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.)
Fake talk shows: today the TV is lousy with them. In fact, the form has been constructed, deconstructed, and reconstructed so many times that [...]
Longtime Daily Show and Conan writer Rob Kutner has masterminded a new comedy album called It's OK to Do Stuff that drops today on Rooftop Comedy. It's a comedic homage to the 1972 feminist album Free to Be… You and Me by Marlo Thomas and Friends, arriving on the 40th anniversary of that album. It's OK to Do Stuff features tracks from Lizzy Caplan, Fred Willard, Eugene Mirman, Andy Richter, Colin Hanks, Samantha Bee, Wyatt Cenac, Eddie Pepitone, James Urbaniak, Fred Stoller, Megan Amram, and more. Here's a sample track called "Boy Meets Girl" featuring Fred Willard and Lizzy Caplan:
Girl Meets Boy (Skit) by Lizzy Caplan and Fred Willard
What a guy, right? What happened was terribly embarrassing yet so quickly he's able to get on TV and make jokes about it. Second City taught him well. Next time he's on Fallon, to really show he's moved on, he should just start jerking o— actually, never mind, that's a bad idea, probably(?).
Here is a video of Fred Willard as the dean of a shady, for-profit college. It's Fred Willard, so I don't think I need to sell this one too hard, right? You know you're going to like this already.