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In a Rare Early Performance, Richard Pryor Sings and George Carlin Gets in Character

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.)

When I write an article that reaches pretty deep into the archives, I might spend a lot of time giving some context: talking about how [...]

Burn It Down and Start Again: 4 Comics Who Threw Out Their Material and Reinvented Themselves

Throwing out material is a frightening prospect for any entertainer. For some performers it can take years to compile a half-hour show. Especially in comedy, recycled material can feel reheated quickly; it ends careers of comedians who refuse to change their once popular, soon hackneyed material.

Today with successes like Louis C.K. and John Mulaney, it’s hard for comedians not to feel pressure to accumulate new material annually.

Some comedians could ride on catchphrases for a few years, but the idea of starting fresh and reinventing oneself has existed in comedy for half a century. Throwing out material is daunting, but it’s a technique to get better and learn about what [...]

Pamela Adlon Looks Back on Louis C.K.'s TV Marriage Proposal

"I remember Louie called me from a comedy club in Peoria, Illinois, and he said, 'Please don’t do that other show. You have to play my wife on television. I need you to. This has to happen.' Even though I was married at the time, I remember hanging up the phone, thinking, 'Okay, I think I was just proposed to.'"

- Pamela Adlon on being cast as Louis C.K.'s wife on Lucky Louie in the newest installment of A.V. Club's series Random Roles.

Louis C.K. Announces Release of 'Tomorrow Night' on 'Leno'

Louis C.K. was a guest on Leno last night, and in the above clip he tells Jay all about his secret desire to not get his daughters Christmas presents, then he makes the cool announcement that Tomorrow Night, the first full-length (and previously unreleased) feature film he made in 1998, will be available for purchase on his website in the near future. Click through to watch a trailer for Tomorrow Night and the second part of the interview, where C.K. talks about his small role on American Hustle and gives Leno a heartfelt thank you before the conclusion of what will be their final late night interview together.

The Original Writers of Conan's 'Late Night' on Writing

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.)

This week on Conan, O'Brien has been celebrating his 20th year on the air. Previously on From the Archives we've looked at [...]

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.

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How 'SNL' Addressed Race in Season 39, as Shown in 11 Sketches

With SNL's 39th season coming to a close, we're taking a look at the past season with a series of posts examining the highs, lows, and other memorable moments from the past eight months. Here, we look at the show's shifting tone on race over the arc of this season.

This has not been an easy year for SNL to talk about race. From the moment the show announced its six new cast members — the largest turnover in more than a decade — and viewers noticed that not one of them was a person of color, SNL once again became a target of progressive viewers calling for the cast to [...]

'SNL' Review: Louis C.K. Is Still Hilarious, In Case Anyone Was Wondering

When Louis C.K. last hosted SNL in November 2012, there was magic in the air. A week after Superstorm Sandy walloped New York, with huge parts of the city still without power, it just felt appropriate to see a comedian so emblematic of the New York spirit, with its gritty nature and heartfelt sincerity, serve as the face of the show that week. And to see him kill it as he did, with a hilarious parody of his FX show Louie starring Abraham Lincoln, was a magical moment for comedy nerds, like watching Conan O'Brien hosting the Emmys in 2006 or witnessing Joss Whedon's The Avengers win over both [...]

Watch Louis C.K. Tell Jerry Seinfeld When 'Louie' Will End

The third season of Jerry Seinfeld's web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee debuts today with guest Louis C.K. Watch the episode above to see C.K. dish all kinds of info on the upcoming season of his hit FX series Louie, including how many episodes he's written so far, hiring Steven Wright as a co-writer, and how long he plans to continue making the show. He also tells Seinfeld all about his tradition of getting stoned and seeing IMAX movies on his off days as well as his very specific love for the blue crystal numbers in the epic pre-movie 3D IMAX countdown.

UPDATE: The YouTube video has been removed, [...]

How Louis CK's Directing Style Helps Him Translate His Standup to the Screen in 'Louie'

Louis C.K. is a filmmaker.

That is not to undermine his world-class abilities as a writer and performer, but rather to emphasize the role his direction and visual style plays in his comedy.

Historically, audiences have operated under a false perception that in comedy films and television, actors and writers are doing the heavy-lifting and directors set up a wide shot and let the magic happen. In dramas, nobody questions the role of the director in bringing out performances or employing the perfect close-up. They are, deservedly so, regarded as integral pieces of the storytelling.

When considering C.K. in this canon, it is important to look at his career arc. [...]

Louis C.K.'s 'Dianetics': Inside His Weird and Wild Three-Hour Radio Show

26 minutes into a three-hour advice show Louis C.K. hosted in 2007, a guy named Blake calls up. Blake says he’s driving solo from Dallas to Oklahoma City that night and wants to know if Louie is going to just keep fucking around, or if he actually has anything good planned. At the end of the three hours Blake calls again, about to arrive in Oklahoma City, and says it’s been an “amazing ride.” I want to argue that Blake is being an understating piece of shit here, because this show is like…well…it’s like… REALLY amazing! It’s like the most Louis C.K.-y thing ever, and on top of that: it’s good. [...]

The Episodes of 'SNL' Season 39, Ranked

With SNL's 39th season coming to a close, we're taking a look at the past season with a series of posts examining the highs, lows, and other memorable moments from the past eight months. Here, we look at each episode as a whole, ranking them in order of overall success and positive resonance with viewers.

Obviously comedy is subjective, and everyone watches SNL looking for different things — this list is just one of many you can find online. As far as we're concerned, things like musical guests, surprise cameos, and drama surrounding the show are less important than the plain-and-simple comedy aspects of an episode: How many sketches had [...]

Zach Galifianakis to Star in Louis C.K.'s New FX Pilot

It's only been a little over a month since Louis C.K. signed a multi-year development deal with FX to create and produce new shows, but it looks like he already has another hit series lined up for the network. At TCA today, FX announced that C.K. has landed a pilot order for an untitled project starring and co-written with Zach Galifanakis. Details on the show's plot are slim right now, but chances are it will get picked up to series and be amazing.

Although both C.K. and Galifianakis both started doing comedy around the same time and had major career breakthroughs in 2009, this is the [...]

Anthony Jeselnik, Louis CK, and the Shifting Definition of "Offensive" Comedy

Just as the news broke on Monday that sociopathic dreamboat Anthony Jeselnik’s Comedy Central show The Jeselnik Offensive was canceled (to no small amount of glee from certain New Zealanders), Huffington Post Live released a video interview with Artie Lange, where the recently sober comic addresses his past use of the word “faggot” and other offensive slurs. “Times have changed, comedy has changed,” Lange says. “We live in a more enlightened time where you should think twice before you speak, because we’re talking about people.” While Lange was only referring to himself, it was a very timely comment for Jeselnik, who has built a career out of manufacturing [...]