Posts tagged as janeane garofalo

The 20 Greatest Standup Specials of All Time

Modern standup has been around in one form or another since vaudeville, but it’s only been since the late ‘70s that the standup special has gained traction as the crowning achievement of a successful comic. Fortunately, the beginnings of the standup special were as fertile as rock ‘n’ roll’s birth 25 years prior, with many of the all-time greats setting templates right from the start.

The material always comes first, of course, but as a video document of a honed act it’s also important to appreciate the visual elements — the framing, editing, and backdrop — and how they enhance or detract from the pacing and quality of the jokes.


The Unfair Marginalization of Janeane Garofalo

Before we start, let me say that I know there are many that will take issue with Janeane Garofalo’s inclusion in this series and understandably so. She is, after all, one of the architects of the so-called “alternative comedy” movement and despite a lower profile compared to her 1990s heyday, still commands quite a bit of respect from the comedy community and continues to perform throughout the country as well as appear in film and television.

However, there are those within the comedy community who, to this day, take issue with Garofalo’s reliance on notes on stage, not to mention the many people who abandoned her idiosyncratic style of [...]

Inside 'The Ben Stiller Show's 20 Year Reunion

The cast and crew of The Ben Stiller Show reunited at The Paley Center in New York this weekend, celebrating the short-lived but influential Fox series' 20 year anniversary. The panel included co-creators Ben Stiller and Judd Apatow, cast members Andy Dick and Janeane Garofalo, and writers Rob Cohen and Jeff Kahn, with cast member/writer Bob Odenkirk appearing via Skype. The Comic's Comic reports that Garofalo and Cohen announced the annulment of their fake marriage at the panel. The two, who were dating at the time, married each other at a Las Vegas drive-thru wedding chapel as a gag 20 years ago and recently got it annulled so [...]

The Adventures of The Adventures of Pete & Pete

“Teen-agers, bohos, camp culturati, photographers – they have won by default, because, after all, they do create styles.” — Tom Wolfe

One of the blazing revelations I’ve had over the last few whirligig weeks of reading about, seeking out and conversing with the progenitors of our favorite old Nickelodeon shows is that, for the most part, this was a bunch of ragtag art kids in their twenties and thirties who — in lieu of heading to the West Coast to fuse a punk-rock ethos to mainstream accessibility in music — brought the “alternative” sensibility to an even more unlikely place than the radio: shows for kids (and, when they [...]

Pop Quiz: Which New Show Pickups Are Real?

It's new show season! That special time of year when dozens of hopeful comedies are plucked from the minds of their creators like flowers, ready to be arranged in the elegant glass vase of the fall TV lineup – some to flourish, but many to quickly die (cancellation) or wilt (be pushed to midseason to make room for new X-Factor episodes). So let's celebrate them while we can! Can you guess which of the following new shows is real?

A) Janeane Garofalo stars as a cynical police officer whose life is turned upside-down when she's assigned a new partner, hippie bongo player Zac Efron, in Life On Our Beat.


Ted Alexandro Is Seeking Funding for His Web Series 'Teachers Lounge', Featuring Janeane Garofalo, Jim Gaffigan, and More

Here's the Kickstarter video for Teachers Lounge, a web series created by and starring comedians Ted Alexandro and Hollis James that's seeking funding via the site. Following a music teacher (Alexandro) and a janitor (James) who hang out in an NYC public school's teachers lounge, the show features guest appearances from Jim Gaffigan, Janeane Garofalo, Lewis Black, Judy Gold, Judah Friedlander, Jim Norton, Dave Attell, Rachel Feinstein, Michael Che, Todd Barry, and Ted Leo, and is worth working into your comedy web series crowdfunding budget for the month.

This Week in Comedy Podcasts: Michael Keaton, Aziz Ansari, Janeane Garofalo, Judd Apatow

The comedy podcast universe is ever expanding, not unlike the universe universe. We're here to make it a bit smaller, a bit more manageable. There are a lot of great shows and each has a lot of great episodes, so we want to highlight the exceptional, the noteworthy.  Each week our crack team of podcast enthusiasts and specialists and especially enthusiastic people will pick their favorites. Also, we'll keep you posted on the offerings from our very own podcast network. We hope to have your ears permanently plugged with the best in aural comedy. 

Professor Blastoff #86 – Janeane Garofalo

SAMANTHA: What’s better than a good [...]

An Evening of New Content and Conversation from the Cast of The Ben Stiller Show

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 120,000 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.)

I don't think I'm going out on a limb here if I say that the bulk of the people reading this article have probably seen [...]

Trade Roundup: Only Fools and Horses, Paul the Male Matchmaker, Lizzy Caplan

Could Steve Carell be set to re-make a second popular British sitcom for American audiences? ABC is working on a US version of the BBC show Only Fools and Horses, to be written by Scrubs writers Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley. Steve Carell and Jason Biggs are rumored to be playing the lead roles, but you know what they say about rumors. (That they're always true and we're going to have another Office!)

Hulu has picked up a 10-episode mockumentary comedy series called Paul the Male Matchmaker from Sex and the City's Liz Tucillo and Mad Men's Paul Bartholomew, with guest stars including Janeane Garofalo and Tony [...]

Janeane Garofalo Finds Herself On Delocated

It's okay if you want to slip into your balaclava for a few hours today; Vulture reports that Janeane Garofalo will guest on Delocated when the show returns in January, which gives you the perfect excuse! Garofalo joins Jon Glaser, Eugene Mirman and the gang for the show's third season as the head of the network that airs Jon's reality show. At least she will until she's inevitably gunned down by the Russian mob, that is.

Watch Comedian Emily Heller Give Janeane Garofalo a Psychic Reading

Here's the latest episode of The Future, standup Emily Heller's web series for Lorne Michaels's company's YouTube channel Above Average. Each week, Heller gives a psychic reading to a different guest, and her guest this week is Janeane Garofalo. As with most psychics, Heler's business is frequently disrupted by product placement for an obnoxious sandwich restaurant.

You Had To Be There #86: Janeane Garofalo

This week, You Had To Be There's back and broadcasting from an exotic new locale: the snazziest conference room in a certain shiny Manhattan office. As their audience sips coffee in swivel chairs, Sara and Nikki detail their move from the basement to the boardroom and share the self-image stresses of a recent photo shoot. Soon the legendary and hilarious Janeane Garofalo swoops into the conversation to save the ladies' lives (prescription: less likes, in speech and on Facebook). Janeane describes her days here in New York, from her subway altruism to her favorite chocolatier, and explains how she lives with little anxiety despite her troubling Waterworld [...]

Saturday Night's Children: Janeane Garofalo (1994-1995)

Saturday Night Live has been home to over a hundred cast members throughout the past 36 years. In our column Saturday Night’s Children, we present the history, talent, and best sketches of one SNL cast member each week for your viewing, learning, and laughing pleasure.

With almost 30 years of comedy under her belt, it's surprising that Janeane Garofalo has retained every last bit of her raw-natured cynicism. A self-proclaimed super-liberal sober vegetarian asexual atheist activist, Garofalo has brought her outspoken energy to everything from her stand-up routine to her gig as a political radio cohost to her numerous roles in film and television. Her six months on SNL [...]

10 More Promising TV Pilots That Weren't Picked Up

Every year during TV's pilot season (it's happening right now!), each network develops three times as many shows as it actually needs, seeing what works and what doesn't before deciding which shows to pick up. While most of the rejected shows are turned down for a reason, every once in a while, TV networks let a show slip by that could have turned into something special. Let's take a look back at 10 TV series that networks passed up, including the shows that spun off Spinal Tap and Between Two Ferns, the community college comedy that's not Community, and a show that's been described as "Reno 911! in space."