Judd Apatow to Guest-Edit the 'Vanity Fair' Comedy Issue

Vanity Fair is prepping its first-ever comedy issue for January, and they've snagged none other than Pope Judd the First to guest edit it. I'm not entirely sure what guest editing entails — I assume just picking some of his famous friends to write stuff for the magazine, not actually line-editing drafts — but it'll be interesting to see what Apatow brings to the magazine. And we'll see which is longer: this issue of Vanity Fair or the This Is 40 script.

Diving Into the Archives of Spy, The Funniest Magazine Ever

Maybe you've heard of Spy Magazine, the satirical magazine that was one of the funniest things ever in the late '80s and early '90s, but never read it. Now that Google Books has put much of the Spy archive online, you can see what the fuss was about. For me, it was the magazine that redeemed American culture while everything else sucked.

In 1987 I was a junior in high school and nothing was funny. SNL had not recovered from its Gary Kroeger years, Johnny Carson was getting old. National Lampoon was in one of its stupid phases. There was no Onion, Simpsons, Seinfeld or even Kids in [...]

Patton Oswalt Guest Edits SPIN Magazine's Comedy Issue

Patton Oswalt has lent his name to the masthead of SPIN for their November "Funny" Issue, which Oswalt calls "a highly personal snapshot of America." The issue also features the creators of Portlandia, Natasha Leggero, Chris Pratt, The Best Show on WFMU, and Weird Al. Looks like a winner.

Entertainment Weekly Dubs Parks and Rec "TV's Smartest Comedy"

This week's issue of Entertainment Weekly features the gang from Parks and Rec (save a conspicuously absent Adam Scott) on the cover and the headline "TV's Smartest Comedy." Not bad! The article inside features "101 Reasons We Love It," including tidbits such as: • Selling everyone — including some people on their own staff — on the initial plot about a pit wasn’t easy. “Even our line producer just stared at us,” says Daniels. “He didn’t think we were serious.” • Poehler reveals a litmus test for choosing Leslie’s outfits: “As a rule, if I put something on and I’m like, ‘That’s cute!’ I would take it off.’ [...]

Andy Sambergs Take It to the Court on NYT Mag Cover

I like to imagine some editor fervently pushing for an "Andy Samberg twin tennis greats cover" based solely their own oddly specific fantasy, because how satisfying would it be to finally git 'er done? Gracing the magazine this Sunday, Andy Samberg's New York Times Mag cover features him channeling tennis legends John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg, with Andre Agassi and more tucked away inside. Alternately, maybe the sports theme is merely be an elaborate excuse to publish photos of Samberg hitting his clone in the junk with a racket. Either way, hats off to you, you diligent pervert!

Update: Here's a slideshow of the photos, and here's [...]

Stephen Colbert Bleeds Red, White and Blue on the Cover of GQ

Stephen Colbert graces one of five GQ covers this month as their "Patriot of the Year." I like the idea behind the picture, but in practice it's a little unsettling.