In some ways, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s focus on spoofing rom-com clichés has always made it seem like an anti-romantic comedy.
In some ways, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s focus on spoofing rom-com clichés has always made it seem like an anti-romantic comedy.
In the third episode of Netflix’s charming new silver-haired comedy The Kominsky Method, Michael Douglas pees in the hedges outside the home of the woman he’s dating.
Everyone agrees that Martin Scorsese’s collaboration with Robert De Niro is one of the great movie double acts. But when laurels are scattered in its general direction (Raging Bull! Taxi Driver! Goodfellas!), few are spared for their tale of a sociopathic failed standup, The King of Comedy.
When the rest of the world looks at America’s gun problem, it’s often with bafflement. Sunday with Lubach, which is sort of like the Dutch version of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, looked at guns — specifically, the US’s love of firearms. And it’s very telling.
They say laughter is the best medicine, but a “doctor doctor” joke isn’t going to help much if you have been run over by a truck. Which is probably why most hospital TV shows are largely guffaw-free.
“Our main goal was really just to crack each other up,” Mike “Mike D” Diamond writes in the new Beastie Boys Book, the massive memoir-cum-mixtape that’s bursting with seemingly every anecdote, photograph, paean, and, well, mixtape he and bandmate Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovi
One of the things you quickly learn when you write an ongoing column about romantic comedies is that it can be kind of hard to decide what constitutes a rom-com. As soon as you move beyond clear-cut picks like When Harry Met Sally, things start to get a bit more complicated.
Here’s one thing that I’m not concerned about right now: the question of what today’s revelations do to the artistic legacy of Louis C.K. For certain fans of C.K.’s work, and I include myself among them, the stories that just appeared in the New York Times are not entirely a surprise.
You may have eventually seen it in your Facebook feed or in a chain email. It is the most widely consumed joke that I have produced. I don’t think it’s the funniest thing I’ve ever written, but that’s how these things go. Either way, it’s everywhere and it’s made me no money.
The games begin—as they so often do—with a poop joke. ¶ It’s a late-January morning and we’re on a giant back-lot soundstage in Los Angeles, where cast members of HBO’s dot-comedy Silicon Valley are hunched over their laptops, tossing out beta-male insults.
The fact is, he’s got some talent in this area. He’s comfortable onstage, he’s a great physical comedian, he can do accents, he’s charming and funny.
Picture this: You’re standing on stage in front of thousands of people. You have no script, no props, no set design, no director telling you what to do or how to do it, not even a story you’re supposed to tell. It’s just you, your scene partner, and maybe a couple of chairs.
Whether you want to tell stories, write a killer speech, or just make your business memos a little less humdrum, humor is one of the best ways to engage an audience. This video lesson gives you some practical tips you can apply to your writing to make it funnier in a snap.
So yesterday, in the face of the impending blizzard, Louis CK cancelled a show at Madison Square Garden. All well and good; he’s an arena comic now, and the idea of tens of thousands of people risking the weather to come see him was a lot to take.
You don’t laugh enough. Yes, humor can improve your life. Not too surprising, you say? Here’s the problem: you treat humor like a nice thing that happens, oh, whenever. But scientific research is showing giggles, guffaws and jokes are far too important to be left to chance.
Offhand, there are maybe three times in my life I can clearly recall laughing at something really terrible. One: when my mother told me my grandfather had a heart attack. Two: when a friend and I were driving to Cape Cod and a huge bird careened into the windshield, instantly bonking itself dead.
Josh Gondelman never turns it off. The author, stand-up, Modern Seinfeld tweeter, and writer for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is always working on something. And yet he seems far saner, happier, and more loving than any hard-working comedian has any right to be.
They descended the steps under the bright sign of the Comedy Cellar in Greenwich Village on Wednesday night, most, if not all, completely unaware that they were about to witness something extraordinary. Did anyone know?
LOS ANGELES — When Ali Wong’s debut special, “Baby Cobra,” had its premiere on Mother’s Day in 2016, very few people outside of the comedy world knew who Ms. Wong was and there was little reason to think this hour or so of jokes would change that.
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Whenever you lose a pet or want to sell furniture, the most simplistic and old-school way to get your message across is to hang up a flyer on a street post. It's easy to do because all you need is paper and a few staples to make people aware of your cause.
On March 30, 2005, Mitch Hedberg, the funniest person in the world, died at 37. Heroin and cocaine were reportedly involved. It was a sudden, shocking tragedy that left the comedy world shaken and bereft of one of its brightest stars.
Two brothers haven’t spoken in forty years, and a plague threatens to destroy what’s dearest to them – their prize-winning herd of sheep. There’s blood, there are tears, and it’s all set against a brooding grey landscape.
It’s easy to see why this scene was ultimately cut out of Thor: Ragnarok—it doesn’t really have much to add to the movie’s context, other than to cram even more jokes into a film already delectably stuffed with them.
Every article about comedy should start with a joke. Here's mine: Knock knock.
With new one-hour specials coming from Dave Chappelle, Amy Schumer, and Chris Rock, Netflix has officially taken over the stand-up comedy market. Here’s how.(Getty Images/Ringer illustration)Before a stand-up comic can poke fun at anybody else, they often have to make fun of themselves.
If you want to figure out why standup comedy has become the most romanticized American art form of the past decade—and there are numerous factors, I’m sure, from podcasts to YouTube to … well, basically, it’s the Internet—you could start by reading the long e-mail that Louis C.K.
The house juts its chest out of the Hollywood Hills, flexing more bravado than actual confidence, looking a little unsteady as if one more misstep, one more bad night, could send it tumbling onto Sunset Boulevard.
Comedy has taken Nathan Fielder to some pretty strange places, but nothing quite compares to the time he found himself walking a high wire between two seven-story buildings in downtown L.A.
Fox News terrorism expert Steven Emerson claimed Britain’s second city was entirely Islamic. Will I have to adjust my jokes? On Sunday, on Fox News, an American terrorism expert named Steven Emerson revealed that the entire English city of Birmingham was a no-go area to non-Muslims.
There’s a maxim about comedy typically attributed to Lucille Ball, although it’s one whose essence you hear echoed by almost any professional comedian: “People either have comedy or they don’t,” the saying goes. “You can’t teach it to them.”
When Jerry Seinfeld started criticizing political correctness in comedy a few years ago, some nodded their heads and others rolled their eyes, but nearly everyone was baffled. Why would the squeaky clean, rigorously inoffensive comic even care? The reason, I suspect, is that Mr.
1. Thievery “Develop a little self-righteousness. A lot of that is an ugly thing, God knows, but a little spread over all your scruples is an absolute necessity!” -- Glen Bateman, in Stephen King’s The Stand It’s not the thievery. It’s the goddamned theorizing.
“What's up, people of the sex shop?” asks Hannibal Buress into an overdriven microphone at 9:30 p.m. on a recent Tuesday in L.A.
Last week, it happened again. This time it was Forbes, smack dab in the headline. Millennial Dan Nainan has been the go-to millennial in a whole lot of news stories in the past year. He was 35 in an AP story that appeared in the Chicago Tribune about undecided voters on Nov.
Comedy was dead. The first stand-up boom began somewhere around the time Ronald Reagan raised his right hand, solemnly swearing to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States. It came crashing down around the same time as the Berlin Wall.
LOS ANGELES — It was a typical Tuesday for Chris Hardwick, the excitable ringmaster of nerd culture. Most people know him as the host of AMC’s “Talking Dead,” which has 6.
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'I looked over at Leigh, and there was this mixture of loathing and pure rage on her face. And I said to my friends, 'Maybe we can't do this song' Many years ago I ruined a beautiful friendship, and it was over a song, which sounds like a strange thing to ruin a friendship over.
When it comes to movies, the dark comedy genre has always been a risk for the studios. Most people watch movies to temporarily forget their real lives, and which is why happy, feel-good stuff always works.
After 18 years of marriage and two kids, cartoonist Adrienne Hedger has accumulated plenty of fodder for her comic series, Hedger Humor. Hedger constantly finds inspiration in everyday life with her husband and daughters, ages 12 and 14.
Wittels established himself in shows such as Parks & Recreation and Master of None – before dying at just 30. Those who knew him best tell his story Harris Wittels was always lucky.
Arriving at the Hollywood studio complex where Sarah Silverman has her office, I am surprised to find nobody can tell me where it is.
Unless you're a natural comedian, it's hard to come up with our own comedic material. This three step formula helps anyone come up with an easily scripted joke. Inc interviewed David Nihill and asked him how inexperienced presenters can add humor to a speech.
SAN FRANCISCO — Jerry Seinfeld stands in the wings, watching. He has done this countless times over the past four decades. And he’s about to do it again, but in the bitter cold.
It’s rare, but sometimes less is more in hip-hop. That’s always been the case for Redman, who appears literally covered in dirt on his second and third album covers, and who has spun a career out of rhymes about “grimy shit” and dressing “bummy for low profile.
Backstage at the Kings Theater in Brooklyn one recent Friday night, Nick Kroll and John Mulaney had finished putting on their silver-haired wigs, wrinkle makeup and billowy, threadbare bohemian clothing.
It came out of nowhere, slipping into the conversation between dinner and dessert. “That's what she said!” your friend blurted out, before sitting back, satisfied. At first you didn't get the joke, which he'd recently poached from NBC's sitcom The Office.
“Big Time in Hollywood, FL,” a hyperactive new series about deluded brothers with moviemaking dreams, is packed with startling twists — sudden murders, unlikely romance and even a Cuba Gooding Jr. performance that reminds you why he won an Academy Award.
An unscientific survey shows the most-viewed TV comedy shows tend keep the humor to a measured pace.
After analyzing hundreds of TED talks, communications coach Carmine Gallo noticed an obvious trait that the best presentations shared: they were funny. This makes sense, Gallo concluded, even within the discussion of some pretty weighty issues. Why?
Earlier this week Jerry Seinfeld stopped by Reddit for one of its famous Ask Me Anythings. In spite of the low profile he's kept after the show that bore his name ended; the comic has a well-documented work ethic, performing regularly and heading up side projects like his low-key YouTube series.
It’s often dangerous to generalize, but under threat, I would say that Americans are more “down the line.” They don’t hide their hopes and fears. They applaud ambition and openly reward success. Brits are more comfortable with life’s losers.
How We Met: We reached for the same baguette at the bakery, which led to a picnic in the park, where we shared the baguette and discovered a mutual love of raw-milk cheeses and staying home on Friday nights to watch home-renovation shows.
Former biologist Tim Lee takes the stage at TEDx for the second time this year. Lee’s medium of choice: the all too often mind-numbingly boring PowerPoint presentation, but when he unleashes his deck, it’s anything but.
To those who follow or belong to the comedy world, the New York Times report in which five separate women accused Louis C.K. of sexual misconduct did not come as a complete shock.
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Louie—and it feels right to call him "Louie" precisely because of this guy-who-is-sitting-here image he's so expertly cultivated—is, of course, not an ordinary guy.
When the mockumentary first infiltrated popular culture in the early aughts, it was only a few short years until the style was inescapable. Audiences couldn't seem to get enough of the single-camera shots, awkward silences, and bumbling dialogue.
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Since her last special, the stand-up comic Maria Bamford has gotten married, and while romantic commitment is a primary theme of “Old Baby,” her new hourlong special released on Netflix last week, don’t expect the usual jokes about how a wedding ends your sex life.
LOS ANGELES — Kumail Nanjiani loves ’90s romantic comedies, the mushier the better. “I started doing standup because of Hugh Grant’s best-man speech in ‘Four Weddings,’ which is basically a standup routine,” he said. For the aspiring comic, Mr.
As you probably read in the news, all the legal challenges that resulted from my old column "7 Reasons Your Favorite Religion Promotes Animal Molestation" (don't try finding the links, they're long gone) have been cleared up, an occasion I marked with a quiet moment to reflect on the things t
“I really need to stop making so many white girls,” God, played by Paul Giamatti, groans, on Comedy Central’s “Inside Amy Schumer.” In this sketch, the blond ditz “Amy Schumer”—a self-lacerating version of the comedian who plays her—finds out that she’s got herpes from a hookup.
The worst part about being married is you no longer have dating stories to tell. It’s partly why single people are more fun to hang out with. Few stand-up comedy specials have made me laugh as loud as I did when a friend described a date gone horribly wrong.