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 people talk about The Honeymooners TV show, generally they’re referring to “The Classic 39,” which were the full half-hour shows in which Ralph and [...]
It's that time of year when students begin asking questions about Santa Claus. Some are believers, some are doubters, and when they come together…watch out! My suggestion is to treat the idea of Santa much like you would the idea of our democracy—a pleasing notion that some take comfort in (even if it's not real!).
Students will bring in all kinds of legends from their families. Some will believe Santa carries a magic key that unlocks any door. Others will believe elections represent the will of the people. It's important not to question these obviously fraudulent ideas and let their parents decide when they are [...]
This week Tim has had enough of Christmas and would like you all to stop even though Christmas ended nearly a week ago. Also Tom becomes a member of a museum and feels pretty smug about it. In this episode the guys discuss the movies of 2012, including Sleepwalk with Me, Moonrise Kingdom, The Dark Knight Rises, The Avengers, Underworld, Red Tails, Chronicle, Ghost Rider, Wanderlust, A Thousand Words, 21 Jump Street, The Hunger Games, Cabin in the Woods, Dark Shadows, The Dictator, Battleship, Men in Black 3 and Life of Pi.
It is important to note that neither Tim nor Tom have seen the majority of the [...]
Sneak a peek at the holiday episode of Bob's Burgers, which airs this Sunday at 8:30 on Fox and guest stars big-time Hollywood movie star Zach Galifianakis. Just judging by this quick preview, it has more blood and lube than just about any TV Christmas special ever – save for that one really weird Peanuts special that they're not allowed to air anymore.
Tonight is the NTSF: SD: SUV:: Christmas special, in which our heroes are hunted by a homicidal Santa Claus. Perfect for the kids! As executive producer Curtis Gwinn, who also directed this episode, told me, "it's sort of a Paranormal Activity meets Tim Allen's The Santa Clause. You know, classic Christmas stuff." If that alone isn't enough to sell you, check out the exclusive clip above. The whole thing airs tonight at 12:15am on Adult Swim.
This year's Simpsons holiday episode "I Won't Be Home For Christmas" airs on Fox this Sunday, and the network released a clip of the very Christmassy couch gag featuring all the best things about winter, which apparently are polar bears, snowboarding, hockey, Festivus, and obligatory Frozen references.
Here's the new Christmas episode of Matt Oswalt and Eddie Pepitone's web series, Puddin', featuring the return of guests like Patton Oswalt, Tom Lennon, Weird Al Yankovic, James Urbaniak, Jake Fogelnest, Dana Gould, and more. As expected, it's one of the darkest Christmas specials ever.
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.)
With each new installment of From the Archives I get to enjoy the searching and researching and recapping that goes into each new find [...]
This season, Tuesday is the busiest sitcom night of the year, with three of the four networks airing comedies all against each other on that night each week. Yesterday saw Fox's New Girl and The Mindy Project each celebrating the holidays as they prepare to take their winter breaks, while Happy Endings has its holiday episode set up to debut next week. Let's take a look at last night's new holiday-themed (and non-holiday-themed) episodes:
Happy Endings – "To Serb with Love"CLAY: In "To Serb with Love" we get to meet Alex and Jane's parents, look inside Jane's joke-writing process, and watch Max try to compete with Pete for [...]
Jimmy Fallon's SNL war buddy Tracy Morgan slapped on a turtleneck and scarve and joined him to tell a good ol' Christmas story last night. Tracy Morgan, of course, takes "Twas the Night Before Christmas" off the rails in a typical Tracy Morgan fashion, albeit without taking his shirt off. This is just another video to add onto the stack of evidence as to why NBC should give Jimmy Fallon an annual Christmas variety special already, a movement that is gaining some traction on Tumblr this week.
Bill Murray is bringing his crooning talents to television in the form of a Christmas special. Variety reports that Murray has teamed up with Lost in Translation director Sofia Coppola to star in a TV Christmas special, in which Murray will sing a collection of classic Christmas carols. The special doesn't yet have a network or premiere date, but Murray told Variety that it won't be live and will be "like a little movie. It won't have a format, but it's going to have music. It will have texture. It will have threads through it that are writing. There will be prose. It will have a patina style [...]
Seth Rogen and his writing partner Evan Goldberg are set to tackle their first holiday movie. In an interview with Collider, director Jonathan Levine (50/50, Warm Bodies) let a few details slip about the mysterious new project:
I’m just finishing a script that I’m hoping to shoot in the next few months. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are producing it, and that’s a Christmas party movie, or a Christmas movie for stoners. I probably shouldn’t even be talking about it. It doesn’t have a name. It may never happen, so we’ll see.
This is just one of many projects Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have in development. Following the [...]
On this episode: We get trapped in the Inescapable Death Box, Skeleton Warehouse has a Christmas sale, a man donates too much blood, "Letters to Santa," Michael quits drinking, College Basketball Round-up, a commercial for Gold Ribbon dog food, a woman looks for jetpack parts for a new project.
On a very special episode, we discuss two beloved Christmas specials: Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas and Frosty the Snowman. Of course, these conversations devolve into Tim's problems with the current state of the Muppets, his feelings about the problems with eight year olds today and an indictment of magicians in general.
Also, we talk about the perils of doing hard drugs and sleeping under a bridge, and solve a problem from a listener involving taking sexy pictures of a lady to raise money for an engagement ring.
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