Day: April 11, 2013

Milton Berle’s 1974 documentary, “Mad Mad World of Comedy”

Here’s something for your (TBT) Throwback Thursday files. Within the opening minute of Milton Berle’s Mad Mad Mad World of Comedy (made and aired in 1974-1975), we see Laurel & Hardy in their later years do a classic joke in public, followed immediately by Milton Berle doing the same joke on TV. Uncle Miltie at least had the chutzpah to call himself out for joke-stealing in his own documentary, didn’t he? That’s not all that’s amusing and amazing about this hour-plus TV special Berle hosted on comedy from The Masquers Club in Hollywood. “Was that funny? Did you laugh? Why...

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Career at the turning point: Nina Conti rediscovers ventriloquism through “Her Master’s Voice”

About five years ago, Nina Conti faced a crisis of self-confidence regarding her career as a ventriloquist — despite winning the BBC New Comedy Award at the Edinburgh Festival in 2002 and the Barry Award six years later at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (which she shared in Australia with Kristen Schaal). “Ten years on, I was worried that the art form has its limitations,” Conti says in the beginning of her charming, poignant and revealing documentary, Her Master’s Voice. How does a ventriloquist overcome that moment of despair in some audience members when they see the puppets come out of...

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Conan O’Brien reunites with The Simpsons writers for some “Serious Jibber-Jabber”

For his next episode of his spin-off video podcast, Serious Jibber-Jabber With Conan O’Brien, O’Brien reunites with his former co-workers from the writers’ room of The Simpsons to discuss the early days of the FOX animated classic. Al Jean, Mike Reiss, Jay Kogen, and Jeff Martin talk about comedy, fatherhood and how even in those early days, Simpsons creator Matt Groening had an idea for how to end it all. The full episode debuts April 15, 2013. Here’s a preview. You can watch the full episode of Serious Jibber-Jabber with Conan O’Brien and The Simpsons writers...

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