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 one thinks about the standup comedy boom of the 1980s you probably think about comedians with household names like Seinfeld, Ellen, and Ray [...]
It hasn't even been 24 hours since David Letterman announced his retirement from late night, but there's already an interesting update that sheds some light on what direction CBS might want to go with their next Late Show host. As reported by Vulture, Daily Show correspondent and substitute host John Oliver was approached last year by CBS to potentially take over Craig Ferguson's 12:30am time slot or another late night slot altogether, but Oliver ultimately chose to go with HBO to develop his show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. While Oliver's obviously out of the running now, this update suggests that Jon Stewart and Stephen [...]
Two months after ordering Jay Roach's Jack Black/Tim Robbins comedy pilot The Brink to series, Deadline reports that Roach has also teamed up with Al Gore's daughter Kristin to develop a half-hour HBO comedy series called Women in Space. Penned by Gore — who has also written for The Harvard Lampoon, SNL, and Futurama – Women in Space follows "a group of women exploring the final frontier on a mission to colonize another planet." While casting has not yet been announced, Gore and Roach will both serve as executive producers for the pilot.
Here's a video of comedian Josh Gondelman posing as a hip young Republican in a fake GOP "Create Your American Dream" ad for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, which premieres on HBO next month. Click through to watch Gondelman's second ad, where he explains why when it comes to the nation's energy policy, he's "for everything," even panda blood.
Judd Apatow gave a nice lengthy interview in front of students at Loyola Marymount last week (via THR), and in it, he revealed that he and his fellows Girls producers Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner have discussed ending the show after six seasons:
How many more seasons are you going to do of Girls? We've talked about doing six seasons. I guess that could change, it's not set … I think we're all committed that we'll do six … Do you have an ending in mind? No I don't think so. But we've talked about it. It makes you respect the ending of The Sopranos though. [...]