TV/Movies

Robert Smigel turns 51 today; our love for him turns infinity, or something

By | February 7, 2011 at 4:50 pm | No comments

Robert Smigel, the creator and man behind (or partially inside) Triumph the Insult Comic Dog as well as the creator of TV Funhouse and so much more, turns 51 today. To celebrate we're employing the power of embedding; below is one of our fave Triumph dispatches. If you don't...

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In case you're not sick of watching Super Bowl ads…

By | February 7, 2011 at 2:22 pm | One comment

...here are two that aired last night, featuring a total of three stand-up comedy icons: Joan Rivers, Roseanne Barr and Richard Lewis. By the way, Punchline Magazine proudly uses GoDaddy.com. Snickers is a "sometimes" food,...

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Dana Carvey gives SNL the old school treatment, and a few laughs along the way

By | February 7, 2011 at 10:24 am | One comment

Watching Saturday Night Live this week felt like introducing your mature, good-natured adult friends to that crazy cool old college buddy that you reminisce about all the time. At first, it was great, with the show spotlighting the biggest and best marks host Dana Carvey left on...

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Stephen Colbert auctioning off painting of himself for DonorsChoose.org

By | February 4, 2011 at 12:50 pm | No comments

Need some fine art to grace your living room? Or, alternatively, a painting featuring the piercing gaze of America’s greatest American? Stephen Colbert is auctioning off one of his infamous portraits through Phillips de Pury and Company. And Portrait 5, Stephen(s) doesn’t...

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In his TV debut, Jamie Kilstein brings scathing commentary to Conan

By | February 3, 2011 at 12:19 pm | One comment

Conan O'Brien has a history of exposing not-quite-mainstream music to the masses via his late night show (now shows)-- Slipknot, Bad Religion, anyone? He's doing the same with comedy. On Tuesday, Jamie Kilstein -- a comedian Punchline Magazine in 2008, told you dudes to watch...

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Is SNL trying to make us hate Dana Carvey with these promos?

By | February 2, 2011 at 4:53 pm | 3 comments

Who doesn't love Dana Carvey, right? We think maybe the folks had that in mind when they recorded these horrible promos to plug his hosting duties this Saturday. The challenge they sought? How many people can we get to turn against a comedy legend everyone...

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Logo network, Sarah Silverman developing Tig Notaro show

By | February 2, 2011 at 10:21 am | 2 comments

Tig Notaro first appeared on my radar during a visit to Los Angeles’s UCB Theater, where she told a hilariously awkward tale of her repeated chance encounters with 80s pop star Taylor Dayne. Fortunately, though, you soon won’t have to wait for her live act to catch her in...

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Big Brown Comedy Hour showcases “brown” comedians

By | January 31, 2011 at 4:29 pm | No comments

Comedy’s long been a space where the marginalized have had an opportunity to have candid conversations about their outsider status, and, ideally, connect with and educate the audience. Historically, that’s been especially true for black and Jewish comics, but these days,...

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Jesse Eisenberg, Nicki Minaj push SNL to one of its best episodes of the season

By | January 31, 2011 at 10:30 am | No comments

Too often SNL feels like it’s made up of recycled parts, as if more time was spent trying to fit the week’s guests into already planned parts rather than putting together sketches specifically for the guests on hand. This week, however, was different. While it wasn’t a...

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