The story of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater and their practice of not paying performers has continued to get coverage. This week the New York Times covered the issue with this article in which they talk to comedians Chris Gethard, Matt Besser, and Nick Turner.
Writer/Comedian/Former editor of WitOut Luke Giordano wrote this excellent piece on the tendency he (and other artists) have to compare themselves to their peers and the relationship between success and hard work for his website Everything You Like is Stupid.
The new David Cross comedy It’s a Disaster has been released as a series of six-second clips via Vine as an experiment in social media marketing. The full film will be released through Video on Demand on March 5.
Anthony Jeselnik’s new Comedy Central show The Jeselnik Offensive, in which he and a panel of comedians joke about current events and pop culture topics, debuted this week. You can watch the first seven minutes of the episode online.
Comedian and Twitter darling Rob Delaney was featured on Jimmy Kimmel Live this week. First, in a segment called “Old People Read Rob Delaney’s Tweets” and later performing a stand-up set.
Splitsider put together this list of 57 books every comedy fan must read.
Watch New York-based stand-up comedian (and frequent Philly performer) Mark Normand make his late-night television debut on Conan.
If you have a free hour, you can watch Dan Harmon talk about himself and his process in creating Community at CommuniCon.
I won’t lie – I’m a little worried at how much I agree with Bro Bible’s list of “13 Hilarious Movies that Prove Our Review System is Broken”.
Andy Samberg talks on Conan about one of his favorite unaired SNL sketches.
Tig Notaro released her special, Tig Notaro: Live via LouisCK.net. The set, recorded at Largo in Los Angeles, covers the very personal material of Noraro’s recent breast cancer diagnosis (and, as you’ve probably heard already, is amazing). You can purchase the special for $5 online.
Comedian Rob Riggle released this video offering his special services as part of the lead-up to Comedy Central’s Night of Too Many Stars.
Amy Poehler revealed the six bizarre habits of her Parks and Recreation co-star Adam Scott.
Heres the story of how SNL won a bid to have the one and only Big Bird as a guest on last week’s show.
Splitsider shared everything there is to know about the new season of Arrested Development.
Comedians Bill Burr, Joe DeRosa, and Robert Kelly released their book CHEAT: A Man’s Guide to Infidelity this week sharing the wisdom, advice, and humor they picked up through their romantic indiscrecions. You know, if you’re into that sort of thing.
GQ posted this oral history of Cheers for the 30th anniversary of the show’s debut.
Fans of FX’s Louie (and who isn’t) will have to wait until the Spring of 2014 for Season 4.
This week comedian and Philly native Todd Glass appeared on What the Fuck with Marc Maron and publicly announced that he was gay. In the interview with Maron, Glass admits one of the main reasons he decided to come out was the sense of guilt he was feeling after hearing stories about gay teens committing suicide over their sexuality. Philly native and friend of Todd Glass Blake Wexler wrote this reaction on Laughspin after Glass’ interview on WTF.
This week comedian Eddie Brill was fired from his job as talent booker for Late Night with David Letterman after a backlash over a profile on him in the New York Times in which he made comments about why he rarely booked female comics for the show. Then, in the comments of this Mirth Magazine article Brill defends himself, saying some of his quotes were taken out of context and gets responses from both Jason Zinoman (the writer of the NY Times profile) and comedian Amy Schumer.
Multiple comedians were openly critical of Dane Cook after a drop in set he had this week at The Laugh Factory in Los Angeles. Comedian TJ Miller wrote that Cook took the stage and was “vicious, misogynistic, cruel and arrogant” along with being disrespectful to the audience, and comedy in general. Cook responded via Laughspin with his thoughts that comedians can’t be critics, and offering to take Miller, along with member of the A.V. Club to a spa.
Laughspin also has this review of the upcoming Showtime series Inside Comedy. The show, which will premiere on January 26 aims to have a “coffee table book feel” to it and will feature in depth interviews with comedy greats including Don Rickles, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock and Robin Williams.
Television blog Warming Glow wrote this article listing ten recurring SNL characters that should have been one offs. We mainly include this link to spur up healthy debate in the comments section. What do you guys think?
Finally, we dare you to click on this link and not feel pure, unadulterated joy.