Month: December 2012

The 60 Minutes profile of Judd Apatow

Judd Apatow has been the biggest behind-the-scenes name in big-screen comedy for the past few years. But it’s only now, at the end of 2012, and the release of his latest semi-autobiographical film, This is 40, that CBS and 60 Minutes has served up a profile of the comedian-turned-filmmaker. Anderson Cooper sat down with Apatow, and naturally also with his wife and daughters (Leslie Mann, Maude and Iris Apatow) since Apatow employs them all in his recent string of movies as a writer and director. But Apatow also has accomplices in this TV profile, with friends and business partners...

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Advice for submitting a late-night TV writing packet, from someone who has been on both sides of the hiring process

Sara Schaefer is one half of Nikki & Sara Live, a new weekly late-night talk show debuting on MTV on Jan. 29, 2013 — they’re profiled in today’s issue of The New York Times, and Schaefer and Glaser also have a popular podcast, You Had to Be There. Schaefer previously was the head blogger for the Emmy-winning website for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Here Schaefer offers handy and practical advice to any comedian aspiring to write for a late-night TV show. Things to Consider When Submitting to Write for a Late-Night Show! This past fall, I had the...

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12 Things (and more) to Look Forward to in Season 3 of “Portlandia” on IFC

IFC’s wonderfully clever sketch comedy series¬†Portlandia, starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein as an assortment of characters from Portland, Ore., returns for its third season on Jan. 4, 2013. You can catch up with the first two seasons during a 24-hour Portlandia marathon that begins on IFC at 6 p.m. Eastern on New Year’s Eve; plus, the special Winter In Portlandia airs three times over this weekend. What can we look forward to in the third season? For one thing, more of a structured narrative. The third episode of season three, “Nina’s Birthday,” is a full 22-minute storyline. Armisen...

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Chris Spencer on creating BET’s “Real Husbands of Hollywood” for Kevin Hart, guest-writing on SNL for Jamie Foxx

Chris Spencer¬†is really a husband in Hollywood, but when he created Real Husbands of Hollywood for BET, putting Kevin Hart and other funny celebrities together in an awards show sketch proved so popular that it’s a cable TV hit even before the first full season debuts on Jan. 15, 2013. “The show is so hot, we already got picked up for our second season, and we haven’t even aired any episodes,” Spencer told The Comic’s Comic a couple of days before Christmas. Forget about wrapping the first season. “I’m sitting in the writers room putting together the next 10...

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Secret Society of Comedy: Seth Herzog, Jamie Lee and Craig Baldo on their worst gigs

Among the offerings on Official Comedy’s YouTube channel is a weekly series called “Secret Society of Comedy,” in which comedians sit backstage or in an otherwise private setting and reveal secrets from the show biz. This week’s episode finds Jamie Lee, Seth Herzog and Craig Baldo answering the question (who curates these questions and writes them down on the little cards? that remains a secret!), “What’s the worst show you ever performed, and why?” For Herzog, the gig involves drunk NFL players heckling him six minutes into an hourlong gig. For Baldo, it happened when he opened for a...

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