed to reach a certain generation, let that generation tell the jokes themselves. … If Roundhouse was a c... [Read More]
Watch Adam McKay and Scott Adsit Perform in the 1995 Second City Show 'Piñata Full of Bees'
by Megh Wright Welcome to The Second City Archives, in which we post an exclusive clip each week of some of comedy's biggest superstars performing early in their careers on the legendary Chicago stage. Second City has generously given us a glimpse into their extensive archive of live performances, a... [Read More]
Bill Cosby’s biographer on the origin story of the “Cosby Sweater”
The term "Cosby Sweater" is one of the most unlikeliest legacies to come out of the #1 TV show of the 1980s. And yet, even today, you had an image in your head of a Cosby sweater even before you saw the photo above, probably of one much similar to it. In the first major biography of Bill Cosby writt... [Read More]
Nathan Fielder Makes a Riveting Commercial for the Toy Ball Doink-It
by Megh Wright Nathan for You's second season finale aired last night, and the above commercial is the end product of Fielder's mission to rebrand one toy company's product by associating it with a child's first step into adulthood: "Doink-It: The Only Proof You're Not a Baby." Click through for som... [Read More]
Chris Laker “Moments of Greatness” (review)
In an interview with Cringe Humor, Chris Laker was asked how he would describe his comedy to someone who’s never seen his act. “I talk about grown-up sh*t,” Laker affirmed. Yes, he totally does. “I’ve made some life choices that maybe not everybody has done.” Yes,... [Read More]
Read Some New Excerpts from the Updated 'Live from New York' Book
by Megh Wright The new and extended version of Tom Shales and James Miller's SNL oral history book Live from New York isn't out until September 9th, but in the meantime THR has released a few exclusive excerpts from the book all about the show's more recent political satire, from how Tina Fey's Sara... [Read More]
Jimmy Fallon Plays 'GoldenEye 007' with Pierce Brosnan
by Megh Wright One of Jimmy Fallon's childhood dreams came true last night when he got the opportunity to play everyone's favorite Nintendo 64 game GoldenEye 007. It turns out that Brosnan is really more of a karate chop guy than a gun guy. 0 Comments... [Read More]
Can We Afford So Much Despair?
One of the narrative threads in Adam Quesnell's CD and MP3 album Can We Afford This Much Despair is he still has a day job. His work stories are convincing but I do not believe this guy is not doing stand-up comedy full time. There is something slightly off kilter ... [Read More]
David Letterman pays tribute to Robin Williams, his friend of 38 years
One week after the passing of Robin Williams, David Letterman returned from a week hiatus. During the show, Letterman spent 10 minutes of the show recalling the early stand-up days at The Comedy Store when they first saw the late comedian take the stage declaring, “it was nothing we’ve e... [Read More]
Today's Funniest Tweets
by WitStream Alex Baze St. Peter is probably keeping Don Pardo at the gates, making him say "Saint Peter" over and over. Trevor S #TGIHTT = Thank God I have therapy tomorrow. ... [Read More]