Here's Stephen Colbert on CNN's The Lead Friday. Colbert was there to talk about the life of and read letters from Andrew Tuck III, his uncle who fought in WWII and landed in Normandy on D-Day, and the CNN journalist was there to compare his uncle's situation to Band of Brothers a bunch.
If there is such a thing as a cult comedy magazine, it's Army Man, America's Only Magazine. With a writing staff that included George Meyer, Jack Handey, Jon Vitti, John Swartzwelder, David Sacks, Ian Maxtone-Graham, Andy Borowitz, Roz Chast, Ian Frazier, Bob Odenkirk, and many many more, it's criminal that Army Man isn't more well known.
But the humor magazine ran for only three short issues and was never widely distributed. It was a homemade production, each 'zine photocopied and stapled by comedy genius George Meyer. The quality of the humor is only surpassed by the the caliber of the writing staff and their subsequent projects. Most famously, creator [...]
Last October, as part of Vulture and UCB Comedy's Pop Culture Memory Lane series, all-star viner and Venture Brothers star James Urbaniak shared a story about how he once helped David Letterman tell one of his monologue jokes as a teenager back in Late Night's early years. This is how Urbaniak told it:
In part because today is the 20th anniversary of the 1,819th and final episode of the incredibly influential Late Night with David Letterman, and partly because we just found it in the catacombs of the internet over the weekend, here is video of 19-year-old "Jim" Urbaniak hijacking Letterman's monologue on the night of February 23, [...]
There has never been a comedian with as much political influence and esteem as Will Rogers. If Jon Stewart was one of the most popular movie stars in the country you’d be getting close, but only kinda — and you’d still need to add a bunch of rope tricks. Remember Stephen Colbert’s campaign? Will got there first, and he was drafted into his campaign. Plus he actually received a few votes at the convention. Twice.
Rogers was as full of contradictions as America itself. He was a Cowboy and an Indian. He had a country voice loaded with urban slang. He rose to stardom telling jokes with a chorus [...]
In the Broadway Video offices, I asked a couple of staffers if they had tapes of The New Show.
"Of course," replied the taller one. "We have everything Lorne's done."
"Why do you bring that up?" added the wider one.
"I watched it every Friday night — well, the Friday nights it was on. It got yanked pretty early."
They stared at me.
"You think a complete set of the show will ever be released?" I asked.
"Don't let Lorne hear that," said Mr. Tall. "It's not something he wants remembered."
They were assembling a Michael O'Donoghue reel for me. I hinted that if they threw in some select [...]