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What I've Learned About Comedy From Two Years of Hanging in the Archives

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

When I started writing this column a little over two years ago, my intentions were pretty straight-forward: turn the time I was spending at the [...]

The Short Films of Albert Brooks

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 120,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

Albert Brooks, stand-up, author, actor, and comedy legend, was recently interviewed in the January issue of Vanity Fair which was guest edited by Judd [...]

Inside The Simpsons' "Life on the Fast Lane"

Columentary (title sadly not pending) is a weekly feature, in which I’ll listen to the commentary track of a sitcom, and divulge, through pretty pictures and less pretty words, the behind-the-scenes secrets the creators, writers, and cast discuss about their show. If you've ever wondered who was boinking who on The Brady Brunch, this is for you.

Show: The Simpsons

Episode: "Life on the Fast Lane" (S01E09)

Original Airdate: March 18, 1990

Episode Plot: After Homer thoughtlessly gives Marge a bowling ball with his name on for her birthday, she goes to the Bowlarama and meets Jacques, a suave bowling instructor. (Stop saying "bowling" so much!) Will she cheat [...]

Albert Brooks In Talks To Play Paul Rudd's Dad In Knocked-Up Sequel

Rumors abound that Albert Brooks is in talks to join the Knocked Up sequel, purportedly to play Paul Rudd's father. We seriously need some more plot information about this movie. Does it in any way relate to the plot or other characters in Knocked Up? Is Katherine Heigl still living in their pool house? Why was Katherine Heigl living in the pool house in the original film? So many unanswered questions. Additionally Brooks' novel 2030: The Real Story of What Happens to America will be published in May; the book is about American life once cancer has been cured and 70 is considered middle-aged. See, a nice simple plot [...]

The 'Finding Nemo' Sequel Is Called 'Finding Dory,' Set for 2015 Release

Disney today officially announced that a Finding Nemo sequel called Finding Dory, centered on Ellen DeGeneres's character Dory, will hit theaters on November 25th, 2015. DeGeneres, who is returning for the sequel along with Albert Brooks and writer/director Andrew Stanton, was quoted as saying, "I’m not mad it took this long. I know the people at Pixar were busy creating Toy Story 16. But the time they took was worth it. The script is fantastic. And it has everything I loved about the first one: It’s got a lot of heart, it’s really funny, and the best part is—it’s got a lot more Dory." Here's more about the film [...]

Albert Brooks Clocks In Another Great Talk Show Appearance

Last week, comedy icon Albert Brooks dropped by Letterman and delivered one of his amazing talk show appearances. Now, here he is on Leno last night, being really funny once again. His Letterman material, however, is still significantly funnier because why would you use your best material on Leno?

Do You Buy Albert Brooks as a Menacing Criminal?

Here's the trailer for Drive, a new thriller starring Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, Ron Perlman and….Albert Brooks? As some sort of scary crime boss? OK. The movie looks fine I guess, but really, is it possible to really be frightened by Albert Brooks? I imagine that if he caught you he would slowly kill you via good-natured insults, over a very long time.

Albert Brooks and the Rise of "New Humor"

As noted in my recent piece on Bob Einstein's lost classic comedy book, the real comic genius in the Einstein family is little brother Albert, who took to the stage under the name Albert Brooks. A year after Bob's publishing debut, Albert made an even bigger splash in the print world in the February 1971 issue of Esquire magazine. (Side note: Oh, those truly were the glory days of publishing. The magazine was an astounding 10 1/4-inches wide and 13 1/8-inches tall — too big for my consumer-grade scanner to capture a whole page at once. How did it fit on a newsstand? And many of those enormous [...]

Albert Brooks Signs on for 'Finding Nemo 2'

Living comedy legend Albert Brooks has agreed to reprise his role as the voice of a talking fish called Marlin in the upcoming sequel to Pixar's Finding Nemo. Deadline reports that Brooks signed "a fat deal" to return. Ellen DeGeneres and original director Andrew Stanton signed on last year, but Brooks took longer to convince due to his busy career as a novelist (he's currently working on a second novel) and actor (appearing in high-profile movies like Drive and This Is 40). The most exciting part about Brooks doing Finding Nemo 2 is it means he'll probably make another awesome late night talk show appearance.

Living Comedy Legends Albert Brooks and David Letterman Have a Chat

Albert Brooks, who's promoting his Oscar buzz-generating role in Judd Apatow's This Is 40, sat down with David Letterman last night. Here's the interview (part two is after the jump), which is a reminder that Albert Brooks should be in the Talk Show Guest Hall of Fame. Also included after the jump is Brooks's first-ever Letterman appearance, from 1983. Enjoy!:

The Lost Roles of Albert Brooks

Amongst comedians and comedy fans, Albert Brooks is one of the most respected men in the industry and has been for over thirty years. He began his career performing on variety and talk shows, most notably The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, in the late 60s and early 70s before transitioning to movies. He was often referred to as the West Coast Woody Allen, but while Allen makes a film every year, Brooks has shown a reluctance to flood the market with his comedies, only directing seven movies in the 32 years he’s spent as a feature filmmaker. Nevertheless, many of Albert Brooks's films, although not whopping commercial successes, [...]