April 16th, 2015

Paul F. Tompkins, King of Podcasts

paulftompkinsPaul F. Tompkins is a very busy man; just look at how many appearances on Earwolf podcasts alone he has under his belt. So it was only a matter of time before he started his own show on the network. Spontaneanation with Paul F. Tompkins, which launched two weeks ago, is his follow up to fan favorite, The Pod F.Tompkast. Unlike his previous venture, Spontaneanation requires very little preparation and features a fully improvised story, a free form conversation and focuses on just being in the moment.

I recently had the opportunity to talk with Tompkins about what it’s like being the most ubiquitous guest in podcasting and how Spontaneanation came to be. READ MORE

Jordan Klepper Investigates Christianity's "Super Super Super Dope" Future

Last night on The Daily Show, Jordan Klepper took a closer look at the future of Christianity by interviewing two pastors — the super cool, Grand Theft Auto-playing Pastor Carl Lentz and the very less cool Reverend Dr. Christopher J. Benek — to find out more. For Lentz, the future of Christianity is all about old-school prayer, reading Bible verses on a cell phone, and selling out stadium venues all over the country, while Benek has something else in mind entirely: robots that "choose" to be Christian.

Amy Sedaris Sings David Letterman a Goodbye Medley

Amy Sedaris made her 34th and final Letterman appearance last night, and to express her love and appreciation for Dave, she sang him a beautiful goodbye medley. She also thanked Letterman for welcoming her on the show for so many years and all he's done for late night: "You're like a New York staple! You're like the Turkish Baths on 10th Street! You're like scaffolding, you know?"

Here’s an Exclusive Look at 'With Bob and David's Secret 'Mr. Show' Reunion Rehearsal

The first live taping of Netflix's With Bob and David takes place in Los Angeles tonight, but if you aren't lucky enough to have a ticket, here's the next best thing: a bunch of exclusive photos from Odenkirk and Cross's top secret rehearsal show featuring most of the original Mr. Show crew as well as some special guests. We reached out to Bob Odenkirk to ask how rehearsals went and what we can expect from the new series, and here's what he had to say:

The other night at the Steve Allen Theater we (Bob Odenkirk and David Cross) did a "secret" live show to test out some new sketches for "W/Bob&David!" coming to Netflix…sometime, and it went fantastically hilariously stupidly wonderful! Ennis, Johnston, Paul F, Posehn and Dino Stamatopoulos were all there, and in the show you'll see Aukerman, Jill Talley, Tom Kenny, Brett Paesel, and new cast/friends Mort Burke, Jon Barinholtz, Brendan Johnson, Paget Brewster, and some guests who are famouser than us. We're having the best time, can't wait to share it with all of you! Love, Bob and David

Check out all the photos below: READ MORE

Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally's 'Summer of 69: No Apostrophe' Tour Kicks Off Today

Starting today, flawless comedy couple Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally are hitting the road for a live multi-city tour. Called Summer of 69: No Apostrophe, the tour kicks off tonight in Oklahoma City and makes stops in Austin, New Orleans, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Portland, Chicago, and more. Check out the full list of tour dates below, then head over to the Summer of 68 Ticketmaster page for more information. READ MORE

Watch Jane Lynch Join the Army at Second City in 1989

Welcome to The Second City Archives, in which we post an exclusive clip each week of some of comedy's biggest superstars performing early in their careers on the legendary Chicago stage. Second City has generously given us a glimpse into their extensive archive of live performances, and over the coming weeks we'll be sharing some rare and retro comedy never before seen on the web.

This week's unearthed clip comes from Steve Sheridan's final night at Second City Chicago in January 1989. In this scene, Sheridan plays a drill sergeant getting to know a set of Army newbies played by Joel Murray, Joe Liss, Aaron Freeman, Holly Wortell, and a rising talent and Second City touring company member by the name of Jane Lynch. Who knew a drill sergeant could spark such a thought-provoking religious debate?

This Week in Web Videos: 'Rockin' Rangers'

There are many ways to make a great sketch. One of those ways is ensuring you've established stakes that are  introduced early on in the piece and inspire a totally visceral reaction. This week's sketch from Adam Murray– surely inspired by Mr. Show's classic Titannica–is equipped with clear, squirm-inducing stakes from the outset and serves as a perfect example of how to create near-instant audience engagement. It's also really funny. That, I suppose, is the most important thing.

Luke is a writer/director for CollegeHumor and a watcher of many web videos. Send him yours @LKellyClyne.

Scott Aukerman Hosts the Ultimate Reality Show on 'Comedy Bang! Bang!'

Here's a clip from Friday's new episode of Comedy Bang! Bang!, in which Scott Aukerman creates and hosts an all-star reality show with the sole task of driving his contestants into complete madness. Personally, I hope Reality House does well enough to bring back more episodes of Aukerman's best reality show ever Tear Down with Scott Aukerman. Catch the rest of the episode this Friday at 11:00pm on IFC.

Watch the Trailer for Comedy Dynamics' New Standup Series 'Coming to the Stage'

Comedy Dynamics has a new standup series premiering on VOD next month called Coming to the Stage, and today they're premiering the very first trailer. Hosted by Dan Levy, the six-episode series takes a closer look at 12 up-and-coming standups from around the country and hits streaming platforms like Hulu, Roku, Amazon Prime, and iOS on Wednesday, May 6th.

Can a Mid-Sized City's Thriving Comedy Scene Survive the LA Exodus?

AdamCayton-HollandGrawlix's Adam Cayton-Holland (Photo by Ryan Brackin)

If you’re a mid-level comic with a few credits under your belt, at some point you’ve probably been asked the question: “So, when are you moving to LA?” The person asking was likely from Los Angeles, and didn’t ask in the neutral tone of a guidance counselor “have you thought about moving to LA?” It’s always when are you moving. For many in this business, your hometown comedy scene is viewed as the high school of your career, with road-gigs and festivals as your bachelors degree — followed by the inevitable move to Hollywood to begin your masters.

And just as every comic has to decide when (and if) they want to take the big leap to Hollywood, their hometown comedy scene of Austin, Portland, Boston, Denver, or wherever, has to restructure itself in their absence, either dealing with a flood of talented performers clamoring to fill the newly open gigs, or shutting down clubs and canceling mics because because half the people moved away and the other half are jaded.

“I think it can be a healthy thing,” Denver comedian Adam Cayton-Holland says of the fact that several local comics are currently migrating to LA. “It’s like a minor league baseball team, with the talent moving upward… I keep hearing in Denver that currently the same ten or twelve people are getting all the great shows. So if half of those people move, then there’s six more spots for the on-deck young guys.”

Cayton-Holland’s sketch and standup group, The Grawlix, recently landed a ten episode deal for their sitcom, Those Who Can’t, with the network truTV in LA. This is one of a few factors that have helped fuel the embers of exodus that have been simmering under the Denver comedy scene for the last year or two. READ MORE

Angela Kinsey's Grandmother Isn't a Fan of Her TV Shows

Here's a clip from Angela Kinsey's visit to last night's Conan, where she tells O'Brien all about her harshest critic, who happens to be her Southern grandmother Lena May. Whether it's Kinsey's work on The Office (Too vulgar!), her new TBS show (What's TBS?), or her time as a Conan, Lena May thinks Angela's comedy career is just a little too vulgar to bother watching. Check out another clip from Kinsey's interview below: READ MORE

Billy Crystal Sings a Musical Tribute to David Letterman on 'Late Show'

Billy Crystal made his final Letterman appearance last night, and to thank Dave for 32 years' worth of interviews, he decided to look back on their many memories together through to the tune of "Sunrise, Sunset." Watch another clip from Crystal's interview below: READ MORE

Vanessa Bayer Gets Super Canadian with Chromeo on 'Sound Advice'

Here's the latest installment of Vanessa Bayer's web series Sound Advice featuring "funky-romantic" Canadian duo Chromeo. The guys are very encouraging when it comes to Bayer's attempts at speaking French, but when she tries to speak fluent Canadian, they're not aboot to take that kind of abuse.

Watch a Sneak Peek of 'Misery Loves Comedy' with Marc Maron and Judd Apatow

Kevin Pollak has a brand new documentary premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival next week called Misery Loves Comedy, which takes a closer look at every comedian's need to connect with audiences in the spirit of "misery loves company." Pollak interviewed over 60 comics and actors for the film like Maria Bamford, Jimmy Fallon, Larry David, Amy Schumer, Tom Hanks, Jim Gaffigan, and Steve Coogan. Ahead of the film's theatrical release next Friday (it's also out today on iTunes and Amazon), check out a sneak peek of Marc Maron musing on the "horrendous hurricane of bullshit" comedians put to use onstage, then watch another clip of Judd Apatow reflecting on his very unpopular childhood below: READ MORE