Day: May 31, 2013

A look back at Richard Pryor: “Omit the Logic”

Ask most comedians today who they love and loved watching perform, and Richard Pryor’s name is more likely than not to make the cut as one of the top two influencers for a generation of stand-ups. That’s the sense you’ll get at the start of watching the new documentary about him —┬áRichard Pryor, “Omit the Logic” — which premieres tonight on Showtime. It previously screened on the big screen this spring for the Tribeca Film Festival. Directed by Marina Zenovich (who also helmed a documentary on Roman Polanski), it opens with plaudits from Dave Chappelle, Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg,...

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Before SNL: The Lonely Island’s history with MTV, FOX and Comedy Central

Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taconne were childhood friends in Berkeley, Calif., who went off to separate colleges before reuniting and forming The Lonely Island. Their short film collaborations led them to Saturday Night Live, feature films, sitcoms and two hit albums of their comedy hip-hop songs — “Incredibad” and “Turtleneck & Chain.” Their third album, “The Wack Album,” is due out June 11, 2013. As the trio explained to Ron Bennington on Friday for SiriusXM’s “Unmasked,” perhaps their biggest break came a year before they landed on SNL and struck YouTube gold with “Lazy Sunday.” In 2004,...

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“Why does my vagina have to be your crutch?” Lindy West debates Jim Norton on FX’s Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell

If you’re looking for a healthy, lengthy debate about how comedy and feminism don’t have to be mutually exclusive concepts that tear at each other with straw-man arguments, then, well… Here’s a five-minute discussion, moderated by W. Kamau Bell on his FX late-night program, Totally Biased, from last night featuring comedian Jim Norton (SiriusXM’s Opie & Anthony) and blogger Lindy West (Jezebel.com). It’s reduced to shorthand, because it’s only five minutes. So let me reduce it even further: Hack is hack, so stop hacking women to pieces from the stage, or off the stage. Bell says the whole debate...

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