This week, Marc Maron's show Maron premieres on IFC. The show is based loosely on the comedian's experience creating and hosting his WTF with Marc Maron podcast. Since the podcast's creation in 2009, Maron has interviewed everyone from Carrot Top to Bryan Cranston to Jonathan Winters, and Maron's candid conversational style paired with his signature blend of honesty, insecurity, and resentment has shone a light on the emotional backstories behind respected and despised comedians, actors, and musicians alike.
After nearly 400 episodes, it's hard to identify the absolute best of anything without leaving a ton of great stuff out, but here is a list of some of the most [...]
It doesn't matter whether it's an Oscar-winning actor or an athlete with no comedy experience – if you're willing to unapologetically look like an idiot on live television, chances are you're going to be a good SNL host. First-timers can go either way; in Louis C.K.'s case it's blowing a ram horn while yelling "ZOOOOG!" but for greener hosts like Kevin Hart, the heat of the experience can result in too many flubbed lines and nervous asides that chip away at an episode's momentum. As religious SNL fans, we kept that in mind while brainstorming which newbie hosts we'd be most excited to see grace the 8H stage.
This post is brought to you by Out There, premiering tomorrow night at 10:30pm/9:30pm C on IFC.
While the fringe jackets and bell bottoms may have changed to purple leather, poofy hair, and shoulder pads and the soundtracks have evolved from The Partridge Family to Tom Petty to Simple Minds, transitioning from adolescence to adulthood is a universal experience, and you can learn a lot about someone (more specifically, which decade they grew up) based on their favorite coming-of-age films and television shows. In anticipation of IFC's new series Out There, here's a two-part look at 20 memorable characters who came of age onscreen, in no particular order.
It's no secret that we're in the midst of a great era in stand-up comedy, with thriving scenes in both New York and Los Angeles and tons of big cities in between experiencing a major boom and serving as homes to a lot of spectacular work. Splitsider readers are no doubt familiar with most of the established stand-ups in the country – ones who have risen up via TV appearances, podcasts, Twitter – but what about the newer names who will be popping up on everybody's radars over the next year or two?
We figured no one watches more comedy than the people who run the country's leading shows [...]
Forbes magazine put out its annual "30 Under 30" list today, and a lot of big comedy people made the Hollywood portion of the list, including Kate McKinnon (28, SNL), Aziz Ansari (29, Parks and Recreation), Maude Apatow (15, This Is 40), Lena Dunham (26, Girls), Chris Colfer (22, Glee), Greta Gerwig (29, Greenberg), Simon Rich (28, writer for SNL), and Rebel Wilson (28, Bridesmaids), plus a bunch of non-comedy people, but who cares about them, right? And what about that 8-year-old who created Axe Cop? Is he not eligible for this list? Talk about a snub! He's waaaayyy under 30 and he already created a TV show. Get [...]