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 [...]
Garry Shandling is one of the most innovative and influential comedians of all time. However, when Shout Factory released the entire Larry Sanders Show on DVD in the winter of 2011—concurrent with IFC’s decision to rerun the entire series—it seemed to set off a “Garry Shandling renaissance” that has carried over for the past 2-3 years; buoyed by Garry’s ever-bizarre and hilarious Twitter feed.
No matter how staunch of a Shandling supporter you’ve been over the years, you have to concede that there has been a certain heightened re-appreciation of his talents over the past few years. As a child of the 90’s I was slightly too young [...]
You know you’re in Canada when a shmuck like me is allowed into a star-studded comedy awards ceremony and the security guard actually apologizes for making me wait in line.
One of the premiere events at this year’s Just For Laughs Festival is the Awards Luncheon, which honored Modern Family Creators Steve Levitan and Christopher Lloyd for Comedy Writers of the Year, Ken Jeong for Breakout Comedy Star of the Year, Paul Feig for Comedy Director of the Year, Garry Shandling for the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Louis C.K. for Comedy Person of the Year.
Maybe “premiere event” is a little too strong. As MC and Comedy Central Roast [...]
While Garry Shandling's WTF with Marc Maron episode obviously covers his career from Sanford And Son to The Larry Sanders Show, as well as the Ponzi scheme of the American socio-political system, the most interesting theme of his conversation is the therapeutic working over he gives host Marc Maron. "We're doing this show to help you from confronting your mother. That's the whole subtext of this show, isn't it?" Shandling probes, later musing, "It just struck me deeply that you're in pain, and that should go on a t-shirt." It only gets deeper from there. "Life itself is impermanent, not solid, purely energy," Shandling scoffs. "Putting up walls [...]