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Inside Adam Resnick's Proudest and Most Embarrassing Projects

Nearly three decades into his career as a professional comedy writer, Adam Resnick has been responsible for more than his fair share of cult hit movies and TV shows, but this year sees him diving into a completely new frontier altogether: the literary world.

Resnick's first job was as part of David Letterman's prolific mid-'80s writing staff, where he met Chris Elliott and started a long, fruitful partnership that led to the two of them creating cult hits like Get a Life and Cabin Boy together, both initially maligned by critics but eventually beloved by a loyal group of fans and the generation of comedy writers that followed. A [...]

Fox Didn’t Want Chris Elliott and ‘Get a Life’ Co-Creator David Mirkin to Meet Each Other

“The network [Fox] … didn’t want us to meet because they knew I was doing a crazy show, they knew that Chris was a crazy guy, and it was like, ‘This crazy guy meeting this other crazy guy is going to be too intense. Let’s keep them apart,’” says Get a Life co-creator and Simpsons seasons 5 and 6 showrunner David Mirkin in the first in a five-part interview with The AV Club. The interview is jam-packed with stuff that’ll make your comedy nerd head explode, including Mirkin talking about developing an adaptation of the UK comedy The Young Ones for Fox, working with Graham Chapman just prior [...]

The Complete 'Get a Life' Is Coming on 9/18

Good news! Chris Elliot's cult classic Get a Life is finally coming to DVD, and it now has a release date and you can pre-order it. It's coming on September 18 as a five-disc set that includes both seasons. Go ahead and pre-order it right here.

Looking Back at Chris Elliott's Family Sitcom/Gritty Crime Drama 'Action Family'

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.)

What happens when you take a 1970s cop drama and combine it with the Brady Bunch? First you probably get a bunch of people [...]

Talking With Gary Gulman About His New Standup Album, 'Get a Life,' Hip Hop, and More

Gary Gulman is tall, handsome, has a full head of luxurious hair, and played football at Boston College; his background is a bit different than your average comedian. But he is no average comedian. Most comedy fans met Gary on Season 2 of Last Comic Standing, when he made it to the final show with eventual winners John Heffron and Alonzo Bodden. Since then, he has appeared on Dane Cook’s Tourgasm, released four comedy albums, and performed on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Conan. But Gary hasn’t let his success go to his head. [...]

Chris Elliott's Get a Life Finally Coming to DVD This Fall

Chris Elliott's much-loved cult classic sitcom Get a Life has been tough to watch, since there's never been an official release of it. It currently exists on VHS tapes and online in videos of questionable quality. No more! Shout Factory is set to release the full series this fall, with Chris and his associates set to record special features such as commentary in the coming weeks. Score one for very patient comedy nerds!

The Writers and Cast Take Us Behind the Scenes of 'Get a Life'

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, [...]

A Look Back At Charlie Kaufman's Sitcom Work

Charlie Kaufman isn’t exactly an impersonal writer. His attempts to adapt The Orchid Thief turned into Adaptation., a movie about a painfully self-aware screenwriter named “Charlie Kaufman” falling apart while attempting to adapt The Orchid Thief. It’s a struggle to imagine Kaufman, either fictionalized or IRL, thriving in the anonymous and often abrasive environment of a sitcom writer’s room. So it’s surprising that, before breaking into screenwriting, Kaufman worked in television for almost a decade, staffing on sketch shows like The Dana Carvey Show and The Edge and sitcoms like Get A Life and Ned & Stacey.

There’s evidence to support the idea that Kaufman might not have thrived [...]

Get A Life: The Community of Its Time

According to the internet, television network executives are a bunch of deplorable scumbags. They are wretched slime, only existing to please the philistines that situate themselves in the middle of America that find Tim Allen and Jon Cryer funny. They purchase Monets and use them as target practice. They are only experts at bringing joy to the deserving loud minority that appreciate high brow things such as irony, only to take it away and watch as Tumblrs drown in their tears. Executives get their assistants to make screengrabs of the most depressing tweets about a show's cancellation to show their children on Christmas. After tousling their kids' hair they [...]