The comedy podcast universe is ever expanding, not unlike the universe universe. We're here to make it a bit smaller, a bit more manageable. There are a lot of great shows and each has a lot of great episodes, so we want to highlight the exceptional, the noteworthy. Each week our crack team of podcast enthusiasts and specialists and especially enthusiastic people will pick their favorites. We hope to have your ears permanently plugged with the best in aural comedy.
By The Way, In Conversation with Jeff Garlin – Bill Burr
Pablo: Most astronomers hypothesize that the Moon was created when a planetary body smashed into Earth billions of years ago and got caught in the its orbit. That planetary collision essentially repeated itself when two comics who are as loud as they are funny and opinionated came together for this conversation at Largo last December. Bill Burr, arguably the best standup alive, is in top form as he rants about everything from the NFL's domestic violence PSAs to the proliferation of civilian drone-owners… one of whom was Jeff Garlin after a ridiculous Christmas gift from his manager. But Garlin nearly outdoes him with some classic Larry David tales, including one where LD visits a strip club. This is Burr's moment though, and almost on cue he has a story to top Garlin's: The time he saw a stripper quit on-stage. If you like ball-busting, you'll love this episode for the hard time he gives Garlin but it's also strangely introspective due to an epiphany Burr realizes during the recording: He hates being politely told that he's wrong because he only believes he's right if the other person is yelling at him. READ MORE
What do you do when you have an apartment all to yourself and a thirst for some Lady Gaga hits? Just take a hint from Broad City's Abbi Jacobson: Get naked, blast "Edge of Glory," then soak up all the freedom and pleasure that arrives when your annoying roommate is nowhere to be found. Never stop dancing, Abbi.
Here's a particularly adorable installment of Reggie Makes Music featuring SNL alum Noël Wells disguised as a six-year old boy who joins Watts on the Comedy Bang! Bang! stage to sing a beautiful song about princesses stuck in castles. Wells is absolutely right — all princesses should know their limits.
After a long, unconventional course of some fifteen years, Kyle Kinane finds himself at an interesting point in his comedy career. To his fans and peers, he is one of today's best comics. He's developed a unique, personal style that allows him to deliver his observational wisdom through the natural persona of a grizzled everydude. His first two releases, Death of the Party and Whiskey Icarus, garnered critical acclaim and his list of TV credits continues to grow. Now, on the eve of the world premiere of his new Comedy Central special, I Liked His Old Stuff Better, Kinane faces the challenge of staying true to his old fan base while courting new admirers who are getting their first taste of his work. I talked to Kinane about the new special, the connection between comedy and music and, most importantly, drinking in the shower. READ MORE
The wait for Tina Fey and Robert Carlock's NBC-turned-Netflix show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is almost over, and today the streaming network dropped the very first trailer, which features Ellie Kemper as a doomsday cult member-turned-New Yorker who is joined by 30 Rock alums Jane Krakowski and Tituss Burgess. All 13 episodes debut on Netflix March 6th; here's what Tina Fey said at TCA about re-editing the first season with streaming in mind:
The back half of these 13, we’ve edited them with Netflix in mind. At the very least, to not be writing toward commercial breaks and editing down to rigid network timing—a half hour [slot] on network is 21 minutes and 15 seconds [of content]. And so we’d be able to put back some jokes that were cut solely to get to that timing. That said, the tone of the show is sort of set, because it was written for network. So I don’t think it’s going to take a graphic sexual turn in season 2.
Conan O'Brien recently decided to use his power and influence to make some dreams come true for Conan IT guy and Taco Bell superfan Chris Hayes by taking him on an exclusive trip to the Taco Bell headquarters and test kitchens. Not only do they learn about the rich history of Taco Bell in the Taco Bell museum and visit the employees' "sensory panel," but they get to hang out in the "innovation kitchen" and create their very own Taco Bell menu items — O'Brien creates two instant classics with the "La Cone-A" and the "O'Taco."
Nick Kroll was a guest on last night's Late Night, where he chatted with Seth Meyers about his decision to end Kroll Show, what his post-Kroll Show plans are, and what it's like to meet the real Bobby Bottleservices around the country who are fans of his show.
Here's a clip from last night's episode of Kroll Show featuring Kroll and John Mulaney as aging New Yorkers Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland, who decide to leave New York City and take their prank show on the road after getting evicted from their shared apartment. "The power went out a few years ago, and people didn't even steal VCRs and kill each other … so screw off, New York!"
NBC revealed plans for a big multi-cam comedy push at TCA this year, and they're already following through on that promise with the order of two couple-themed multi-cam pilots. Deadline reports that the network has ordered two pilots called People Are Talking and Take It From Us. Growing Up Fisher creator DJ Nash and The Wedding Ringer producer Will Packer co-created People Are Talking, which revolves around "a white and a black couple and examines sex, race and everything else your parents told you never to talk about." Take It From Us hails from former Friends and How I Met Your Mother executive producer Greg Malins and follows "a couple that tells their son the lessons they learned growing up in the ’90s in hopes he and his fiancée can avoid making the same mistakes."
To celebrate the band's reunion and new album, NPR recently matched up Sleater-Kinney with Broad City's Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer for a lengthy Q&A in New York that covers a ton of topics like the band's new tour, artistic approach, and thoughts on constantly getting pigeonholed into the "all-female" label. As if teaming up the stars of Broad City and Sleater-Kinney wasn't enough, the Q&A ends with a round of questions sent in from hardcore Sleater-Kinney fan Amy Poehler.
Jessie Eisenberg has a new Amazon series in the works. THR reports that Eisenberg is writing and executive producing a new half-hour Amazon comedy based on his series of short stories Bream Gives Me Hiccups, which ran on McSweeney's from 2012-2013. Like the short stories, the adaptation will follow "a privileged and precocious 9-year-old restaurant critic who visits different eateries with his alcoholic mother, reviewing everything, often with his friend Matthew." You can check out the original 12 short stories here.
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 clip comes from the 2003 revue The Not Ready for $3.99 Prime Rib Players, which took place at Second City's short-lived stage at the Flamingo in Las Vegas. In the above sketch "Senator," Jason Sudeikis plays a United States senator who gets caught in a downward spiral of insensitive remarks and PR opportunity apologies with the help of ensemble performers Joe Kelly, Seamus McCarthy, Holly Walker, and future 30 Rock writer Kay Cannon. Sudeikis joined SNL as a writer the same year and was promoted to featured player just two years later.
It's no secret that I'm a lover of the absurd. Or maybe it is. Maybe it was, I should say. It shouldn't be anymore since I just told you. Anyway, here are 5 ridiculous one-off videos that I've been meaning to post for a while. I think it's quite important that you all take a few moments to watch them all. I promise you'll feel better after. READ MORE
Will Forte isn't the only performer to star in a show about the end of the world this year. Deadline reports that Rob Lowe, Jenna Fischer, and Megan Mullally have all joined the cast of Apocalypse Slough, an upcoming 10-part comedy/drama series on British channel Sky 1 that NBC is also set to air in the US. Described as "an adrenaline-fueled witty epic," Slough centers on "an eclectic group of ordinary people in an extraordinary situation: a collision is imminent with an eight-mile wide comet that’s destined to wipe out all life on Earth. Together, they hunker beneath the town of Slough, about 20 miles west of London, to watch the end of the world on TV." Lowe will play a rebellious priest named Father Jude, Fischer will play a librarian stuck in a New Mexico prison for a crime she didn't commit, and Mullally will play a woman named Leanne, "an unhinged white supremacist who takes a deeply reluctant Rhonda under her wing." Other announced cast members include Mathew Baynton, Pauline Quirke, Patterson Joseph, and Joel Fry. The series will premiere on Sky 1 sometime later this year.