Archive for category: Editorial

/ January 15, 2017 11:51 am

Political Comedy is Killing the Absurdity of Late-Night

By Samantha Allen, Paste Magazine | At the start of his New Year’s Eve Late Night special, Seth Meyers launched into a long segment called “A Closer Look Back at 2016: The Year in Politics.” I could not have changed the channel faster. It’s not that I don’t share Meyers’ politics; if anything, I’m further left than his show typically skews. […]

/ November 21, 2016 12:17 pm

Why ‘Def Comedy Jam’ Gets No Respect

By Jason Zinoman, New York Times | Before “Veep,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Sex and the City,” there was “Def Comedy Jam,” one of the first hit comedies on HBO, often beating its network competition in ratings on Friday nights throughout much of the 1990s. That this trailblazing showcase for black comedy is routinely overlooked in discussions of the most […]

/ September 18, 2016 3:17 pm

In the 21st century, comedy is our greatest tool for progressive change

By Mary O’Hara, Quartz | Maeve Higgins once set herself a task. The Irish-born comedian wanted to see what life would be like if she stopped laughing at things that weren’t funny. Turns out it wasn’t as easy as she thought. “It was so effing hard,” she says. “Laughter is a lubricant and is expected, and it’s really hard not […]

/ July 24, 2016 3:03 pm

Stephen Colbert’s Joyful Return to Political Comedy

By Ian Crouch, The New Yorker | During this election cycle, it has often felt as though the country’s politically inclined late-night talk-show hosts have been sitting in the wrong chairs, or else sadly absent altogether. Sure, John Oliver is in the right spot, hectoring gleefully at HBO. But Samantha Bee, who is doing a superhero’s work just once a […]

/ December 20, 2015 5:06 pm

Will Ferrell: ‘Ignorance is a key part of comedy’

By Tim Adams, The Guardian | Half an hour before I interviewed Will Ferrell I made the mistake of watching a clip of him interviewing himself. In one of Ferrell’s many Saturday Night Live (SNL) incarnations he did a celebrated spoof of the long-running American arts show Inside the Actors Studio, in which James Lipton presents cerebral interrogations of Hollywood […]

/ July 3, 2015 11:09 am

‘The Jim Gaffigan Show’: Mixing faith and personal concerns to produce TV comedy

By Czarina Ong, Christian Today | Catholic faith and comedy are things that don’t normally go hand in hand. But the combination of these two subjects is exactly what Jim Gaffigan and his wife Jeannie will tackle in the new television show called “The Jim Gaffigan Show.” “Mixing these worlds—the world of stand-up comedy and one’s faith—can provide conflict and […]

/ May 10, 2015 6:12 pm

Misery Loves Comedy

By Josh Board, Fox 5 | When the documentary The Aristocrats came out 10 years ago, it got rave reviews. Everyone claimed it was the funniest movie they’d ever seen. It was interesting, and had a few funny moments, but was highly overrated. The documentary Misery Loves Comedy had me captivated every second, and it had plenty of big laughs. […]

/ January 7, 2015 9:56 pm

Killing the Jester

By Diane Vacca, VBIblog.com | Cartoons, punch lines and biting satire, the stuff of “Charlie Hebdo,” do more than evoke a chuckle or even a belly laugh. The French magazine, like most jokes, was deliberately provocative and irreverent, too much so for the murderers who gunned down its staff. They believe the blasphemy of ridiculing the Prophet Muhammad empowered them […]

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