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.)
In the 1990s there were only a handful of weirder, non-mainstream shows. Nickelodeon had Ren and Stimpy, Comedy Central had Mystery Science Theater 3000, [...]
Living comedy legend Chris Elliott and his talented daughters Abby (from SNL) and Bridey Elliott (from Twitter) will be appearing together onstage next month for the first time ever. The live late night show "Running Late with Scott Rogowsky" will host "An Evening with the Elliotts" at the PIT in NYC on December 6th. Hopefully, this will become an annual thing, and by next year, this comedy family will have grown even larger and there will be five funny Elliotts onstage together.
Chris Elliott was on Letterman last night, and he announced that his Adult Swim series Eagleheart was just picked up for a third season, which is great news for the hilarious, offbeat show (and TV, in general). In other Chris Elliott news, his new book The Guy Under the Sheets: The Unauthorized Autobiography, a fake tell-all memoir, comes out tomorrow and is available for pre-order on Amazon now. As if that weren't already enough Chris Elliott stuff for you today, here's his Letterman appearance from last night where he debuts a clip from his (fake) new History Channel show, Gay Pawn:
Saturday Night Live has been home to over a hundred cast members throughout the past 36 years. In our column Saturday Night’s Children, we present the history, talent, and best sketches of one SNL cast member each week for your viewing, learning, and laughing pleasure.
Abby Elliott, who recently announced her departure from SNL, shares something unique with her father Chris Elliott — they are the first example of two generations from the same family to be cast members on the show. In Abby's case, she served a solid four years making her name known through her spirited impressions and beamy onscreen charm, but for her father Chris, [...]
Currently in the midst of its second season, Adult Swim’s 11-minute crime-comedy Eagleheart has quickly emerged as one of the fastest and funniest shows on TV. For the uninitiated, Eagleheart stars Chris Elliott, Maria Thayer (Strangers with Candy), and Brett Gelman (Comedy Bang Bang) as a trio of sociopathic U.S. Marshals who wind up in all kinds of exceedingly strange and hyper-violent scenarios week to week. Eagleheart is put out by Conan O’Brien’s production company and written by longtime Conan writers Michael Koman and Andrew Weinberg and Human Giant's Jason Woliner, who manage to cram a full 30 minutes worth of story into each 11-minute installment.
Eagleheart's second season [...]