Posts tagged as interview

A Reunion and a New Sketch from 'Late Night with Conan's Writers

Well, the Paley Center has been temporarily closed due to repairs (it's reopened now) so instead of dipping into the archives, today we head over to the gross Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn to Littlefield, home of Scott Rogowsky's weekly live talk show "Running Late." On April 30th, 2014, his show hosted three former writers from Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Andy Blitz, Jon Glaser, and Brian McCann, to reminisce, watch some clips, and perform a new, original sketch for the audience gathered there that evening. Luckily, the cameras were rolling and these videos can be enjoyed by everyone, including the people who didn't walk past the world's most disgusting canal [...]

Oprah Promises to Reveal “The Real Stephen Colbert” This Sunday

Oprah recently traveled to South Carolina to conduct an exclusive interview with Stephen Colbert in his home state for her show Oprah's Next Chapter. It airs this coming Sunday at 9/8c on Oprah's TV network OWN, which is apparently still a thing. She's teasing the interview up like it's going to present Stephen Colbert in an entirely different light, promoting it with phrases like "you've never met the real Stephen Colbert until now." Obviously, Oprah knows that Stephen Colbert is playing a fictional character on The Colbert Report, but how great would it be if she'd only seen bits and pieces of the show 'cause she's such a busy lady, and [...]

Lena Dunham Addresses Girls Racial Criticism Like A Good Liberal Arts Grad

When the Girls backlash was at its peak (all the way back in April), it was hard for Lena Dunham, the show's creator/writer/director/star, to address the show's controversies with the level of sincerity and thoroughness the issue demanded. Instead, we got this eventually deleted tweet from Girls writer Lesley Arfin:

“What really bothered me most about Precious was that there was no representation of ME”

Which was glib and made the problem worse. Now that things have cooled down, and her show has gotten picked up for another season, Lena, herself, was able to address the issue directly, in a conversation with NPR's Fresh Air:

Archer Creator Discusses Every Episode in Detail

Did you ever want to know anything and everything about Archer? Well, AVClub has an episode-by-episode interview with Archer creator Adam Reed and it’s pretty exhaustive and hilarious and great. If this interview were an archer it would be bullseyes all day.

Rob Riggle Talks About Improv, the Internet and His Upcoming Projects

Rob Riggle is a busy guy. The onetime Daily Show correspondent and SNL castmember has already built up a seriously impressive comedic resume, appearing in movies such as The Hangover, The Other Guys and Stepbrothers and shows such as 30 Rock, Arrested Development and The Office. And he's showing no signs of slowing down; he stars in a new CBS pilot produced by Mark Wahlberg, has a part in both Tom Hanks' upcoming Larry Crowne and Matt Walsh's High Road, and appears as the President of the Navy in Paul Scheer's upcoming NTSF:SD:SUV. I talked to him about everything he's got going on, how he stays in touch with [...]

Spend the Next Hour Watching a Nice Long Interview with Louis C.K.

This never-before-seen hour-long chat with Louis C.K. was posted online last week by Reserve Channel. Our own Ramsey Ess wrote about the interview here last week. It's a 2010 discussion between C.K. and Time magazine's TV critic James Poniewozik at the Paley Center, following the first season. It's kind of quaint to watch Louis C.K. talking about the first season of the show after we've seen two more seasons of him pushing things even further, but this is still a nice look into his creative process and a must-watch for fans of the comedian who everyone is fans of right now.

Paul F. Tompkins Interviews Friend/Not Shrek Zach Galifianakis

Is this the best? Or is THE BEST? I could watch Zach say, "I'm like, 'This is a good joke'" on loop for rest of my life or for 15 minutes, whichever's shorter. Not to mention, we learn about bees and blueberries and the relationship between bees and blueberries and beeswax. Also, how do you use rich people's routing numbers to steal their drunken trilogy money?

Walking Through the History of 'Between Two Ferns' with Scott Aukerman

With the Between Two Ferns: A Fairytale of New York debuting Sunday at 8:30 before the Comedy Awards, I thought it was a perfect time to look back at the Between Two Ferns series. B2F has been incredibly popular, bringing in over 80 million views across the entire series, on Funny or Die alone. Beyond that, whenever a new one is released, it nearly instantly reaches Internet omnipresence.

It's hard to say why exactly the series has had such enduring popularity, as it has maintained relevance for over four years now (which is nearly four zillion years in Internet time or 28 years in dog time). Of course, it's wildly funny and unique [...]

Rob Delaney Talks About Being Rob Delaney and Says "Cop" 80 Times

This is your chance to watch Rob "Some Have Termed, King of Twitter" Delaney take one of his 140-character comedy bombs and explain exactly what he was thinking to such detail that the Tweet is hardly funny anymore. He also takes a giant bite out of a sandwich and admits to not killing people. His advice for new Tweeters is to use the words "cop" and "asshole" until you're blue in face or asshole, you cop.

Talking to Andy Kindler, Comedy's Unofficial Ombudsman

If the alternative comedy movement had its own Declaration of Independence, Andy Kindler would be a principle architect and signatory. The LA-based comedian has been performing stand-up for more than 25 years, and has become known for his hostility toward conventional, hacky comedy. His penchant for exposing formulaic comedy led to him helping form the modern alternative comedy movement at places like UnCabaret at Luna Park, the predecessor for places like the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, which has spawned some of comedy’s biggest names today.

Kindler, a recurring correspondent on the Late Show with David Letterman, is also known for his 1991 satirical manifesto “The Hack’s Handbook,” which appeared [...]

Watch Bill Hader Go Really In Depth About the Stefon Process

Here's a five-minute interview of Bill Hader talking about the process of writing Stefon segments the entire time. Seriously, he doesn't talk about anything besides writing Stefon, and it manages to be interesting and funny the whole time. I bet Bill Hader has another hour of amazing behind-the-scenes Stefon anecdotes like these that we haven't heard yet.

Talking with Mike Sacks about 'And Here's the Kicker', Interviewing Comedians, References in Comedy, and More!

Six weeks ago, you guys chose And Here's the Kicker as the first book of the Splitsider Comedy Book Club. Great job! I hope you enjoyed it and got as much out of it as I did. What Mike Sacks achieved with And Here's was tremendous. He got a rare level of access to these comedic geniuses and they did not disappoint. Just to be able to read about how Bob Odenkirk, Dick Cavett, or Marshall Brickman thinks of a joke is profound; to be able pass on the legend of Milton Berle's penis is even more so.

Recently, I discussed the book and some of its [...]

Jimmy Kimmel Readies Himself to Mock the President a Room of Nerds

Huffington Post: The president of the White House Correspondents Association described you as “sophisticated and edgy while appealing to a wide audience.” Do you agree?

Jimmy Kimmel: Only with the word “wide.” “Sophisticated?” Obviously, she and I have never met. I’m not someone you would describe as a sophisticated man. But you know what, I understand the room and I’m comfortable in almost any forum and I’m sure it will work out fine. Well, I hope it will work out fine. But I will try to lean towards being sophisticated instead of leaning on my normal assortment of farting jokes. – Part of an interview with Jimmy Kimmel about preparing for the White House [...]

Wyatt Cenac, Reality Television Connoisseur

I recently interviewed Wyatt Cenac, and during our chat, we dove pretty deep into reality TV. Cenac is a true student of the medium, and he had some pretty great thoughts on everything from Monster Quest to Rock of Love to Carmelo Anthony and La La Vasquez's reality show. Also, his idea for his own reality show might not be entertaining, but it'd at least be honest to the name of the genre.