Since debuting last year, the Yahoo web series Burning Love has quickly grown into not just one of the best comedies on the internet but one of the best comedies anywhere – web, movies, TV. Centered on a reality dating show, Burning Love masterfully mocks all the vapid, fame-hungry weirdos who populate America's reality shows, while also expertly satirizing the reality shows themselves.
Burning Love was created by Erica Oyama, a comedy writer who's previously penned scripts for Childrens Hospital and David Wain's web series Wainy Days, and directed by Oyama's husband, Ken Marino of The State and Party Down fame. With Burning Love's third season having just kicked off, I had [...]
DC Pierson is a comedian, actor, member of the popular sketch group DERRICK, and well regarded UCB performer. In 2010, he added "novelist" to that resume with the release of his first book The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep and Never Had To. Last week, he released his second novel, Crap Kingdom. I had a chance to sit down with Pierson and chat about the book — which I can honestly say is definitely worth reading (or better yet, owning) — as well as working in the young adult genre, making rap videos to get on the New York Times bestseller list, why DERRICK's success may have been [...]
Wayne Federman, the veteran comedian, actor, and author, has carved out a unique niche for himself in the world of comedy. His arrival in Los Angeles in the late 1980s began a successful career as a stand up comedian which continues to this day. In addition, he's had bit roles in such films as Step Brothers, Legally Blonde, The 40 Year-Old Virgin, and Knocked Up; cameos he dubs his "Federman and Out." Starting tonight at Cinefamily in Los Angeles, the second annual Wayne Federman International Film Festival debuts, which consists of comedians screening their favorite movies on the glorious big screen and talking about them. I spoke with Wayne about the festival, the [...]
After nearly nine months off the air, Community returned with the premiere of its fourth season last night. While creator Dan Harmon is gone, several key members of the Harmon Administration stuck with the show, including writer/producer Andy Bobrow, who, along with fellow veteran Megan Ganz, joined Community in Season 2. In the three years he's spent at the show, Bobrow has penned beloved episodes like the Apollo 13 space simulation riff "Basic Rocket Science," the Ken Burns parody "Pillows and Blankets," and Troy's dark but heartfelt 21st birthday episode, "Mixology Certification." A few days prior to Community's Season 4 premiere, which Bobrow wrote, I had the chance to [...]