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.)
It's been almost two years since we've had an installment of From the Archives' unofficial recurring segment: Looking Back at Conan's Early Years. [...]
Comedian Andy Kindler is following Beck Bennett and Jimmy Kimmel's lead by playing moderator to adorable kids in the new web series Kids Court, which just debuted on Nerdist's YouTube channel yesterday. A Judge Judy-style talk show in which Kindler presides over adolescent disputes, Kids Court finds him joined by puppet bailiff Bernie, voiced by MST3K's J. Elvis Weinstein.
Esquire brought Aziz Ansari, Jim Gaffigan, Chris Hardwick, Amy Schumer, Andy Kindler, and Seth Herzog in to name their favorite new comedians. The level of newness varied but it's hard to argue with the choices, which included: Chelsea Peretti, Kyle Kinane, Moshe Kasher, Ron Funches, Tig Notaro, James Adomian, Rory Scovel, and John Mulaney.
Another standing-room only crowd, including some of the biggest names in comedy, came out Friday afternoon at the 2014 Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal for Andy Kindler’s 19th State of the Industry address, in which the long-time alternative comic burns bridges from his safe position on Hollywood’s periphery, as Kindler himself would likely acknowledge.
Kindler went after his usual targets, including himself, Jay Leno, Bill Maher, Jimmy Fallon and Adam Sandler, but he saved the brunt of his ire for former Opie and Anthony host Anthony Cumia, who was fired from SiriusXM recently after hurling off a series of racially insensitive tweets. The Cumia rant made for some [...]
Andy Kindler is a comedian who loves analyzing and criticizing comedy. An accomplished comedian, often appearing on Letterman and, most recently, on IFC's Maron, he's also a vocal advocate and mentor for new comedy voices. And for nearly 20 years, has delivered the never-to-be-missed State of the Industry address at Montreal's Just For Laughs festival. It is this address where many of Andy's beefs have been made public, and many more have been started on his Twitter account. I recently sat down with Andy at Toronto's JFL 42. I wanted to know "What's your problem, Andy?" He happily obliged.
Cole is above getting kicked out the convention and Kindler is below "interviewing" Michele Bachmann. Between the two of them, they've so far spent just three seconds actually speaking with the politicians. It's like they're having a competition for who reports less, which, when you come to think of it, isn't too different from the cable news networks. (BOOM! Social Commentary!)
If you think it’s tough going to music festivals and deciding between which bands you want to see, try going to Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival.
What do you do when your plans to see a new comic everyone says is the next big thing are interrupted by a sudden announcement that simultaneously one of your favorite comedians will be performing a surprise set to 40 people at an underground club across town? That pretty much sums up Just For Laughs. It’s maddening.
Being a Just For Laughs newbie, I went where the crowds were. Here’s a recap of some of the final weekend’s events.
Here's a new video via Flavorwire directed by Daniel Ralston that features Aimee Mann and Andy Kindler holding open auditions for a new SNL Band bassist hopeful played by DC Pierson, who doesn't need to be good at the bass so much as he has to be good at laughing at potentially bad and offensive monologue wisecracks from SNL hosts.
The Montreal Just For Laughs Festival always has a seriously impressive artist lineup, with galas hosted by the likes of Joan Rivers, Eddie Izzard, and Sarah Silverman. But it's JFL's industry conference, now dubbed ComedyPro, that makes the festival the comedy world's equivalent of an annual convention. Executives, agents, bookers, comics, and other interested parties (like your correspondents) collect for a festival that is part sales convention and part summer camp. And what happens in Montreal in July tends to impact the comedy community for the year to come. 2011's saw Louis C.K. named Comedy Person of the Year, the same year he would go on to revolutionize [...]
Cole is above and Kindler is below. Do you think they bumped into one another and just stared each other down for 45 minutes? No, you don't? 45 minutes was too hyperbolic? Should I have done 45 seconds? Oh, ok. Next time. Tomorrow, The Daily Show crew shows up. Do you think they'll bump into Cole and Kindler and they'll all just stare each other down for 45 seconds? (Woo! Nailed it. Thanks 4 your help.)
If the alternative comedy movement had its own Declaration of Independence, Andy Kindler would be a principle architect and signatory. The LA-based comedian has been performing stand-up for more than 25 years, and has become known for his hostility toward conventional, hacky comedy. His penchant for exposing formulaic comedy led to him helping form the modern alternative comedy movement at places like UnCabaret at Luna Park, the predecessor for places like the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, which has spawned some of comedy’s biggest names today.
Kindler, a recurring correspondent on the Late Show with David Letterman, is also known for his 1991 satirical manifesto “The Hack’s Handbook,” which appeared [...]
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