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Six things that should make comedians feel better about what they’re doing

Six things that should make comedians feel better about what they’re doing

By | September 2, 2011 at 9:01 pm | 3 comments

It's no secret that there is a great deal of personal mental strain that comedians go through-- often self-inflicted, despite having "making people laugh" in their job description. While self-help books are often a popular topic for jokes and I've surprised other comedians by not having ever entered therapy, any person legitimately doing comedy would tell you that any more...


Watch the worst cop show ever, because it’s really the best cop show ever

Watch the worst cop show ever, because it’s really the best cop show ever

By | September 1, 2011 at 5:07 pm | No comments

Hey, USA, TNT, NBC, ABC, CBS, and any other channel or network that has a stock procedural cop drama; your time has come to an end. The Taper is here. As almost every possible angle of having a scripted TV show on investigating crime has been done, Sarah Schaefer (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon) found one of the tiny nooks of the genre that hasn't: crime scene more...


Jim Gaffigan to Jimmy Fallon: “I feel like I’m living with a bunch of drunk people” (Video)

Jim Gaffigan to Jimmy Fallon: “I feel like I’m living with a bunch of drunk people” (Video)

By | September 1, 2011 at 12:38 pm | No comments

Last night, Jim Gaffigan stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon for a leisurely chat, which mostly centered around his growing brood at home. The procreation machine and his wife recently had their fourth child. Four! "I feel like I'm living with a bunch of drunk people," he told Fallon. After working through some new material about his kids, Gaffigan got serious (kind more...


Watch Ed Helms, James Spader and more sound off on season eight of “The Office”

Watch Ed Helms, James Spader and more sound off on season eight of “The Office”

By | August 30, 2011 at 10:21 pm | No comments

For most comedy fans, the Sept. 22 season premiere of The Office cannot happen soon enough. The eighth season finds Dunder Mifflin without a regional manager after the dramatic Michael Scott (Steve Carell) exit at the conclusion of last season. And while we know James Spader has been cast as the CEO of Mifflin's parent company, there is still no word about who -- if more...


Cedric the Entertainer launches line of fancy headwear

Cedric the Entertainer launches line of fancy headwear

By | August 30, 2011 at 9:33 pm | 2 comments

Veteran comedian Cedric the Entertainer has accomplished a great many things during his career; he was one of the four Original Kings of Comedy, has acted in and voiced a seemingly countless number of movies and is currently the host of the prime time NBC game show, It's Worth What? So, what's a talented comic to do in order to challenge himself further? Start designing more...


Laughspin analysis: What does it take for a comedian to gain mainstream success?

Laughspin analysis: What does it take for a comedian to gain mainstream success?

By | August 30, 2011 at 8:41 am | 7 comments

It's been said many times over, but comedy is subjective. What makes one person laugh is almost assuredly different from what makes another person laugh. However, the debate intensifies, despite subjectivity being the main force at work here, what makes millions of people laugh at something versus what leaves them blankly staring at their TV screens. In the realm of more...


Watch the first preview of John Goodman on “Community!”

Watch the first preview of John Goodman on “Community!”

By | August 29, 2011 at 10:47 am | 2 comments

You may already know this, but if you don't, let me have the honor of telling you: John Goodman will join Joel McHale and co. on Community this year, as the dude (not The Dude) has a recurring role. NBC announced the news in late July, but this morning we finally got our first preview of the man in action, doing his Greendale thing as Vice Dean Laybourne, the head of the more...


Variety “comic to watch” Ali Wong lands role in Chelsea Handler comedy series

Variety “comic to watch” Ali Wong lands role in Chelsea Handler comedy series

By | August 26, 2011 at 8:26 am | One comment

The new NBC comedy based on the life of comedian Chelsea Handler and starring former That '70s Show star Laura Prepon Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea has added emerging funny-woman Ali Wong to its revamped cast. Wong has been confirmed to play Bianca, a child of immigrant parents and best friend of Chelsea (Prepon) from grade school, according to Deadline. This is more...


Interview with Retta, aka, Parks and Recreation’s Donna, aka, the Incognegro

Interview with Retta, aka, Parks and Recreation’s Donna, aka, the Incognegro

By | August 24, 2011 at 4:13 pm | 4 comments

How many pharmaceutical researchers with pre-med degrees from Duke have gone on to a career in stand-up? You can count them on one finger—Retta, who delivers the sass as Donna Meagle, pro-dater, Benz-lover, and stalwart employee of the Pawnee Parks and Recreation Department. Originally from New Jersey, Retta worked as a contractor for GlaxoSmithKline in North more...


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