Day: August 15, 2013

Looking back on mid-1990s TV panels with younger Jon Stewart, Louis C.K.

This summer may be all about John Oliver substitute hosting The Daily Show on behalf of Jon Stewart, or about Louis C.K. racking up more individual Emmy nominations in a single year than anyone previously…but it’s Throwback Thursday. So let’s go back in time. A time when Jon Stewart was hosting a less-successful late-night TV talker, when Louis C.K. was a young writer on an equally not-yet-successful late-night TV talker, and when both of them took part in panels with The Paley Center for Media. I Love 1994-1995! Ron Simon, the Paley Center’s curator for TV and Radio, writes his...

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Autobiography of a Young Comedian: Woody Allen’s resume, circa 1965

They don’t make resumes like they used to. Picture this. It’s 1965. You’re in the position to hire a young comedian. I know, I know. You must be old by now if you could hire a kid way back in 1965, but try not to think about that right now. Focus on 1965. You’ve got a stack of resumes on your desk because they didn’t have email or YouTube or VHS and so you’re left with paper. Stacks and stacks of paper. You sort through it and then you come to this. It’s the resume, the work history, the...

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First look: IFC sets October debut for The Birthday Boys, sends them on national tour with Comedy Bang! Bang!’s Scott Aukerman, Paul F. Tompkins

It’s going to be a busy fall for The Birthday Boys. The L.A.-based sketch comedy troupe will earn their TV debut all together now on IFC, debuting the first of 10 half-hour episodes at 10:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. The Birthday Boys will be paired with Comedy Bang! Bang!, not just on the late-night TV schedule, but also for a series of live shows on tour across North America. Touring with Scott Aukerman, and also Paul F. Tompkins, they’ll be delighting and promoting. Promotion through attraction! The “boys” — Jefferson Dutton, Dave Ferguson, Mike Hanford, Tim Kalpakis, Matt Kowalick, Mike...

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