Welcome to The Second City Archives, in which we post an exclusive clip each week of some of comedy's biggest superstars performing early in their careers on the legendary Chicago stage. Second City has generously given us a glimpse into their extensive archive of live performances, and over the coming weeks we'll be sharing some rare and retro comedy never before seen on the web.
This week's unearthed clip comes from Steve Sheridan's final night at Second City Chicago in January 1989. In this scene, Sheridan plays a drill sergeant getting to know a set of Army newbies played by Joel Murray, Joe Liss, Aaron Freeman, Holly Wortell, and [...]
Portlandia's fifth season doesn't premiere until next year, but over the past few weeks Carrie Brownstein has been posting some pictures from the set on Instagram that reveal at least a few of the stars set to make guest appearances throughout the season. In addition to Portlandia regular Jeff Goldblum, the revealed guest stars include Orange Is the New Black's Natasha Lyonne, Olivia Wilde, Jane Lynch, Matt Groening, and Paul Reubens. Click through to check out some of Brownstein's sneak peeks from the set.
Those are some good zings. There is one Ross zing, however, that Comedy Central announced it won't air: “Seth [Green], congratulations. This is actually a great night for you. You haven’t gotten this much attention since you shot all those people in Aurora. I’m kidding, you are not like James Holmes. At least he did something in a movie theater that people remember.” Alas, as the previews below suggest, there will be enough off-color and/or mean jokes to [...]
"So many Emmy roundtables so little time," says everyone this month. "But they talk about farting on set," says I! Also, this roundtable takes place around a square table, which makes it slightly more visually interesting. In the full, uncut version below they discuss hosting SNL, the non-controversy (or nontroversy) surrounding women being funny, and more.
Confirming the theory that everything about the experience of making Party Down was awesome, Jane Lynch describes shooting the first episode in her memoir:
“In June of 2007, we all got together at Rob [Thomas]‘s house in the Hollywood Hills and shot the first episode of Party Down. Because they were paying for it themselves, the pilot was shot on a shoestring budget. Between shots we all hung out in Rob’s bedroom getting to know each other and laughing a lot. I’ve found that doing something for fun and almost for free (we each got $100 for the day) can bring out the best in people. Plus, there’s [...]
Jane Lynch just landed another starring TV role. According to Deadline, Lynch has signed on to star in a half-hour CBS comedy pilot called Angel from Hell, which follows Lynch as a "larger-than-life, brassy, and flamboyant" woman named Amy who enters Allison's life and claims to be her guardian angel. The women "form an unlikely friendship, and Allison can’t be sure if Amy is an angel or just nuts." The role of Allison has not yet been cast. Tad Quill (Scrubs, Samantha Who?) will write and executive produce, and Don Scardino (30 Rock, 2 Broke Girls) will direct.
Amy Poehler, Fred Armisen, and Martin Short are just some of the guest stars lined up for Hollywood Game Night, a new NBC game show hosted by Jane Lynch and produced by Sean Hayes. Deadline reports that in addition to those three amazing comedy people, Matthew Perry, Jason Bateman, Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard, Maya Rudolph, Minnie Driver, Kal Penn, Ellie Kemper, Kristen Chenoweth, Cheryl Hines, Molly Shannon, and Max Greenfield have all signed on to guest, with more expected to be added later. Hollywood Game Night is an hour-long show that will feature celebrities and non-celebrities participating in game nights in a cocktail party environment. NBC gave the [...]
Someone should write a pitch for a film in which Jack McBrayer is trained to be a professional wrestler by Jane Lynch. Too bad Wreck-It Ralph is animated. And boy is it animated. Disney released the concept art (see it below) for the films two leads and it shows how, in Ralph's case, the representation of a character could evolve wildly. It was probably for the best. Otherwise, you'd have half the audience wondering how Ralph goes to the bathroom with spikes for hands.
Disney's upcoming animated movie Wreck-It Ralph is basically Toy Story with video games. Which isn't a bad thing! As a fan of the Toy Story movies, video games, and the voice cast of this movie — John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer, Sarah Silverman, and Jane Lynch — it actually looks pretty damned promising. Especially if there are way more recognizable game characters featured in the game as hinted at in the trailer. I am an easy man to please: give me Bowser and Zangief in therapy together and I don't really care what happens in the rest of the movie. I'm there.
Not every actor can be as lucky as Jason Schwartzman and have their first film be Wes Anderson’s Rushmore (and first TV appearance, Freaks and Geeks). Below are 10 extremely famous, extremely wealthy, extremely talented comedians whose film (whether full-length or made-for-TV) debuts were anything but memorable.
Here's a sneak peek of tonight's episode of Portlandia featuring Jane Lynch, who plays a very comprehensive party planner tasked with helping Dave and Kath plan their 4th of July BBQ, shitty punk-style. The full episode airs on IFC tonight at 10:00pm.
Here's Jane Lynch on Conan last night, telling a story about hitting a low point and smoking her first cigarette in years – all while wearing clown makeup and standing on the side of the road. If you're gonna give up on not smoking, that's the only way to do it from now on.
I always wonder two things when I hear about an upcoming Comedy Central roast: how mean will it be, and is the roastee really on board for it? As Joan Rivers said in A Piece of Work, "They keep telling you it’s an honor. I'm telling you that if I had invested wisely, I wouldn’t be doing this." The upcoming roast of Roseanne Barr is no different. Is Roseanne really into the idea and thinks it'll be fun, or is this just a cash grab to keep her nut farm afloat? It's hard to say, although the second question got a little complicated with the announcement that [...]
An hour of Amy Poehler and Jane Lynch chatting would be worth it no matter what they're talking about, but if they're talking about Amy's early days at Second City and ImprovOlympic, whether Del Close was a misogynist or just a misanthrope, and the decisions to turn down sitcom money to stay with the rest of the UCB, then you have already clicked the link and I am just talking to no one. La la la la there isn't anyone reading this because everyone is over in another tab watching that amazing interview.
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