Welcome to our column Sketch Anatomy, where we ask some of our favorite comedy writers to choose any sketch — one they personally wrote or one from history they find particularly hilarious, notable, or underappreciated — to learn from a writer's perspective what separates a successful sketch from the rest.
For this week's installment of Sketch Anatomy we spoke with Jake Fogelnest, who has written for Funny or Die, Billy on the Street, Hulu's Difficult People, and Netflix's upcoming and warmly anticipated Wet Hot American Summer prequel series. On top of all that, Fogelnest also has a new Ben Stiller-produced show in the works at IFC tentatively titled [...]
TV is Dead, Long Live TV. While television is rapidly decaying on the business end of things, simultaneously it is consistently evolving, more artistically challenging and even auteur-friendly, and that is partially thanks to the infiltration of comedy podcasts. Some shows try to incorporate some of the DNA of their pods to the small screen, like Comedy Bang Bang and The Nerdist, while standups like Nikki Glaser, Sara Schaefer, and Pete Holmes have parlayed their numerous hours behind podcast mics into late night hosting gigs. Maron, premiering tomorrow, would never have become a reality if it weren't for his years hosting WTF with Marc Maron, the popular interview podcast that [...]
Everyone has at least one movie or TV show they enjoy that no one else can stand, whether it’s a guilty pleasure or something the rest of the world is just wrong about. I recently rang up Sirius Radio host and Twitter luminary Jake Fogelnest to talk about the pieces of pop cultures that he enjoys that everyone else seems to hate.
Jake Fogelnest’s a busy guy, splitting his time between hosting his own indie rock show on Sirius, his webcam show on Stickam, his hilarious and wildly popular Twitter feed, an equally-bitchin’ Tumblr, and at least a couple fake Twitter accounts. In the [...]
So the New York Times ran an article today about how Twitter is "a virtual workshop" for "performers and writers up and down the comedy food chain." The Times, ladies and gentlemen, is always on the cutting edge of new trends. But amid the anecdotes about comedy writers who got their jobs through Twitter is a pretty cool story about the improvised creation of the joke Twitter accounts for the characters from Aaron Sorkin's Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. The Onion's head writer Seth Reiss started Tweeting as Matt Albie four years after the show aired, and other characters were soon created by people Reiss didn't [...]
Jake Fogelnest was on this week's Hype Men podcast, and he talked about an infamous scene in Wet Hot American Summer. This is a pretty amazing story: “The funny thing is, it’s based on a true story. I found out after the fact. I was at Sundance Film Fesitval with Wet Hot American Summer cast, and David Wain calls a bunch of us into this condo and says, ‘I want to show you something, I want to show you something’. He puts in a tape of a young boy masturbating. That was the young boy at his summer camp that had actually taped himself jerking off. And David put [...]