“I got that one from the kids in the hall.”–Sid Caesar, blaming his writers whenever a joke would bomb
It's taken me many years to wrap my head around the concept of television writers. It seems like I've always more or less operated under the assumption that people on TV just wandered in front of the cameras and were cool/funny, and then they went and cashed their massive paychecks. This felt doubly true for sketch comedy shows, going back to Monty Python's Flying Circus, where each of the six members of the troupe were credited as creators, writers, and performers. Since I accepted early on that Python had made [...]
This is a comedy site, but rock God and androgynous British spaceman David Bowie is enough of a pop cultural icon with legitimate comedy chops — Extras, Zoolander, that video for “Dancing in the Streets” with Mick Jagger — for us to give him some recognition on his 66th birthday. (May we all be that cool when we are pensioners — because British.) Here then are 6 of the funniest Fake Bowies of all time, encompassing a number of Bowie’s many eras and alter egos.
Kids In the Hall's Scott Thompson on Brain Candy, the KITH movie that flopped so badly it broke up the group: "We were all convinced it would be a huge hit, that it would be the beginning of our movie careers, and I knew we'd win an Oscar for Best Screenplay. Kevin [McDonald] and I would debate it endlessly, whether they would give us the screenwriting Oscar as a group or as individuals. We kept trying to figure that out. He'd seriously say, 'But they don't give the screenwriting Oscar to comedies,' and I really thought we'd be the first."