Day: January 8, 2015

The unofficial but definitely happening Mr. Show reunion in 2015

Have you been clamoring, wishing and hoping for an onscreen reunion of Mr. Show, the critical cult favorite sketch comedy series that ran on HBO from 1995-1998, starred David Cross and Bob Odenkirk, and catapulted the careers of several other heroes of your alt-comedy universe? Consider your wish already granted for 2015! Cross and Odenkirk previously did reunite for live tours over the past several years, and in 2013 published a book (Hollywood Said No!: Orphaned Film Scripts, Bastard Scenes, And Abandoned Darlings From The Creators Of Mr. Show). In November, Odenkirk told Splitsider that he was hoping to...

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Slate’s take on comedy power players behind the scenes

Chris Wade produced this video piece for Slate on four of the people he thinks you should know in comedy who you may not always see in front of the camera. Who’d he pick out? Jonathan Krisel, writer/producer/director on such projects as IFC’s Portlandia, Comedy Central’s Kroll Show, SNL digital shorts and new FXX series Man Seeking Woman Lance Bangs, director of multiple comedy specials including ones for David Cross, Todd Barry, John Hodgman, Marc Maron, Kyle Kinane and Chelsea Peretti, plus The Meltdown series for Comedy Central Mike Lazzo, head of Adult Swim at Williams Street Studios, and...

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Esther Povitsky on The Late Late Show

Esther Povitsky returned to The Late Late Show on Wednesday with some new goals for the new year. And just like you, perhaps, she’s going to the gym. But what if you look around and all of the other people at the gym aren’t yet at shape? Then again, she is really into dudes with sleep apnea right now. So win-win? Roll the...

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Louis CK, Conan O’Brien and Jon Stewart react to the Charlie Hebdo massacre

The cowardly massacre of 12 people, including cartoonists at Paris satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, a police officer and bystanders, made all of us in the comedy community pause to reflect on the nature of free expression and the importance of civility amid chaos. Some joined massive demonstrations in Paris, New York City, Los Angeles and elsewhere to show we are united as a global community against terror and fear. Louis CK, performing for his first time in the arena of Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night, chose to forgo his usual black T-shirt for a red one, in which...

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Simon Amstell on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

The American audience in last night’s Tonight Show was very happy to see British stand-up Simon Amstell. Perhaps they knew he’d be up for mocking his queen. Perhaps they knew he’d also be standing up against sexism. Or just perhaps they all expected a happy journey to the middle. As sung by The Beatles and Elton John. All you need is love. So love this clip. Amstell’s current tour heads back to the UK through February and March, before a run of dates in the States in...

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