Welcome to our new column Sketch Anatomy, where we ask some of our favorite television 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 John Levenstein, who has written for The Life & Times of Tim and Arrested Development (behind AD episodes like "Top Banana" and "Good Grief") and is currently co-creator, writer, and executive producer of Comedy Central's Kroll Show. Levenstein chose to take us behind the scenes of one of [...]
A lot of Twitter users take to the platform to test out their latest jokes and quips, but certain people truly excel at making us laugh with the available characters and constraints. With the Internet being such a big place, it can be difficult to find the comedians most worthy of your RTs and favs. Each Friday we feature one person whose consistent short-form online humor deserves your attention and to be on your Twitter feed.
This week, we're recommending the Twitter feed of Christine Nangle. She's an experienced sketch writer who currently writes for Comedy Central's Inside Amy Schumer and Kroll Show and wrote for SNL from 2009 to 2012. Nangle [...]
The second week of 2014 will be an eventful one in the world of TV comedy. Archer and Kroll Show both return with new seasons this week. Kroll Show's star-studded second season, featuring guest appearances from folks like Seth Rogen, Zach Galifianakis, Chelsea Peretti, and Amy Poehler, debuts tomorrow, while Archer's fifth season sees the show turn all the main characters from spies to cocaine dealers in Latin America.
Archer will be followed by the series premiere of Chozen, a new animated comedy from the producers of Eastbound & Down and Archer, about a gay rapper voiced by SNL's Bobby Moynihan. On top of that, Saturday Night Live returns [...]
Comedy Central announced a bunch of guest stars for the upcoming second season of Kroll Show today. Katy Perry, Will Forte, Craig Robinson, Pete Holmes, Jordan Peele, Jon Heder, and Bill Burr will all be popping up on the show, alongside returning guests Chelsea Peretti, Adam Pally, Nathan Fielder, John Mulaney, Andy Daly, Jason Mantzoukas, Jenny Slate, Jon Daly, and Andy Milonakis. As we reported previously, Kroll Show season 2 starts up Tuesday, January 14th at 10:30pm. The new season will be 11 episodes long, three more than last year.
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 150,000 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.)
If you two characters named Liz, and one of them goes by the nickname "Pretty Liz," does that necessarily make the other one "Ugly [...]