Posts tagged as kevin allison

Sketch Anatomy: Jake Fogelnest on 'The State's "Taco Man"

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 [...]

Talking to Kevin Allison about the Risk! Podcast, The State, and His Failed Stint as a Male Prostitute

As a member of The State, the seminal mid-90’s comedy group whose MTV sketch show has developed a cult following and seen its members conquer Hollywood in the years that followed, Kevin Allison found success early on in life, with the aforementioned sketch show debuting when its members were in their early 20’s. After The State’s break-up, Allison drifted away from show business, while his peers went on to create comedies like Reno911!, Wet Hot American Summer, and Stella. The discovery of his passion for raw, candid storytelling brought Kevin Allison back to the comedy world, and he now hosts the popular storytelling podcast Risk! (motto: “True Tales, Told [...]

It's That Episode 50: Kevin Allison, Ilana Glazer and Anthony Atamanuik LIVE!

On "It's That Episode" Craig Rowin (UCB Theatre) invites guests over to watch any episode of any TV show they want. They discuss the episode and other crap.

A live recording from the NYC Podfest with Kevin Allison (The State, RISK!), Ilana Glazer (Broad City) and Anthony Atamanuik (30 Rock, Death By Roo Roo). Kevin Allison discusses the origin of The State's "Taco Mailman" sketch and explains why The State didn't do more episodes at MTV. Ilana Glazer talks about Oprah hosting SNL in 1986 and how Oprah beat out "Hugh Humphrey" in the ratings. Anthony Atamnuik introduces the world to virtual reality "Murder She Wrote." And [...]

The All-Star Version of the Risk! Podcast Is Chock Full of Famous Comics' Stories

Podcast aficionado Joe Berkowitz already introduced us to the Risk! podcast, hosted by The State's Kevin Allison, but the most current episode is a special one. It's the All-Star Episode, and unlike most of this podcast's episodes, it costs money to download. But only $2, and for that you get stories from Sarah Silverman, Kevin Nealon, Nick Swardson, Marc Maron, Adam McKay, and Kerri Kenney-Silver. Not a bad deal, and a great intro to a Splitsider-approved podcast to boot.

MaxFunCon Is Heading East

MaximumFunCon, Jesse Thorn's annual weekend of well-dressed, bookish comedy is getting an east coast version. From October 26-28, Maximum Fun fans will gather for a weekend of comedy, classes, activities, and merriment in the sure to be archetypally autumnal Poconos. (Just look at the picture.) Performers and presenters include Michael Ian Black, Jonathan Ames, Dick Cavett, John Hodgman, Julie Klausner, Kevin Allison, and more!!!! Get more info here. It's a good place to wear that sweater vest one last time before the transition into full-length sweater weather.

A Fairly Comprehensive Guide to Comedy Podcasts: Risk!

It was clear in reading through the comments section of the first Guide to Comedy Podcasts that I had inadvertently ignored a lot of tenderly beloved examples of the format. In an effort to rectify the oversight, I’m now taking a weekly look at which of these are worth your valuable time and which should just be ashamed of themselves. This week’s featured podcast is Risk!

One of the great things about living in New York City is the sheer amount of comedy available on any given night. I’m not talking about the unintentional comedy of drunken subway pratfalls or ridiculous garment combinations — I mean funny [...]