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What's it like to be a woman in comedy? Oh, it's my favorite question.

"If you watch a lot of television and you don't know what could happen to lesbians if they don't die, this is a show about that. I promise you, no lesbians die in this show." Rhea Butcher and Cameron Esposito play a lightly fictionalized version of themselves -- a married couple who co-host a standup comedy show in Los Angeles -- in their new sitcom, Take My Wife. [more inside]
posted by amnesia and magnets on Aug 25, 2016 - 13 comments

"He makes his work look effortless."

Will somebody please give Norm Macdonald another TV show? by Geoff Edgers, Washington Post
"If we could have, we would have had Norm on every damn week,” Letterman says. “He is funny in a way that some people inhale and exhale. With others, you can tell the comedy, the humor is considered. With Norm, he exudes it. It’s sort of a furnace in him because he’s so effortless. The combination of the delivery and his appearance and his intelligence. There may be people as funny as Norm, but I don’t know anybody who is funnier.” -- David Letterman
(Norm Macdonald, most recent previously: 1, 2, 3, 4)
posted by Room 641-A on Aug 23, 2016 - 33 comments

“When you are a minority, it is no small thing to finally see yourself.”

What We Lose When POC Entertainers Crack Into The Mainstream [Buzzfeed] How Lilly Singh’s Superwoman and Jasmeet Singh’s JusReign navigate between two worlds.
posted by Fizz on Aug 21, 2016 - 5 comments

"I put the wig on and people laughed.”

"Joanne the Scammer lives for drama. Branden Miller is just trying to live." Performer and comic Branden Miller is a quiet young man who collects fragrances. His comic persona Joanne The Scammer is a fur-wrapped con artist moving from one stolen credit card to another and a Twitter sensation. The Fader talked to Miller about racial indenity, growing up gay, sex work, the fragility of internet fame, and getting scammed.
posted by The Whelk on Aug 11, 2016 - 7 comments

You think they ever get backed up at the gates of Heaven?

Comedian Billy Domineau has written a spot-on spec script that takes place 3 years after the show went off the air: "Seinfeld - The Twin Towers".
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Aug 3, 2016 - 77 comments

My father had few enthusiasms, but he loved comedy.

Dead Man Laughing. Comedy, family, class (British) and death intertwine in this essay by Zadie Smith. [more inside]
posted by lalochezia on Jul 19, 2016 - 7 comments

THR Emmy Roundtable Discussions

The Hollywood Reporter has, once again, released excellent roundtable discussions with notable television actors: Comedy Actor Roundtable (Rob Lowe, Aziz Ansar, Jeffrey Tambour, Tony Hale, Anthony Anderson, Keegan-Michael Key, Jerrod Carmichael) [1h7m], Comday Actress Roundtable (Allison Janney, Lily Tomlin, Gina Rodriguez, Rachel Bloom, Niece Nash, Ilana Glazer) [52m], Drama Actor Roundtable (Cuba Goodling Jr., Rami Malek, Paul Giamatti, Forest Whitaker, Wanger Moura, Bobbay Cannavale) [55m], Drama Actress Roundtable (Kirsten Dunst, Julianna Marguiles, Jennifer Lopez, Kerry Washington, Sarah Paulson, Regina King, Constance Zimmer) [lh13m]
posted by hippybear on Jul 18, 2016 - 8 comments

a comet passing through TV's solar system

The Best Show on TV Is ​Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
posted by prize bull octorok on Jun 29, 2016 - 58 comments

I'm Just A Person

A couple of days later, I stood in front of a mirror and slowly unbuttoned my shirt. When I looked down, what I saw turned out to be just a flat chest with fresh scars on their way to looking healed. My stitches had dissolved. I took my shirt off and stared at myself, thinking, “Lake was right, I can do this.” - Tig Notaro on luck, love, family, friends, fame, stand up, her new book, and life after breasts
posted by nadawi on Jun 11, 2016 - 11 comments

'That one actually happened to a friend of mine.'

"How 'Silicon Valley' Nails Silicon Valley" [SLYNY, Andrew Marantz] [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jun 9, 2016 - 47 comments

"Mr Coates risked life and limb in his stage performances..."

"... since the audience could not, would not, and did not, endure his interpretations of the classics. A riot was the inevitable result, death or serious injury the probable outcome, of these attempts." So wrote Edith Sitwell of the in/famous amateur thespian Robert "Romeo" Coates in her book English Eccentrics, here appreciated by the Paris Review blog. [more inside]
posted by Hypatia on Jun 7, 2016 - 3 comments

"The most bizarre and often saddest talk show in New York City."

The Chris Gethard Show started at UCB, moved to public access (previously), and can now be seen on Fusion TV and online. It's a talk show, a call-in show, a Skype-in show, a comedy show, an audience-participation show, and a grand, weird, and delightful tv experiment that also isn't afraid to explore mental health issues (previously - cw: suicide.) Season 1 full episodes (22:00 ea.). Season 2 full episodes (44:00 ea.). Wikipedia List of show regulars, characters, and celeb guests. [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Jun 1, 2016 - 14 comments

Is it Ghostbusters Trailer 2?

The Trailers for Ghostbusters (2016) and the Art of Editing Comedy
posted by Artw on May 26, 2016 - 73 comments

Honest Game Trailers

From the makers of Honest Movie Trailers, Honest Game Trailers. [more inside]
posted by clorox on May 8, 2016 - 20 comments

Hello!

"There is no reason on earth why Prince Charming cannot walk through our front door!"
[more inside]
posted by not_on_display on May 4, 2016 - 16 comments

Comedian W. Kamau Bell arranges a special meeting with the KKK

The United Shades of America is a new show on CNN. It's hosted by standup comic W. Kamau Bell, and he says the show is about "a black guy who goes where he shouldn't go or where you wouldn't expect him to go." And if you think that's hype, well, in the very first episode Bell hangs out with Ku Klux Klan members in Kentucky and Arkansas (45 minute Youtube link).
posted by Brandon Blatcher on May 3, 2016 - 18 comments

Burnistoun, twinned with Quimper, Verona, R'lyeh

South Burnistoun Housing Association deals with a complaint (slyt)
posted by howfar on May 1, 2016 - 12 comments

Games over

Big Play Films, the YouTube channel of PBF’s Nicholas Gurewitch (pre vi ous ly) has released a new video, “Mushroom Kingdom of Heaven.” [more inside]
posted by little onion on Apr 18, 2016 - 4 comments

Bake. The. Cake.

Beth is a small town baker without a care. Until her faith is tested. SLYT
posted by litleozy on Apr 17, 2016 - 49 comments

Oh my God, shoes.

Shoes - ten years ago Liam Kyle Sullivan created "Shoes", one of the first viral hits of the YouTube era featuring his Midwestern teen girl character Kelly. Now he sits down with Vice to talk about YouTube fame, touring, how it came about, and what came after.
posted by The Whelk on Apr 16, 2016 - 31 comments

People Who Write Theatre Reviews Are Very Easily Provoked

So, you're thinking about seeing a play...
posted by Navelgazer on Apr 15, 2016 - 25 comments

Our star, the Sun, is just one of dozens of stars in the galaxy.

Having trouble falling asleep? Joe Pera can help with that.
posted by edeezy on Apr 9, 2016 - 12 comments

Where have all the gentlemen gone...

on Grindr? [NSFW kinda]
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering on Apr 8, 2016 - 3 comments

Trevor Noah didn't fall from the sky.

The Funny Thing About Race in South Africa
It's 1948 and it's the first day of apartheid in South Africa. A jazzy tune is playing, the sun is shining and some white people are lying on blankets on a grassy embankment. A familiar sign pops up: "Whites Only." The camera pans onto a young black man who is taking his place on the lawn as a security officer approaches. "Apartheid? Ahhh, it's today?" he says, as he's being led off the screen. "Man, I thought it was next week."
posted by infini on Apr 6, 2016 - 7 comments

A Study of Perceptions

The Lunch Date is a ten-minute short film directed by Adam Davidson. It won the 1990 Short Film Palm d'Or at Cannes, the 1991 Academy Award for Best Short Subject, and in 2013 was placed in the Library of Congress. h/t Open Culture’s list of free movies
posted by Going To Maine on Mar 27, 2016 - 9 comments

be better and grow further

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posted by Potomac Avenue on Mar 24, 2016 - 4 comments

Bon appétit!

Mary Jo Catlett sings "Smokin' Reefers" by Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz. (SLYT)
posted by Bassariscus on Mar 24, 2016 - 2 comments

The time is just coming up to...very late indeed.

All 29 episodes of That Mitchell and Webb Sound, the radio precursor to David Mitchell and Robert Webb's celebrated television sketch show. [more inside]
posted by Iridic on Mar 15, 2016 - 17 comments

"Sorry to bother you, but I just have to tell you, I love your voice."

Stand up comic Tig Notaro tells a story about Taylor Dayne. Jon Dore tells Tig Notaro a story about Goldilocks. (Tig Notaro, previously 1, 2, 3)
posted by Room 641-A on Mar 5, 2016 - 28 comments

"This is the best coffee I've ever had."

Comedians Sitting on Vibrators Getting Coffee (NSFW)
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Mar 2, 2016 - 31 comments

What audiences are saying is, "that wasn't funny."

"Political correctness makes comedy better" -- Paul F. Tompkins
posted by Shepherd on Feb 24, 2016 - 94 comments

"That is really the thrill of my career."

Steve Martin Performed Stand-up Last Night for the First Time in 35 Years "I'll be honest with you, right off the top, because I'm a little upset with the Beacon Theatre," one joke began. "I was backstage and I used the restroom. And there was a sign that read, 'Employees Must Wash hands.'" Pause. "And I could not find [pause] one employee [pause] to wash my hands."
posted by Servo5678 on Feb 19, 2016 - 51 comments

This is going to be he YOOOOOGEST FPP that this country has ever seen.

Funny or Die Made a Trump Biopic, Starring Johnny Depp [NYT]. The 50-minute comedy is streaming now at Funny or Die. (Head's up: NYT link has spoilers!)
posted by Room 641-A on Feb 10, 2016 - 20 comments

Wally Ballou Signing Off

Bob Elliott, the legendary radio comedian has passed away at 92. It all began in Boston in the late 1940s, when Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding started goofing around on the air during rain delays of Red Sox games. Soon, they were a hit nationally as well, with such well known characters as Wally Ballou the long-suffering radio newsman and the adventures of Mary Backstayge, Noble Wife. Bob and Ray's comedy career spanned decades until Goulding's death in 1990. [more inside]
posted by briank on Feb 3, 2016 - 78 comments

Stop Doing This. Please Retweet!

Reading a barrage of violent comments and threats doesn’t make me want to retaliate. It doesn’t make me want to fire back at those guys with the same hate and rage that they spewed my direction about me and the rest of my gender. It makes me want to censor myself. It makes me hesitant to write certain jokes. Could this tweet make hundreds of men tell me I belong locked in their closet? Will this idea I’m putting out there also end in threats of rape or murder?
Is That a Threat?, by Alison Leiby for The Lighthouse.
posted by Navelgazer on Feb 3, 2016 - 94 comments

In the future, things.

How to tell time in 3 minutes or less. [more inside]
posted by Orange Pamplemousse on Feb 1, 2016 - 8 comments

This list is great if you like to laugh and want 100 of something

In chronological order from Bert Williams to Amy Schumer, Vulture lists the 100 jokes that shaped modern comedy. [more inside]
posted by Horace Rumpole on Feb 1, 2016 - 70 comments

Weird Al steps in as CBB Bandleader

On today's Comedy Bang Bang podcast it was officially announced that Weird Al will take over as bandleader for the fake talk show on IFC.
posted by kittensofthenight on Jan 25, 2016 - 31 comments

I WANT TO MAKE IT RIGHT IMMEDIATELY. I CANNOT GO TO PRISON. I CANNOT.

"They said they were going to put me on hold, and then hung up on me. But I had their #, a 20-minute drive ahead of me, and I do improv."
Comedian Dave Holmes trolls a couple of hapless IRS telephone scammers.
posted by Atom Eyes on Jan 22, 2016 - 61 comments

It's a real insult to people who try

Comedian H. Jon Benjamin (Archer, Bob's Burgers) has released his first experimental jazz album. He can't play the piano.
posted by BungaDunga on Jan 21, 2016 - 112 comments

"You sound like John Ritter. ALL THE TIME."

Key and Peele may have said their goodbyes to television, but they will soon return to the big screen in their first feature film "Keanu", whose red band NSFW trailer dropped today.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Jan 21, 2016 - 39 comments

Siberian farmyard rap goes viral! And the crowd goes wild!

Do you listen to a lot of hip-hop in in the Yakut language? Me either. But that changed when I happened upon the story of Ayal Adamov, Monty Python fan and student at Northeast Federal University, Yakutsk, Sakha Republic, Russia. One day, he heard a song that celebrated bling and money and conspicuous consumption. He felt a profound sense of disgust and, in response, composed a song that celebrated his own, humbler, rural roots. The accompanying video has to be seen to be believed; it is embedded in this article in the Siberian Times.
posted by jason's_planet on Jan 17, 2016 - 33 comments

Funny people who died last year

The Comic's Comic posts a list, with links, including alas Taylor Negron and Anne Meara.
posted by anothermug on Jan 3, 2016 - 6 comments

"How should I know? I dropped out of school to become a doctor."

"Wayne Rogers, best known for playing Captain 'Trapper' John McIntyre on TV comedy series 'M.A.S.H.,' died Thursday in Los Angeles from complications of pneumonia. He was 82." [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jan 1, 2016 - 47 comments

Oh, spiffing. Absolutely spiffing. Well done.

Three attempts were made to create a Fawlty Towers for American Television. Chateau Snavely was supposed to be a tour de force starring Betty White and Harvey Korman, but the pilot never made it to air. Watching the second adaptation, Bea Arthur's Amanda's by the Sea (1983), was like being eaten alive by Filigree Siberian Hamsters. It lasted all of six weeks on ABC -- and hopefully someone gave everyone involved in that production a damned good thrashing. And then there was John Larroquette's Payne.... [more inside]
posted by zarq on Dec 24, 2015 - 37 comments

How Jimmy Fallon Crushed Stephen Colbert

How Jimmy Fallon Crushed Stephen Colbert (and Everyone Else in Late Night)
posted by Drinky Die on Dec 17, 2015 - 88 comments

Recite 'The Fatiha,' Laugh Your Muslim Ass Off

Muslim-owned comedy venue offers "Trump Special," gives free attendance to Muslim-Americans. Mo S. Fathelbab is a Muslim-American and owner of The Experiment Comedy Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He’s offering a ‘Trump Special’ - anyone who can prove that they are Muslim by facing Mecca and reciting ‘The Fatiha’ gets free admission.
posted by chinese_fashion on Dec 11, 2015 - 46 comments

HPL Insurance

"Ma'am, you're going to have to describe the creature. Calling it indescribable doesn't help." (SLYT)
posted by Zarkonnen on Dec 3, 2015 - 16 comments

Because (Wild) Life is Funny

The Winners (and a small flock of runners-up) have been named in the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards
posted by oneswellfoop on Nov 29, 2015 - 16 comments

ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR!

Whether you know the basic story or not, you may enjoy Mark Steel's lecture on Beethoven's life for its entertaining (and decidedly informal) presentation.
posted by Wolfdog on Nov 26, 2015 - 7 comments

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